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Bell

ROLLING FORK Funeral services for Jessie Bell Sr., 83, of Rolling Fork will be Sunday at noon at South Delta High School auditorium, Rolling Fork. He died Feb. 4, 2003, at Sharkey Issaquena Hospital, Rolling Fork. Burial will be in Section Cemetery, Anguilla, under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, Rolling Fork.

Survivors include his wife, Deloris Bell of Rolling Fork; seven sons, Calvin Fung, Ronnie (Mary) Fung, Robert (Ella Mae) Jones and Lynndale (Lakesha) Bell, all of Rolling Fork, Donald (Annie) Fung of Houston, Texas, Jessie (Shirley) Bell Jr. of Chicago and George (Kathy) Steen of Kansas City, Kan.; 18 daughters, Charlestine Ash, Charles Ann Chriss, Roberta Brooks, Ruthie Mae Colding and Ruby Jewell Steen, all of Kansas City, Kan., Annie Doss and Dorothy Bell, both of Chicago, Brenda Bell, Mary Ann Jones, Erica Bell and Lottie London, all of Rolling Fork, Delores (Anthony) Chism, Catina Bell, Laddie Bell, all of Greenville, Beatrice Bell of Vicksburg, Patricia (Jim) Mack of Jackson, Annie Fung of Columbus, Ga. and Cathy (Sammie) Lewis of Memphis; one sister, Ethel Carson of Vicksburg; and numerous grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Elder Reginald Brown Sr. will officiate.

Carter

SHAW Funeral services for Mack "Daddy Mack" Carter Sr., 91, of Shaw will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Spangle Banner MB Church, Shaw. He died Feb. 3, 2003, at Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland. Burial will be in New West Memorial Gardens, Shaw, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Mack "Daddy Mack" Carter Sr., a retired law enforcement officer of Shaw, Miss., died on Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland, Miss. Visitation will be today at the United Rock of Ages MB Church, 701 Issaquena St., Shaw, Miss., from 6 to 7 p.m. Services will be Saturday at the Spangle Banner MB Church, 308 White Oak Street, Shaw, Miss., at 1 p.m., with burial in New West Memorial Gardens, Shaw, Miss.

Mr. Carter was born April 16, 1911, the third child of eight children born to the late Green and Annie Carter of Redwood, Miss. He was a farmer and law enforcement professional. He concluded his professional career serving in the Shaw Police Department and the Bolivar County Sheriff's Department.

Survivors include a loving wife, Lela Heath Carter; four daughters, Johnnie (John) Dalton, Sherry (Willie) Cornell, Lela (Robert) Washington and Donna (Hosey) Jones; four sons, Mack (Natasha) Carter Sr., David (Jacqueline) Carter, William Carter and Roger (Catherine) Carter; one brother, D.H. (Georgette) Carter; three sisters, Rosie (McKinley) Ross, Margarete Henry and Floree Bew; 33 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews and countless friends.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 4 p.m., at Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. Family hour will be today from 6 to 7 p.m. at United Rock of Ages Church, Shaw. The remains will lie in state at the church Saturday from noon to 1 p.m.

The Rev. Larry L. King will officiate.

Dailey

INDIANOLA Funeral services for Edgar Alonzo Dailey, 81, of Indianola will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, Indianola. He died Feb. 6, 2003, at South Sunflower County Hospital, Indianola. Burial will be in Indianola City Cemetery under the direction of Card Funeral Home, Indianola.

Mr. Dailey was retired from Ludlow Textiles. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Marie Wilson Dailey of Indianola; two daughters, Dorothy Dailey of Plano, Texas, and Madie Dailey White of Richardson, Texas; and three grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 5 to 7 p.m. at Card Funeral Home, Indianola.

Memorials may be made to the Swartz-Ward Bible Class of First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 86, Indianola, MS 38751.

Harris

RULEVILLE Funeral arrangements for Jimmy Harris, 69, of Ruleville are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville. He died Jan. 6, 2003, at his home.

Hull

DREW Funeral arrangements for Frankie Hull, 64, of Drew are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville. He died Feb. 6, 2003, at his home.

Jones

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Betty Jeane Jones, 65, of Greenville will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Harris-Brown & Marion Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. She died Jan. 31, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Cremation will be at a later date.

Survivors include her husband, Edwards L. Jones III of Greenville; one daughter, J.B. Wright Williams of Oak Park, Mich.; one son, Turrell Taylor of Troy, Mich.; and a host of other relatives and friends.

The Rev. C.W. Ray will officiate.

Roncali

PEARL Funeral services for Tony Roncali Sr., 66, of Pearl will be Monday at 1 p.m. at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home, Pearl. He died Feb. 5, 2003, at his home. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Park, Pearl.

Mr. Roncali was a native of Shaw, Miss., but moved to Pearl 20 years ago from Cleveland. He was a member of the Baptist faith. He was a retired Pearl police officer, an Army veteran of the Korean conflict, a member of the American Legion and the VFW, a Mason and a member of Pearl Lodge. He loved to fish and work in his yard.

Survivors include his sons, Tony Roncali Jr., of Garner, N.C., Joe and Gene Roncali of Brevard, N.C., and William Roncali of Jackson; daughters Kathy Garcia of Gulfport, and Brenda Hernandez and Cookie Gilder, both of Greenville; brothers Frank Roncali of Newton and Dennon Woods of Shaw; sisters Mary Robertson of Alabama, Elizabeth Giles, Sissy Crockell and Angelina Watkins, all of Indianola; 17 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home, Pearl.

Thompson

RULEVILLE Funeral services for Timothy Thompson Jr., 58, of Ruleville will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Jerusalem MB Church, Ruleville. He died Feb. 1, 2003, at Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland. Burial will be in Mt. Galilee Cemetery, Ruleville, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville.

Survivors include his wife, Hattie Mae Thompson of Ruleville; two sons, Johnny Ball of Ruleville and Dewayne Ball of Minnesota; three daughters, Pamela Thompson Howard of Chicago, Deloris Bell of Killeen, Texas, and Debra Hall of Shelby; seven sisters, Grace Jackson, Nellie Thompson, Deloris Jackson and Brenda Jones, all of Chicago, Shirline Washington of El Paso, Texas, Evelyn Antwine of Los Angeles and Dianne Ogburn of Ruleville; two brothers, Roy McWilliams of Chicago and Douglas Thompson of Ruleville; and eight grandchildren.

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

The Rev. R.D. Jones will officiate.

Walls

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Mary Parker Walls, 47, of Greenville will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Pleasant Valley MB Church, Vickland. She died Feb. 3, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Vickland Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, Rolling Fork.

She leaves to cherish her memory one daughter, Karen (Allen) Edwards of Delta City; three grandchildren, Alberda Edwards, Adarin Fults and Eugene Fults Jr., all of Delta City; two loving stepmothers who were always there for her, Jessie Parker of Pine Bluff, Ark., and Mary Lou Hopes of Greenville; nine sisters, Sandra Parker Jones, Shelia Green Allen and Pamelia Williams, all of Pine Bluff, Ark., Lillian Latham, Irene Latham, Etta Jean Williams, Beverly (Lester Calvin) Williams and Lisa Williams, all of Phoenix, Ariz., and Jacqueline Sweat of Orlando, Fla.; nine brothers, Lawrence (Shirley) Green of Glen Allan, Leroy Parker Jr., Douglas Green, Charles Bradley, Paul Green and La Ron King Parker, all of Pine Bluff, Ark., Henry Edwards of Phoenix, Ariz., and Melvin Williams and Thelmon Williams, both of Eloy Ariz.; three aunts, Larvetta (Eddie) Reed of Hopedale, Pearline (Thomas) Williams of Panther Burn and Aline (Bennie) Philips of St. Louis, Mo.; two uncles, Jonny Edwards of Panther Burn and Earnest (Shirley) Edwards of Rolling Fork; a special cousin, Veronica (Reginald) White, who was there for her always; thanks to a special friend, Gary Wright of Pine Bluff, Ark.; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Williams-Byrd

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Corilous "Friday" Williams-Byrd, 69, of Greenville will be Saturday at noon at Greater Hinds Street MB Church, Greenville. She died Feb. 2, 2003, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville. Burial will be in Delta Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Harris-Brown & Marion Funeral Home, Greenville.

Survivors include her husband, Willie Byrd Sr. of Greenville; her sisters, Evon Washington of Pontiac, Mich., Annette (John) Winfield of Bellwood, Ill., Doreatha (Sammie) Taylor of Houston, Texas, and Marry Frances McGee and Earnestine Wyatt, both of Greenville; brother Nathaniel (Betty) Watkins of Greenville; goddaughters Anita Ousley of Metcalfe and Lisa Jones of Cleveland; stepdaughters Deloris (Ceotha) McWright of Leland, Mary (Louis) Wynn of Metcalfe, Emma (Larry) Watson and Agnes (Santore) Cole, both of Greenville, and Luticia (Sterling) Cook and Jacquelyn Byrd of Houston, Texas; stepsons Henry (Helen) Walls Jr. of North Chicago, Ill., Willie (Marie) Byrd Jr. of Vicksburg, James (Tonya) Byrd of Virginia Beach, Va., and Clinton (Barbara) Byrd of Houston, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

The body will lie in state at the church Saturday from 11 a.m. until noon.

The Rev. Thomas Morris Sr. will officiate.

Wilson

SHELBY Funeral arrangements for Doris Wilson, 38, of Shelby are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland. She died Feb. 6, 2003, at Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland.

Allen

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Edna M. Allen, 48, of Greenville will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Christian Light Baptist Church, Metcalfe. She died March 21, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in St. Luke Cemetery, Metcalfe, under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home, Leland.

Edna graduated from Leland High School in 1972. She began working at Greenville Mill after graduation from high school. After working there for 11 years, she went to work for Uncle Ben's, where she was employed until her death.

Survivors include her father, George (Ella Mae) Allen of Metcalfe; two sisters, Elizabeth (Riley) Williams and Tonja (Kenton) Wilson, both of Greenville; three brothers, George (Artis) Allen Jr. of Leland, Freddie Allen of Tamburo and Jeffrey (Shenita) Allen of Greenville; her paternal grandparents, John and Elizabeth Allen of Tamburo; five aunts, Edna Allen of Tamburo, Vera Vance and Flossie Teimble, both of Chicago, Irene Brooks of Greenville and Delois (Charles) Hulett of Bolton; five uncles, John Allen Jr. of Metcalfe, Joe (Lillie) Allen, Tommy Lee (Sherell) Allen and the Rev. Edward (Abby) Allen, all of Greenville, Fred (Linda) Allen of Milwaukee and Jessie (Patricia) Vance Jr. of Metcalfe; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Dillon Funeral Home, Leland.

Burris

ROSEDALE Funeral services for Claudy Bell Burris, 74, of Rosedale will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Riverside United Baptist Church, Rosedale. She died March 25, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital East, Memphis. Burial will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Wright's Crossing, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Survivors include a daughter, Trina Burris of Rosedale; two grandsons who lived with her, Kadarrius Booth and Jacorey Booth, both of Rosedale; three sisters, Luvenia Shaw of Fairfield, Calif., Mary Kingsley of Beulah and Prince Ella Manley of Rosedale; two goddaughters, Sharon Liner of Atlanta, Ga., and Shawantha Stanciel of Chicago; and two godsons, Tyrone Matheney of Fort Sills, Okla., and Michael Howard of Rosedale.

The remains will lie in state Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Riverside United Baptist Church, Rosedale.

The Rev. Larry Williams will officiate.

Foster

BELZONI Funeral services for Sammie Foster Jr., 44, of Belzoni, a farmer, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Carmel MB Church, Belzoni. He died of heart failure March 24, 2003, at Humphreys County Memorial Hospital, Belzoni. Burial will be in Jerusalem Cemetery, Belzoni, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Belzoni.

Survivors include four sons, Marcus Johnson, Terarnce T. Jimmerson, Antonio Harris and Janurais Harris, all of Belzoni; four daughters, Lakeda Ward of Peoria, Ill., and Shana Harris, Nicole Harris and Veronica Jimmerson, all of Belzoni; one brother, Robert Moore of Peoria, Ill.; and a very special friend, Betty Jimmerson of Belzoni.

Visitation will be Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home chapel, Belzoni.

Harris

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Henry "Baby-boy" Harris, 54, of Greenville and formerly of Leland, a carpenter, will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Harris-Brown & Marion Funeral Home, Greenville. He died March 24, 2003, at his home. Burial will be in Bogue Memorial Gardens, Leland.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy Harris of Greenville; five daughters, Victoria (Henry) Weeks of Memphis, Barbara Weeks of Los Angeles, Cherry Rogers of Vaughn, Kimberly Johnson of Leland and Margaret Lloyd of Greenville; five sons, Marcus Murphy of Greenville and Stacy McGee, Will Love, Darnell Johnson and Carvin Feleston, all of Leland; three sisters, Carrie Smith of Leland, Eliza Green of Chicago and Azelin Mayers of Detroit; one brother, Earl (Linda) Wheatley; a niece with whom he was raised, Victory (Jackie) Robinson of Chicago; a special mother-in-law, Rosa Lloyd; and six grandchildren.

The Rev. Cheryl Penson will officiate.

Harvey

GREENVILLE Funeral services for John A. Harvey, 67, of Greenville will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at New Mt. Ararat MB Church, Stoneville. He died March 22, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Delta Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Frye Funeral Home, Leland.

John A. Harvey, born Oct. 11, 1935, in Leland, was one of eight children born to the late William Harvey Sr. and Louise Green. He worked for many years as a domestic worker.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry Harvey and Augusta Green, and one sister, Frances L. Ross.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories three brothers, Edward Harvey of Leland, the Rev. William (Josie) Harvey of Greenville and the Rev. Charles (Sonja) Harvey of Duncan; a sister, Mamie Harvey of Little Rock, Ark.; a sister-in-law, Rutha Harvey of Greenville; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Frye Funeral Home, Leland. The body will lie in state Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. at the church. 

The Rev. Allen Blake is pastor of the church. The Rev. William Harvey will officiate.

Lange

GREENVILLE Funeral arrangements for Roger Lange, 57, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. He died March 25, 2003, at his home.

McNeal

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Alice B. "Jack" "Rabbit" McNeal, 69, of Greenville will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Greater Pleasant Green MB Church, Greenville. She died March 20, 2003, at her home. Burial will be in Delta Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

She leaves to celebrate her home-going: six children, Bennie (Beatrice) McNeal, Walter (Lucenda) Cummings, Idella (Ernest) McNeal, Jessie Brown and Michelle (Sylvester) Hall, all of Greenville, and Geraldine (Howard) Johnson of Indianola; an uncle, Augusta Seals; a stepbrother, Emmanuel (Melvina) Smith of Greenville; a loving friend, Will S. Edwards of Greenville; 17 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a special niece, Betty (Freddie) Holmes of Greenville; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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

Pastor B.T. Benson will officiate.

Ragland

SILVER CITY Funeral services for Adam Ragland Jr., 79, of Silver City, a farmer, will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Christian Valley MB Church, Silver City. He died of heart failure March 21, 2003, at Veterans Administration Medical Center, Jackson. Burial will be in Christian Valley Church Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Belzoni.

Survivors include two sons, Alvin Ragland of Dayton, Ohio, and Willie Ragland of Silver City; two daughters, Sophronia Taylor of Maywood, Ill., and Eloise R. McCray of Dayton, Ohio; and three sisters, Melissa Lee of Silver City, Elizabeth Davis of Gary, Ind., and Katherine Anderson of St. Louis, Mo.

Visitation will be Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home chapel, Belzoni.

Pastor Melvin Webster will officiate.

Shields

GREENVILLE Funeral services for L.T. Shields, 77, of Greenville will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Pilgrim Rest MB Church, Greenville. He died March 16, 2003, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Mr. Shields was drafted in the United States Navy in 1944 and later married Mrs. Jessie Flemmings Shields. In this union, they were blessed with eight children. He was employed at Mann Tree Surgeon, Greenville Mill and Delta Regional Medical Center. He was retired. Mr. Shields was a member of Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church, where he served faithfully as chairman of the Deacon Board and superintendent of the Sunday school. He was also a member of Queencity Lodge No. 23. He dearly loved his church, pastor and fellow church members. He was a devoted husband and father. He will be remembered for his devotion to his family and friends, as well as his tireless spirit of giving.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Robert Shields and Mrs. Lillie Edwards Shields; sisters Janie McQueen, Magnolia Bishop and Otha Lee Eiland; brothers Joe Shields, Walter Shields, Johnnie Shields, Don Shields, S.T. Shields and Robert Shields; and a grandson, Carnell Porter Jr.

He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving and devoted wife, Mrs. Jessie Shields of Greenville; three sons, Robert (Elsie) Shields of Boston, Mass., James (Rose) Shields of Memphis, Tenn., and Michael (Dezzerey) Shields of Tacoma, Wash.; five daughters, Jessie Lee (Woodrow) Sargent, Linda (Eugene) Summerville and Diane (Sammie) Henderson, all of Tacoma, and Carolyn (Frankie) Lewis and Bernita (Harrison) Edwards, both of Greenville; a special niece raised as a daughter, Charlotte Williams of Saginaw, Mich.; a special nephew raised as a son, Terry Flemmings of Inglewood, Calif.; a special blessing raised as a son, Tevin Carter of Greenville; two brothers, O.D. Shields of Louisville, Miss., and James Shields of Memphis; three sisters, Willie Mae Walker of Greenville, and Elizabeth Williams and Eliza Brown, both of Memphis; 41 grandchildren; 53 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m., at Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Greenville.

Pastor A.M. Hines is pastor of the church. Pastor Ephen Melton will officiate.

Sikes

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Annie Katherine Ware Sikes, 81, of Greenville, a homemaker, will be Friday at 10 a.m. at Card Funeral Home, Indianola. She died March 26, 2003, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville. Burial will be in Greenville Cemetery.

She was a resident of Greenville for 53 years and a member of Second Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Marvin Sikes; and a grandson, Jim Sikes.

Survivors include two daughters, Deborah Sikes Willoughby of Florence and Jamie Sikes Foley of Greenville; a son, Charles Ware Sikes of Indianola; two sisters, Sarah Ware Greenlee and Sue Ware Hoskins, both of Kilmichael; two brothers, Billy Ware and Harvey Ware, both of Kilmichael; and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Card Funeral Home, Indianola.

Smith

HOLLANDALE Visitation for Sam Smith, 90, of Chicago and formerly of Hollandale will be Friday at Sanders-Byas Funeral Home, Hollandale, from 2 to 2:30 p.m. He died March 22, 2003, at Community Hospital, East Chicago, Ill. Burial will follow visitation in Sanders Memorial Gardens, Hollandale.

Survivors include four daughters, Mamie L. Smith and Augustine Smith, both of Chicago, Ruth (Mose) Harris of Markham, Ill., and Ann Rita Smith of Indianapolis; three sons, Dr. Edgar E. (Inez) Smith of Jackson, Miss., Sam Smith Jr. of Gary, Ind., and Howard (Geraldean) Smith of Antioch, Tenn.; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and one sister-in-law, Irma Smith of Joliet, Ill.

Thomas

ROLLING FORK Funeral services for Josephine "Miss Jo" Thomas, 83, of Rolling Fork will be at noon Saturday at South Delta High School auditorium, Rolling Fork. She died March 22, 2003, at St. Dominic Hospital, Jackson. Burial will be in Green Chapel Cemetery, Rolling Fork, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her husband, Littleton Thomas Sr.; a daughter, Rebecca Lake; a brother, J.W. Whitfield; and a sister, Willie Lee Butler.

Survivors include five sons, Samuel Giles of Rolling Fork, Alfred Lumpkins and Littleton Thomas Jr., both of Chicago, Spencer E. Thomas of Atlanta, Ga., and Robert E. Thomas of Beaumont, Texas; nine daughters, Lillie Mae Carr of Sallis, Virginia Turner of Chicago, Betty Reeves of Federal Way, Wash., Venary Nick of Lansing, Mich., Erma Moore of Rosedale, Beatrice Jernigan of Hollandale, Jo Ann Pope of Cleveland, Linda Barfield of Kansas City, Kan., and Katherine Caldwell of Vicksburg; a sister, Elizabeth Adams of Rolling Fork; a brother, Johnny C. Whitfield of Monticello; 38 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.

The remains will lie in state at South Delta High School auditorium Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

The Rev. J.H. Whitehead will officiate.

Waldrup

INDIANOLA Funeral services for Betty Jean Nordan Waldrup, 69, of Indianola, a homemaker, will be today at 10 a.m. at Eastwood Baptist Church, Indianola. She died March 25, 2003, at South Sunflower County Hospital, Indianola. Burial will be in Indianola City Cemetery under the direction of Card Funeral Home, Indianola.

She was a member of Eastwood Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by a son, William Bruce "Billy" Waldrup.

Survivors include her husband, J.W. Waldrup; a daughter, Beverly Waldrup McCool of Indianola; and a brother, Earl Nordan of Blytheville, Ark.

Memorials may be made to Eastwood Baptist Church Building Fund or to a charity of the donor's choice.

Wells

DREW Funeral services for Ethel Wells, 82, of Drew will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Christian Union Church, Drew. She died March 24, 2003, at Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland. Burial will be in Drew Cemetery under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville.

Survivors include three sons, Sammy Wells Jr. and Robert Wells, both of Chicago and Otha Wells of Parchman; two daughters, Thaethel Wells and Ruthie Wells, both of Chicago; 27 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

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

The Rev. Anthony Pitts will officiate.

Whitehead

MOORHEAD Funeral services for Beatrice Whitehead, 84, of Moorhead will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trinity House of Prayer, Moorhead. She died March 21, 2003, at her home. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Cemetery, Moorhead, under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home, Indianola.

Survivors include her daughter, Louise (James) Lewis of Moorhead; two grandchildren, Pamala (Elvis) James of Houston, Texas, and Kennis T. Lewis of Moorhead; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Dillon Funeral Home, Indianola.

The Rev. M.J. Dean will officiate.

Wright

TUPELO Funeral services for Sammy Wiley "Sam" Wright Sr., 58, of Tupelo and formerly of Greenville will be today at 11 a.m. at Belden Baptist Church, Tupelo. He died after a sudden illness March 25, 2003, at North Mississippi Medical Center, Tupelo. Graveside services will be at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors, Tupelo.

Mr. Wright was born Sept. 5, 1944, in Greenville to the late Clarence Eli and Tera Langley Wright. He was a 1963 graduate of Greenville High School and was a U.S. Army veteran with service in 1968 and 1969 in the Vietnam War. He was retired after 30 years of service with Ford Motor Credit as a customer service supervisor. He was a member of Belden Baptist Church, where he was an active deacon, sang in the church choir and had served on several various church committees. He spent time in Greenville and Tupelo as a soccer coach with the park and recreation departments for 12 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and especially spending time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Julia Myrick Wright of Tupelo; one daughter, Holly Wright Boyd and her husband, Bill, of Tupelo; two sons, Sammy Wiley Wright Jr. and his wife, Emily Holt Wright of Birmingham, Ala., and Jonathan Myrick Wright of Tupelo; two sisters, Florine Wright Nichols of Leland and Tera Wright Cook of Searcy, Ark.; one brother, Neely Grant Wright of Greenville; two grandchildren, Taylor Boyd and Madeline Boyd; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Lori Ann Wright.

Memorials may be made to the Building By Faith Building Fund of Belden Baptist Church, P.O. Box 92, Belden, MS 38826.


 


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