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INDIANOLA — Funeral services for Damion Dominic Allen, 19, of Indianola were Tuesday at noon at Mt. Beulah MB Church, Indianola. He died Nov.. 26, 2002, at Hospice in His Hand, Madden. Burial was in Riverside Memorial Garden, Indianola, under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home, Indianola.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Francis Butler of Indianola; his father, Richard Allen of Mayersville; three sisters, Brittiny Barnes and Shandricka Barnes, both of Mayersville, and Robin Allen of Glen Allan; and three brothers, Richard Cartlidge of Indianola, and Kevin Allen and Derrick Barnes, both of Mayersville.
The Rev. Obidiah Hall officiated.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — Funeral services for Esther L. Baker, 60, of Battle Creek and formerly of Greenville, Miss., will be today at 2 p.m. at Unity Missionary Baptist Church, Battle Creek. She died Nov. 27, 2002, at her daughter's home. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, under the direction of Bachman Hebble Funeral Service, Battle Creek.
She was born June 12, 1942, in Scott, Miss., the daughter of the Rev. L.D. and Thelma Jones Patterson Fields.
She was preceded in death by her father, brother Roland Lewis Jr. and paternal grandmother Alice Pilot.
Esther is survived by her husband, Freddie Baker Sr. of Palmdale, Calif.; sons Jerry Baker of Lansing, Freddie Baker Jr. of Muskegon Heights and Curtis Baker of Carson City; daughters Thelma (Enos) Wanzer, Dewanda Baker and Rosie Baker, all of Battle Creek; a special son-in-law, Isaiah Boyd; four grandchildren whom she raised as her own children, Morgan, Brittany, Melvin and Joshua Baker, all of Battle Creek; 21 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; sisters Alice McCray (Archie) of Berrien Springs, Rosie (Eugene) Smith Sr. of Scott, Miss., and Bettie (Robert) White Sr. and Sarah Jones, both of Greenville; and brothers James Patterson of Peoria, Ill., Eddie Fields of LaFayette, Ala., Leonard Fields of Houston, Texas, and Arthur Fields of Greenville.
ANGUILLA — Funeral arrangements for Willie Julius Bolden Sr., 60, of Anguilla are pending at Walker Funeral Home, Rolling Fork. He died Nov. 30, 2002, at Sharkey Issaquena Hospital, Rolling Fork.
LEXINGTON — Funeral services for Katherine Farish Clifford, 73, of Lexington will be today at 2 p.m. at Card Funeral Home, Indianola. She died Dec. 2, 2002, at Lexington Manor Nursing Home. Burial will be in Indianola City Cemetery.
She was retired from Ludlow Textiles. She was a member of Blaine Community Church.
Survivors include her husband, George W. Clifford Sr.; one son, George W. (Deborah) Clifford Jr. of Hollandale.; three sisters, Jean Truitt and Doris Moore, both of Lexington, and Margie Bowman of Jackson; one brother, Pete Farish of Oxford; one grandson, Cliff (Amy) Clifford; two granddaughters, Kathryn and Allyson Clifford; and one great-granddaughter, Payson Clifford.
Visitation will be today from 1 to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
ISOLA — Funeral services for Joseph Guider, 59, of Isola will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, Belzoni. He died of heart failure Dec. 1, 2002, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, Greenwood. Burial will be in Humphreys County Memorial Gardens, Belzoni, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Belzoni.
Mr. Guider was a former employee at United States Steel Mill in Gary, Ind.
Survivors include his wife, Cecelia G. Guider of Isola; one son, Tommy Noble of Gary, Ind.; two daughters, Krystal Guider and Nakita Gardner, both of Gary, Ind.; two brothers, Cliff Guider of Belzoni and Cleveland Guider of Minneapolis; and two sisters, Bessie Jones of Gary, Ind., and Alma Baldwin of Isola.
Visitation will be Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home chapel, Belzoni, and Saturday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.
Brother Mark Towery will officiate.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Quintarius Joseph, 14, of Houston, Texas, are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Dec. 1, 2002, at Waxahachie, Texas.
INDIANOLA — Funeral services for Annell Dickerson McClain, 77, of Indianola, a homemaker, will be today at 10 a.m. at Card Funeral Home, Indianola. She died Dec. 3, 2002, at South Sunflower County Hospital, Indianola. Burial will be in Indianola City Cemetery.
She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Indianola. She was preceded in death by her husband, Whitfield McClain.
Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Hodge of Indianola; one son, Kenneth McClain of Indianola; one sister, Johnnie Vick of Cleveland; one brother, Perry Dickerson of Wilmer, Ala.; three grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
INDIANOLA — Funeral arrangements for Augusta McGee, 76, of Greenville and formerly of Indianola are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. He died Dec. 3, 2002, at Greenville Convalescent Home, Greenville.
SALTILLO — Stateroom services for Ruby Freund Metzgar, 81, of Saltillo were Tuesday at 4 p.m. at W.E. Pegues Funeral Home, Tupelo. She died Dec. 1, 2002, at her home. Graveside services will be today at 1 p.m. in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville.
Mrs. Metzgar was a native of Fifty-six, Ark. She was a resident of Greenville for about 20 years and had been a resident of Saltillo for the last 24 years. She briefly worked for Vend Foods of Tupelo and was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Greenville.
She was preceded in death by two husbands, William Joseph Freund and Harvey Metzgar.
Survivors include one daughter, Pat Killebrew of Denton, Texas; one son, Michael Freund and his wife, Linda, of Conroe, Texas; three sisters, Nancy Opal Perrey, Triba Jenkins and Pauline McCarty, all of Arkansas; four grandchildren, Chris Killebrew and his wife, Joanne, and John Killebrew, all of Denton, Texas, and David Freund and Daniel Freund, both of Conroe, Texas; one great-grandchild, Christian Killebrew of Denton, Texas; and her special friend, Allen Gossett of Saltillo.
GULFPORT — Funeral services for Claudia Virginia O'Conor, 84, of Gulfport and formerly of Belzoni will be Friday at 11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Belzoni. She died of heart failure Nov. 27, 2002, at Driftwood Nursing Home, Gulfport. Burial will be in Belzoni City Cemetery under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni.
Claudia Virginia Miller O'Conor was born July 8, 1918, in Anniston, Ala., and was a resident of Belzoni, Miss. At the age of six months, she lost her hearing as a result of spinal meningitis. She was educated at Central Institute for the Deaf at St. Louis, Mo., where she learned to speak and read lips to communicate with the hearing world.
Claudia returned to Belzoni High School, where she became captain of her basketball team and graduated with honors in 1937. She attended Mississippi State College for Women and the Memphis Academy of Art. She was employed with Chicago and Southern Airlines during World War II as a technical illustrator, working on top-secret projects. After the war, she attended the University of Mississippi and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of fine arts degree in 1953.
Claudia was a talented artist, training with several nationally noted abstract artists. Her brand of both realism and abstract style of art won her numerous local and regional awards. Her love and concern for others led to her charity work with the Gulfport Junior Auxiliary, where she held the office of secretary and was an advocate for oral deaf education.
She is preceded in death by her father, Clarence Edward Miller; her mother, Jennie Meek Miller; and her husband of 42 years, Harvey George O'Conor.
She is survived by her sister, Anne Miller Chance of Gulf Breeze, Fla.; and her son, Harvey George O'Conor Jr., daughter-in-law, Joanna Corban O'Conor, and granddaughter, Margaret Virginia O'Conor, of Gulfport.
A memorial visitation was Tuesday from 10:30 to noon at St. Peter's By The Sea Episcopal Church. Visitation will be Friday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, Belzoni.
BELZONI — Funeral services for Robert Pitchford, 72, of Belzoni, a farmer, will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Little Mt. Zion MB Church, Silver City. He died of heart failure Dec. 2, 2002, at his home. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Lexington, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Belzoni.
Survivors include three sons, Robert Pitchford, Willie Pitchford and David Pitchford, all of Belzoni; eight daughters, Letha Gwin of Milwaukee, Sally Harvey, Linda Franklin, Earlene Pitchford, Mary Tate and Shirley Pitchford, all of Belzoni, Nadine Moore of Jackson and Brenda Chapman of Jacksonville, Fla.; six brothers, Charlie Williams and Melvin Williams, both of Belzoni, Ivory Williams of Isola, Mack Curtis Williams of Gulfport, Jessie Williams of Biloxi and Joe Lee Williams of Oklahoma City, Okla.; eight sisters, Earlene Birt of Oak Ridge, Tenn., Ruby Williams of Belzoni, Lillie B. Patton, Carrie Allen and Lela Mae Williams, all of Biloxi, and Charlie Mae Cassidy, Sadie Lee Williams and Betty Bea Williams, all of California; 25 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home chapel, Belzoni.
Elder Willie Hodges will officiate.
INDIANOLA — Funeral arrangements for Katrina Weeks Reece, 37, of Indianola are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. She died Nov. 30, 2002, at South Sunflower County Hospital, Indianola.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Daniel Smith Jr., 55, of Greenville are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Dec. 1, 2002, at his home.
GREENVILLE — Funeral services for L.K. Williams, 40, of Greenville will be today 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.
Father Eric Groner will officiate.
MOORHEAD — Funeral services for Linda Wright, 50, of Moorhead will be Sunday at 11 a.m. at Higher Height MB Church, Moorhead. She died Nov. 28, 2002, at her home. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Moorhead, under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home, Indianola.
Survivors include one son, Tarrance Wright of Moorhead; one daughter, LeTishia Wright of Moorhead; four brothers, Henry Wright, John Wright and J.B. Wright, all of Florida City, Fla., and Willie Wright of Moorhead; five sisters, Mary Lee Wright, Alice Wright and Ora Lee Coleman, all of Moorhead, and Willie Trussell and Fannie Turner, both of Fairview Park, Ill.; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Dillon Funeral Home chapel, Indianola.
Bishop Eugene Sacus will officiate.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Betty Jean Jones, 65, of Greenville are pending at Harris-Brown & Marion Funeral Home, Greenville. She died Jan. 31, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.
BELZONI — Funeral services for Minnie Oliver, 78, of Belzoni will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Shiloh (Pluck) MB Church, Belzoni. She died of heart failure Jan. 30, 2003, at Humphreys County Memorial Hospital, Belzoni. Burial will be in Humphreys County Memorial Garden Cemetery, Belzoni, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Belzoni.
Survivors include one son, John Oliver Jr. of Jackson; two daughters, Louise Oliver and Anita Harris, both of Belzoni; one brother, Walter Smith of Isola; one sister, Mary Oliver of Belzoni; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from noon to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home chapel, Belzoni.
The Rev. Frank Belmon will officiate.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Carilous Williams, 69, of Greenville are pending at Harris-Brown & Marion Funeral Home, Greenville. She died Feb. 2, 2003, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville.
GREENVILLE — Funeral services for Robert Heard Alexander, 65, of Greenville will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. James' Episcopal Church, Greenville. He died March 23, 2003, at his home after being ill with multiple sclerosis for many years. Burial will be in Greenville Cemetery under the direction of Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville.
A retired banker and businessman, Mr. Alexander was born March 25, 1937, at The King's Daughters Hospital in Greenville, the second son of George Edward and Frances Murphy Alexander. He attended Greenville Public Schools, graduating in 1955. He received his B.B.A. from the University of Mississippi in 1959 and graduated from the Louisiana School of Banking in 1967.
Mr. Alexander served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army from 1959 to 1961, after which he returned to Greenville to join Alexander Lumber Co. for a year. He became assistant cashier and branch manager for Commercial National Bank (now Trustmark) in 1962. During his 24 years at the bank, he rose to the position of executive vice president. He was forced to retire because of multiple sclerosis in 1986.
During Mr. Alexander's active years, he held many leadership positions in the community. He served as president of the Washington County YMCA Board, campaign chairman and president of the Washington County United Way and president of the Greenville Rotary Club. He was also a Paul Harris Rotary Fellow.
In 1980, the Washington County Board of Supervisors appointed Mr. Alexander as Washington County's representative on the Commission on Mental Illness and Mental Retardation for the Fifth Region of Mississippi. He served as chairman from 1980 to 1992. He was presented a joint resolution of appreciation from the supervisors and the commission at his retirement.
He also served as chairman of the Washington County Cancer Crusade, treasurer of the Chamber of Commerce and was a Salvation Army Board member. He served as stewardship chairman for St. James' Episcopal Church, where he was a communicant.
Mr. Alexander was active in the Mississippi Young Bankers Association and served that organization as vice president, president and executive council member.
After his retirement from the bank in 1986, Mr. Alexander purchased the Credit Bureau of Greenville Inc., which he owned for a number of years.
Despite his increasing disability, Mr. Alexander founded and was president of Handicapped Inc., a local non-profit organization. He devoted much time to raising public awareness for the needs of disabled persons in the community, particularly as to the need for handicapped parking, curb cuts and access to buildings.
At the time of his death, he was serving as co-chair of the 2003 Mid-Delta fund-raiser for the Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Mr. Alexander was preceded in death by his parents and his sister-in-law, Virginia Ford Alexander.
He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marian Sykes Alexander, and two children, Robert Heard Alexander Jr. of Jackson and Lanier Sykes Alexander Quantz of Atlanta; a daughter-in-law, Michelle Leigh Alexander; a son-in-law, Newton G. Quantz III; and four grandchildren, Claire Sykes Alexander, Millie Rives Alexander, Newton Gaston Quantz IV and Shelton Sykes Quantz.
Other survivors include his two brothers, George Edward Alexander Jr. and Kenneth Conwill Alexander, and his sisters and brother-in-law, Fay Prince Alexander, Lanier Sykes Bogen and Eugene Michael Bogen, all of Greenville; an aunt, Mary Murphy of West Point, Miss.; an uncle-in-law, Walter Lee Shelton Jr. of Jackson; and eight nieces and nephews.
After the burial, friends are invested to visit with family members at a reception in the St. James' Parish Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. James' Organ Fund, 1026 S. Washington Ave., Greenville, MS 38701 or the Mississippi Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 145 Executive Drive, Madison, MS 38110.
ROSEDALE — Funeral arrangements for Joe S. Anderson Sr., 61, of Rosedale are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. He died March 23, 2003 at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, Greenwood.
GREENVILLE — Funeral services for M.L. Barr, 89, of Greenville will be Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. He died March 20, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville.
Survivors include a daughter, Viola (Fred) McKinley of Jackson; four grandchildren, Chris Lofton, Fredrick McKinley, Krystina McKinley and Brianna McKinley, all of Jackson; and eight special and devoted friends, Lenora Galloway, Wilda Acoff, Mary Young, George McCullar, Hattie Sykes, Earnestine Bell, Hannah McKnight and John Askew, all of Greenville.
Visitation will be Tuesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Greenville.
GREENVILLE — Funeral services for Sam Jefferson Edwards, 87, of Greenville, a retired cotton picker mechanic, will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home, Greenville. He died of heart failure March 21, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
He was a veteran of the 13th Army Air Force "Combat Medic" in the Pacific Theater in World War II. He was a member of American Legion Post 32. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by six sisters, Ona Mann, Annie Reynolds, Naneva Ferguson, Myrtal Ferguson, Edna Meeks and Vlady Fowler; and three brothers, Henry Edwards, Thomas Edwards and George Edwards.
Survivors include his wife, Lottie Evelyn Edwards of Greenville; three sons, Thomas Edwards of Chattanooga, Tenn., William "Bill" Edwards of Leadville Colo., and Larry (Robin) Edwards of Knoxville, Tenn.
Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home.
Dr. Ronny Spivey will officiate.
ISOLA — Funeral services for Roy Preston Forbes, 60, of Isola, a retired farmer, will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Mortimer Funeral Home chapel, Belzoni. He died of heart failure March 23, 2003, at his home. Burial will be in Central Cemetery, Isola.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Sherry Lynn Forbes; a sister, Gladys Forbes Walker; and his parents, Elmer and Ethel Forbes.
Survivors include two sons, Robert Preston Forbes and Glen Howard Forbes, both of Isola; two daughters-in-law, Mary Anita Forbes and Casandra Forbes, both of Isola; four sisters, Ada Forbes Johnson of Isola, Billie Forbes Robertson of Belzoni, Hilda Forbes Hales of Flowood and Evelyen Forbes Walker of Yazoo City; two brothers, Robert Franklin Forbes of Belzoni and Milton Forbes of Isola; and two grandchildren, Preston Lee Forbes and Camden Suzanne Forbes, both of Isola.
Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni.
The Rev. Gary Riechenbach will officiate.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for John A. Harvey, 67, of Greenville are pending at Frye Funeral Home, Leland. He died March 22, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.
GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Lois Anita Littlejohn, 56, of Greenville are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Greenville. She died March 22, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center.
ITTA BENA — Memorial services for Dr. James William Shores, 73, a professor at Mississippi Valley State University, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the H.G. Carpenter Auditorium, MVSU campus, Itta Bena. He died of cancer March 21, 2003. Arrangements are under the direction of Century Funeral Home, Greenwood.
ROLLING FORK — Funeral arrangements for Josephine Thomas, 83, of Rolling Fork are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died March 22, 2003 at St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson.