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Cire

GREENVILLE -- Graveside services for Susie Pearce Cire, 98, a retired homemaker, will be today at 10:30 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Greenville. She died Aug. 25, 2001, at Mississippi Care Center, Greenville. Burial will be under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home, Greenville. 

She was born in Clay County, Miss., and lived in Greenville since 1926. She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Greenville. She was the former manager of the old Paramount Theater during World War II.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Rene Cire and Leon Richard Schoonover, and two sons, Fred Lewis Schoonover and Eugene Pearce Schoonover.

Survivors include one son, Ray Richard (Mildred) Schoonover of Greenville; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. Ted Shepherd will officiate.

Guster

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for William Earl Guster Sr., 45, of Greenville, are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Aug. 25, 2001, at Hamburg, Ark.

Johnson

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Rebecca Johnson, 79, of Greenville, are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died Aug. 26, 2001, at Autumn Leaves Nursing Home, Greenville.

Wallace

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Leonia Wallace, 57, of Greenville, are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died Aug. 27, 2001, at her home.

Allen

INDIANOLA -- Funeral services for Damion Dominic Allen, 19, of Indianola will be Tuesday at noon at Mt. Beulah MB Church, Indianola. He died Nov. 26, 2002, at Hospice in His Hand, Madden, Miss. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Garden, Indianola, under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, Rolling Fork.

Survivors include his father, Richard Allen of Mayersville; mother, Mary Francis Butler of Indianola; 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.

A wake will be Monday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, Rolling Fork.

The Rev. Obidiah Hall will officiate.

Hilton

LELAND -- Funeral Mass of the Resurrection for Robert E. Hilton, 80, an engineer with Bell Telephone, of Leland will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church, Leland. He died Nov. 25, 2002, at his home of heart failure. Private burial will be in Leland-Stoneville Cemetery, Stoneville, under the direction of Boone Funeral Home, Leland.

He was a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of the late Robver V. and Eleanor Fuglestad Hilton. He was a veteran of WW II, serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a pilot flying the P-47 Thunderbolt fighter. He was an engineer with the Bell Telephone System and had a succession of assignments in New York and Mississippi. Upon his retirement from the office in Greenwood, he settled in Leland. He attended the University of Alabama and graduated from Niagara University. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cordette Hilton, in 1963, and a sister, Joan Hilton Gerdes. He was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church.

Survivors include a daughter, Candace Hilton Brewer of Bethesda, Md.; a son, Col. Robert E. Hilton Jr., USMC (retired), of Jacksonville, N.C.; two granddaughters, Claudette Brewer and Kristen Brewer, both of Bethesda, Md.; and two grandsons, Anthony Hilton, U.S. Coast Guard, of Norfolk, Va., and Daniel Hilton of Jacksonville, N.C.

Jung

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Memorial services for Rose Marie Jung, 66, of Des Moines, Iowa, a native of Greenville, will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Westover Funeral Home, Des Moines. She died Nov. 26, 2002, at Mercy Medical Center, Des Moines, of heart failure. Private family burial will be in Greenville at a later date. 

McGee

BELZONI -- Funeral services for Willie P. McGee, 80, a retired businessman of Belzoni, will be Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Mortimer Funeral Home chapel, Belzoni. He died Nov. 28, 2002, at his home of heart failure. Graveside services will be Tuesday at 1 p.m. at McGee Cemetery, Leake County.

Mr. McGee was born in Leake County and was a Baptist. He was also a veteran of World War II in the Army. He was a retired vice president of Laundry Mart Inc. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Marie McGee; one granddaughter, Angela Chiaramida; five brothers, Otis C. McGee, Clarence McGee, Lewis Clayton McGee, Leroy McGee and Dewitt McGee; and one sister, Pauline McGee.

Survivors include one daughter, Geraldine Chairamida of Belzoni; one grandson, William Chairamida of Boston, Mass.; great-granddaughter, Sophia Rose Chairamida of Boston, Mass.; and many loving nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, who live in Connecticut.

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

The family sends a special thanks to all the people who helped with Mr. McGee's Care.

Perkins

GREENVILLE -- Graveside services for Robert Dewitt "Bob" Perkins, 78, a retired newspaper advertiser of Greenville will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Lakeview Memorial Gardens, Greenville. He died Nov. 29, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, of heart failure. Arrangements are under the direction of Mortimer Funeral Home, Greenville.

He moved to Abilene, Texas, at an early age, attended Abilene High School, McMurry College, Abilene College and Southern Methodist University in Dallas. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force in WW II. He worked for various newspapers in Texas and New Mexico. He moved to Greenville, Miss., in 1972 and worked for the DDT for several years. After leaving the DDT, he worked for several years in the furniture business and his son's law office. He was a Mason for over 40 years and a member of the Greenville Yacht Club since 1972.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bea Perkins.

Survivors include two daughters, Pamela Perkins and Janet Hovas, both of Greenville, Miss.; four sons, Monty, Donise and Stephen Perkins, all of Texas, and Stan Perkins of Greenville, Miss.; a grandchild, Austin Perkins; and several grandchildren that live in Texas.

Visitation will be from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Monday at Mortimer Funeral Home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Sparkman

GREENVILLE -- Funeral services for Monnie Lynn Sparkman, 65, a cosmetologist, of Greenville will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Grace United Methodist Church, Greenville. She died Nov. 29, 2002, at her home of breast cancer. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery, Inverness, under the direction of Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville.

She was a native of Carroll County, Miss., moving to Leland in 1947 and was a graduate of French Camp Academy. She married in 1965 and traveled extensively following her husband's military career. She made her home in Greenville in 1980, where her occupation was as a beautician. She was preceded in death by her stepfather, George W. Bowles, and a son, Joe Sparkman. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Survivors include three sons, James L. Sparkman Jr. of Yorba Linda, Calif., Jeff Sparkman of Greenville, Miss., and Jerry Sparkman of Pensacola, Fla.; her mother, Monnie McDaniel Bowles of Oak Grove, La.; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Grace United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Delta Regional Medical Center Hospice.

Spraggs

MOUND BAYOU -- Funeral arrangements for Will Spraggs, 69, of Mound Bayou are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland. He died Nov. 30, 2002, at his residence.

Walker

RULEVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Cornealie Walker, 75, of Ruleville are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville. She died Nov. 29, 2002, at North Sunflower County Hospital, Indianola.

Ware

ROLLING FORK -- Funeral arrangements for L.C. Ware, 83, of Vicksburg and formerly of Rolling Fork, are pending at Walker Funeral Home, Rolling Fork. He died Nov. 27, 2002, at a convalescent home in Vicksburg.

Williams

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for L.K. Williams, age unavailable of Memphis are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Nov. 28, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis.

Biddle

GREENVILLE -- Graveside services for Bryant Kirk Biddle, 81, of Greenville, a retired member of the U.S. Air Force, will be at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Greenville Cemetery. He died Jan. 26, 2002, at his home. Burial will be under the direction of Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville.

Biddle was a native of Greenville, where he graduated from Greenville High School. He was the son of the late Edward Leslie and Hazel Stone Biddle. He attended Southwest College, now Rhodes College in Memphis, Tenn. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 to 1973, including WW II, being retired with the rank of master sergeant. He returned to Greenville in 1973, after his discharge, where he was a member of the Greenville First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include three nieces, Mary Patterson Thomas of Houston, Texas, Ruth Jackson and Terrell Cheney, both of Lexington, Ky.; and four nephews, Kirk and Clyde Biddle, both of Tupelo, Miss., George Biddle of Grenada, Miss., and Oliver Smyth III of Montgomery, Ala.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Greenville.

Haynes

CLEVELAND -- Funeral arrangements for L.D. Haynes, 80, of Cleveland, are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Jan. 26, 2002, at Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland.

Kleespie

GREENVILLE -- Memorial services are pending in Washington state for David Long Kleespie, 82, of Greenville, a retired boiler operator. He died Jan. 26, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, of heart failure. Smith Funeral Home, Greenville, will handle the arrangements.

Kleespie was born Nov. 24, 1919, at Petersburg, Iowa, to the late John and Bertha Kleespie. He moved to California at an early age with his parents, where he received his education. He later moved to Chehalis, Wash., where he worked for Reynolds Aluminum as a boiler operator until he retired. He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in WWII. He has been a resident of Greenville since July 1999. He was an amateur radio operator and his call numbers were KD5 KUK. He was preceded in death by his wife, Audrey Kleespie, in 1993.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, David and Grace Kleespie of Greenville; one daughter, Carolyne Keech of Centralia, Wash.; two sisters, Barbara Lloyd of Piere, Mo., and Jaylene Piper of Chehalis, Wash.; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Martinez

SHELBY -- Funeral arrangements for Ann Martinez, 59, of Shelby, are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Shelby. She died Jan. 26, 2002, at Northwest Regional Medical Center, Clarksdale.

Stewart

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for George Benjamin Stewart, 64, of Greenville, are pending at Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Jan. 27, 2002, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville, of heart failure.

Williams

GREENVILLE -- Funeral arrangements for Charles Michael "Mike" Williams, age unavailable, of Hollandale, are pending at Smith Funeral Home, Greenville. He died Jan. 27, 2002, at his home.

Arendale

GREENVILLE Funeral services for Mary Beatrice Arendale, 76, of Greenville and formerly of Cleveland were Thursday at 10 a.m. at Ray Funeral Home, Cleveland. She died March 18, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial was in Marks Cemetery.

Mrs. Arendale was born Dec. 12, 1926, in Germantown, Tenn., to George and Mamie Manley. She married Edward Eugene Arendale on April 9, 1942, in Hernando, Miss. Prior to her illness in 1994, Bea was a longtime resident of Cleveland. She was a resident of Mississippi Extended Care in Greenville. She will always be remembered for her love of the outdoors, and she loved to cook for her family and friends. She will be greatly missed.

She was preceded in death by a son, Jimmie Lynn Arendale; a grandson, Stephen Arendale; a great-grandson, William Joseph Kennedy; five brothers, Frank Manley, Pat Manley, Paul Manley, George Manley and Leroy Manley; and her parents.

Survivors include six sons, Eddie Arendale and Rickie Arendale, both of Greenville, Tommie Arendale of Cordova, Tenn., Johnnie Arendale of Winona, Mike Arendale of Southaven and Curt Arendale of Collins, Ark.; two daughters, Nina Arendale Hanson of Starkville and Tina Arendale Ray of Cleveland; two brothers, Don Manley of North Carolina and Raymond Manley of Hernando; 20 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Beckman

GREENVILLE Funeral services for William Ewart Beckman Jr., 77, of Greenville, a retail salesman, will be Saturday at noon at First Baptist Church, Greenville. He died of heart failure March 20, 2003, at his home. Burial will be in Greenville Cemetery under the direction of Boone-Wells Funeral Home, Greenville.

Mr. Beckman was born in Mobile, Ala., April 12, 1925. After graduating from high school, he began his service in the U.S. Army Air Corps, where he served as a flight instructor until his discharge on Nov. 5, 1945. He then entered the University of Alabama, where he met and married his wife of 55 years, Ida Marie. Upon their graduation, the couple moved to Greenville and made their home. He was associated with Clements Mattress and Furniture Co. until his retirement in 1993. He enjoyed hunting and fishing at Archer Island. He also enjoyed the Jaycees and Civitan clubs and was an active deacon and faithful choir member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Ida Marie Beckman of Greenville; one son, Dr. W.E. Beckman III (Peggy) of Alamosa, Colo.; one daughter, Debbie Aultman (Weldon) of Indianola; two sisters, Mary Katherine Maples and Barbara Gerhardt, both of Mobile, Ala.; and five grandchildren, Alison Beckman, Lauren Beckman, Katie Beckman, Ellen Beckman and Doug Aultman.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at First Baptist Church chapel, Greenville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 407 Main St., Greenville.

Chaney

ANGUILLA Funeral services for Wayne Chaney, 32, of Anguilla will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Sonflower Church, Anguilla. He died March 15, 2003, at Sharkey-Issaquena Community Hospital, Rolling Fork. Burial will be in Cynthia Diana Cemetery, Anguilla, under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, Rolling Fork.

Survivors include his mother, Ruby Mae Chaney of Anguilla; two brothers, Amos Chaney of Mayersville and Rickey Chaney of Kentucky; and three sisters, Betty Chaney of Kentucky, Matricia Brown of Phoenix and Lisa Brown of Anguilla.

Pastor Harvey Johnson will officiate.

Cooper

LELAND Funeral services for Edward Cooper, 87, of Leland will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home chapel, Greenville. He died March 14, 2003, at his home. Burial will be in Delta Memorial Gardens, Greenville.

Mr. Edward "Jake" Cooper, son of the late Granvil and Lora Cooper was born April 15, 1915, in Vicksburg. He grew up with his brother, S.C. Cooper. He confessed and accepted Christ as his personal savior and was baptized at Pleasant Springs Baptist Church of Leland by the Rev. J.L. Featherson. He later joined and served at Rose Hill Baptist Church in Elizabeth.

He was a man with a variety of great skills. When he left Vicksburg, he brought those skills to Leland with him. If something was broken, he could fix it.

He spent many years working at A&G Laboratory in Greenville. When that plant moved from Greenville, he went to work for Dillingham Furniture Co. until his retirement.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, having served his country in World War II in the U.S. Army. He was a 33rd degree Mason, commander of the American Legion Department of Mississippi Post No. 241, pioneer and secretary of the Big 10 Social Club, and the first African-American man who ever ran for public office in the state of Mississippi. He owned his own radio and television repair shop. He was also a notary public. His hobbies included collecting trinkets, carving small wood animals, playing checkers and reading.

Mr. Cooper was preceded in death by his parents; his brother; a daughter, Carolyn Cooper of Webb; and a granddaughter, Sherridy Valentine.

God called Mr. Cooper home on Friday, March 14, leaving to mourn his passing his loving and caring wife of 33 years who meant the world to him, Lucille Cooper; one daughter, Sandra (Benny) Valentine of Chicago; four granddaughters, Barbara Harrison, Maxine Jakes and Rosie Mason, all of Webb, and Tasha Valentine of Chicago; six stepsons, L.C. McCray, Roger McCray, James (Gloria) McCray, Johnny McCray, Willie McCray and a special stepson, Ronny Williams, all originally of Greenville; one stepdaughter, Annie McCray Parish of Bolingbrook, Ill.; eight great-grandchildren; one nephew; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 5 p.m. at Watson-Edwards & Evans Funeral Home chapel, Greenville.

The Rev. Melvin Motton Sr. will officiate.

Crouch

INDIANOLA Funeral services for Earline Jordan Crouch, 70, of Indianola, a restaurant cashier, will be today at 10 a.m. at Card Funeral Home, Indianola. She died March 18, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Indianola City Cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Nina Welch Jordan of Indianola; two daughters, Delores Ann Ragan of Water Valley and Shirley Verret of Picayune; two sons, James K. McMurtray of Indianola and Russell L. McMurtray of Mt. Sterling, Ky.; two sisters, Geraldine Billings of Greenwood and Joyce Gatlin of McComb; one brother, Autrey E. Jordan of Winnfield, La.; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Davis

INDIANOLA Funeral services for the Rev. William Birkett Davis Sr., 78, of Indianola will be Saturday at noon at the Jurisdictional Headquarters of the Church of God In Christ, Northern Mississippi, Clarksdale. He died March 14, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Riverside Memorial Gardens, Indianola, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Indianola.

Survivors include his wife, Delcia Davis; 10 daughters, Lue Reaver (Henry) Brown of Indianola, Lue Bertha (Jarrett) Lott of Detroit, Leola Johnson of Las Vegas, Minnie (William) Sims of Cincinnati, Pearlie (Mose) Walker of Memphis, Ceola (Jerry) Atterberry of Monticello, Miss., Evelyn (Michael) Brown of Detroit, Char Lillian (Lewis) Virgil of Walkersville, Md., Cornelia (Edgar) Holman of Greenville and Kathy (Ivory) Bourage of Columbus, Ga.; five sons, William Birkett (Bernice) Davis Jr. of Belzoni, Elder Samuel (Beulah) Davis of Memphis, Lorenzo Davis and Tony (Mary) Davis, both of Indianola, and DeWayne Davis of Waldorf, Md.; three sisters, Laura Chavers and Beatrice (James) Fair, both of Indianola, and Lillie Markham of Chicago; two sisters-in-law, Char Lillian Smith of Indianola and Willie (Clifton) Hubbert of Chicago; a brother-in-law, U.L. Jernigan of North Chicago, Ill.; a special cousin, Riley "B.B." King of Las Vegas; 35 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, family and friends; and his church families of Greater New Jerusalem Church of God In Christ of Indianola and St. Rest Church of God In Christ of Itta Bena.

The body will lie in state at the Jurisdictional Headquarters in Clarksdale. Visitation will be today from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Indianola. Family hour will be today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Greater New Jerusalem Church of God In Christ, Indianola.

The Rev. Frank Howard Sr. will officiate.

Finch

MAGEE Funeral services for Eva Sturdivant Finch, 75, of Magee, a homemaker, will be today at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, Magee. She died March 18, 2003, at Mississippi Baptist Hospital, Jackson. Burial will be in Magee City Cemetery under the direction of Colonial Chapel Funeral Home, Magee.

She was born Jan. 6, 1928, the daughter of Willie Davis Sturdivant and Martha Dean Sturdivant, who both preceded her in death. She was a member of First United Methodist Church of Magee and was the widow of Dr. M.F. Finch.

Survivors include a son, Daniel Finch and wife, Renee, of Fairview, Texas; two daughters, Mary Ann Knotts of Pearl, and Frances Lott and husband, Bucky, of Greenville; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Hoskins

SHELBY Funeral services for L.V. Hoskins, 87, of Shelby will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pilgrim Rest MB Church, Shelby. She died March 19, 2003, at Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland. Burial will be in Macedonia Cemetery, Shelby, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Shelby.

Survivors include one daughter, U.Z. Hunter of Shelby; and one brother, Robert L. Jackson of Pine Bluff, Ark.

Visitation will be Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

The Rev. Tyrone Miller will officiate.

Howle

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

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

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

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

The Rev. Brad Moak will officiate.

King

WINTERVILLE Funeral services for Larry Darnell King, 38, of Memphis, Tenn., and formerly of Winterville will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Olive Baptist Church, Winterville. He died March 12, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital, Memphis. Burial will be in Buckner Cemetery, Winterville, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Greenville.

Survivors include his mother, Helen S. King of Winterville; his father, Ira Buckner Jr. of Winterville; a son LaDarius Webster of Memphis; three daughters, Brianna King of Greenville and LaTrice Webster and Patrice Webster, both of Memphis; three brothers, Jerry D. King of Winterville, Kenny Peoples of Chicago, Ill., and Ira Haymon; a special godbrother, Ronald Appleton of Greenville; and seven sisters, Virginia A. (James) Merrill of Gonzales, La., Jennifer D. (Al) Jackson and Cheryl (Napoleon) Parker, both of Greenville, Latasha R. King of Memphis, Carolyn Peoples and Valerie Peoples, both of Chicago, and Iris Haymon.

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 1 p.m. until the funeral.

The Rev. Charles Williams will officiate.

Lipsey

LOUISE Funeral services for Johnnie Harper Lipsey, 81, of Louise, a retired farm worker, will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Love Feast MB Church, Louise. She died of heart failure March 18, 2003, at University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson. Burial will be in Love Feast Cemetery under the direction of Smith Funeral Home, Belzoni.

Survivors include five sons, Johnny Lipsey, Earl Lipsey, Curtis Lipsey, Leon Lipsey and Charles Lipsey, all of Chicago; seven daughters, Dorothy Mitchell, Edna Woodard, Helen Cummings, Betty Wilson, Gloria Harrison, Sadie Lipsey and Diane Mitchell, all of Chicago; and three sisters, Fannie Broomfield of Yazoo City, and Hattie Dent and Jerry Cox, both of Louise.

Visitation will be today from noon to 5 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home chapel, Belzoni. Visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday at the church.

The Rev. Sylvester Martin will officiate.

McGinnist

GREENVILLE Funeral arrangements for Diana McGinnist, 44, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died March 20, 2003, at The King's Daughters Hospital, Greenville.

McNeal

GREENVILLE Funeral arrangements for Alice B. McNeal, 69, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died March 20, 2003, at her home.

Melton

HOLLANDALE Funeral services for Gladys Lawrence Melton, 84, of Hollandale will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at Boone Funeral Home chapel, Hollandale. She died March 19, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in Hollandale City Cemetery.

She was born in Anguilla, Miss., where she received her education. She moved in 1936 to Hollandale, where she raised her family. She was well known in the Hollandale community for vegetable and rose gardens, which she shared with everyone. She had a special love for music. She was a Baptist.

Survivors include three daughters, Peggy Howard of Avon, Patricia Lee of Greenville and Alice Marie "Pee Wee" Harrison of Monroe, La.; one son, Marvin Jones Jr. of Divide, Colo.; one sister, Mary Louise Moore of Vicksburg; one brother, George Martin Lawrence of Monroe, La.; 15 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. at Boone Funeral Home chapel, Hollandale.

Newson

CLEVELAND Funeral services for Vienna Newson, 83, of Cleveland will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Paul MB Church, Cleveland. She died March 13, 2003, at Rankin General Hospital, Jackson. Burial will be in Delta Heights Memorial Gardens, Cleveland, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland.

"MaDear," as her family and friends affectionately called her, was a loving, friendly and compassionate person who loved children and who always displayed a warm spirit toward everyone she met. She saw good in all situations, and even throughout her illness and death, she continued to smile, respond kindly, and she never complained. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul MB Church. She was the widow of Wallace Newson.

Survivors include three daughters, Elizina Washington and Shirley Allen, both of Cleveland, and Lescener (Owen) Brooks of Jackson; two sons, Charles (Martha) Price of Topeka, Kan., and Charles (Bertha) Beasley of St. Louis, Mo.; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

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

The Rev. Embra Jackson will officiate.

Pepper

ANGUILLA Funeral services for Eugene "Big Man" Pepper Sr., 60, of Anguilla will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at New Foundation MB Church, Louise. He died March 19, 2003, at his home. Burial will be in New Foundation MB Church Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home, Rolling Fork.

Survivors include his wife, Willie M. Pepper of Anguilla; nine sons, Charles Pepper of Des Plaines, Ill., Anthonio Gryer of Fond du Lac, Wis., Eric Gryer, Kevin Gryer and Antoine Gryer, all of Anguilla, Larry (Portia) Pepper of Yazoo City, Michael Pepper and Gregory Gryer, both of Green Bay, Wis., and Henry Gryer of Racine, Wis.; 11 daughters, Deborah Pepper and Amanda Pepper, both of Yazoo City, Lola Gryer of Racine, Wis., Vanjie (Herman) Moore of Columbus, Ga., and Jacqueline Gryer, Shirlene Gryer, Antoinette Gryer, Johazella Gryer, Anastasia Gryer, Dana Gryer and Tyieshia Gryer, all of Anguilla; four brothers, Cleveland (Sylvia) Pepper of Cary, Clifford Pepper and Steve Green, both of Jackson, and Gerald Green of Tennessee; five sisters, Bernice (Le Andrew) Broomfield of Chicago, Maude (Ruby) Collins of Holly Bluff, and Michelle Green, Pamela Pepper and Margaret (Horace) Blanchard, all of Jackson; 50 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pickens

CLEVELAND Funeral services for Kevin Levar Pickens, 18, of Cleveland will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at New Jerusalem MB Church, Ruleville. He died March 18, 2003, in Cleveland. Burial will be in Delta Heights Memorial Gardens, Cleveland, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Kevin began his education in a class for the developmentally delayed at Delta State University at the age of 3. He was currently a student of Cleveland High School.

Survivors include his mother, Hazel Pickens of Cleveland; his father, Levert Pickens Jr. of Cleveland; his grandmothers, Ann Shortridge and J.L. Williams, both of Indianola; his grandfather, Levert Pickens Sr. of Shreveport, La.; a sister, Tanya (Wesley) Turner of Kansas City, Mo.; and a brother, Levert Wendell Pickens of Maryland.

Visitation will be Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m., with a family hour from 6 to 7 p.m., at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Pastor Mark S. Buckner Sr. will officiate.

Triplett

LAMONT Funeral services for Milton Triplett, 73, of Greenville and formerly of Lamont will be Saturday at 11:30 a.m. at William Chapel Baptist Church, Lamont. He died March 12, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center, Greenville. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery, Lamont, under the direction of Dillon Funeral Home, Greenville.

Milton was born March 10, 1930, in Scott, Miss. There he resided until he moved to Lamont. During most of his working life, he farmed, an occupation that he loved dearly. After his health began to fail, he moved to Greenville, where he lived until his death.

He also enjoyed watching the news, sports and game shows on television.

He leaves to cherish homegoing: four daughters, Fannie (Aaron) Davis of Canton, Miss., Ada (Albert) Lockett of Red Oak, Texas, Earnestine Turner of Dade City, Fla., and Eva Dixon of Manhattan, Miss.; one son, David (Jackie) Triplett of Ridgeland, Miss.; two sisters, Dora Poindexter of Jackson and Lena Mae Johnson of Indianapolis, Ind.; one aunt, Maggie Riley of Walnut Grove, Miss.; 13 grandchildren and one grandson, Henry Turner, whom he loved very much; 12 great-grandchildren; 10 stepchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and other relatives.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 4 p.m. at Dillon chapel in Greenville.

The Rev. R.L. Young will officiate.

Turner

SHELBY Funeral services for Bessie M. Turner, 102, of Shelby will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Mound Bayou. She died March 13, 2003, at her home. Burial will be in Zion Grove Cemetery, Shelby, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Shelby.

Survivors include one son, John Wesley Turner of Shelby; three daughters, Mary Lee Matthews of Shelby, Bessie Rogers of Indianapolis, Ind., and Kathleen White of Tulsa, Okla.; 18 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, other relatives and friends.

Visitation will be today from 1 to 5 p.m. at J.H. Hanks Chapel of Byas Funeral Home, Shelby.

Elder Robert Cox will officiate.

Williams

PACE Funeral services for Emma T. Williams, 83, of Pace, a retiree, will be today at 11 a.m. at El Bethel MB Church, Pace. She died March 17, 2003, at Shelby Rehab and Nursing Center, Shelby. Burial will be in El Bethel Cemetery, Pace, under the direction of Delta Burial Corp., Mound Bayou.

She was born Feb. 19, 1920, in Pace and graduated from Pace High School. She was a Baptist and was a member of Helping Hands Society of Mount Olive MB Church of Chicago, Ill.

Survivors include a sister, Laura J. Towner of Greenville; and a brother, Lewis Leflore of Chicago, Ill.

The Rev. Sammie Williams will officiate.

Williams

PACE Funeral arrangements for Robert Williams, 87, of Pace are pending at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland. He died March 20, 2003, at North Sunflower County Hospital, Ruleville.

Wilson

SHELBY Funeral services for Ruby Wilson, 76, of Shelby will be today at 11 a.m. at Shilo MB Church, Shelby. She died March 13, 2003, at Central Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson. Burial will be in Shilo Memorial Gardens, Shelby, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Shelby.

Survivors include four sons, Eugene Wilson Jr. and Larry Wilson, both of Shelby, and George Wilson and Willie Wilson, both of Detroit; four daughters, Tenia Jeter of Detroit, Jannie Wilson of Shelby, Alice Wilson of Nashville and Ellen Matthews of Johnson City, Kan.; 25 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

The Rev. James Miller will officiate.

Wolford

LELAND Funeral services for Ben William Wolford, 66, of Leland, a railroad section foreman, will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Boone Funeral Home, Leland. He died March 19, 2003, at his home. Burial will be in Leland-Stoneville Cemetery, Stoneville.

Mr. Wolford was born in Keiser, Ark., and moved to Leachville, Ark., where he attended public schools. He served in the U.S. Air Force. After his discharge, he was engaged in farming until 1967, when he became associated as section foreman with I.C.G. Railroad, where he worked until he retired in 1997. He had been a resident of Leland since 1981. He was a member of Leland Church of Christ.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Walter Wolford of Leland; two daughters, Debra W. Hardin of Marion, Ark., and Lisa W. Joyner of Leland; three sons, Lynn Wolford of Isola, Ricky Wolford of Leland and Kenneth Wolford of Wayside; one brother, Otis Wolford Jr. of Fairfield Glade, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at Boone Funeral Home, Leland.

Young

CLEVELAND Funeral services for Lucille C. Young, 67, of Cleveland will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at New Jerusalem MB Church, Cleveland. She died March 14, 2003, at Bolivar Medical Center, Cleveland. Burial will be in Delta Heights Memorial Gardens, Cleveland, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland.

Survivors include two daughters, Mary McGee and Ida Mae Young, both of Cleveland; two brothers, Monroe Jones Jr. of Cleveland and Charlie Jones of Detroit, Mich.; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

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

The Rev. C.B. Jordan will officiate.


 


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