Miscellaneous Washington County, Mississippi Obituaries

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Christian

GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Sadie Lee Christian, 81, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died May 23, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville.

Dixon

DODDSVILLE — Funeral services for Antwan Dixon, 9, of Doddsville will be today at 2 p.m. at Ruleville Central High School, Ruleville. He died May 15, 2002, at North Sunflower County Hospital, Ruleville. Burial will be in Gilfield Cemetery, Doddsville, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville.

Pastor Eddie Johnson will officiate.

Ford

GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Dr. Carolyn Brown Ford, 61, of Greenville and formerly of Itta Bena are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died May 23, 2002, at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson.

Gillespie

MOUND BAYOU — Funeral services for Mary Gillespie, 65, of Mound Bayou will be today at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Mound Bayou. She died May 21, 2002, at Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland. Burial will be in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, Pace, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland.

The Rev. W.B. Bridges will officiate.

Gober

GREENVILLE — Graveside services for Pearl Evelyn Markham Gober, 99, of Greenville will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. in Greenville Cemetery. She died May 24, 2002, at her home. Burial will be under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home, Greenville.

Mrs. Gober was born Sept. 12, 1902 in Clarksdale, the daughter of Daniel and Rosaline Markham. She was a resident of Mississippi Extended Care Nursing Home. 

She was preceded in death by two husbands, Lee Roy Hall and Oscar L. Gober; a son, Lee Roy Hall Jr.; and two daughters, Christine Hall Ferrell and Rose Marie Hall Rummell.

Kline

GREENVILLE — Funeral services for Henry Kline, 62, of Greenville were Saturday at 11 a.m. at Springfield MB Church, Greenville. He died May 15, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Metcalfe, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Greenville.

Survivors include his wife, Josephine Kline of Greenville; five sons, Henry Kline, Earnest Kline, Charles Kline and Ben Kline, all of Atlanta, Ga., and Marcus Kline of Greenwood; three stepsons, Leo Johnson, Eddie Johnson and Robert Johnson, all of Greenville; three daughters, Anita Kline of Atlanta, Ga., Latorya Kline of Chicago and Marilyn (Marcus) Miller of Greenville; two stepdaughters, Mary Johnson and Wanda Johnson, both of Greenville; three brothers, William T. Allen of Charlotte, N.C., Jerry Allen of Dallas and Cleo (Earnestine) Allen of Greenville; one sister, Lena (Willie) Brown of Greenville; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The Rev. Earnest Haywood officiated.

Warren

INVERNESS — Funeral services for Joshua Warren, 1, of Inverness will be today at 2 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Church, Indianola. He died May 21, 2002, at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Garden, Indianola, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Indianola.

The Rev. Terry Cobbs will officiate.

Williams

GREENVILLE — Funeral arrangements for Willie Mae Williams, 76, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died May 24, 2002, at St. Francis Hospital, Memphis.

Bryan

WEST POINT -- Funeral services for Catherine "Kitty" Wilkerson Bryan, 93, of West Point, Miss., a homemaker and social worker, will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in West Point, Miss. She died July 20, 2002, at her home in West Point, Miss. Burial will be in the Greenwood Cemetery in West Point, Miss., under the direction of Calvert Funeral Homes Inc., West Point, Miss.

She was the eldest of five children born to the late Jefferson Pinkley and Caroline Mosby Wilkerson on Feb. 22, 1909, in Winterville, Miss. Mrs. Bryan graduated from Greenville High School in 1927, the year of the great Mississippi River Flood, which broke through the levee three miles from the Wilkerson family home. She was eventually rescued from the rooftop of a building and taken to Greenville, where they took a riverboat to Vicksburg. From there, they took a train to Memphis, meeting other family where they stayed for two months before the river fell below flood stage.

She went on to Mississippi State College for Women where she graduated in 1931. She also received a graduate degree in social work from Tulane University in 1935.

While a social worker in northern Mississippi, she married John Henry Bryan of West Point, July 20, 1935, in Columbus. Mrs. Bryan worked briefly at Bryan Brothers Packaging Company, a firm established in 1936 by her husband and his brother W.B. Bryan. The Bryan Brothers grew into one of the south's largest meat packing companies and merged with the Sara Lee Corporation in 1968.

Mrs. Bryan was a devoted member of First Presbyterian Church and the First Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) where she was a founder and elder. She also had an active interest in genealogy research and was noted expert in the field.

She was an avid supporter of the public schools of West Point and was a member of the Jr. Auxiliary and Daughters of the American Revolution. She was an advocate for children with special needs and helped found the Clay County Association for Special Children. The Catherine W. Bryan School for Special Children was established in her honor with funds provided by family, friends and the Hardin Foundation.

Mrs. Bryan was a dedicated wife and mother to their four children, John H. Bryan Jr.; Caroline Bryan Harrell, Catherine Bryan Dill and George W. Bryan.

She was elected as Mississippi Mother of the year in 1979 and loved to enrich her children's minds through travel, education and community service. She loved to have her family home for holiday celebrations and hosted her family for Sunday lunch for many years and recent years hosted Monday lunch for her family and friends.

She is survived by her children John H. Bryan Jr. and his wife Neville Frierson of Lake Bluff, Ill., Caroline Bryan Harrell and her husband Robert of West Point, Miss., George W. Bryan and wife Marcia Lavender of Memphis, and son-in-law Kenny Dill of West Point, Miss.; 19 grandchildren: Catherine Harrell Morehead, John Henry Bryan III, Francis Harrell Livesay, Margaret Bryan French, Beverly Harrell Luttrell, Caroline Harrell Atkins, Elizabeth Bryan Seebeck, Robert Donald Harrell Jr., Suzanne Bryan Sampietro, Mary Margaret Dill Case, George Wilkerson Bryan Jr., Helen Harrell Facella, Charles Frierson Bryan, Kenneth Dean Dill Jr., Nancy Cameron Bryan, Laura Bryan Williams, James Bryan Harrell, Sarah Catherine Dill and Caroline Dill Billups; and 39 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Mrs. Bryan's grandsons John H. Bryan III, Bob Harrell, Wilkes Bryan, Charles Bryan, Ken Dill Jr. and Bryan Harrell. Honorary Pallbearers are Jeanette Taylor, Betty Ervin, Jan Toftey, Tommie Lou O'Conner, Clyda Rent, Gloria Shelton, Tammi Armstrong and Ophelia Melton.

Visitation will be held by the family today from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church PCUSA at 604 E. Main St., in West Point, Miss.

Pastor Rita E. Cochrane will be officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Catherine W. Bryan School, CCARC, P.O. Box 613, West Point, MS 39701.

Jones

ROLLING FORK -- Memorial services and interment for William D. Jones, 57, of Rolling Fork, Miss., will be at a later date in Pace, Fla. He died July 19, 2002, of cancer at Greenwood-Leflore Hospital in Greenwood.

Mr. Jones was born Dec. 18, 1945, in Vicksburg, Miss. to Charles and Daisy Jones. He moved to Rolling Fork as a young man, where he has been a long-time resident. He has been involved in farming and catfish farming for many years in the Rolling Fork area.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Alta Marie Jones.

He is survived by two daughters, Hope (Dwayne) Powers of Wayside, Miss., and Peggy (Kenny) Foster of Blaine, Miss.; one son, Mark (Christy) Jones of Rolling Fork, Miss.; one brother, Charles Jones Jr. of Pace, Fla.; two sisters, Doris Highsmith of Pace, Fla., and Nancy Thompson of Vicksburg, Miss.

Manor

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Marie Manor, 68, of Greenville, are pending at Smith Funeral Home, Greenville. She died July 20, 2002, at her home in Greenville.

Scruggs

HOLLANDALE -- Funeral services for Nettie Watkins Scruggs, 87, of Hollandale, a cashier with Twin County Electric Association, will be at 11 a.m. today at the Boone Chapel in Hollandale, Miss. She died July 20, 2002, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville, of heart failure. Burial will be in the Hollandale Cemetery, Hollandale, under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Hollandale.

She was born in Noxubee County, Miss., moving to Hollandale, Miss., at an early age with her parents, where she graduated from Hollandale High School. She married Benjamin Wood Scruggs, who preceded her in death in 1974. She was employed with Twin County Electric Association from 1959 to 1980 as a cashier. She was a member of the Hollandale First United Methodist Church.

She leaves no immediate family.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. today at Boone Chapel in Hollandale, Miss.

Baker

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Willie Lee "Dolly" Green Baker, 56, of Greenville will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at New White Stone MB Church, Greenville. She died Sept. 24, 2002, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories a loving and devoted son, Cedric D. (Theresa White) Green of Greenville; two daughters, including her loving and devoted daughter, Shareda Y. (Terrell Ashford) Baker, and Natasha A.M. (Dwight) Baker-Russell, both of Greenville; one stepson, J.W. Brown of Greenville; a loving and devoted sister, Herticene B. (W.S.) Kelly of Greenville; one brother, T.R. (Claudette) Cochran of Shellville, Ga.; four loving grandchildren, Jarvouse L. White, Jai'me T.D. Albert and Jerome X.D. Ashford, all of Greenville, and Kiara L. Gibson of Evansville, Ind.; seven stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; three aunts, Berndene Brady and Beatrice Goldman, both of Greenville, and Laura Watson of New Orleans; five special cousins, Mary Walker, Dorothy Barnes, Willie Mae Sanders, Emma Johnson and Demetria Edwards, all of Greenville; her father-in-law, Frezel Baker of Lake Providence, La.; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, family and friends.

A life lived as Sister Willie Lee "Dolly" Green Baker cannot die, but will live on in all hearts and memories of those who knew and loved her.

Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. The remains will lie in state at the church Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.

The Rev. E.P. Powell is pastor of the church. The Rev. Kenneth Davis will officiate.

Broom

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Ellie Broom, 88, of Greenville are pending at Harris-Brown & Marion Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Sept. 29, 2002, at his home.

Caffey

CLEVELAND -- Funeral services for Pinkey McChristian Caffey, 89, of Cleveland and formerly of Ruleville will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at United Baptist Church, Cleveland. She died Sept. 28, 2002, at Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland. Burial will be in Green Grove Cemetery, Linn, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., with family hour from 6 to 7 p.m., at T.L. Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Cleveland.

Cobb

BELZONI -- Funeral services for Ernest Lee Cobb, 63, of Belzoni, a retired catfish farmer, will be Friday at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Belzoni. He died of cancer Oct. 1, 2002, at his home. Burial will be in Greencrest Cemetery, Mississippi 12, Belzoni, under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni.

Master Sgt. Ernest Cobb was a 30-year veteran of the Mississippi National Guard, having retired after a career of distinguished service. He was a 33rd degree Mason, Jackson Scottish Rite Bodies, and a member of Indianola Lodge No. 450. Ernest worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an animal health technician for 18 years. Since 1998, he had served as Humphreys County safety coordinator. He was a member and deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Belzoni. He had led his church's Outreach Ministry as the lead teacher/trainer of Evangelism Explosion.

He was preceded in death by his father, Harper Cobb, and one sister, Marguerite Lloyd.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Cobb of Belzoni; one daughter, Connie (Keith) Wells of Isola; two sons, Robert E. "Bobby" Cobb and Thomas Sidney Cobb, both of Belzoni; one sister, Annie Ruth Millsaps of Greenwood; three brothers, Harper Leon Cobb of Dallas, and James Richard Cobb and Edward Earl Cobb, both of Isola; and three grandchildren, Ora Sidney Barger and Leah Christina Barger, both of Isola, and Morgan Brittany Wells of Morton, Miss.

Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home, Belzoni.

The Rev. Richard Wiman will officiate.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 73, Belzoni, MS 39038.

Davis

EUDORA, Ark. -- Funeral services for Alma Davis, 95, of Eudora will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Holly Grove MB Church, Eudora. She died Sept. 27, 2002, at Chicot Memorial Hospital, Lake Village. Burial will be in Holly Grove MB Church Cemetery under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville, Miss.

DeLoach

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Ida Pearl DeLoach, 88, of Greenville are pending at Mortimer Funeral Home, Greenville. She died Oct. 1, 2002, in Sardis.

Dodd

INDIANOLA -- Funeral services for Loyd Allen Dodd, 61, of Indianola will be today at 2 p.m. at Card Funeral Home, Indianola. He died Oct. 1, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Burial will be in Lehrton Cemetery, Ruleville.

Mr. Dodd was born in Sunflower County to John Howard and Willie Mae Gibson Dodd. After graduating from high school, he entered the Army. Because of his exemplary character and background, his honesty and trustworthiness, he was selected to serve in the Signal Corps of the White House during the Eisenhower and Kennedy terms of office. He traveled with the presidents and their families to handle coded messages for the presidents and to protect their families.

After his military service, he returned to Sunflower County to farm with his family and eventually to serve as Sunflower County unit road manager.

He leaves his family and many friends with the knowledge that he dedicated his life to the service of others.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth "Libby" Carr Dodd of Indianola; one daughter, Rebecca Ann Dodd of Leachville, Ark.; one son, Thomas Walter Dodd of Sylacauga, Ala.; his father and stepmother, John Howard and Alice Holeman Dodd of Sunflower; one sister, Janie Marie Dodd Fales of Binghamton, N.Y.; and one granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a charity of the donor's choice.

Evans

ISOLA -- Funeral services for Catherine Butler Evans, 50, of Isola, a factory worker, will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Christian Valley MB Church, Silver City. She died of heart failure Sept. 29, 2002, at Humphreys County Memorial Hospital, Belzoni. Burial will be in True Vine Cemetery, Belzoni, under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Belzoni.

Survivors include her husband, John Alfred Evans of Isola; one son, Alfred Fitzgerald Evans of Isola; and one brother, Robert Butler of Belzoni.

Visitation will be Friday from noon to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home chapel, Belzoni. The body will lie in state at the church from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

The Rev. Samuel Williams will officiate.

Evans

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Manuel McKinley Evans, 32, of Greenville, will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, Greenville. He died Sept. 24, 2002, at Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Delta Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Greenville.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Michael Evans, Derrick Evans and Maurice Evans; and one aunt, Francine Austin.

Survivors include his mother, Blanche Evans of Greenville; his fiancŽ, Ann Cannon of Greenville; his grandmother, Earnestine Taylor of Detroit; four sisters, Ruth Michelle Love and Veronica Petic, both of Detroit, Patricia Evans of Florida and Freda Lynn Claus of North Carolina; two brothers, Thomas Avery of Detroit and Louis Avery of Jackson; two uncles, Harold Dorris and Early Dorris Jr., both of Detroit; and three aunts, Catherine Bates and Carol Turner, both of Detroit, and Janie of West Memphis, Ark.

Visitation will be Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Greenville.

The Rev. A.M. Hines is pastor. The Rev. Jessie Smith will officiate.

Foster

BELZONI -- Funeral services for Lewis James Foster, 43, of Belzoni, a factory worker, will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Green Grove MB Church, Belzoni. He died of heart failure Oct. 1, 2002, at his home. Burial will be in Green Grove Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Belzoni.

Survivors include one son, Lamarlon J. Woodard of Fondulac, Wis.; his mother, Beatrice Foster of Belzoni; three brothers, Larry Foster and Robert Foster, both of Belzoni, and Frederick Foster of Chicago; and three sisters, Gail F. Hood of Belzoni, Myrtis L. Foster of Enfield, Conn., and Jackqueline F. Eady of Springfield, Mass.

Visitation will be Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., with a wake from 6 to 7 p.m., at Smith Funeral Home chapel, Belzoni. Church visitation will be Sunday from 1 to 2 p.m. at Green Grove MB Church.

Pastor Morris Allen will officiate.

Harbin

GREENWOOD -- Funeral services for Pecola Tiney Harbin, 68, of Friendswood, Texas, and formerly of Greenville will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Greater Springfield Baptist Church, Greenville. She died Oct. 1, 2002, at Memorial Herman Continuing Care Center, Houston, Texas. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

She was preceded in death by her son, Carl Harbin; and her father, Shelvie Tiney Sr.

Survivors include one daughter, Dianne Harbin Gamble of Texas; four sons, Elzie (Julie) Harbin, Charles Harbin and Jerry (Juanita) Harbin, all of Texas, and David Lee Harbin of Mississippi; her mother, Ella Mae Tiney of Greenville; eight sisters, Clara M. Washington, Eloise Johnson and Corean Shaffer, all of Greenville, Kattie B. Hicks of Michigan, Ind., Emma Lee Johnson of Okolona, Miss., and Martha Griffin, Brillie Mae Tiney Davis and Alice Marie Carter, all of Texas; three brothers, Sammie Tiney of Texas, and L.A. Tiney and Shelvie Tiney Jr., both of Greenville; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be Friday from 1 to 7 p.m., with family hour from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., at Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Greenville.

Pastor Charles E. Bass will officiate.

Humphrey

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Evans Humphrey Jr., 85, of Greenville will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. He died Sept. 28, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Lakewood Cemetery, Greenville.

Evans Humphrey Jr. was born March 15, 1917, to the union of Evans Humphrey Sr. and Willie Ann Banks (both preceded him in death), in Greenwood, Miss. In 1941, Evans was united in holy matrimony to Julia Grubbs. In 1944, they moved to Chicago, Ill., where they began a new life. Shortly after the move, Evans enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fort Bliss, Texas. He served his country as a lineman. He was honorably discharged in 1946. He received a Good Conduct and World War II Victory Medal. He was employed as a laborer with the U.S. Steel Mill for 20 years. He then was employed with International Multifoods of Melrose Park, Ill., where he was a diligent worker until his wife became ill. In 1982, Evans retired so that he could care for his wife. In 1983, Evans accepted Christ, was baptized and attended Lilydale MB Church of Chicago. After 43 years of marriage, he was preceded in death by Julia in 1984. Evans spent most of his retired years in Chicago, Ill. However, he vowed that he would spend his last years in the South. Evans followed his heart and relocated to Greenville, Miss., in 1994. He resided in Greenville until he made his transition on Sept. 28, 2002, at 8:58 a.m.

Evans leaves to cherish his memories three sons, Michael (Linda) Turner, Derrick (Tammie) Williams and Ramone Williams, all of Chicago; one sister, Victoria Rouse of Chicago; three brothers, Sam Humphrey of South Bend, Ind., and John Williams and Percy Smith, both of Greenville; two close friends, Catherine Burnette of Greenville and Leona Mitchell of Chicago; three grandchildren, Chantel and Brien Hannah of Chicago and Cantrel Hope of Greenville; eight great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends.

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

Pastor James Moore will officiate.

Jones

CLEVELAND -- Funeral services for Melba Regeina Bishop Jones, 72, of Cleveland will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Dockery Baptist Church, Cleveland. She died Sept. 30, 2002, at her home. Burial will be in Lehrton Cemetery, Ruleville, under the direction of Ray Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

The Rev. Ray Bridges and the Rev. Artie Nute will officiate.

Maiten

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Florence Maiten, 73, of Kingsland, Ga., and formerly of Greenville will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Greater Pleasant Green MB Church, Greenville. She died Sept. 28, 2002, at St. Vincent Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla. Burial will be in Delta Memorial Gardens, Greenville, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Mother Florence Maiten was born Dec. 12, 1928, in Scott, Miss., to the late Rev. Daniel Walter and Dora Lee Maiten. She confessed a hope in Christ at the age of 12 and joined Silver Mount Baptist Church, where she sang in the church choir to the glory of God. She was blessed by the Holy Spirit with a mighty voice and heart for the ministry. She carried the mantle of evangelist, witnessing to lost souls wherever she went. In 1983, she received her ordination as a minister of the Gospel. She was preceded in death by a son; three sisters; and four brothers.

In 1994, she relocated to Kingsland, Ga., where she joined with Evergreen MB Church. She remained a member until she was reunited with her Savior. She spent her life lovingly raising five children, whom she is survived by: Doristeen (Mack) Currh of Wichita, Kan., Earnestine Wright and Linda Lott, both of Detroit, Brenda (James) Hicks of Kingsland, Ga., and Robert L. (Rose) Maiten of Greenwood; three sisters, Margie Pullum of Chicago, Dorothy Blackwell of Detroit and Barbara Williams of Greenville; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other sorrowing relatives and devoted friends.

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

The Rev. B.T. Benson is pastor of the church. Pastor Leon Washington of Evergreen MB Church, Kingsland, Ga., will officiate.

Mell

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Georgia Ann Mell, 81, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died Oct. 1, 2002, at Methodist Central Hospital, Memphis.

Smith

BELZONI -- Funeral services for Raymond "Bull" Smith, 40, of Belzoni, a farmer, will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at Zion Traveler MB Church, Belzoni. He died of heart failure Sept. 27, 2002, at Greenwood Leflore Hospital, Greenwood. Burial will be in Zion Traveler MB Church Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Belzoni.

Survivors include two sons, Christopher Irving and Sammie Irving, both of Pittsburgh, Pa.; one daughter, Latasha Irving of Pittsburgh, Pa.; three brothers, Sylvester Smith of Belzoni, Jimmie Abrons of Hollywood, Fla., and Berry Smith of Itta Bena; and three sisters, Deloise Smith of Columbus, S.C., Dessie Smith of Isola and Mary Yarbor of Belzoni.

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

The Rev. T.P. Rush will officiate.

Thomas

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Mary L. Thomas, 96, of Greenville will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. James AME Church, Leland. She died Sept. 30, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Burial will be in Holly Ridge Cemetery under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home, Leland.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Tyree Thomas.

Mrs. Thomas was a devoted member of St. James AME Church for many years. There she served as president of the ushers board. Mrs. Thomas had been a missionary of her church and in the community all her adult life.

During her working years, she was a beautician and farmed alongside her husband. Farming was an occupation she loved. She also was an expert gardener. Her vegetable garden lived when everyone else's died. She loved the feel of the soil in her hands.

Survivors include one devoted daughter, Talveta Thomas of Greenville; one sister, Elmira Young of Saginaw, Mich.; one brother, L.C. Sanders of San Francisco; and a host of nieces, nephews cousins, friends and other relatives. She also leaves a special friend, Pernella Sanders.

Visitation will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday at Dillon Funeral Home, Leland. The body will lie in state at the church Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The Rev. Walter Wilson, presiding elder, will officiate.

Tisdell

INDIANOLA -- Funeral services for Pearl Whitten Tisdell, 79, of Indianola, a homemaker, will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Card Funeral Home, Indianola. She died of heart failure Oct. 1, 2002, at North Sunflower County Hospital, Ruleville. Burial will be in Linn Baptist Cemetery.

She was a member of Roundaway Baptist Church, and was the widow of Woodrow Tisdell.

Survivors include three daughters, Sharon Tisdell Bowyer of Houston, Texas, Linda Tisdell Braswell of Cleveland and Laura Tisdell McLean of Indianola; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Card Funeral Home, Indianola.

Tyler

HOLLANDALE -- Funeral services for Willie Mae Tyler, 48, of Hollandale will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trinity MB Church, Hollandale. She died Sept. 24, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Section Cemetery, Hollandale, under the direction of Redmon Funeral Home, Hollandale.

Willie Mae was born Dec. 25, 1953, to Simmie Robinson and the late Ethel Lee Tyler. She accepted Christ at New Hope MB Church, Hollandale.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Ethel Lee Tyler; her maternal grandparents, Henry and Pinky Tyler; her paternal grandparents, Nathaniel and Betty Robinson; and a stepmother, Rebecca Robinson.

She leaves to cherish her memories her father, Simmie (Elnora) Robinson of Hollandale; a special friend, Theodore Marks of Hollandale; six brothers, Walter Mitchell, Earl Tyler and Ronnie Lee Tyler, all of Hollandale, Walter Lee Robinson of North Carolina, Levi Robinson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Antonio Winters of Atlanta, Ga.; four sisters, Mary (Curtis) Brown, Erma (Frank) Washington, Barbara (C.L.) Harris and Patricia Robinson, all of Hollandale; five aunts, Mary (Issac) Jackson, Geraldine (Freddie) Stewart and Peggy Preston, all of Hollandale, Mary (Joseph) White of Memphis and Beatrice Tyler of Vicksburg; five uncles, Albert (Elizabeth) Tyler of Hollandale, Robert (Shirley) Tyler of Cleveland, James (Barbara) Tyler of Jackson, Willie (Betty) Tyler of Chicago and Terry (Evette) Banks of Hattiesburg; a special friend, Luvenia Allen of Hollandale; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Visitation will be Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Redmon Funeral Home chapel, Hollandale.

The Rev. William Harvey will officiate.

Waren

CLEVELAND -- Funeral service for Darlene Waren, 67, of Cleveland will be today at 10 a.m. at Ray Funeral Home, Cleveland. She died Oct. 1, 2002, at The Med, Memphis. Burial will be in Beulah Cemetery.

Dr. Joe Anderson will officiate.


 


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