Obituaries, Dec. 12, 2003

Thomas P. Beaudrot Sr.

TUPELO – Thomas P. Beaudrot Sr., 92, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at Cedars Health Center in Tupelo after a long illness. He was born in Greenwood, S.C., to Charles Leland and Corrie Moseley Beaudrot. After finishing high school, he attended Georgia Tech as a co-op student. He was associated with Panola Cotton Mills in Greenwood, S.C., for seven years. He then joined TVA and was sent to Wilson Dam, Sheffield, Ala. In 1935 he married Margaret McElroy of Cuba, Ala. He was sent by TVA to Tupelo, where he retired on Jan. 1, 1975, as district engineer of Power Systems Operations. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, where he was a deacon, an elder and a teacher in the Men's Bible Class. His hobbies included reading, working crossword puzzles, listening to classical music, attending operas and sporting events, and traveling with his wife. In their later years, they both resided at the Traceway Retirement Facilities in Tupelo.

A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Ann Houston Kelly and the Rev. Harry Daniel officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Margaret; two children, Thomas P. Beaudrot Jr. and wife, Terri, of Knoxville, and Rita Beaudrot Gossett and husband, Dr. Robert B. Gossett, of Memphis; five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Leland Beaudrot.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Traceway Retirement Center, the First Presbyterian Church of Tupelo, the Presbyterian Home in Quitman, Ga., or a charity of choice.

Visitation will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at McFadden Hall at the First Presbyterian Church.

Tim Smith

BOONEVILLE – Timothy Dwain “Tim” Smith, 33, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McMillan Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

L.R. Thorn

PLANTERSVILLE – Longlyno Russell Thorn, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born July 24, 1919, in Itawamba County to the late Davis E. and Carra Lee Burch Thorn. He lived most of his adult life in Lee County. He was a U.S. Army veteran with service during World War II. For his valor he received the Silver Star and Purple Heart among other medals. He was a disabled veteran and a member of the First Baptist Church of Plantersville. He enjoyed fishing, hunting rabbits, old cars, yard work and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Lee Memorial Funeral Home Chapel in Verona with the Rev. Truman Thompson officiating, followed by a military presentation. Burial will be in Lee Memorial Park.

Survivors include four grandchildren, Lisa Thorn Smith and husband, Tim, of Mooreville, Chris Thorn and wife, Tina, of Shannon, Dena Thorn Waldo and husband, Gary, of Shannon, and Jennifer Thorn Lee and husband, Brian, of Jumpertown; nine great-grandchildren; three sisters, Sarah Patton of Tupelo, Kay Brown of Plantersville and Toby Murphy of Tupelo; a brother, Yates Thorn and wife, Ruth, of Nettleton; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Willodene Cathcart Thorn, on May 4, 2000; two sons, Jerry Wade Thorn in 1989 and Russell Thorn in 1992; and his parents.

Pallbearers wll be Chris Thorn, Tim Smith, Gary Waldo, Rex Cathcart, Glen Cathcart and Bobby Tidwell.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from 2 p.m. to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 322 N. Lauderdale, Memphis TN 38103.

Louise McFarling

OLD UNION – Louise Homan McFarling, 87, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at Park Manor Health Care Center in Conroe, Texas, after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Lee Memorial Funeral Home of Verona. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Henry Patterson

CORINTH – Henry Lee Patterson, 89, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Patterson Memorial Chapel.

J.W. Champion

ECRU – William J. “J.W.” Champion, 78, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo after a long illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Baldwin Funeral Home of Pontotoc.

Ralph E. Palmer

HODGES, Ala. -Ralph E. Palmer, 64, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at the Helen Keller Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Red Bay, Ala. Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

J.T. Ray Jr.

WREN – J.T. Ray Jr., 90, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at the Winston County Medical Center in Louisville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Pickle Funeral Home of Amory. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mary Moody

HICKORY FLAT – Mary Frances Childers Moody, 75, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. She was a member of the Beech Hill Church of Christ and co-owner of Fat Boys Restaurant in Ripley. She was a retired employee of the Wurlitzer Piano Company in Holly Springs. She was a loving, precious wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Beech Hill Church of Christ in Ashland with Minister Bill Lambert, Minister James Draper and Minister King McCarver officiating. Burial will be in Beech Hill Cemetery in Ashland. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Betty Lee Moody King and husband, Barney, and Jamie Ellen Moody of Hickory Flat; two sons, James Morris Moody and wife, Sue, and Don Wayne Moody and wife, Elaine, all of Hickory Flat; eight grandchildren, Jennifer Simpson Almon, Ryan Simpson, Bobby Joe King, Ben King, Stuart Simpson, Eric Woolam, Brad Howard and Hannah Howard; three great-grandchildren, Trina and Anne Elise Simpson, and Simpson Almon.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Morris W. Moody; her parents, Robert “Bobby” Childers and Mattie Rooker Childers; three brothers, Algie Childers, Earl Childers and Harold Childers; and two sisters, Willie Lou Norris and Allie Mae Collins.

Pallbearers will be Chuck Gadd, Danny Bauman, Jeffrey Pipkin, Mark Orman, Jack Gadd, Jimmy Pipkin, David Wooley, Josh Ward, Jacky Stanton and Gary King.

Honorary pallbearers will be nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 5 to 9 p.m. today at the church.

Roosevelt Pernell III

STARKVILLE – Roosevelt Pernell III, 28, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003, at the Clay County Medical Center in West Point.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Sixteen Section Missionary Baptist Church in Starkville with Pastor Wayne Fulton officiating. Burial will be in the Lindsey Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery. Carter's Mortuary Service is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Mary Liza Pernell of Starkville; his parents, Roosevelt Pernell Jr. and Maggie Pernell of West Point; a son, Rinaldo Harris of Starkville; a daughter, Mia Arlesha Pernell of Starkville; a brother, Cedric Pernell of West Point; two sisters, Jeanette Pernell of West Point and Sheena Pernell, both of West Point; his grandmother, Susie Pernell of West Point.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Roosevelt McKnuckle

PHILADELPHIA – Roosevelt McKnuckle, 45, died Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Zion M.B. Church in West Point with the Rev. Donald Henry officiating. Burial will be in the Payne Chapel Cemetery. Carter's Mortuary Services is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Gwen McKnuckle; his father, Roosevelt Sims Jr.; a stepdaughter, Faye Green; three brothers, John Andrew Harris, Jimmie Lee McKnuckle and Robert McKnuckle; 11 sisters, Katie Mae Harris, Essie Earl Haughton, Rosetta Turner, Patricia Wilson, Mary D. Turner, Alice Faye McKnuckle, Joyce Ann Smith, Nazareth Cannon, Shellie McKnuckle, Virgie Cousin and Cassandra Sims; a stepgranddaughter.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Lucinda Harris McKnuckle.

Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Ruby C. Dixon

LOS ANGELES – Ruby C. Dixon, 67, died Friday, Dec. 5, 2003.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Carter's Mortuary Service Chapel in West Point with Pastor Clarence Smith officiating. Burial will be in Yeates Chapel M.B. Church Cemetery.

Survivors include her mother, Loraine Ewell; a brother, Clyde L. Ewell; four sisters, Clara F. Gray, Lessie L. Vance, Lillie D. Jefferson and Louvern Lee; a granddaughter, Lauren Dixon Galloway.

She was preceded in death by her father, Elijah Ewell, and a daughter, Lois Jean Dixon.

Zera Watkins

VERONA – Zera Watkins died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Tupelo.

Hiram Griffin

VARDAMAN – Hiram Wilton Griffin, 85, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was born Aug. 24, 1918, in Calhoun City to Haywood Griffin and Cordie Lee Parker Griffin. He was postmaster of the Vardaman Post Office for 35 years. He was a member and lifetime deacon at Midway Baptist Church. He was a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge No. 589, a Scottish Rites and York Rites Shriner, a past Grandmaster of the Masonic Lodge, a High Potentate of the Shrine, a board director of the Masonic Children's Village Home in Meridian, and secretary of the Vardaman Masonic Lodge No. 589. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Midway Baptist Church in Vardaman with the Rev. Billy Wells and the Rev. Gary Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Midway Cemetery in Vardaman with masonic graveside rites. Parker Memorial Funeral Home of Vardaman is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Peggy Inmon Griffin of Vardaman; a daughter, Judy Moore and husband, Paul Jr., of Calhoun City; a son, Norman Wilton Griffin of Vardaman; two sisters, Elizabeth Tidwell of Memphis and Louise Mullen of Kosciusko; a brother, Reese Griffin of West Point; five grandchildren, Norman Griffin Jr., Tim Griffin, Todd Griffin, Emily Moore Griffin and Chip Griffin; six great-grandchildren, Dixie, Josh, Page, Hannah, Jake and Caleb Griffin.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Jessie Mae Cost and Juanise Griffin, and a brother, W.A. “Butch” Griffin.

Pallbearers will be the deacons of Midway Baptist Church, Billy Joe Barefield, Lynn Casey, Whitney Casey, Wayne Johnson, John M. Harmon, Chris Tedder, Shawn Edmondson and Bobby Whitt.

Memorials may be made to Midway Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

Lenora Warren

YPSILANTI, Mich. – Lenora Warren, 89, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at her home in Ypsilanti, Mich. She was a former resident of Fulton. She was an active member of the New Temple M.B. Church in Fulton until moving to live with her daughter in Michigan. She was a member of the Usher Board and a Sunday school teacher. She was the widow of Carlton Warren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Temple M.B. Church with the Rev. S.E. Banks officiating. Burial will be in Warren Chapel Cemetery in Mantachie. Grayson-Porter's Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a daughter, Gwindora Wilson and husband, George, of Ypsilanti, Mich.; a son, the Rev. Maurice Warren Sr. and wife, Susie, of Fulton; five grandchildren, Carlee Warren Jr. of Providence, R.I., Pricilla Warren of Boston, Jennifer Warren of Memphis, Maurice Warren Jr. and wife, Kaleesha, of Long Beach, and Sharon Wilson of Ypsilanti, Mich.; five great-grandchildren, Koya Warren and Triston Warren, both of Providence, R.I., George Ervin and Azilene Wilson, both of Ypsilanti, Mich., and Ora Gardner of Corinth; nephews, nieces and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her husband; two sons, Carlee and MacArthur Warren; a granddaughter, Pam Warren; five sisters; three brothers; her parents; and cousins, Chalmers and Chapel Cummings.

Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Alex Ward

PLANTERSVILLE – Alex Johnny Ward, 83, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at his home. He was born Jan. 22, 1920, in Webster County. He was a retired punch operator for Babcock & Wilcox in West Point. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church. He lived in West Point for 51 years until moving recently to Plantersville to be near family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Robinson Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with the Rev. Joe Stallings officiating and the Rev. Terry Rhodes assisting. Burial will be in West Point Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his wife, Nora Idell Ward of Plantersville; a son, Johnny Ward of Pheba; a daughter, Donna Vaughn of Plantersville; a brother, Junior Ward of Maben; four sisters, Sue Cole of Maben, Erma Wilson of Pheba, Melba Sell of Akron, Ohio, and Ata Kelly of Jackson; four grandchildren, Jonathan Ward of West Point, Christie Foster of Tupelo, Chad Gaston of Plantersville and Lee Eaton of Montpelier; four great-grandchildren, Harley Kate Gaston and Alex Kerigan Gaston, both of Plantersville, Mary Leeann Eaton of Montpelier and Julianna Marie Vaughn of Tupelo.

He was preceded in death by a grandson, Cody Ward, and a sister, Juanita Mazzo.

Pallbearers will be Chad Gaston, Michael Vaughn, Lee Eaton, Jack Griffin, Ricky Glasson and Tommy Peeples.

Honorary pallbearers will be his friends at B&W and his doctors in Tupelo and West Point.

Richard Weathers

BELMONT – Richard Weathers, 86, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at the Iuka Hospital. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Deaton Funeral Home of Belmont.

David Boock

AMORY – David Alan Boock, 41, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory after a sudden illness. He was born July 3, 1962, in Amory to Libbie Lavelle Coker Boock and the late Bruce James Boock. A lifelong resident of Amory, he was a 1980 graduate of Amory High School and a 1989 graduate of the University of Mississippi. He was the manager of Discount Building Materials in Amory and a member of the Church of Christ. He was a member of the Amory Youth Soccer Parents Association. An avid sports fan, he enjoyed coaching Little League sports.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory with Philip Hathcock officiating. Burial will be in Haughton Memorial Park in Amory.

Survivors include his mother, Libbie L. Coker Boock of Amory; a son, Wesley Alan Boock of Amory; a brother, James Mark Boock and wife, Angela, of Norfolk, Va.; two nephews, Derreck Boock and Bruce Jay Boock; two special friends, Rob Forbus and Addie Forbus.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bruce J. Boock.

Pallbearers will be Jon Alexander, Greg Harris, Ken Randolph, Chuck Tubb, James Capps, Dwight Hill, Peter Conwill and Todd Coward.

Honoarry pallbearers will be members of the Tri-City A's baseball team, players and coaches.

Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Visitation will continue until service time today.

Willie Mae Reedy

MEMPHIS – Willie Mae Reedy, 84, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003. She was born Feb. 25, 1919, at Slate Springs. She was a homemaker. She was a World War II defense worker in Cordova, Tenn. She also was a waitress at the Katz Drugstore and an elevator operator at the Sterick Building, both in Memphis.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel in Calhoun City with the Rev. Jim Vance officiating. Burial will be in New Providence Cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, Oscar Wayne Reedy of Memphis; two daughters, Dixie Cooper and husband, Jim, of Olive Branch, and Linda Hall and husband, Phil, of Memphis; two granddaughters, Angela Cooper of Olive Branch and Lisa Richardson of Memphis.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Pryor and Mary Denton Pryor.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Cooper, Phil Hall, Kenneth Pryor, Patrick Richardson and Stacy Smith.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday.

Mae Simpson

CALHOUN CITY – Mae Allen Simpson, 81, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at Calhoun Health Services. She was born April 27, 1922, in Calhoun City. She was a retired employee of Kellwood Corp. and Boland's Department Store. She was a member of the Macedonia Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Pryor Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Bill Baker and the Rev. Jim Vance officiating. Burial will be in Oak Springs Cemetery in Derma.

Survivors include two daughters, Linda Rose Roberson of Dyer, Tenn., and Jane Strickland of Asheboro, N.C.; a son, Robert Allen Simpson of Calhoun City; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Abyar Simpson, and her parents, Thomas Augusta Allen and Laura Jane Parker Allen.

Pallbearers will be Tony Ray Roberson, Wesley Strickland, Drew Strickland, Bradley Simpson, Justin Simpson and Lee Warren.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Oak Springs Cemetery Fund, c/o Dot Hardin, 282 Hamilton St., Calhoun City MS 38916.

Larry W. Miskell

TUPELO – Larry W. Miskell, 61, died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at his home near Tupelo after a sudden illness. He was born Sept. 28, 1942, in Princeton, Ind. He was a longtime Lee County resident. He worked for Rial Vending Co. for more than 20 years. He retired from Ryder Truck Rental, where he was a diesel mechanic. He was an avid fisherman and enjoyed attending auctions.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Gerald Cagle officiating. Burial will be in East Mt. Zion Cemetery near Baldwyn.

Survivors include a daughter, Sherry Donahue and husband, Keith, of Baldwyn; a son, Eddie Miskell and wife, Susan, of Mantachie; four sisters, Bea Walters and husband, Dave, Linda Meyers and husband, Kirk, Sheila Miskell and husband, Monty, and Tracie Miskell, all of Princeton, Ind.; seven brothers, Mark Miskell and wife, Jeriann, Doc Miskell and wife, Debbie, Rocky Miskell and wife, Gail, Mike Miskell and wife, Becky, Steve Miskell and wife, Star, and Brian Miskell, all of Princeton, Ind., and Tony Miskell and wife, Robyn, of Fort Branch, Ind.; his stepmother, Helen Miskell of Princeton; two grandchildren, Jeff and Jennifer Miskell; a special friend, Doris Shepard.

Pallbearers will be Danny Raper, Elton Johnson, Donald Duvall and J.W. Bradley.

Jeff Miskell will be an honorary pallbearer.

Visitation will be from 4 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Leo Holley

ABBEVILLE – Leo L. Holley, 53, died Monday, Dec. 8, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a native of Lafayette County.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at the Tallahatchie-Oxford Missionary Baptist Association Building in Oxford. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Sharron Holley of Oxford; three stepdaughters, Ja'Nell Mitchell, Mignon Price and La Toya Price, all of Oxford; a stepson, Neiven Mitchell of Oxford; his mother, Eliza Price of Abbeville; five sisters, Ivory Carothers of Milwaukee, Wis., Katheryn Jones and Teressa Fisher, both of Abbeville, Debra Kimmons of Houston, Texas, and Janice Brown of Ruleville; seven brothers, J.C. Holley of Grand Rapids, Mich., Howard Holley of Indianapolis, Ind., Eugene Holley, Raymond Holley, Edward Holley and Richard Holley, all of Milwaukee, Wis., and Robert Holley of Estill Springs, Tenn.; one grandchild.

Visitation will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Dee Austin

ABBEVILLE – DeAndrea “Dee” Austin, 13, died Saturday, Dec. 6, 2003, in Abbeville. He was a native of Harvey, Ill., and a seventh grade student at Lafayette Middle School.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Smith Chapel Church in Oxford. Burial will be in Smith Chapel Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Judy Jackson of Denver, Colo.; two brothers, Renard Jackson of Memphis and Bryant Austin of Denver; his grandfather and caregiver, Kent Austin of Abbeville.

Buddy Rogers

AMORY – Frederick Earl “Buddy” Rogers, 54, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church of Amory. He was a graduate of West Amory High School, where he played saxophone in the band. He was a star second baseman for the Amory Hawks baseball team, a member of Boy Scout Troop No. 120. He was a former employee of Amory Garment for 26 years.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. Benjamin Nelson officiating. Burial will be in the Masonic Cemetery in Amory. Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Beulah Lee Rogers of Amory; his wife, Patricia Anne Rogers of Amory; a son, Frederick Earl Rogers Jr. of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Kristen Elizabeth Rogers of Starkville; four sisters, Gwendolyn “Baba-Baba” Strong of Utica, Dorothy Mae Austin of Chicago, and Marcell McKinney and Mary Nell Rogers, both of Amory; four grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today and the family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to services Saturday.

Bob Honer

HOLLY SPRINGS – Willie Bob Honer, 76, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at his home. He was born Feb. 22, 1927, to Annie Bell Barksdale Honer and Mark Honer. He was a longtime member of the Pleasant Grove M.B. Church and a retired employee of the City of Holly Springs. He was a well-known landscaper.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church at Red Banks with the Rev. S.A. Phillips officiating. The Rev. Paul Stewart will deliver the eulogy. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Pearlie Honer McCary and husband, James, of Holly Springs and Linzola Honer of Detroit, Mich.; five sons, Willie Honer Jr. of Red Banks, Earnest Honer and wife, Stella, Clyde Honer and wife, Ruby, Robert Honer and wife, Beverly, all of Holly Springs, and Willie Hugh of Memphis; a brother, Eddie Frank Ford; a brother-in-law, Emmit Wells (E Troy); three sisters-in-law, Fannie Honer of Potts Camp, Mattie Walton of Boston and Leanna Honer of Detroit; 13 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; a special friend, Hazel Bowen; six godchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Honer; his parents; and his wife, Pearlie Lee Honer.

Pallbearers will be Felix Stricklin, Gregory Hall, Frank Watson, Jessie J. Hughes Jr., Michael Smith and Lorenzo Hall.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. today.

Louisa Strong

NEW ALBANY – Louisa Ford Strong, 84, died Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003, at Graceland Care Center in New Albany. She was born Aug. 22, 1918, to the late Roger and Birdie Ford in Union County. She was a homemaker and a member of Union Grove M.B. Church.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Union Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. W.B. Sampson officiating. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery. Serenity Funeral Home Inc. of Holly Springs is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Ruby Alexander of Michigan; a stepson, Jacob Strong of Racine, Wis.; nine grandchildren, George, Lee Sylvester, Jimmy Dale, Mary Louise, Shirley Ann, Mae Joyce, Bertie Lou, Betty Jo and Josie; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Harris; 30 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; a special nephew, Lee Satterwhite.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hubert Strong; a son, Sylvester Harris; five brothers and four sisters.

Nephews and grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Barney Marion

HOLLY SPRINGS – Barney Esmond Marion, 53, formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich., died Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003, at his home in Holly Springs. He was a coordinator for GM in Grand Rapids and a policeman for the Holly Springs Police Department.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Holly Springs with Bro. Richard Delguidice officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cottrell Memorial Garden in Holly Springs. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Donna G. Marion of Holly Springs; daughters, LaKesha Stephenson of Holly Springs, Yesmenda Marion, Yolanda Marion, Crystal Marion and Christy Marion, all of Grand Rapids, Mich.; six sons, Tyrone Hussey of Muscle Shoals, Ala., Shakir Stephenson of Summerville, S.C., Lenchez Stephenson of Holly Springs, Jamal Fisher, Jalon Fisher and Dexter Jones, all of Grand Rapids, Mich.; six sisters, Bertha Jeffries of Grand Rapids, Doris Malone of Chicago, Benita Ivy and Gwendolyn Hoey, both of Holly Springs, Veonia Gadis of Indianapolis, Ind., and Shirley Rogers of Memphis; five brothers, Russell Shaw of Indianapolis, Ind., Maurice Marion of Champaign, Ill., Travis Marion of Aurora, Ill., Dietrich Marion and Youtie Miller, both of Holy Springs.

Visitation will be from 1 to 6 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Leasel Pender

NETTLETON – Leasel Pender, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at his home in Nettleton. He was born Oct. 20, 1919, in Fayette County, Ala., to Harvey and Velma Anthony Pender. He was a lifelong resident of Nettleton. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Pacific Theater. He retired in 1982 at part owner of Pender's Auto Parts in Nettleton. He served as alderman for the City of Nettleton for two consecutive terms from 1969 to 1977. He was a member of the Nettleton Church of Christ. He was an avid camper, fisherman and hunter.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Nettleton Church of Christ with Bro. Jimmy Bates and Bro. L.D. Willis officiating. Burial will be in the Nettleton Cemetery. Tisdale-Lann Memorial Funeral Home in Nettleton is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Eudell Waddle Pender of Nettleton; two sons, Billy Ray Pender and wife, Dot, of Nettleton and Roger Dale Pender and wife, Deborah Lynn, of Tupelo; two sisters, Ruby Waddle and Ann Harris, both of Nettleton; a sister-in-law, Lucille Pender of Nettleton; four grandchildren, Brad, Justin, Tyler and Kayla Pender.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Velma Anthony Pender; his father and stepmother, Harvey and Dulcie Pender; a daughter, Susan Pender; and a brother, Burnice “Dank” Pender.

Pallbearers will be Walter Lee Parker, Paul Waddle, Mike Gray, Paul Dickerson, Benny Mack Waddle, Larry Williams and Troy Harris.

Honorary pallbearers will be Harold Reeves, J.T. Griggs, Truman Reeves and Roy Barnett.

Visitation will be from 5:30 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services Saturday.

Memorials may be made to the Nettleton Church of Christ Building Fund, P.O. Box 97, Nettleton MS 38858.

Maurine Morgan

MANTACHIE – Maurine Morgan, 86, died Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003, at her home. She was born June 4, 1917, in Itawamba County to Frank Roberts and Minnie Bean Roberts. She retired from Mantachie Manufacturing. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Mantachie and loved her Sunday school class. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, and spending time with family and