Miscellaneous Washington County, Mississippi Obituaries


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CLEVELAND Funeral arrangements for Sam Gage, 50, of Cleveland are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland. He died Dec. 1, 2002, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, Greenwood.


LELAND Funeral services for James Decell Gerald Sr., 88, of Leland, a retired salesman, will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Leland United Methodist Church, Leland. He died of heart failure Dec. 1, 2002, at his home. Burial will be in Leland-Stoneville Cemetery, Stoneville, under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Leland.

Mr. Gerald was born to Carey Napoleon and Lola Ball Gerald in Leland, Miss. He attended school at Mars Hill, Miss., Asbury Academy in Wilmore, Ky., and graduated from Hollandale High School. He attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Mississippi State University. He married Carolou Henry in 1937, and moved to Leland. To this union, three children were born. She preceded him in death in 1971. Mr. Gerald was a farmer, an oil jobber, district manager of Goyer Oil Co., and salesperson for International Graphics, from which he retired. He was also the last charter member of the Leland Lions Club, which he helped to organize. He served as district governor from 1958 to 1959. He served in the Air Force in the Pacific theater in World War II, namely New Guinea and the Philippines. He was active in Scout work, the Salvation Army and the Gideons. He was a member of the Leland United Methodist Church, where he served on the Board of Stewards. He was chairman of the pastor's parish committee and sang in the choir for 50 years. In 1973, he married Margaret York. After retirement, he became an avid gardener and shared all his produce with neighbors and friends. He was a member of the Grand Lodge No. 490 for 50 years.

He was preceded in death by two sisters and one brother.

He is survived by his lovely and devoted wife of 29 years, Margaret York Gerald of Leland; one daughter, Carolyn Gerald Swartzwelder of Metairie, La.; two sons, James Decell Gerald Jr. of Clarksdale and Thomas Henry Gerald of Eugene, Ore.; two sisters, Opal Gerald Toalston of Alliance, Ohio, and Hope Gerald Hood of Florence; a brother, Clay Nelson Gerald of Jackson; a granddaughter, Cynthia Gerald Rocconi of Cleveland; three grandsons, David Kelton Gerald of Tyler, Texas, William Carey Gerald of Indianola and Jimbo Gerald of Jackson; and five great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Boone Funeral Home, Leland.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Delta Area Hospice, the Leland United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.


LELAND Funeral arrangements for George Holloway, 73, of Leland, are pending at Dillon Funeral Home, Leland. He died Dec. 2, 2002, at his home.


GREENVILLE Funeral services for Harden King Sr., 79, of Greenville will be Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Calvary MB Church, Greenville. He died Nov. 28, 2002, at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson. Burial will be in Mt. Calvary Church Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Mr. Harden King Sr. was born April 14, 1923, in Sidon, Miss., to the late Stokes King Sr. and Marie Adams King. He was the seventh of 16 siblings. He confessed a belief in Christ at an early age at Mt. Moriah MB Church near Panther Burn, Miss., under Elder Yancy. He was a member of Jones Chapel MB Church until he joined Mt. Calvary MB Church in 1966. He loved his church family. He was an active deacon until his death.

As the son of one of the church's original founders, Harden supported his church by attending Sunday school, church services, testimonial services, and maintaining the lawn and cemetery placements. On Wednesday, he will be placed on the right side of his sister, Bobbie Jean. Harden attended a church school. He read very well and encouraged his children and grandchildren to get an education, but most importantly, to get an understanding. During the time of World War II and the Great Depression, Harden was deferred because of his accidental foot amputation. Therefore, he was available to marry Jessie Sewell King, and on Nov. 25, 1943, he joined into holy matrimony with her. To their union, 13 children were born, six sons and seven daughters. Harden was a born farmer, and worked with his father on the King's Estate farming, drove a cab and ran his own store. He was a retiree from Vlasic Pickle Plant. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Sylvia Lou King Johnson and Bobbie Jean King McCullough; seven brothers, Connie, Ercell, Isiah, Ralph, Stokes Jr., Willie Roy and Jimmy King; one son, Winston King Sr.; and six grandchildren, Rosalyn, Tony, Winston Jr., Vickie, Curtis Jr. and Nathaniel.

He leaves his legacy with a virtuous woman, his wife, Jessie Mae Sewell King of Greenville; five sons, Harden Jr. (Delores) of Florida, Tommye and Dennis, both of Greenville, Thomas Lloyd (Dolly) and Kenneth (Florida) King Sr., both of Miami, Fla.; seven daughters, Helen King DeShazer, Leathe King (Lee) Harris, Carolyn King and Deborah King (Milton) Davenport, all of Greenville, Brenda King (Alexander) Jarmon of Gautier, Miss., Kathy King (Ronald) Betts of Wichita, Kan., and Canolia King (Sgt. 1st Class Curtis) Carey of Eatontown, Fort Manmouth, N.J.; three brothers, Adolph (Margaret) King, Frank King and Albert King, all of Miami, Fla.; three sisters, Vera King Hardy of Bronx, N.Y., and Geraldine King Layton and Helen King Matthews, both of Greenville; three brothers-in-law, Minister Roy (Tecora) Sewell of Detroit, Fred (Ethel) Sewell of Chicago and Ralph (Nellie) Sewell of Silver City; three sisters-in-law, Carrie Sewell (Robert) Hicks of Madison, and Ethel Sewell (James) Williams and Lottie Elizabeth King, both of Miami, Fla.; 55 grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 5 p.m., with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m., at Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. The remains will lie in state at the church Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The Rev. Tony R. Smith will officiate.


INGLEWOOD, Calif. Funeral arrangements for Norris L. Lewis, 46, of Inglewood, Calif., and formerly of Beulah are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Nov. 23, 2002, at Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, Los Angeles.


HOLLANDALE Funeral arrangements for Adlean Myles, 88, of Hollandale, are pending at Dillon Funeral Home, Leland. She died Dec. 1, 2002, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville.


INDIANOLA Funeral arrangements for Katrina Reese, age unavailable, of Indianola are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. She died Nov. 30, 2002, at South Sunflower County Hospital, Indianola.


GREENVILLE Funeral services for L.K. Williams, 40, of Greenville will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Greenville. He died Nov. 28, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Greenville.

Survivors include his wife, Angelia Williams of Greenville; one son, Lynn K. Williams Jr. of Greenville; two daughters, Kimberly Williams and Denise Williams, both of Greenville; his mother, Laura Williams of Metcalfe; two brothers, Gregory (Laura) Suber and Paul Stewart, both of Greenville; three sisters, Jacqueline (Nathaniel) McDavis and Michelle (Aaron) Carter, both of Greenville, and Shelia Williams of Metcalfe; three nieces; five nephews; four aunts; one uncle; and two godsons.

A rosary will be said today from 6 to 7 p.m. at Sisson Chapel of Byas Funeral Home, Greenville.

Father Eric Groner will officiate.


WEBB Funeral services for Rosia L. Williams, 88, of Webb were Monday at 10 a.m. at New Jerusalem Church of God In Christ, Drew. She died Nov. 27, 2002, at her home. Burial was in Oaklawn Cemetery, Sumner, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville.

Survivors include one adopted son, Quinton Williams of Sumner; four daughters, Burnestes Jones of Tutwiler, Willie Mae Lockly of Milwaukee, Olena Williams of Sumner and Clotea Mason of Chicago; two brothers, Perry Givens Jr. and Coval Givens, both of Gary, Ind.; four sisters, Scydratheria Irons, Terrosia Simms and Dorythal Simms, all of Gary, Ind., and Alvharist Jones of Chicago; six stepchildren; 40 grandchildren; 72 great-grandchildren; and 50 great-great-grandchildren.

Elder Walter Dixon officiated.


GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Ruby Mae Cork, 70, of Arlington, Texas, and formerly of Greenville are pending with Frye Funeral Home, Leland. She died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at Arlington Memorial Hospital, Arlington, Texas. 


INDIANOLA -- Funeral services for Willie (Nunnie) Nobile Jr., 72, a farmer of Indianola, will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Indianola. He died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at his home. Burial will follow at Indianola City Cemetery, under the direction of Card Funeral Home, Indianola.

Mr. Nobile was an Air Force veteran of the Korean Conflict and a communicant of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Survivors include six sisters, Marie Nobile Yarbrough of Baton Rouge, La.; Louise Nobile White and Virginia Nobile Palasini, both of Indianola, Miss.; Margaret Nobile Sestak of Gretna, La.; Yvonne Nobile King of Huntsville, Ala.; and Catherine Nobile Murphy of Oxford, Miss.; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Visitation will be today from 6 to 7 p.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

A rosary will follow at 7 p.m. 


RULEVILLE -- Funeral services for Timothy Thompson, 58, of Ruleville are pending with Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville. He died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland.


HOLLANDALE -- Funeral services for Joann Whitt, 73, a homemaker, of Hollandale will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home Chapel, Greenville, with burial to follow at Hollandale Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Greenville. She died of heart failure Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.

Mrs. Whitt was born Aug. 28, 1929, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to the late Robert and Anna Kitchen. She was raised in Brooklyn where she attended school. She has been a resident of Washington County for 35 years. She was preceded in death by her husband, Malcom Whitt Sr. on Oct. 11, 1996, and a son, Steven Whitt, in 1975, and her grandson, Stephen Ratcliff, on Nov. 1, 1991. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include two daughters, Laurie (Stephen) Ratcliff and Pamela (John) Helms, both of Greenville, Miss.; two sons, Malcom (Cindy) Whitt Jr. of Greenville, Miss., and Gary (Melinda) Whitt of Hollandale, Miss.; two special nieces, Elizabeth High of Scott, Miss., and Mary Newton of Port Gibson, Miss.; and 10 grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home.

The Rev. Jerry Bingham will officiate. 


GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for M.L. Barr, 89, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. He died March 20, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.


GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Lucy Marie Bennett, 89, a retired receptionist of Greenville, will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Mortimer Funeral Home Chapel, Greenville. She died March 21, 2003, of heart failure at Mississippi Care Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lane Bennett.

She is survived by a brother, Johnny Ross of Topoccola, Miss.

The Rev. Neal Cornell will officiate.

Visitation will be Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home.


ANGUILLA -- Funeral arrangements for Oscar Davis, 51, of Anguilla are pending at Walker Funeral home, Rolling Fork. He died March 20, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.


BELZONI -- Funeral arrangements for Lizzie Hanks, 86, of Belzoni are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. She died March 21, 2003, at her home.


INDIANOLA -- Funeral arrangements for Willie Harrington, 86, of Indianola are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. He died March 21, 2003, at South Sunflower County Hospital, Indianola.


SHELBY -- A memorial service for Clydene Erwin Haymon, 88, of Lumberton, N.C., and formerly of Shelby, was Saturday at 2 p.m. at Shelby Methodist Church. She died March 15, 2003, at Carolina Health Care Center, Lumberton. Private burial for family members followed at Shelby Cemetery.

Mrs. Haymon was preceded in death by her husband, W.F. Haymon; her daughter, Jayne H. Roberts; and a grandson, Thomas H. Roberts.

Survivors include a son, Dr. L. Tate Haymon and his wife Dianne of Lumberton, N.C.; son-in-law, H.L. Roberts Jr. of Edwards; four grandsons; and four great-grandchildren.


AVON -- Funeral services for Patsy "Pat" Lou Ollis Howle, 61, of Avon, a homemaker, were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Mortimer Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. She died of cancer March 19, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in County Line Cemetery, Glen Allan.

Mrs. Howle was born in Lake City, Ark., and spent her early years there. She married Acey Howle on May 2, 1959, and they moved to Mississippi in the mid 1960s and made their home in Avon in 1987. She was a member of the Lake Washington First Baptist Church in Glen Allan. She was preceded in death by her parents, a daughter and a grandson.

Survivors include her husband, Acey Howle of Avon; two daughters, Sherri (Greg) Joiner of Avon and Trina Howle of James; five sons, Jeff (Kim) Howle of Jonesboro, Ark., David Howle of Avon, Danny (Penny) Howle of Anguilla, Timmy (Tracy) Howle of Glen Allan and Chris (Amelia) Howle of Rolling Fork; a sister, Patricia Sue Reeves of Lake City, Ark.; and 11 grandchildren.

The Rev. Brad Moak officiated.


TUNICA -- Funeral arrangements for Ronald T. Humphrey, 33, of Tunica are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland. He died March 21, 2003, in Memphis.


GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Diana McGinnist, 43, of Greenville will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Greenville. She died march 20, 2003, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

She was born March 9, 1960, to Dorothy and David McGinnist Jr. in Greenville, Miss. Diana accepted Christ in 1980 under Pastor J.I. Grider at Ephesus Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Diana attended Greenville Public Schools. She worked at Best Western and Colonial Inn, and she was a housekeeper supervisor at the Arnold Avenue Nursing Home until her health failed. Diana was known as "Momma" to her sisters and brothers. She was preceded in death by her devoted grandfather, David McGinnist Sr., and her loving and caring father, David McGinnist Jr.

Her memories will live on in the hearts of her caring and devoted companion, Laverne "Chicken" Baker of Greenville; two daughters, Lakesha McGinnist (Kendrick) of Greenville and Eric McGinnist (Deon) of St. Louis, Mo.; two sons, Rodney McGinnist (Denyell) of St. Louis and Eric McGinnist (Nicole) of Greenville; six grandchildren, Kendrick and Kendra McGinnist of Greenville, and Takesha, Toneesha, Davyonna and David McGinnist, all of St. Louis; loving mother, Dorothy McGinnist of Greenville; maternal grandmother, Ollie Scott of St. Louis, Mo.; paternal grandmothers, Maggie Hughes and Minnie Lou McGinnist, both of Greenville; grandfather, Leon Hughes Sr. of Greenville; two sisters, Patricia McGinnist (Rick) of St. Louis and Shirley Lou McGinnist of Greenville; three brothers, David McGinnist III (Deborah) of Greenville, and Danny McGinnist (Yolanda) and Dennis McGinnist (Debra), both of St. Louis; four special aunts, Susie (Frank) Vick and Barbara (James "L.C.") O'Neal, both of Greenville, Shirley Allen of St. Louis and Ann Shortridge of Indianola, Miss.; a special uncle, George (Joann) Brooks of Greenville; a special neighbor, known by her as "Mom," Eulah Mae Taylor of Greenville; a special cousin, James D. O'Neal of Greenville; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 5 p.m. at Redmon Funeral Home Chapel, Greenville. 

Pastor Robert Mann will officiate.


LELAND -- Funeral services for Leroy Charles Parker, 73, of Leland will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Peter MB Church, Leland. He died March 21, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Bogue Memorial Gardens, Leland, under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home, Leland.

He was the son of the Rev. J.H. and Octavia Parker. He was born Jan. 19, 1930, in St. Louis, Mo. He graduated from Briesch High School and later received his B.S. degree from Mississippi Vocational College and his master's degree from Delta State University. He was the librarian at O'Bannon High School and also taught social studies and world history until he retired. He served 36 years in the education field.

Leroy served in the 140th Infantry of the Korean War. He was a master Mason of Williams Lodge No. 48. He currently was serving as commander of VFW Post 9732, chairman of the Mississippi Valley State Athletic Department and treasurer of the Washington County Mississippi Valley State Alumni. Along with his civic obligations Leroy was a political activist on the local level. He was the first African American elected to the Leland Board of Aldermen and the first African-American vice mayor. To commemorate his many gifts of love and devotion to his alma mater, he was inducted into the Mississippi Valley State Hall of Fame in 2001.

Leroy leaves, to mourn, his devoted wife of 51 years, Thelma Parker of Leland; two sons, Derrick (Sheila) Parker and Lamarrick Parker, both of Greenville; a daughter, Cheryl Pryor of Los Angeles, Calif.; a devoted sister, Rosa Parker Keefer of Leland; a brother, Johnny Parker of Milwaukee, Wis.; a devoted Nephew, Stanley White of Leland; a special friend, Mary Dixon of Greenville; four grandchildren; two godsons, Altonia and Cameron Williams of Grand Prairie, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 1 to 6 p.m. at Dillon Funeral Home Chapel. The body will lie in state Wednesday from noon until 2 p.m.

The Rev. Billy Robinson will officiate.


INDIANOLA -- A memorial service for Arch Pearson III, 54, a computer technician of Indianola, will be today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Indianola. He died March 20, 2003, at his home. Burial will be at a later date. Local arrangements are under the direction of Card Funeral Home, Indianola.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Indianola.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Segraves Pearson; parents, Arch and Betty Pearson of Indianola; one daughter, Connie Pearson of Anderson, S.C.; one son, David Walker of Atlanta, Ga.; and one sister, Pam Prokasy of Athens, Ga.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.


RULEVILLE -- Funeral services for Robert Williams, 88, of Ruleville will be today at 2 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home chapel, Cleveland. He died March 20, 2003, at North Sunflower County Hospital, Ruleville. Burial will be in Bright Star Cemetery, Merigold.

Survivors include eight daughters, Rosie Howard and Jesse Williams, both of Chicago, Aretha Wright of Moorhead, Roxanne Wright of Renova, Gloria Thomas of Fort Jackson, S.C., Sherry Walker of Beulah, Nellie Stewart of Riverdale, Ga., and Brenda Shavers of Rosedale; 10 sons, James Williams of Kankakee, Ill., Samuel Williams and Bobby Williams, both of Chicago, Harry Williams of Milwaukee, Robert Williams Jr., of Clarksdale, Robert Edwards and Jessie Thomas, both of Cleveland, Marvin Edwards and Tyrone Edwards, both of Yazoo City, and Tyrone Shavers of Rosedale; one sister, Millie White of Memphis; 70 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Dr. Walter Hill will officiate.


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