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Bolden

JACKSON Funeral services for Elizabeth Bolden, 89, of Jackson will be Saturday at noon at Smith Chapel MB Church, Flora. She died July 14, 2002, at Hospice Ministries, Jackson. Burial will be in Smith Chapel MB Church Cemetery under the direction of Delta Burial Corporation, Belzoni.

Survivors include one daughter-in-law, Hattie M. Hudson of Flora; one sister-in-law, Lillian Jefferson of Flora; eight grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

Active pallbearers will be David Palmer, Johnny Whealer, Michael Pacey, Johnny Geard, Sammy Harden and Mose Grant. Honorary pallbearers will be John Hudson, Will Hudson, Sammy Hudson, Jimmie Hudson, Larry Hudson and the Rev. Jim Dixon.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 6 p.m. at Delta Burial chapel, Belzoni.

The Rev. Jim Dixon Jr. will officiate.

Durr

DREW Funeral services for Reese Durr, 82, of Drew will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Holly Grove MB Church, Drew. He died July 13, 2002, at North Sunflower County Hospital, Ruleville. Burial will be in Drew Cemetery under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville.

Survivors include seven sons, Thomas Dixon and Ralph Dixon, both of Chicago, Terry Willis of Memphis, W.T. Willis of Los Angeles, R.L. Durr and David Durr, both of Drew, and James Durr of Atlanta; two daughters, Jeardean Gray of Memphis and Era Mae Phillip of Los Angeles; one sister, Evelyn Durr of Denver, Colo.; 24 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville.

The Rev. Jesse Gresham will officiate.

Ford

GUNNISON Funeral services for Linda Ford, 51, of Chicago and formerly of Gunnison, will be Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at Gospel Temple Church, Rosedale. She died July 12, 2002, at her home. Burial will be in Morning Star Cemetery, Gunnison, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Shelby.

Her son, Robert L. "Ray" Ford died July 13, 2002, in Chicago.

Survivors include one daughter, Monique Ford of Chicago; nine brothers, Edward (Vera) Ford, Zebedee (Issabella) Ford, Aaron Ford, Emanuel (Latarya) Ford and Tannie (Glinda) Ford, all of Gunnison, Freddie Ford, Alfred Ford and Elvis (Beatrice) Ford, all of St. Louis, Mo., and Fred (Marie) Ford of Milwaukee; one sister, Olliestene (Alvin) Davenport of St. Louis, Mo.; a special companion, Levi Gipson Sr. of Chicago; one stepson, Levi Gipson Jr. of Chicago; one stepdaughter, Sanetta Gipson of Chicago; one stepgranddaughter, Brianna Gipson of Chicago; two grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and relatives.

Visitation will be Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home chapel, Shelby.

The Rev. Andrew Williams III will officiate.

Ford

GUNNISON Funeral services for Robert L. "Ray" Ford, 32, of Chicago and formerly of Gunnison will be Sunday at 11:30 a.m. at Gospel Temple Church, Rosedale. He died July 13, 2002, at his home. Burial will be in Morning Star Cemetery, Gunnison, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Shelby.

His mother, Linda Ford, preceded him in death July 12, 2002, in Chicago.

Survivors include one sister, Monique Ford of Chicago; and two sons, Jonathan Ford of Decatur, Ill., and Ryan Ford of Memphis.

Visitation will be Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home chapel, Shelby.

The Rev. Andrew Williams III will officiate.

Franklin

CLEVELAND Funeral services for Louise Holt Franklin, 63, of Cleveland will be Monday at 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Mound Bayou. She died July 17, 2002, at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson. Burial will be in Bright Star Cemetery, Merigold, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Survivors include two sons, Christopher C. Franklin of Tupelo and Leonardo R. Franklin of Seoul, Korea; two daughters, Donna Franklin Grenell of Auburn, Ala., and Carolyn Franklin Williams of Tupelo; four brothers, Carl Holt of Greenville, Johnathan Holt and Harry Holt, both of Mound Bayou, and Clinton Holt of Memphis; five sisters, Beulah McMillion and Earnestine Patterson, both of Chicago, Cathy Pegeus and Helen Holt, both of Mound Bayou, and Brenda H. Collier of Memphis; and 13 grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., with family hour from 6 to 8 p.m., at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland.

The Rev. Truville Black will officiate.

Green

VICKSBURG Funeral services for Calvin Green, 43, of Vicksburg will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Herald MB Church, Rolling Fork. He died July 13, 2002, at River Regional Hospital, Vicksburg. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Rolling Fork, under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, Rolling Fork.

Mr. Green was a welder with East Fabco of Vicksburg.

Survivors include his mother, Mattie Green of Jackson; five brothers, Johnnie Green, Willie T. Green and Gordon Green, all of Vicksburg, Larry Green of Rolling Fork and James Smith of Chicago.

Pallbearers will be David Clark, Laurance Armstrong, Willie T. Green, Eugene Gibbs Jr., Larry Green, Gordon Green, Ronnie Green and Glen Green.

Griffin

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Elise Griffin, 81, of Greenville, a retired sitter, will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Peter MB (South) Church, Greenville. She died July 12, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, Metcalfe, under the direction of Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home, Greenville.

The Rev. Lonnie Sanders will officiate.

Hutchinson

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Ruby Marble Hutchinson, 91, of Heber Springs, Ark., and formerly of Washington County, a homemaker, will be today at 11 a.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. She died of heart failure July 16, 2002, at Baptist Hospital, Little Rock, Ark. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Winona.

Mrs. Hutchinson was born in Vaiden, Miss., and lived in Washington County most of her life. She lived in Heber Springs the last two years.

Our precious Lord took Mrs. Ruby by her hand and lead her into heaven on July 16, 2002, at 8:20 p.m.

Survivors include two daughters, Lena Fonville of Ranger, Texas, and Dorothy Burney of Heber Springs, Ark.; three sons, Floyd Hutchinson of Lake Providence, La., Ralph Hutchinson of Kosciusko and Aubrey Hutchinson of Greenville; one sister, Ethel Hearon of Greenville; 16 grandchildren; a host of great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Barry King will officiate.

Ingram

PERTHSHIRE Funeral services for Theodore Ingram Sr., 76, of Perthshire will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mercy Seat MB Church, Perthshire. He died July 16, 2002, at Bolivar Health and Rehab Center, Cleveland. Burial will be in Morning Star Cemetery, Gunnison, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Rosedale.

Johnson

GREENVILLE Funeral arrangements for Magnolia Johnson, 54, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died July 17, 2002, at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson.

May

CHICAGO Funeral services for Essie Lee May, 53, of Chicago and formerly of Leland, Miss., will be Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Vernon Park Church of God, 9011 S. Stony Island, Chicago. She died July 12, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, Miss. Burial will be at the Lincoln Funeral Home, Chicago, under the direction of Seals Funeral Home, Chicago.

Essie Lee May was born Dec. 7, 1948, in Leland to Marie and Webb May. She was the second of five children. Both parents preceded her in death.

She moved to Chicago around 1966. Upon settling in Chicago, she became a member of Vernon Park Church of God, where she was a very devoted member until her death. She was employed in the Chicago school system, where she was a devoted school teacher for over 30 years. Essie was also a volunteer and leader in many different charity groups. She is loved and will be missed by many.

Essie leaves to cherish her memories one sister, Bessie Lee May of Chicago; three brothers, Webster May of Fort Worth, Texas, and Monroe (Alberta) May and Wade May, both of Chicago; one niece, Katina Alicia May Brewer of Brooksville, Miss., who was very special to her; a special friend, Thelma Jackson of Chicago; and a host of loving relatives and friends. She also leaves two aunts, Florence Payne of Los Angeles and Rosie Lee Payne of Greenville; and one uncle, Frank Thomas of Greenville.

Visitation will be Monday from 7 to 7:30 p.m. at the church.

The Rev. Jerald January Sr. will officiate.

McChriston

GREENVILLE Funeral arrangements for Hustcern McChriston, 66, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died July 18, 2002, at her home.

Roberts

GERMANTOWN, Tenn. Funeral services for Edward D. Roberts, 67, of Germantown and formerly of Greenville, Miss., will be today at 10 a.m. at Memphis Funeral Home, Memphis. He died July 17, 2002, at his home. Burial will be in Moorhead Cemetery, Moorhead, Miss.

Skinner

GREENVILLE Funeral arrangements for Alinden Marion Skinner, 79, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. He died July 1, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.

Spraggins-Walker

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Lauretta Spraggins-Walker, 75, of Greenville will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shady Grove (South) MB Church, Greenville. She died July 11, 2002, at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

She was born July 5, 1927, the last of seven children from the union of Annie and Morris Caldwell of Pheba, Miss. She was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers; and one sister.

At an early age, she accepted the call to Christ and was baptized at First Baptist Church in Pheba. In 1946, she married Woodrow Spraggins Sr. This union was blessed with five children. They moved to Greenville in December 1962. In 1963, they joined Shady Grove MB Church under the pastorage of the late Clarence Johnson. Woodrow preceded her in death in 1972. Johnnie Walker Sr. and Lauretta were married in 1981. In 1991, they moved their membership to the Greater St. Mary MB Church under the leadership of the late Rev. R.L. Reed and the Rev. Thomas Gray. Johnnie preceded her in death in 1998. In March of 2002, she moved her membership back to Shady Grove MB Church under the pastorage of Charles E. Stewart. She remained here as a mother and active member until her death.

She leaves to cherish her memories two daughters, Mary (Henry) Miller of Detroit and Betty (Willie) Barksdale of Greenville; three sons, Woodrow (Angela) Spraggins Jr. of Columbus, Ga., Clifton (Sharon) Spraggins of Leland and Kenneth (Angie) Spraggins of Greenville; five stepsons; five stepdaughters; 15 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 5 p.m., with family hour from 5 to 6 p.m., at Redmon Funeral Home chapel. The remains will lie in state at the church Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Pastor Charles E. Stewart will officiate.

Thornton

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Loretta Thornton, 73, of Greenville will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Mt. Carmel MB Church, Greenville. She died July 10, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Mrs. Thornton was a homemaker for most of her life. Her declining years were spent as a resident of Autumn Leaves Nursing Home in Greenville.

She leaves to cherish her memories her guardians, Darnell and Helen Coleman of Greenville; one brother, Ned (Maxine) Allen of Clarksdale; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.

The Rev. Morris McCaskill will officiate.

Townsend

INDIANOLA Funeral services for Lizzie Townsend, 96, of Indianola will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Shady Grove MB Church, Inverness. She died July 16, 2002, at Beverly Health Care Center, Ruleville. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Garden, Indianola, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Indianola.

Survivors include her husband, Robert Townsend Sr. of Indianola; two sons, Robert Townsend Jr. and Lewis Townsend, both of Indianola; one daughter, Christine Marshall of Chicago; and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola.

The Rev. Johnny Dodd will officiate.

Walker

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Horace Walker, 79, of Greenville will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Potter's House MB Church, Greenville. He died July 17, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Delta Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Greenville.

Survivors include his wife, Florence Walker of Greenville; three daughters, Bobbie (Verdell) Hinds of Memphis, and JoAnn Mason and Lesterean White, both of Greenville; seven sons, Horace Murray and Charles Mason, both of Greenville, Anthony (Lucinda) Mason of Coffeeville, Carl Mason of Memphis, and Leon (Earnestine) Williams, Nathaniel (Tony) Griffin and Cleotha (Martha) Griffin, all of Elgin, Ill.; 21 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Greenville. The body will lie in state at the church Satruday from 1 to 2 p.m.

The Rev. Freddie Hall will officiate.

Bennett

DREW -- Funeral services for Dorothy Bennett, 49, of Drew will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Holly Grove MB Church, Drew. She died Aug. 23, 2001, at her home. Burial will be in Drew Cemetery under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville.

Survivors include four sons, Richard Bennett and Odell Bennett, both of Drew, Gary Bennett of Chicago and Tony Bennett of Gary, Ind.; two brothers, Dorsey Bennett and Albert First, both of Drew; one sister, Jessie M. Sculark of Drew; and eight grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville.

The Rev. Jesse Gresham will officiate.

Christian

CLEVELAND -- Funeral services for Isabelle "Bell" Christian, 87, of Cleveland will be Saturday at noon at United Baptist Church, Cleveland. She died Aug. 25, 2001, at Bolivar County Medical Center, Cleveland. Burial will be in Westlawn Cemetery, Cleveland, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Survivors include three daughters, Mary Lee Hutton of Chicago, Ethel Mae Christian Cypress of Somerville, Tenn., and Magnolia Christian Williams of Cleveland; one son, Otis "O.C." Christian of Cleveland; 49 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one brother, Senior Hunt of Grand Rapids, Mich.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland. The body will lie in state on Saturday from 10 a.m. until funeral time at the church.

The Rev. Sammy Rash will officiate.

Elmore

INDIANOLA -- Funeral services for Robert Elmore, 37, of Indianola will be Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Beulah MB Church, Indianola. He died Aug. 27, 2001, at Veteran Hospital in Topeka, Kan. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Garden, Indianola, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Indianola.

Survivors include his mother, Jessie Elmore of Indianola; his wife, Jessica Elmore of Indianola; four daughters, Lakesha Elmore, Kenya Elmore, Nakehta Elmore and Jennifer Elmore, all of Indianola; five brothers, James Elmore, Alexis Elmore and Jonathan Elmore, all of Detroit, Mich., Eddie Elmore Jr. of Indianola and Ricky Spells of Cleveland; and seven sisters, Dorothy Baker of Detroit, Dina Butler, Willie Mae Johnson, Martha Elmore, Georgia Carpenter, Shirley Turner and Robbie Elmore, all of Indianola.

Visitation will be Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola.

The Rev. James White will officiate.

Goodman

ENCINO, Calif. -- Funeral services for Dr. Sanders A. Goodman, 86, of Encino were Aug. 21 at Eternal Light Chapel. He died Aug. 17, 2001, in Canoga Park, Calif. Burial was in Eden Memorial Park under the direction of Groman Mortuary, Mission Hills, Calif.

Dr. Goodman was born Aug. 29, 1914, in Glen Allan, Miss. He grew up in Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School and Tulane Medical School. He practiced medicine as an ophthalmologist in California.

Survivors include his wife, Florence Goodman of Encino, Calif.; one son, Stephen Goodman; one daughter, Janice Goodman of Encino, Calif.; and one brother, Sidney "Mace" Goodman of Greenville.

Rabbi Bernard Cohen officiated.

Harris

COLUMBUS -- Funeral services for Annie Harris, 83, of Columbus will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Sixth Avenue Baptist Church, Columbus. She died Aug. 24, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Jackson. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, Columbus, under the direction of Carter's Funeral Home, Columbus.

Mrs. Harris was born Feb. 25, 1918, in Lowndes County, Miss., to Sam Taylor Sr. and Katie Taylor, both deceased.

Survivors include one son, Alfred Taylor of Columbus; three daughters, Gloria Thomas of Greenville, and Sarah Harrison and Bobbie Taylor, both of Columbus; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one goddaughter, Christine Butler Williams.

Visitation will be today from 3 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

The Rev. Bobby Woodrick will officiate.

James

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Melvin Debrowski James, 45, of Greenville will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Greater St. John MB Church, Greenville. He died Aug. 23, 2001, at his home. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Greenville.

Melvin D. James was born April 8, 1956, in Greenville, to Mrs. L.V. James and the late Willie Harps. He confessed a hope in Christ at Hinds Street MB Church in 1967 under the leadership of the late Rev. E.D. Simpson. In later years, Melvin united in Christian membership with Greater St. John MB Church under the leadership of the Rev. J.B. Woods. 

Melvin attended Greenville public schools and upon graduation from Job Corps, he served in the United States Army. After being discharged from the Army, he was employed as a telephone operator in California for seven years.

On Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at the home of his mother, he made his transformation from earth to heaven. He will be forever remembered by his mother, Mrs. L.V. Martin; two daughters, Tikinia James of Memphis and LaTonia Parks of Nashville, Tenn.; one son, Tyree Waites of Anaheim, Calif.; five grandchildren; four sisters, Mercury James, Redell (Mack) Acron, Rosalind (Ben) Brown and Donyetta (Troy) Martin, all of Greenville; nine brothers, Jewell James of Milwaukee, Alvin (Kim) James of Reseda, Calif., and Harry James, Lamarcus Martin, Charles Martin, Aaron Martin, Willie (Mary) Harps Jr., Luke (Yvonne) Harps and Earnest Harps, all of Greenville; three aunts, Percy Davis of Lake Charles, La., Idella Miller of Greenville and Emma Harps of Memphis; two uncles, Benjamin Wright of Sun Valley, Calif., and Mack Miller of Beulah; a very special friend, Jacqueline Davis of Greenville; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Greenville. The body will lie in state at the church Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

The Rev. J.B. Woods and the Rev. Jerome Bailey will officiate.

Lott

INDIANOLA -- Funeral services for Conchetta "Connie" Fratesi Lott, 74, of Indianola, a retired restaurant owner, will be today at 10 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Indianola. She died Aug. 29, 2001, at her home. Burial will be in Indianola City Cemetery under the direction of Card Funeral Home, Indianola.

Mrs. Lott was the widow of Emmett "Peasoup" Lott. She was a communicant of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Survivors include three sons, Thomas Lott, Terry Lott and Raymond Lott, all of Indianola; two sisters, Linda Hitchcock Flanagan of Leland and Liza McDonell of Greensboro, N.C.; three brothers, Charlie Fratesi, Lando Fratesi and Louis Fratesi, all of Leland; and four grandchildren.

Mill

SHELBY -- Funeral services for John H. Mill, 87, of Shelby will be today at 2 p.m. at New Mt. Olive MB Church, Shelby. He died Aug. 21, 2001, at his home. Burial will be in Brown Temple Cemetery, Shelby, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Shelby.

Survivors include one special friend, Virdie Lee Burns of Shelby; and a host of relatives and friends.

The Rev. Keith Toliver will officiate.

Parish

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Carl Ray Parish, 62, of Greenville, a towboat captain, will be today at 2 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. He died of heart failure Aug. 29, 2001, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville. Burial will be in Greenville Cemetery.

Mr. Parish was born in McCool, Miss., and lived in Greenville for 35 years. He was a towboat captain for 37 years. He was preceded in death by one son, Jerry Pearce.

Survivors include his wife, Julia N. Parish of Greenville; four daughters, Kathy Prestridge of Jackson, Vicki Hesseltine of Brandon, and Brigitte Trotter and Lisa Parish Welch, both of Greenville; one brother, Joel Parish of Weir, Miss.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Robinson

SHELBY -- Funeral services for Ruth Stella Robinson, 68, of Bakersfield, Calif., and formerly of Mississippi will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Zion Grove MB Church, Shelby. She died Aug. 25, 2001, in Bakersfield. Burial will be in Merigold Cemetery under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Shelby.

She was preceded in death by one sister, Maude Johnson; and one brother, Albert Allen.

Survivors include her husband, Henry Robinson of Bakersfield, Calif.; seven sons, Henry Robinson Jr., Jasper (Mary) Robinson, Bobby Robinson, Timothy Robinson, Roy Lee Robinson, Anthony Robinson and Elbert Robinson, all of Bakersfield, Calif.; four daughters, Rosie Robinson of Chicago, and Louis Allen, Estella (Roosevelt) Vickers and Viola Ann Robinson, all of Bakersfield, Calif.; six sisters, Elizabeth Johnson of St. Louis, Mo., Mary Martin and Leada (the Rev. James T.) Taylor, both of Greenville, Ruth E. Triplett of Leland, and Julia Robinson and Nancy Patterson, both of Chicago; two brothers, Joseph (Essie) Allen of St. Louis, Mo., and Charley (Fannie) Allen Sr. of Shelby; 23 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Shelby.

The Rev. T.L. Martin will officiate.

Saloane

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Mary Alice Saloane, 87, of Greenville will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Rose Hill North MB Church, Greenville. She died Aug. 24, 2001, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home, Greenville.

Mary Alice Saloane was born on Oct. 5, 1913, in Cleveland, Miss., to the late Mary and Jim Edmond. She confessed her belief in Christ at Rose Hill North MB Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Clarence Johnson. Then she continued her membership under the Rev. V.J. Moore, where she remained until her death. She departed this life Aug. 24, 2001, at 6:30 p.m. at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. She was married to the late Joseph Saloane Sr. in 1933, and to this union eight children were born, including the late Willie Saloane and the late Joseph Saloane, both of Los Angeles, Barbara Howard of Greenville, and the late Odester Saloane of Medina, N.Y.

Survivors include four children, Dorothy (Jimmy) Crews of Tampa, Fla., Billy "Red" Saloane and Mary Ann Smith, both of Greenville, and Johnny Saloane of Rochester, N.Y.; 27 grandchildren; 47 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; two sisters, Annie Edmond of Little Rock, Ark., and Melinda Smith of Chicago; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 5 p.m. at Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home, Greenville. The body will lie in state at the church Saturday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

The Rev. V.J. Moore will officiate.

Wallace

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Leonia Wallace, 57, of Greenville will be Sunday at 1 p.m. at Hopewell MB Church, Greenville. She died Aug. 27, 2001, at her home. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Survivors include her husband, Percy Wells Sr.; four daughters, Laura Ann Walker of Panola, Lucinda (Clyde) Wallace Reagan and Marion Lisa (Walter Johnson) Wallace, both of Covington, Ky., and Dorothy Wallace of Greenville; three sons, Willie James (Teresa) Wallace and Grady (Margaret) Wallace, both of Covington, Ky., and Patrick Wallace of Greenville; two stepdaughters, Ruby (John) Johnson of Danville, Ill., and Georgia (Willie) McVay of Greenville; three stepsons, Percy (Denise) Wells Jr. of Los Angeles, and Nathaniel (Mona) Wells and George (Janne) Wells, both of Greenville; five sisters, Betty (Bobby) Newsome, Dorothy Walker, Rosella Walker, Geraldine Walker and Christine Walker, all of Panola; four brothers, Tracy L. Walker and Eula C. Walker, both of Panola, James Walker of California and Grady Walker of Chicago; one goddaughter, Christy Walker of Greenville; a loving and caring special aunt, Laura Lee McNair; 37 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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

Pastor Clarence Green will officiate.

Williams

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Bessie Ann Williams, 68, of Greenville will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Ebenezer MB Church, Grace. She died Aug. 28, 2001, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in St. John Church Cemetery, Glen Allan, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Survivors include her husband, Turner Williams Sr. of Greenville; six daughters, Ida M. Thomas, Georgia L. Williams, JoAnn Williams and Bettye A. Williams, all of Greenville, Charlene Allen of Glen Allan and Mary L. Williams of Grace; three sons, Jimmy R. Thomas of Glen Allan, and Turner Williams Jr. and Issac F. Thomas, both of Greenville; two sisters, Pankie Willis of Glen Allan and Ledora (Albert) Price of Saginaw, Mich.; two brothers, Calvin (Daisy) Thomas Sr. of Mayersville and Bennie (Mildred) Thomas of Pompano Beach, Fla.; 40 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one goddaughter, Gwendolyn Gaston of Glen Allan; three godsisters, Velma Flowers, Ruby Bogan and Gertrude Clark, all of Greenville; two godbrothers, Larry McCoy and Jack McCoy, both of Greenville; a special friend, Earnestine Bean of Glen Allan; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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

The Rev. E.R. Robinson will officiate.

Williams

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Celestine Williams, 71, of Greenville will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at St. John MB Church, Greenville. She died Aug. 28, 2001, at her home. Burial will be in Delta Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home, Greenville.

Celestine Townsend Williams departed this life on her journey to her heavenly home on Aug. 28, 2001. She was preceded in death by one daughter at the age of five, Annie Lou Townsend.

She leaves to mourn her passing a loving father, James Townsend of Greenville; a stepmother, Rose Lee Townsend of Greenville; one brother, Tommy Frank (Odessa) Townsend of Hernando; seven sisters, Otha Reeds, Addie Phillips and Georgia Hunter, all of Shelby, Mary Greene of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Charlene (Frank) Jones of Kissimme, Fla., and Elitha Townsend and Nekisha Townsend, both of Greenville; one stepbrother, Patrick Lee of Greenville; four daughters, Margaret Murphy of Greenville, Lillie (James) Banks of Hernando, and Argusta Walker and Doris J. (David) Ingraham, both of Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.; two sons, James Joe (Ruby) Hanger Jr. and George (Ather Jean) Townsend, both of Greenville; 18 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and two very dear friends, Pearlene Corbs of Greenville and Gladys Martin of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 5 p.m. at Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home, Greenville. The body will lie in state at the church Saturday from 2 to 3 p.m.

The Rev. Jerome Bailey will officiate.


 


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