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Obituaries

Michael Daniel Creel

Funeral services were held July 27, 2010 in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Michael Daniel Creel, 37, of Bassfield, who died July 24, 2010 at his residence. Interment will be in the family cemetery. The Rev. Billy Mack Lowery officiated at the service. A native of Forrest County, he was disabled and a member of Faithway Missionary Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Calvin Creel. Survivors include his mother, Clydie Green Creel; three sisters, Victoria McDonald of Farmersville, La., Josephine White of Columbia and Shirley Ward of Sumrall; three brothers, Calvin Creel Jr. of Sumrall, Steve Creel of Prentiss, and Clint Creel of Bassfield. Pallbearers were Chad Ramshur, Brent Sanders, Dustin Broom, Brian Pace, John Moree, and Chris Hollifield. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Jimmy Ball

Funeral services will be held July 22, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel for Mr. Jimmy Ball, 75, of Foxworth, who died July 19, 2010 in Hattiesburg. Interment will be in the Morgantown Cemetery. The Rev. Kenneth Rocko will officiate at the service. Visitation will be held July 21, 2010 from 2:30-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A native of Marion County, he was self employed in the trucking business and a member of the Pentecostal faith. He was preceded in death by wife, Frances Ball. Survivors include mother, Elma Ball of Columbia; two daughters, Melette McKenzie and Mona Dunaway, both of Foxworth; three sisters, Lois Stevens, Belinda Vince and Carolyn Lambert, all of Columbia; three grandchildren; one great grandchild. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Jewel C. Brumfield

Funeral services were held July 19, 2010 in the New Hope Baptist Church for Mr. Jewel C. Brumfield, 83, of Foxworth, who died July 15, 2010 in Foxworth. Interment was in the Baxter Pittman Cemetery. The Rev. Tim Parker officiated at the service. A native of Marion County, he was retired from the military, a farmer, member of New Hope Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was preceded in death by wife Bonnie Katherine Pittman Brumfield and brother, Altus Brumfield. Survivors include two daughters, Donna Brumfield of Orlando, Fla. and Rhonda Toney (Bob) of Tylertown; two sons, Duwayne Brumfield (Beth) and Richard Brumfield, all of Foxworth; two brothers, Vernon Brumfield of Sartinville and Dale Brumfield of Ocala, Fla.; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Juanita Tolar

Funeral services were held July 15, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mrs. Juanita Tolar, 89, of Columbia who died July 14, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Society Hill Cemetery, and the Rev. Mark McArthur officiated at the service. A native of Lawrence County, she was retired from J.H. Rutter-Rex as a supervisor and a member of Hathorn Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by husband, Charles Martel Tolar; two sisters, Louise White and Charlene Tolar; two brothers, Roy Rogers and J.M. “Puddin” Rogers. Survivors include son, Charles Roger Tolar (Janie) of Columbia; three grandchildren, Roger and Benton Tolar and Michael Thornhill; two great grandchildren, Stephen Tolar and Austin Thornhill. Colonial Funeral Home o Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. James T. “Jim” Hurley Jr.

A memorial service will be held July 24, 2010 at 2 p.m. in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Mr. James T. “Jim” Hurley Jr., 69, of Sumrall, who died July 16 at his residence. The Rev. Sammy W. Ellis will officiate at the service. Mr. Hurley’s ashes will be interred at a later date. Visitation will be held July 24, 2010 from noon until the time of the service at the funeral home. A native of Meridian, Mr. Hurley was born July 27, 1940 to the late James T. Sr. and Sara Louise Jordan Hurley. He retired as a terminal manager for the Chevron Petroleum Co. after 38 years working his last years at the Collins terminal. A member of the Methodist faith, he honorably served our country in the U.S. Air National Guard, loved bird watching, camping, fishing and his beloved dog Gracie. Survivors include his loving wife, Zelma Bayles Hurley of Sumrall; son, Brent Hurley of Clinton; two daughters, Jennifer Burcaw and husband Les Jr. of Petal and Holley Broome Patterson and husband John of Florence; one sister, Nancy Tillman of Wichita Falls, Texas; two grandchildren; two nephews; and a special niece, Kim Walker and husband, Kevin, of Florence. Honorary pallbearers include Douglas Polk, Ron Bayles, Kevin Walker, John Patterson, Brandon Broome, Michael Broome, Kermit Broome, Ralph Moon, Jamie Johnson, Bill Fadaol and Charlie Mills. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia is in charge of arrangements.

Adam Wayne Price

Services will be held July 21, 2010 at Pinegrove Pentecostal for Adam Wayne Price, 27, of Foxworth, who died July 19, 2010 at Marion General Hospital. Burial will be in Pinegrove Pentecostal Cemetery. He was an oil production technician and member of Pinegrove Pentecostal Church.

Myrtle Pittman Kerley

Funeral services will be held July 22, 2010 in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Myrtle Pittman Kerley, 97, of Columbia who died July, 18, 2010 at her residence. Interment will be in the First Graves Creek Baptist Cemetery. The Rev. Howard Pittman will officiate at the service assisted by “Bo” Reid. Visitation will be held July 21, 2010 from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A native of Marion County, she was a housewife and member of First Graves Creek Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by husband, George Kerley; son, Walter E. Thornhill; granddaughter, Maria T. Primeaux. Survivors include daughter, Melovha T. Brewer of Columbia; two brothers, Howard Pittman of Columbia and Horace Pittman of Gulfport; eight grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren. Pallbearers are Clay Landry, Paul Brewer, Charles Brewer, Robert Armstrong, Lon Ward, and Jeremy Oliver. Honorary pallbearer is Robert Boucher. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia is in charge of arrangements.

John Benford Ratliff Jr.

John Benford Ratliff Jr., 81, of Columbia died July 7, 2010 at Marion General Hospital.  Survived by wife, Maxine Carter Ratliff; son, John Carter Ratliff of McHenry; daughter, Lizabeth Ann Cook of Mobile Ala; a sister, Lavelle Douglas of Brookhaven; six grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, John Benford Ratliff Sr. and Minnie Farrar Ratliff.  A native of Copiah County, he worked as a transportation supervisor, served in U.S. Army.   Memorial service was held July 9, 2010 at First Baptist Church of Columbia. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

James M. Bryant

Funeral services were held July 14, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mr. James M. Bryant, 87, of Columbia who died July 12, 2010 at his residence. Interment was in the Green’s Creek Cemetery. The Rev. Wade Barnes officiated at the service. A native of Lawrence County, he was a retired mechanic and a member of Green’s Creek Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by parents, Henry Houston and Evia Lilly Jenkins Bryant; wife, Ruby Dyess Bryant; a brother, Hubert Henry Bryant; and a sister, Hilda Smith. Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Worley (Mickey) of Oakwood, Texas and Margaret Hasselvander of Columbia; three grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Reba Zampieri

Funeral services were held July 12, 2010 graveside at Woodlawn Cemetery for Mrs. Reba Zampieri, 95, of Columbia who died July 11, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, and the Rev. Wayne Ward officiated. A native of Morgantown, she was a homemaker and member of First Baptist Church of Columbia. She was preceded in death by first and second husbands Arthur Dale and John Zampiere. Survivors include daughter, Janis Fortenberry of Columbia; sister, Janie Bethel Scarborough of Morgantown; four grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Burley W. Moree

Funeral services were held July 13, 2010 at the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel for Burley W. Moree, 90, of Columbia, who died July 11, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Improve Cemetery, and the Rev. Darel Daniels officiated at the service. A native of Marion County, he was a grocery store owner, cattleman and member of Improve Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by wife, Dorothy Moree and son, Glyn Moree. Survivors include daughter, Barbara Johnson (Steve) of Columbia; sister, Adean Bishop of Magee; brother, Willie Fay Moree of Columbia; and one grandchild. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Effie Geneva Carney

Funeral services were held July 12, 2010 in the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel for Effie Geneva Carney, 81, of Columbia, who died July 9, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, and the Rev. James Carney officiated at the service. A native of Illinois, she was a retired seamstress and a member of the Pentecostal faith. She was preceded in death by husband Jack Dempsey Carney; three sons, Phillip H. Carney, Ronnie Carney and Maxie Varney. Survivors include, son, Jerry Don Carney of Floyds Knob, Ind.; and sister, Leuna Boyd of Columbia. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Nan B. Clark

A funeral service was held July 4, 2010 at Hathorn Funeral Home for Mrs. Nan B. Clark, 74, of Columbia, who passed away at her home on July 2, 2010 after a brief illness. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery with the Rev. Glen Freeman officiating. A native of Meridian, Mrs. Clark was born on Aug. 12, 1935 to the late Joseph Henry and Cora Wansley Bradley. She was a housewife and a member of the Baptist faith. In addition to her parents, a sister, Emma Joe Prather, preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband, Paul Clark; a son, Billy Joe Clark and wife, Jan; three daughters, Nancy Andrews and husband Walter of Columbia, Angela Pounds and husband Terry of Foxworth, and Paula Price and husband Robin of Brandon; three sisters, Cora Ann Irby and Patsy Dale Bradley of Meridian, Jerry Lynn Odum and husband Richard of Laurel; eight grandchildren, Michelle Clark Knight and husband Rob of Columbia, Melinda Lee Andrews of Hattiesburg, Alan Clark Andrews, Daniel Joseph Clark, and wife Jennifer, and David William Clark, all of Columbia, Cory Paul Price and wife Tricia, Kyle Bradley Price, and Chase Michael Price, all of Brandon; two great grandchildren, Abby Marie Knight and Sadie Elizabeth Knight, both of Columbia and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made under the direction of Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia.

Austina Gay

Funeral services were held July 1, 2010 at the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Austina Gay, 71, of Foxworth, who passed away at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg on June 29, 2010. Burial was in the Foxworth Cemetery with Bro. Ron Jordan officiating. She was born Aug. 3 1938 to Austin Gay Sr. and Virgie Gay Stevens and was a member of the Holly Springs Baptist Church. Her father preceded her in death. In addition to her mother, she is survived by a son, Chad Armstrong of Foxworth; daughter, Tori Gay of Purvis; three brothers, Austin Gay and wife Cissy of Foxworth, Dallas Gay and wife Diane of Foxworth and Donnie Gay Sr. and wife Sandra of Goss; a sister, Virginia Barba of Morgantown and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made under the direction of Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia.

Gary Wallace Anderson

Funeral services were held July 2, 2010 in Hathorn Funeral Home for Mr. Gary Wallace Anderson, 75, of Columbia, who died June 28 at the University of South Alabama Regional Burn Center in Mobile, Ala. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Mr. Anderson worked as a welder for Transocean Drilling, a manager for 98 Water Association and was a U.S. Army veteran. He was of the Methodist faith.  Survivors include three sons, Joseph Anderson of Hattiesburg and Clay and Richard Anderson of Columbia; one daughter, Julie Cooper of Columbia; brother, Bobby Anderson of Texas; sister, Joyce Jaynes of Wyoming; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by parents, Leslie and Elinor Anderson; and a brother, Garland Anderson. Memorials may be made to the University of South Alabama Regional Burn Center, 2451 Fillingim St., Mobile, Ala. 36617, Attn: Angela Duffy. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Orien “Bo” Pilgrim Jr.

Funeral services were held July 1, 2010 in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Orien “Bo” Pilgrim Jr., 66, of Kokomo, who died June 28, 2010 at his residence. Interment was in the Kokomo Cemetery. A native of Sunflower County, he was a farmer and Baptist. He was preceded in death by parents Orien and Earnestine Pilgrim. Survivors include brothers Mark and Shirley Pilgrim of Moorehead, Mack and Patricia Pilgrim of Lafayette, La., and Mike Pilgrim of Byram. Hathorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Joslynn Christine Rawls

A graveside service was held July 5, 2010 at the West Holy Hill Church of God and Christ in Jayess for baby Joslynn Christine Rawls, who passed away at Wesley Medical Center on Thursday June 24, 2010. Her parents, Joshodrick Rawls, and Ciera Hill, and a brother, Austin Rawls, all of Columbia survive her. Arrangements were made under the direction of Hathorn Funeral Home.

Roy “Cecil” Hilburn

Funeral services were held June 30, 2010 at the Pleasant Hill Jesus Name Apostolic Church in Foxworth for Mr. Roy “Cecil” Hilburn, 73, of Foxworth who passed away Monday June 28, 2010 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg following a brief illness. Burial was in the church cemetery with Bro. Joel Gatlin officiating. He was born in Walthall County on June 13, 1937 to the late Lennon and Rosetta Broom Hilburn and worked as a floor hand in the petroleum industry. He was of the Pentecostal faith, a member of the Pleasant Hill Jesus Name Apostolic Church and honorable served in the U.S. Army. In addition to his parents; a son, Roy “Cecil” Hilburn Jr.; a brother Lloyd Hilburn; and a sister, Geraldine Garner, precede him in death. He is survived by two sons, Roy Hilburn and wife Romona of Tylertown and James Hilburn of Foxworth; three daughters, Peggy Smith, Melissa Rivet, and Mary Beth Fortenberry and husband Mitch all of Columbia; a brother, Ralph Hilburn and wife Shirley of Columbia; and nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made under the direction of Hathorn Funeral Home.

James Milton Turner

Funeral services were held July 3, 2010 at Hathorn Funeral Home for Mr. James Milton Turner, 76, of Columbia, who passed away at Forrest General Hospital on June 30, 2010. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery with Bro. Mark McArthur and the Rev. Bryant Barnes officiating. A native of Columbia, he was born May 31, 1934 to the late Earnest and Beulah Brooks Turner. He was of the Baptist faith, honorably served America in the U.S. Navy and enjoyed bird watching. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a brother, Charles Turner; and two sisters, Norma Mull and Earnestine Daquilla. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Jean Turnage Turner of Columbia; a son, Ernie Turner of Brandon; and two sisters, Helen Dunaway and Evelyn Baughman, both from Texas. Arrangements made under the direction of Hathorn Funeral Home.

Lillie Doun Robbins Broom

Funeral services were held June 29, 2010 in New Union Baptist Church for Lillie Doun Robbins Broom, 60, of Columbia, who died June 28, 2010 in Hattiesburg. Interment was in the church cemetery. The Rev. Darin Webb officiated at the service assisted by the Rev. Everette Broome and the Rev. Doug Barber. A native of Marion County, she was a homemaker and a member of New Union Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by parents, Semion Dewitt and Tamer Bell Walters Robbins; and two siblings, Wydell King and Reese Elbert Robbins. Survivors include husband, Don E. Broom of Columbia; daughter, Pamela Sandford of Columbia; two sons, Lavon “Bubba” Broom and Kevin Broom, both of Columbia; sister Wannell Davis of Bassfield; six brothers, Willis, Jerry, Clayton, Kent Robbins, all of Columbia, Grady  Robbins of Bassfield and Doye Robbins of Clinton; six grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Louise P. Branton

Funeral services were held June 27, 2010 at First United Methodist Church of Columbia for Mrs. Louise P. Branton of Columbia. Mrs. Branton passed away June 24, 2010 at Marion General Hospital. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Branton was a homemaker and longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Columbia. She was also a member of D.A.R., the Culture Club, the XYZ Club, and Calliopean Club and volunteer worker at First United Methodist Church of Columbia. She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Robert Branton; parents, C.H. and Emma Conerly Pittman. Survivors include cousins, Ann King, Amy and Lambert Lane and Tebie Alexander, all of Jackson; friends, Beth and Cass Barnes of Columbia, Carley Barnes of Hattiesburg, Doris Andrews of Columbia, Retha McMullan of Hattiesburg and Sara Hough Russell of Columbia. Special thanks to Dr. Bert Beisel, Dr. Robert Herrington and Dr. Franklin Waller and to the staff and nurses at Marion General Hospital for their loving care. A special thanks to Debbie and Beth Barnes for their constant care and love, and last but not least her church family. The family requests memorials be made to the First United Methodist Church of Columbia. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Dr. George F. Lee

Funeral services were held June 28, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for the Rev. Dr. George F. Lee, 84, of Columbia who died June 26, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Wayne Ward officiated at the service assisted by the Rev. Tom Thurman and Dr. Bryan Barnes. A native of Mobile, Ala., he was a minister, member of First Baptist Church of Columbia and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Mary Lee. Survivors include wife, Margaret Lee of Columbia; daughter, Lisa Mercier of Morgan City, La.; three sons, George F. Lee Jr. of Knoxville, Tenn., Timothy P. Lee of Swiftwater, Penn., and Robert S. Lee of Sumrall; brother, W.H. Lee Sr. of Elizabethtown, Ky.; nine grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

David H. May

Funeral services were held June 27, 2010 in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for David H. May, 51, of Columbia who died June 24, 2010 at Marion General Hospital. Interment was in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. Pastor Tom McCardle officiated at the service assisted by Mike Grenn. A native of Marion County, he was a crew foreman for Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association, a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church and an Eagle Scout. He was preceded in death by his father, Joe May; and brother, Phillip May. Survivors include wife, Pam May of Columbia; mother Earnestine May of Columbia; son, Andrew Price May of Columbia; two brothers, George May and Tom May, both of Columbia. Pallbearers were Raymond May, Eddie English, Tommy May, Eric May, Bob Cubley, and Mike Patrick. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Grace Ward

Funeral services were held June 24, 2010 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church for Mrs. Grace Ward, 82, of Columbia who died June 18, 2010 in Washington, N.C. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Pastor Martin Gillespie officiated at the service. She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Scott C. Ward. Survivors include two daughters, Kathryn Ford of Florence and Patricia Dorn of Washington, N.C.; four sons, John M. Ward of Sulphur Springs, Texas, Jack D. Ward of LaVernia, Texas, Michael C. Wenzler of Columbia and Samuel C. Ward of Lakeside, Calif.; 11 grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Leslie F. May

Funeral services were held June 23, 2010 at Sandy Hook Baptist Church for Mr. Leslie F. May Jr., 90, of Sandy Hook, who died June 19, 2010 at Mandeville, La. Interment was in the Sandy Hook Cemetery. The Rev. Ricky Doughtry officiated at the service assisted by Dr. Tommy King. A native of Jamestown, Miss., he was a carpenter and member of Sandy Hook Baptist Church and Masonic Lodge and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by first wife, Flora Onita Tolar May; wife Lourene Preston May; son, Leslie F. May III; and daughter, Mary Elizabeth May. Survivors include four daughters, Madge May Detton, Mary May Smith, Vergie Christine “Tina” May Bailey and Carol May; two sons, Ralph May and Leslie Joe May; two sisters, Norma Waldon and Madge Grice; and eight grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Robin R. McDuffie

Funeral services were held June 21, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mrs. Robin R. McDuffie, 37, of Foxworth, who died June 18, 2010 at her residence. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. The Rev. Hershel Jones officiated at the service. A native of Bogalusa, La., she was disabled and a member of Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church in Columbia. She was preceded in death by father, Carey Jones. Survivors include mother, Sally S. Pounds of Columba; sister, Rhonda Jones of Columbia; two brothers, Carey Wayne Jones of Sandy Hook and Dennis Allen Jones of Goss; niece Mya Jones and nephew, Jordan Williams. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Kay Thornhill Graves

Funeral services were held June 19, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mrs. Kay Thornhill Graves, 59, of Sevierville, Tenn., who died June 16, 2010 in Knoxville, Tenn. Interment was in the Enon Cemetery. The Rev. Ronnie Regan officiated at the service assisted by the Rev. Harold Baughman and the Rev. Jesse Johnson. A native of Brookhaven, she was a homemaker and member of Gum Stand Baptist Church in Sevierville, Tenn. She was preceded in death by father Malcolm Thornhill and brother Charles Thornhill. Survivors include mother, Mrs. Lydia Merle Gipson Thornhill of Columbia; two sons, Anthony Sones of Columbia and Clint Sones of Sevierville, Tenn.; two sisters, Joan Kyle of Columbia and Amye Aultman of Sumrall; one brother, Gary Thornhill of Columbia; and five grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Sylvest Cox

Funeral services were held June 18, 2010 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Columbia for Mrs. Hazel Sylvest Cox, 89, of Baton Rouge, La., who died June 15 2010 in Baton Rouge. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Father Thomas McGing officiated at the service assisted by Father Martin Gillespie. A native of Marion County, she was a retired sales representative for Sears and a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by husband Billy Cox; parents, Michael and Lucy E. Cox Sylvest; four sisters; four brothers; and a grandson Ramie W. Eisworth. Survivors include three daughters, Billie Karen Cox of Jackson, Elizabeth Ann Seymour of Baton Rouge and Mary Virginia Brown of Denver, Colo.; son, George Wendell Cox of Clinton; seven grandchildren; and six great grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

George E. “Eddie” McLeod

Funeral services were held June 18, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mr. George E. “Eddie” McLeod, 58, of Sandy Hook, who died June 16, 2010 at Wesley Medical Center. Interment was in the Turnage Chapel Cemetery. The Rev. David Jones officiated at the service. A native of Bogalusa, La., he was a crane operator offshore and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by wife, Carolyn Clark McLeod; parents, Charles and Loletta McNabb McLeod; two brothers, Charles “Buster” and Ronald McLeod; and a sister, Charlotte Thomas. Survivors include three daughters, Melody Albritton of Sandy Hook, Melissa Larson of Kokomo and Hope Martin  of Cheraw; three sisters, Faye Buchanan of Morgantown, Brenda Zavoral of Morgantown and Nancy Cox of Columbia; two brothers, David McLeod of Morgantown and Billy Ray McLeod of Texas; and seven grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Bill Newton Staggs Jr.

Memorial services will be held at a later date for Bill Newton Staggs Jr., 59, of Petal, who died June 16, 2010 at Marion General Hospital. A native of Petal, he was a carpenter and a Baptist. He was preceded in death by his father, Bill Newton Staggs; and two sisters, Margie and Maxine Staggs. Survivors include two sons, Bill Ulmer Staggs of Jackson and Tony Staggs of Florence; five grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. Hathorn Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Robert W. Emler

Funeral services were held June 19, 2010 in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Robert W. Emler, 43, of Columbia, who died June 18, 2010 at his residence. Interment was in the Emmanuel Cemetery. A native of Marion County, he was a carpenter and a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his wife, Teri Ann Emler. Survivors include parents, Robert William Emler Sr. and Margaret Hall Emler; son, Clay Emler of Columbia; two sisters, Margaret Ann Emler and Rebecca Brinkerhoff, both of Columbia. Pallbearers were T.J. McNabb, Ernest Brinkerhoff, Shannon Hibley, Ander McLeod, Sid Fitzhugh and Steve Sanborn. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Richard L. Robertson

Funeral services will be held June 16, 2010 at Crossroads Baptist Church for Mr. Richard L. Robertson, 61, of Yazoo City who died June 13, 2010 in Jackson. Interment was in the Crossroads Cemetery. The Rev. Jerry Carpenter officiated at the service assisted by the Rev. Stacy McCulum. Visitation was held June 15, 2010 from 5-9 p.m. at the church. A native of Lincoln County, he was disabled and a member of Crossroads Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by parents, Arnon Eugene and Emily Ella Williams Robertson and a daughter, Serina Denise Robertson. Survivors include companion Stella Melton of Yazoo City; daughter, Misty Doyle of Gloster; two sons, Franklin Eugene Robertson of Gloster and Richard Lee Robertson Jr. of Livingston, La.; three sisters, Laura Jean Graham of Sumrall, Linda B. Laessig of Pickensville, Ala., and Marie McHan of Ackerman; one brother, Wayne Robertson of Pickensville, Ala. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Roxie Graham

Funeral services were held June 14, 2010 at Murray Hill Church of God for Mrs. Roxie Graham, 89, of Poplarville who died June 12, 2010 in Poplarville. Interment was in the church cemetery. A native of Pearl River County, she was a homemaker and a member of Murray Hill Church of God. She was preceded in death by husband, Luther Graham. Survivors include one daughter, Carolyn Tynes of Poplarville; son, Ricky Graham of Poplarville; sister, Violet Stanford of Poplarville; five grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

David “Buck” Lamar Buckley

Funeral services were held June 14, 2010 at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia for David “Buck” Lamar Buckley, 77, of Columbia, who died June 11, 2010 at Forrest General Hospital. Burial was in Caney Cemetery. Mr. Buckley, a native of Marion County, was a self-employed elder and member of Goss Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Navy. Survivors include his wife, Bobbye K. Buckley of Columbia; three daughters, Debra Buckley of London, Ky., Dee Dee Armstrong of Columbia and Kristie Hobgood of Tylertown; a son, David E. Buckley of Columbia; three sisters, Winnie Faye Jones, Brenda Day and Connie Sue Nikki, all of Columbia; six grandchildren; and 15 great grandchildren.

James “Pee Wee” Buckles

Funeral services were held June 15, 2010 at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia for James “Pee Wee” Buckles, 75, of Sandy Hook, who died June 13, 2010 at Marion General Hospital. A memorial service was held June 16, 2010 at Springfield Baptist Church in Natchez, Burial was in Lott Cemetery. Mr. Buckles was an oil driller, a Baptist and member of St. Albans Masonic Lodge No. 60. Survivors include his wife, Louise Buckles of Natchez; two sons, James Glen Buckles and Roger Dale Buckles, both of Foxworth; three daughters, Mary McKenzie of Sandy Hook, Lucy Miller of Natchez, and Melanie Heurtin of Foxworth; two brothers, William Buckles of Natchez and Lonnie Buckles of Tucson, Ariz.; four sisters, Alice Buckles, and Lilly Thomas, both of Bude, Clara Ann Holland and Judy Carter, both of Natchez; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Elnor Grace Broom

Funeral services were held June 7, 2010 in the Victory Tabernacle Baptist Church for Mrs. Elnor Grace Broom, 85, of Columbia, who died Jun 5, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Gates Road Cemetery. The Rev. Everette Broom officiated at the service assisted by the Rev. James Broom and the Rev. Benny Buckley. A native of Lamar County, she was a retired healthcare worker and a member of Victory Tabernacle Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by husband, Mr. Senate Broom; parents, John and Viola Nettie Anderson Broom; and son, Eldon Broom. Survivors include two daughters, Brenda Bracey Brashars of Jeffersonville, Ind. And Peggy Dawson of Louisville, Ky.; three sons, Evin Broom of Collinsville, Larry Broom of Indianapolis, Ind., and Ken Broom of Louisville, Ky.; a sister, Margie Tagert of Columbia; 12 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Aiko Bullock

Funeral services were held June 6, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mrs. Aiko Bullock, 83, of Columbia, who died June 4, 2010 at Marion General Hospital. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. The Rev. Reed Houston officiated at the service. A native of Tokyo, Japan, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Pell Bullock. Survivors include three sons, Steve Bullock of Virginia Beach, Va., Jim Bullock of Columbia and Richard Bullock of Mandeville, La.; four grandchildren, Frances Bullock, Sarah Bullock, Richie Bullock, and Russell Bullock; two great grand children, Troy Knight and Macy Knight. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Minnie Lee Morris

Funeral services were held June 3, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mrs. Minnie Lee Morris of Columbia who died May 31, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Improve Cemetery. The Rev. Darel Daniels officiated at the service. A native of Marion County, she was a homemaker and member of Improve Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by husband Joe O. Morris; parents, Kelly and Zadie Watts Hasson; an infant son; four brothers, Arthur, John, Seaborn and Kalil Hasson. Survivors include daughter, Caroly Jo Burt of Columbia; brother, Jack Hasson of Hattiesburg; two grandchildren, Dr. Jani Purvis of Hazlehurst and Ms. and Dr. Gary Joey Burt of Starkville; four great grandchildren Megan and Jeremy Burt and Jessica and Jenna Purvis. Pallbearers were Art Morris, Everette Aultman, Kevin Hasson, Kendall Morris, Mark McDaniel, Chip Griner, Glen Bass, and Hubby Griner and honorary Mr. C.M. Brewer. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

William Ralph Kendrick

Funeral services were held May 5, 2010 in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for William Ralph Kendrick, 81, of Columbia who died May 3, 2010 at his residence. Interment was in Improve. Mike Grenn officiated at the service. A native of Marion County he was self-employed, a member of North Columbia Baptist Church and an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict. Survivors include wife, Lottie A. Kendrick; two daughters, Patricia Lynn Rushing of Lumberton and Dee Dee Dement of Columbia; one son, William Kendrick Jr. of San Antonio, Texas; one sister, Opal K. Smith of Columbia; one brother, Winfred “Pete” Kendrick of Columbia; six grandchildren; and one great grandchild. Pallbearers were Terry Randall, Lanny Arinder, Lanny Moore, Phil Helrick, David Brewer, Henry Dement, James Burkhalter and Zach Dement. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Mary J. Schepers

Funeral services were held May 5, 2010 in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Mary J. Schepers, 79, of Columbia, who died May 3, 2010 at his residence. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Mike Grenn officiated at the service assisted by Phillip Duncan and L.C. Anthony. A native of Pachuta, she was a school teacher and a member of North Columbia Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Schepers and brother Robert Martin Jr. Survivors include a daughter, Lucy Houseal of Vicksburg; son, Rob Schepers of Columbia and sister, Tommye Jean Buford of Holly Springs. Pallbearers were J.L. Gipson, Larry Dunaway, Frank Powell, Lavelle Reid, Melvin Jones and Ralph Prine. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Sandra Elizabeth Armstrong

Services were held June 4, 2010 at the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel in Columbia for Sandra Elizabeth Armstrong, 51, of Foxworth who passed away June 2, 2010 at her home following a lengthy illness. Burial was in the Hopewell United Methodist Church Cemetery with Bro. Ron Kitchens officiating. A native of Marion County, she was born on May 26, 1959 to Jerome Foxworth and Mae Margaret Cooper Foxworth of Columbia and worked as a postmaster for the Sandy Hook Post Office. Her father precedes her in death. In addition to her mother she is survived by her husband Berlon Armstrong; three sons, Desmond Armstrong, Devon Armstrong and Dayn Armstrong, all of Foxworth; a daughter, DeAnne Broom of Foxworth; two brothers, Marvin Foxworth of Waynesboro and David Foxworth of Kokomo; three sisters, Susan Smith, Carol Miller, and Linda McMillan, all of Foxworth; and six grandchildren. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Venson Bennett

Funeral services were held May 31, 2010 at Santee Baptist Church for Venson Bennett, 80, of Columbia, who died May 30, 2010 at his residence. Interment was in the Santee Church Cemetery. Pastor Tony Bagley officiated at the service assisted by Julius Davis and Darnelle Bryant. A native of Marion County, he worked in delivery for Coca-Cola and was a member of Santee Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Ed and Pearlie Broome Bennett. Survivors include his wife, Hilda J. Bennett of Columbia; daughter, Ann and Arvin Broom of Columbia; three sisters, Bernice Lott, Verdee Rayburn, and Lorene Sullivan, all of Columbia. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Charles H. Pittman

Funeral services were held May 29, 2010 in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Charles H. Pittman, 82, of Foxworth, who died May 26, 2010 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Interment was in the Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. Pastor Willie Martin officiated at the service. A native of Marion County, he was a dairy farmer and member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Mary Nell Pittman; sister, Mildred Jordon; grandson, Jason Holmes; parents, Charles T. and Nellie Pittman. Survivors include wife, Mary Faye Pittman of Foxworth; son, Doug and Rebecca Pittman of Sumrall; three grandchildren, Corey D. and Dana Pittman, Janie and Brent Terrell, Ashton E. Pittman; three great grandchildren, Shelby Terrell, Jacelyn Terrell and Jordan Holmes; and two nieces. Pallbearers were Ronnie Bracey, Smitty Bracey, Brent Terrell, Austin Earl Pittman, Dwight McCain, Charlie Miller; honorary pallbearers were Garland Stevens, R.A. Beard, Billy Bourne, Wayne Forbes, Charles Owens, Clark Dial and Joe Cox. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Alvin Tom Rainey Sr.

Graveside services were held last Thursday at Good Hope Cemetery for Alvin Tom Rainey Sr., 84, of Columbia, who died May 25, 2010, at Bill Dora Health Care in Tylertown. Mr. Rainey was a laborer in the oil field and member of Good Hope Baptist Church. Survivors include two sons, Tommy Rainey of Marrero, La., and Joe Rainey of Ellisville; a sister, Ann Quinn of Leakesville; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Ida Bonner Rainey. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Patty Bohuslav

Funeral services were held May 27, 2010 graveside at Woodlawn Cemetery for Mrs. Patty Bohuslav, 82, of Columbia, who died May 25, 2010 at her residence in Columbia. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Vasilion officiated at the service assisted by the Rev. Keith Gaughf. A native of Norphlet, Ark., she was a partner of Hill Hardware Company in Columbia and a member of First United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by parents Albert Buford and Christine Meek Smith. Survivors include husband, Leon Bohuslav of Columbia; sister, Gwendolyn Burdette of Columbia. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Gene A. DeLancey

Funeral services were held May 26, 2010 in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Gene A. DeLancey, 68, of Columbia, who died May 24, 2010 at Marion General Hospital. Interment was in the Good Hope Cemetery. Pastor Denny Patterson officiated at the service assisted by Ken Stover. A native of Marion County he was a shipping clerk and a member of Good Hope Baptist Church and served in the Army. He was preceded in death by his wife Janet DeLancey. Survivors include three sons, Chad DeLancey of Columbia, Jeff DeLancey of Columbia and Tim DeLancey of the Gulf Coast; two sisters, Vondell Wesley of Columbia and Beatrice Blair of Columbia; and four grandchildren. Pallbearers were Hunter Townsend, Mike Blair, Scott Powell, Ricky Townsend, Jimmy Townsend and Craig Wesley. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of the arrangements.

Aaron Bennett

Funeral services were held May 25, 2010 at Mt. Gilead Baptist Church for Aaron Bennett, 64, of Columbia, who died May 23, 2010 at his residence. Interment was in the Mt. Gilead Cemetery. The Rev. Ed Steele officiated at the service assisted by the Rev. Everette Broome. A native of Marion County, he was a retired school teacher and a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his father, Clarence A. Bennett. Survivors include wife, Reba Powell Bennett of Columbia; mother, Vera Mae Bennett; daughter, Sissy Wilks; two stepdaughters, Dana Prine and Erin Nichols, all of Columbia; two sons, Robbie Bennett of Oloh, Jeremy Bennett of Columbia and stepson Jamie Powell of Seminary; seven grandchildren, Noel, Chase, Gage, Haley, Bennett; Anna and Slade Wilks, Gracie Bennett; step-grandchildren, Christin Nichols and Micah Prine. Pallbearers were Mike Bennett, Jerry Ramshur, Dennis Little, Eugene Green, Bo Powell, Ernest Powell; honoraries are Rodney Crawley, Rick Coulter, Edmon Ramshur and Jackie Simpson. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Evelyn Jerkins

Funeral services were held May 25, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Evelyn Jerkins, 85, of Foxworth, who died May 23, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Foxworth Cemetery. The Rev. Doug Barber officiated at the service. A native of Marion County, she was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her husband Tolliver Lamar Jerkins; son, Samuel Joel Jerkins; grandson, Greg Pittman; granddaughter, Tammy Jerkins; five sisters, Irma Goldman, Maude Graham, Celie Boyd, Helen Braaten and Mary Turnage; brother, Luther Godwin. Survivors include daughters, Katherine L. Thornhill and Mary Ann McCraw of Foxworth; 10 grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Jeanne Lavigne

Funeral services were held May 26, 2010 graveside at Woodlawn Cemetery for Jeanne Lavigne, 97, of Columbia, who died May 23, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia. The Rev. Darrell Daniels officiated at the service. A native of St. Agatha Maine, she was a homemaker and member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church. She was preceded in death by husband, Sylvio Lavigne and son, Norman Lavigne. Survivors include daughter, Lourdes Deakles of Columbia; sons, Fern Lavigne of Hattiesburg and Gerald Lavigne of Windham, Maine; sister, Nelda Albert of New Britain, Conn.; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

 Scottie Smith

Funeral services were held May 25, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Scottie Smith, 62, of Foxworth, who died May 21, 2010 at his residence. Interment was in the Mt. Sinai Cemetery. The Rev. A.D. Gammill officiated at the services assisted by the Rev. James Carney. A native of Marion County, he was retired in offshore oil production and a member of Mt. Sinai Church of God. He was preceded in death by his parents, Johnnie and Irene Conerly Smith and son, Jamie Smith. Survivors include wife, Debbie Dunaway smith of Foxworth; daughter, Kimberly Smith; sister Jewell Powell of Foxworth; brother Johnnie G. Smith of Foxworth. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Pearlie Terrell

Funeral services were held May 23, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Pearlie Terrell, 75, of Foxworth who died May 21, 2010 in Birmingham, Ala. Interment was in the Baxter-Pittman Cemetery. The Rev. James Carney officiated at the services assisted by the Rev. Tim Bass. A native of Marion county, she was retired from the food industry and a member of Woodlawn United Pentecostal Church in Columbia. She was preceded in death by parents, Charlie and Nancy Holmes Bardwell and sister, Billie Holmes. Survivors include husband, Noel Terrell of Foxworth; four daughters, Shirley Ward, Kay Broom, Janice Lynn, Pearlene Stringer, all of Foxworth; son, Randy Terrell of Foxworth; sister, Minnie Johnson of Foxworth; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth King, Ginger Hayward, Sabrina Ward, Heather Smith, Jeremy Lynn, Bradley Stringer and Chase Stringer; one great grandchild, Emily King. Pallbearers were Eddie Bigner, Andy Stringer, Joe Johnson, Jimmy Anderson, Greg Crump, Joey Rainer and Stephen smith. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Lillian McKay

Funeral services were held May 19, 2010 at Bunker Hill Baptist Church for Mrs. Lillian McKay, 71, of Columbia, who died May 15, 2010 at her residence. Interment was in the New Bunker Hill Cemetery. The Rev. Randy Gardner officiated at the service. A native of Portland, Maine, she was a homemaker and a member of Bunker Hill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Charles R. McKay; son, Jeffrey Johnson; brother, Ernest Prindall; and sister, Thelma Smith. Survivors include, five daughters, Lillian K. Parrozzo of Tickfaw, La., Catherine K. Planchard of Bay St. Louis, Nancy K. Soldi of Columbia, Sharon Palang of Long Beach and Mary Sevey of Windham, Maine; two sons, Henry Bouchon Jr. of Columbia, and Earl Gary Blake of North Adams, Mass.; two sisters, Catherine O’Connor of Cumberland Furnace, Tenn., and Mildred Griffins of Lavant, Maine; two brothers, Carroll Prindall Jr. of Portland, Maine and John Prindall of Banleer, Tenn. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Bunker Hill Baptist Church. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Rita Gerald

Funeral services were held May 12, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mrs. Rita Gerald, 50, of Saraland, Ala. who died May 9, 2010 in Saraland. Interment was in the Old Bushy Creek Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Lammons officiated at the service assisted by Bro. Doug Barber. A native of Marion County, she was a homemaker and member of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her father, Jimmy D. Breakfield. Survivors include, husband Keith Gerald of Saraland; mother, Margaret Johnson of Sandy Hook; son, Robert R. Robbins of Hattiesburg; three sisters, Regina Kendrick, Hattie Paies and Mattie Gates, all of Columbia; two brothers, Kenny and Keith Breakfield, both of Columbia; two grandchildren and numerous other friends and family members. Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Janet Rayburn Clark-Broom

Janet Rayburn Clark-Broom of Hattiesburg passed away May 9, 2010 after a short battle with cancer. She was born Sept. 18, 1939 in Columbia to Leroy and Dora Loftin Rayburn. She is preceded in death by both of her parents and her beloved husband of 40 years, Jimmy Clark. She is survived by her current husband, Robert “Sonny” Broom; children, Kent Clark of Petal and Brenda Strider of Sumrall; seven grandchildren; two brothers; one sister; an aunt and many nieces and nephews. Mrs. Clark-Broom was a longtime resident of Columbia until relocating to the Oak Grove area in 2003. She was an active member of East Columbia Baptist Church for many years. She received her bachelor’s in elementary education from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1979. She taught third grade at Columbia Primary School before retiring and touched the lives of many students. She was actively involved in the community, serving as president of Junior Auxiliary and as a member of other community organizations as well. Since her move to Hattiesburg, she has been a member of Temple Baptist Church in Oak Grove. Mrs. Clark-Broom’s legacy will be widely felt in all the lives she touched and she will be sorely missed by many. Her services were held at Colonial Funeral Home on May 11, 2010. Because her family was so beautifully ministered by hospice, they are asking that memorial contributions be made to the Forrest General Healthcare Foundation at P.O. Box 19010, Hattiesburg, MS 39404-9010 or to the charity of your choice.

Elaine Peak

Funeral services were held May 15, 2010 in the Oak Grove Apostolic Church for Elaine Peak, 79, of Foxworth, who died May 12, 2010 at her residence. Interment was in the Oak Grove Cemetery. Pastor Felix Arnold officiated at the service assisted by James Carney and Mark Dooley. A native of Walthall County, she was a housewife and a member of Oak Grove Apostolic Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Peak; her parents; and two grandchildren, Dana Peak and Jared Peak. She is survived by three daughters, Carolyn Patrick of Crystal Springs, Annie Lathnell Boone, Anita and Roger Hall of Foxworth; five sons, William and Louise Peak, Cleve and Theresa Peak, Harlan and Mary Peak, all of Columbia, and Tommy and David Peak, of Foxworth; three sisters, Pansy Peak of Foxworth, Earnestine Boyd of Jayess, and Patsy Scheffler of Columbia; 11 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Linda J. Morea

Funeral services were held May 14, 2010 graveside in the Singley Cemetery for Linda J. Morea, 70, of Columbia who died May 11, 2010 at her residence. Interment was in the Singley Cemetery. Pastor A.D. Gammill officiated at the service. A native of Marion County, she was a nurse aid and member of Lakeview Church of God. Survivors include daughter, Donna and Rickey Fortenberry of Columbia; two sons, Mike and Kathy Morea of Oak Grove and Jeff and Brenda Morea of New Mexico; sister, Pauline Walters of Gautier; brother, Edward Smith of Oklahoma; nine grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Cecil K. Stephenson

Funeral services will be held Friday, May 14, 2010 at 2 p.m. in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Cecil K. Stephenson, 80, of Columbia, who died Thursday, May 11, 2010 at his residence. Interment will be in the Society Hill Cemetery. Pastor Mark McArthur will officiate at the service assisted by Bill Vasilion. Visitation will be held Thursday, May 13, 2010 from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home. A native of Gulfport, he worked in public service and was a member of the Baptist faith and served in the U.S. Army Korean Conflict. He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter C. Stephenson and Ida Farve Stephenson. Survivors include wife, Priscilla Stephenson of Columbia;

Three daughters, Rebecca Lynn Stephenson of Durant, Okla., Thresa Diane Boyd of Coean springs, and Charlotte Ann Stephenson of Biloxi; stepson, Douglas W. Fairburn of Kokomo; two sisters, Bea Windham of Long Beach and DeLoras Jones of Nashville; one brother, W.H. Stephenson of Kiln and a number of nieces and nephews. Hathorn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Leeroy Eugene Moore

A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 13, 2010 at the Darbus Cemetery in Columbia for Leeroy Eugene Moore of Columbia who passed away at Marion General Hospital on May 10, 2010. He was 78 years old. The Rev. Joel Gatlin will officiate at the service. Mr. Moore was born on July 11, 1931 to the late Laurence Eugene and Elizabeth Lenore Griffin Moore. He worked most of his life as a steel worker and was of the Mormon faith. In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife Lora Arcile Milsted Moore, two brothers, Laurence Moore and Kenneth Moore; and a sister, Margaret Carney. He is survived by a brother, Robert Moore of Sevierville, Tenn.; three sisters, Thelma Boleware of Mclean, Bella Boleware of Columbia and Doris Boykin of Quitman; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be held at the Hathorn Funeral Home on Thursday, May 13 from 9-11 a.m.

Lester Nolan Stogner

A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday May 11, 2010 at the Victory First Congregational Methodist Church, Foxworth, for Lester Nolan Stogner of Foxworth who died in Columbia on Saturday, May 8, 2010. He was 56 year old. Burial followed the service in the Victory First Congregational Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Max Campbell officiated at the service. A lifelong resident of Foxwroth, Stogner was born on March 4, 1954 to the late Hertis and Iva Stringer Stogner and worked as an “A” operator in the petroleum industry. He served as deacon of the Victory FCMC, enjoyed hunting, fishing, traveling, and deeply loved his family. In addition to his parents, a brother, Beufford Stogner, preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Melodie Jackson Stogner, the mother of his children, Shelia Street Morgan, both of Foxworth; two daughters, Christie Grippo and husband Joe of Tylertown and Leola Stogner of Foxworth; two brothers, Allen Stogner and wife, Martha, and Michael Stogner and wife, Beth, all of Foxworth; two sisters, Fannie Mae Turnage of Foxworth, and Ruby Jan Bedwell and husband Burley of Sandy Hook; three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements made under the direction of Hathorn Funeral Home.

 Yvonne Grice Daniel

A funeral service was held May 6, 2010 at the Oakvale Baptist Church in Oakvale, Miss., for Yvonne Grice Daniel, 88, of Oakvale, who passed away on May 4, 2010 at the Myrtles Health Care Center in Columbia. Burial followed the service in the Oakvale Baptist Church Cemetery. Brothers Randy Garner, Dudley Williamson and Daryl Daniels officiated. Pallbearers included Brent Daniel, Joey Durr, Eric Durr, Alex Morgan, Nicholas Smith, Gunner Andrews, and Ryan Speights. Honorary pallbearers included Kasey Durr, Will Daniel, and Beowulf Wilson. A native of Marion County, she was born on Nov. 11, 1921 to the late William Delos Grice and Irma Williamson Grice and worked as a nurse’s aid. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Daniel, and two sisters, Theatus Langston and Beatrice Alexander. She is survived by three sons, John T. Daniel and wife Peggy, Duane Daniel and wife Rita, and Delos R. Daniel and wife Diane, all of Oakvale; and two sisters, Jessie Chance of Columbia and Gabrella Smith of Vidor, Texas; seven grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Oakvale Baptist Church Cemetery Fund. Arrangements were made under the direction of Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia.

James Ashton Eisworth

A memorial service was held May 7, 2010 at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia for Mr. James Ashton Eisworth, 62, of Columbia, who passed away on May 4, 2010 in Jackson following a lengthy illness. Mr. Eisworth was born in Baton Rouge, La. on June 2, 1947 to the late Ramie Walker and Marion Humphreys Eisworth and was a car dealer. He was of the Baptist faith. He honorable served our country in the U.S. Marine Corps where he fought in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James Ashton Eisworth JR., a daughter, Alisha Gayle Eisworth and a brother, Ramie Eisworth Jr. He is survived by his wife, Dianne Eisworth of Petal; a son William D. Eisworth of Columbia; two daughters, LeAnne Nolan of Calhoun, La. and Melissa Pride and husband Rick of Shanghai, China; and a brother David “Peanut” Eisworth and wife Barbara of Sumrall; nine grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements were made under the direction of Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia.

 James Austin Morgan

A graveside service was held May 8, 2010 at the Oak Grove United Pentecostal Church Cemetery in Morgantown for James Austin Morgan, who passed away suddenly at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg on May 5, 2010. He was 50 years old. A native of Lamar County, he was born Nov. 12, 1959 and worked for many years as a logger. He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmy Hutson; a brother, Jimmy Wayne Hutson; and a sister, Brenda Gail Hutson. He is survived by his mother, Willie Faye Morgan of Sumrall; partner, Debra Ann Morgan; two daughters, Shannon Sue Morgan of Sumrall and Jamie Ann Morgan of Foxworth; and two brothers, Howard Hutson and Danny Ray Hutson both of Sumrall; one grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Louis Floyd Merritt III

Funeral services will be held May 5, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia for Louis Floyd Merritt III, 27, of Columbia and Gulfport who died April 30, 2010 at his residence. Interment will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Columbia. The Rev. James Carney will officiate at the service. Visitation will be held May 3, 2010 at Hathorn Funeral Home from 4:30-9 p.m. A native of Columbia, he was a licensed practical nurse and a member of the Baptist faith, enjoyed fishing, playing ball and video games. Survivors include his parents Louis Floyd Merritt Jr. and Sarah Ann Kase Merritt of Columbia; two brothers, Brandon Merritt and Bradley Merritt of Columbia. Hathorn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Linda D. Brewton

Funeral services were held April 28, 2010 in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Linda D. Brewton, 68, of Columbia who died April 26, 2010 at Wesley Medical Center. Interment was in the Foxworth Cemetery. Pastor A.D. Gammill officiated at the services assisted by Corey Odom. A native of Shreveport, La., she was a seamstress and a member of Lakeview Church of God. She was preceded in death by parents, Solomon Dick Middleton and Mary Elizabeth Maxwell Middleton. Survivors include husband Dove Brewton Sr. of Columbia; two daughters, Yolette Broom of Hattiesburg, Tammie Lynn Pierce of Columbia and Dove Brewton Jr. of Columbia; one brother, Dee Middleton of Shreveport; six grandchildren; and tow great grandchildren. Hathorn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Shelby Glyn Tolar

Funeral services were held April 29, 2010 at Hathorn Baptist Church for Shelby Glyn Tolar, 57, of Columbia who died April 27, 2010 at his residence. Interment was in the Society Hill Cemetery. Pastor Wade Barnes officiated at the service assisted by Bruce McKEnzie. A native of Pike County, he was a retired store owner and a member of Hathorn Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by his father, Harold G. Tolar. Survivors include mother, Nell Forbes Tolar of Columbia; son, Ryan Tolar of Columbia; Roger Tolar of Columbia; sisters, Karen Arbour of Walker., La., Sandra Sanford, Nedra Pittman, Stephanie Tolar, and Tracey Fulton all of Columbia; one brother, Terry Tolar of Columbia.

Charles Ray “Charlie” Guy

Funeral services were held April 29, 2010 graveside at New Bunker Hill Cemetery for Mr. Charles Ray “Charlie” Guy, 64, of Columbia who died April 27, 2010 in Hattiesburg. Interment was in the New Bunker Hill cemetery. The Rev. Randy Gardner officiated at the service. A native of Jones County, he was a grocery store owner and a member of Church of God faith. He was preceded in death by parents, J.T. and Betty Ruth Ryals Guy. Survivors include wife, Lynda Prine Guy of Columbia; two daughters, Amy Myers of Petal and Jenny McCardle of New Augusta; one son, Daryl Hartfield of Purvis; one brother, Clyde Guy of Hattiesburg; grandchild, Chasity Bhe. Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Frances Ham “Doodle” Nobles

Funeral services were held April 29, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Frances Ham “Doodle” Nobles, 70, of Columbia who died April 27, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in Spring Cottage Cemetery. The Rev. Albert Creel officiated at the service. A native of Marion County, she was a retired seamstress and a member of Spring Cottage Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by parents, Jake and Lucy Ham; son, Charles A. Nobles. Survivors include, Donna Nobles of Columbia; son, Chris Nobles of Columbia; brother, Donald Ham of Columbia; one grandchild. Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rhonda Smith

Funeral services were held April 30, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mrs. Rhonda Smith, 60, of Sumrall, who died April 27, 2010 at her residence. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia. Pastor Doug Blackwell officiated at the service assisted by James Ochenrider. A native of Marion County, she was a retired secretary and a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He was preceded in death by father, Mr. E.N. “Dusty” Harrington. Survivors include husband, James M. “Jimmy” Smith of Sumrall; mother, Georgia Harrington; daughter, Amy Smith of Sumrall; son, Adam Smith of Columbia; sister, Carla Strong of Wesson. Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Jeffrey Rogers Gray

Jeffrey Rogers Gray died on April 19, 2010 after a lengthy illness. Jeff, a lifelong resident of Columbia, Miss., was known for his friendly ways and smiling face. He was always ready to help a friend or stranger alike. In his later days, his friends brought him much pleasure, and the world will be a different place without his outgoing personality.

Jeff was a true Mississippi outdoorsman who loved hunting, fishing, and boating. Friends and family loved to visit Big Sky, his farm in Marion County. Even when he was no longer able to hunt himself, he encouraged and aided other hunters, whether it was deer, turkey or duck season.

Jeff retired from his business as a real estate appraiser after his illness precluded his ability to work. However, he did not slow down, and on the days he felt good, he would work in a garden, taking vegetables to the ladies in town. He was also well known as a teller of Southern Tales, always providing entertainment late into the night. Jeff is survived by his mother, Nelda Gray of Columbia; his sister, Kathy Gray Henry of Brandon and her husband, Mark; his brother, Steve Gray of Columbia and his wife Cheryl.

His nieces and nephews loved Uncle Jeff, sometimes referred to as Uncle Buck. He always had an encouraging word for them and an ear to listen to their problems. His nieces are Jacquelyn Gray of Columbia and Elizabeth Henry of Brandon. His nephews are George Henry of Jackson and Ryan Gray of Birmingham, Ala. Ryan’s family, his wife, Kelly and three young daughters brought much joy to Jeff when he visited on his many trips to UAB.

Services were held at First Baptist Church of Columbia on April 22 with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Donations in memory of Jeff may be sent to Wildlife Mississippi, P.O. Box 10, Stoneville, Miss., 38776 or Hepatitis Foundation, 504 Blick Drive, Silver Spring, Md., 20905.

Anthony “Tony” Esgro Jr.

Funeral services were held April 20, 2010 at Hathorn Funeral Home in Columbia for Anthony “Tony” Esgro, 85, of Morgantown, who passed away on April 18 at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg after an extended illness. Burial was in the Foxworth Cemetery with the Rev. Justin Morgan officiating.

A native of New Jersey, Esgro was born May 29, 1924 to the late Anthony Sr. and Nellie Mazzio Esgro and was self-employed in the hospitality industry. In addition, he was a member of the Church of God of Morgantown, politically active in a number of Republican organizations and honorably served the United States in the U.S. Navy.

In addition o his parents, he is preceded in death by three brothers; Buck Esgro, Yonnell Esgro and Phillip Esgro M.D., and a sister, Nellie DeAngelo.

He is survied by his wife, Sarah Reid Esgro of Morgantown, five sons,; Tony Esgro III of Glassboro, N.J.; Cecil Morgan (Diane) of Morgantown; Danny Morgan (Elaine) of Jayess; Eddie Morgan (Stacy) of Columbia; and Justin Morgan (Darlene) of Morgantown; three daughters, Barbara Rissonito (Jimmy) of Clayton, N.J.; Sandra Shaw of Perkinston; and Barbara Johnson (Robert) of Morgantown; 22 grandchildren , 23 great grandchildren, and numerous great-great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Arrangements were made under the direction of Hathorn Funeral Home.

V.A. “Tiger” Bradshaw

Funeral services were held April 18 at Hathorn Funeral Home and again on April 20 Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home, Hodgenville, Ky. For Mr. V.A. “Tiger” Bradshaw of Columbia, 81, who died April 16 at Forrest General Hospital. Interment was in the Buffalo City Cemetery in Buffalo, Ky. Mr. Bradshaw was born in Green County, Ky., on May 12, 1928 to the late Jacob L. and Flora Whitlow Bradshaw and was self employed for many years in the petroleum industry. He lived in this area for 15 years aftr moving from Slidell, La. And loved hunting, fishing, and golf. He was an active member of the First UInited Methodist Church and the Home Builders Sunday School. In addition, he was a Mason and past president of the Wiggins Rotary Club.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by two brothers, Everett Lee Bradshaw and Claude Ship and a sister, Iva Sydnor.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Doyle Brown Bradshaw; a son, Jack Bradshaw and wife Becky, all of Columbia; a daughter, Bobbie Jo Ball and husband, Steven, of Abita Springs, LA.; six grandchildren, Stephanie Barber, Michael Bradshaw, Kasey Ball, Jory Ball, Brendan Ball, and Dillon Ball; three great grandchildren, Ben Baughman, Jordan Barber, and Amy Bradshaw; and two nieces Wanda Terry and Phyllis Wright.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Columbia. Hathorn Funeral Home and Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home of Hodgenville, Ky. Were in charge of arrangements.

Redgie N. May

Funeral services were held April 15, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mr. Redgie N. May, 69, of Foxworth, who died April 10, 2010 in Youngstown, Ohio. Interment was in the Foxworth Cemetery. The Rev. Mark McArthur officiated at the service assisted by the Rev. Tom Thurman and Dr. Bryant Barnes. A native of Natchez, he was disable and a member of Goss Baptist Church AND served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by parents, John C. and Eva R. Jenkins May; three brothers, Cecil, Charles and Joe May. Survivors include wife, Linda Rayborn May of Foxworth; son, Redgie Norman May Jr. of Foxworth; three sisters, Betty Crawley of Monticello, Janice Foster of Goss, and Emma Dufrene of Lockport, La.; four brothers, Jack May of Memphis, Johnny May of Clarksville, Tenn., James May of Columbia and David May of Atoka, Tenn.

Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

M.E. Tolar

Funeral services were held April 19, 2010 at Society Hill Baptist Church for Mrs. M.E. Tolar, 90, of Columbia, who died April 16, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Society Hill Cemetery. Brother Tommy Broom officiated at the service assisted  by Brother Eddie Myers and Brother Mark McArthur. A native of Jeff Davis County, she was a beautician and a member of Society Hill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by husband, John William “Baby” Tolar; two sisters, Edna Mae Williamson and Galaverne “Teddy” Loftin; and two brothrs, Holt and Garon Dyess.

Survivors include, son, John Wayne Tolar and wife Delma of Columbia; three sisters, Von C. “Bonnie” Stephens of Oakvale, Marie “Deutsie” Herrington of Carson and Flora Barnette of Alexandria, La.; two grandchildren, Wynde Tolar  of Columbia and Jeremy Hattiesburg. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Rebecca S. Neal

Funeral services will be Saturday, April 17, 2010 at 1 p.m. at the River of Life Church in Hattiesburg for Rebecca S. Neal, 48, of Columbia, who died April 12, 2010 at home. Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Pastor Mike Evoldt will officiate at the service. Visitation will be held Friday, April 16, 2010 from 5-9 p.m. at the Hathorn Funeral Home. A native of Columbia, she was a flight attendant and member of River of Life Church. Survivors include, parents, Bob and Vivian Neal of Columbia; sister, Ramona Brumfield of Columbia, two brothers, Paul Douglas and Melinda Neal of Columbia and Russell Howard and Buffie Neal of Oak Grove; three nephews, Douglas Neal, Steven Neal, and Michael Brumfield; and a great niece, Anna Neal. Pallbearers are Douglas Neal, Steven Neal, Michael Brumfield, Jason McLain, Paul Shows, Ross Spezial, Jack Forbes and Brian Bockman. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia is in charge of arrangements.

Ruby Daniels

Funeral services were held April 16, 2010 at 2 p.m. at Hathorn Funeral Home for Ruby Daniels of Columbia, who died April 15, 2010 at Marion General Hospital. She was 97. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. The Rev. Millard Moak and the Rev. Brad Day officiated the service. A native of Marion County, Daniels was born on June 29, 1912 to the late Thomas M. and Nellie J. Bennett Herrington and worked as a homemaker. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husbands, Claude T. Sanders and Forrest N. Daniels; two sons, Owen C. Sanders and Joe C. Sanders; and one daughter, Marilyn Sanders Moody. She is survived by a son, Gerald Sanders of Columbia; three daughters, Penny Sanders Clinton, Pam Sanders Day, both of Hattiesburg, and Dianne Sanders Ray of Columbia; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements made under the direction of Hathorn Funeral Home.

Shirley Mae Culpepper

Funeral services will be held Sunday, April 18, 2010 at Pleasant Hill Apostolic Church for Shirley Mae Culpepper, 78, of Foxworth, who died April 14, 2010 at Forrest General Hospital. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Pastor Joel Gatlin will officiate the service. Visitation will be April 18, 2010 from 12:30-2 p.m. at the church. A native of Pearl River County, she was a dispatcher for law enforcement and a member of Pleasant Hill Apostolic Church. Survivors include, husband, J.W. Culpepper of Foxworth; daughter, Olivia Ann Borchert; three stepdaughters, Marilyn Gibbs of Foxworth, Donna Powell of Foxworth, and Glenda Edwards of Foxworth; sister, Lois Kirk of Picayune; two brothers, Raymond Taylor of Picayune and Boyd Taylor of Picayune; eight step grandchildren; two grandchildren, Angela Dillon and Joe Borchert; three great grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia is in charge of arrangements.

Howard Johnson

Funeral services were held April 14, 2010 at Greenville Baptist Church for Mr. Johnny Howard Johnson, 57, of Baxterville who died April 11, 2010 in Baxterville. Interment was in the Greenville Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Mike Lee officiated at the service. A native of Marion County, he was disabled and a member of Caney Baptist Church. He was preceded in death by parents, Heber and Gladys Johnson. Survivors include daughter, Bethany Johnson of Baxterville; two sons, Nicholas and Jard Johnson, of Baxterville; 11 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; a number of nieces, nephews and friends. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia handled the arrangements.

Hazel Broom

Funeral services were held April 13, 2010 at the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Hazel Broom, 73, of Columbia, who died April 11, 2010 at her residence. Interment was in the Rocky Branch Cemetery. The Rev. Philip Duncan officiated at the service assisted by the Rev. O.J. Seal. A native of Marion County she was a homemaker and a member of East Columbia Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by parents, Robert and Juaneese Magee Singley and a brother, Winston Singley. Survivors include husband, Harvey Broom of Columbia; daughter, Kathy Broome of Sumrall; sons, Ezra and Jerry Broom, of Columbia; brothers, Frank and Robert Singley Jr., of Columbia. Grandchildren, Tami Breland, Misti Broom, Heather Broome, Chuck Broom, Chad Broome, David Broom, Kimberly Broom, and T.J. Broom; great grandchildren, Dylan Pounds, Caleb Broom, Elijah Broom and Taylor Breland. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements

Celeste Stringer

Funeral services were held April 13, 2010 in the chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Celeste Stringer, 90, of Columbia, who died April 10, 2010 at her residence. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. The Rev. Darrin Webb officiated at the service. A native of Marion County she was a homemaker and a member of New Union Baptist Church. Survivors include daughters, Judy Haddox of Columbia, Linda Herrington of Carson, and Jill Logan of Gautier; sister, Linnie Terrell of Pine, La.; brother, Halcomb Pittman of Mobile, Ala. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Darren Todd Ryals

Funeral services were held April 12, 2010 graveside at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery for Darren Todd Ryals, 21, of Foxworth, who died April 10, 2010 at his residence. Interment was in the Shiloh Cemetery. The Rev. Sammy Foxworth officiated at the service. A native of Foxworth, he was disabled and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. Survivors include, parents, Darryl and Tammy Goolsby Ryals of Foxworth; grandparents, James and Hazel Ryals of Foxworth and Bob and June Goolsby of New Augusta; sisters, Graceane Lewis of Foxworth and Diane Simmons of Wiggins. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Lexie Johnson

Funeral services were held April 10, 2010 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Lexie Johnson, 79, of Columbia, who died April 5, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Foxworth Cemetery. The Rev. Reed Houston officiated at the service. A native of Marion County she was a homemaker and a member of Foxworth United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by husband, Luther Fred Johnson; parents, Georger and Minnie Ann Williams, three brothers and three sisters. Survivors include two daughters, Brenda G. Fortenberry and Wanda A. Herrera of Foxworth; sons, Robert Eugene Johnson of Morgantown and Luther Fred Johnson of Foxworth; brothers, Robert Williams of George, Ill., and Jessie Williams of California; 13 grandchildren; and 28 great grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia was in charge of arrangements.

Billy Allen Roe

A graveside service was held April 2, 2010 at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia for Mr. Billy Allen Roe of Columbia who passed away at Forrest General Hospital on March 31, 2010. He was 49. He was preceded in death by his parents, John Arland and Margie Ruth Selby Roe; and a sister, Victoria Lynn Parker. He is survived by his wife, Linda Roe of Oakvale; three sons Patrick Lee Roe of Knoxville, Tenn., Billy Allen Roe Jr., and Joshua Cory Roe, all of Oakvale; two brothers, John Arnald Roe the 2nd, of Texas City, Texas and Paul Stephen Butler Jr.; two sisters, Lena Dorean Benedict of Tyler, Texas and Emma Dean Barr of San Antonio; three grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Arrangements made under the direction of Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia.

James Robert Hahn

Funeral services were held April 8, 2010 at First Baptist Church of Columbia for James Robert Hahn, 78, of Columbia, who died April 4, 2010 at his home. Interment was in the Columbia Cemetery. Dr. Bryant Barnes and Dr. Russell Bush officiated the service. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia handled the arrangements.

Catherine Saul Lonnborg

Funeral services were held in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mrs. Catherine Saul Lonnborg, 89, of Brandon, who died March 26, 2010 at River Oaks Hospital in Flowood. Interment services were in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Pastor Dr. Russell Bush officiated. A native of Columbia, she was a retired bookkeeper and of the Baptist faith and served in the United States Army. She was preceded in death by parents, Rufus Edward and Ella May Moore Saul; a grandson, Jonathan Sellers; four brothers and one sister. Survivors include her husband Walter Edward Lonnborg of Brandon; daughter Janice McFalls (Douglas); four sons, Walter Edward Lonnborg Jr. of Gulfport, Merrill Andrew Lonnborg of Ocean Springs; Ronald Keith Lonnborg of Biloxi; and Harold Timothy Lonnborg of Ocean Springs; a sister, Elinor Welty of Brandon; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; other survivors include a number of nieces, nephews and friends. Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

 Tommie J. Ward

Funeral Services were held March 15 in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mrs. Tommie J. Ward, 85, of Columbia, who died March 14, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery. The Rev. David Young officiated at the service. A native of Marion County, she was a homemaker and a member of Church of God. She was preceded in death by her husband, Jona Harold Ward; parents, Thomas and Zola Tate Jackson; three sisters, Rugy Merritt, Myrtle Melton, and Flora Cooper. Survivors include a daughter, Janice Geiger of Carson; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends. Colonial Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

 Shelby Jean Pittman

Funeral services were held March 22 in the Pine Burr Cemetery for Shelby Jean Pittman, 45, of Lumberton who died March 17, 2010 in Columbia. Interment was in the Pine Burr Cemetery. A native of Columbia, she was a homemaker. She was preceded in death by her parents, Shelvie and Billie Holmes. Survivors include her husband, Paul Pittman of Lumberton; two daughters, Kelly Jo Bullock and Joanna Boyd of Columbia and stepdaughter, Jessica Pittman of Hattiesburg; three sisters, Lisa and Cindy Oxner of Foxworth and Amanda Magee of Columbia; four grandchildren. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia handled the arrangements.

Laverne Bourne

Laverne Bourne, 91, of Columbia passed away March 24 at the Grove in Columbia. Bourne, a secretary, was preceded in death by her parents, Luther Hinton and Beatrice Evans, and husband, Harold Bourne. Survivors include a daughter, Jimmie K, Bryson of Ft. Worth Texas, and sister, Susan Shannon of Yorba Linda, Calif. Memorial services were held March 31 at Woodlawn Cemetery, and Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia handled the arrangements.

Nena S. Robichaux

Funeral services will be held Sunday, March 28, 2010 at 2 p.m. in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for Nena S. Robichaux, 56, of Columbia who died March 24, 2010 at home. Pastor Ranoy Gardner will officiate at the service. Visitation will be held Saturday, March 27, 2010 from 4:30-8 p.m. Robichaux was a member of Bunker Hill Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her mother Eva Pearl Robbins Bourne. Survivors include husband John Ellis Robichaux of Columbia; father, Thomas M. Bourne of Hattiesburg; two daughters, Amber Kwong of Knoxville and Desiree Dickson of Idaho; brother, Marvin Blake Bourne of Columbia; and one grandchild. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia is in charge of arrangements

 Jerry Buck Pittman

Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 27, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. at North Columbia Baptist Church for Jerry Buck Pittman, 74, of Columbia who died March 24, 2010 at Oshner Hospital in New Orleans. Interment will be in the Cedar Grove Cemetery. The Rev. Mike Grenn will officiate at the service assisted by the Rev. Jackie Cooke. Visitation will be held Friday, March 26, 2010 from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A native of Marion County, he was an electrician and a member of North Columbia Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his parents Charles and Alma Pittman. His survivors include his wife Patsy S. Pittman of Columbia; sons Todd Pittman of Columbia and Wayne and Kimberly Pittman of Petal; brother Charles Lloyd Pittman of Pearl; two grandchildren, Brett and Colby Pittman; and a number of nieces and nephews. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia is in charge of arrangements.

 Dorothy M. Moree

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 26, 2010 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mrs. Dorothy M. Moree, 83, of Columbia who died March 24, 2010 in Columbia. Interment will be in the Improve Cemetery. The Rev. Darel Daniels will officiate at the service. Visitation was held Thursday, March 25, 2010 at the funeral home. A native of Marion County, she was a homemaker and member of Improve Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by parents J.Q. and Pearlie McCain McKenzie and a son Glyn Moree. Survivors include husband Burley Moree of Columbia; daughter Barbara Johnson of Columbia; grandson Daniel Johnson and numerous other family and friends. Colonial Funeral Home of Columbia is in charge of arrangements.

J.B. Crawley

Funeral services will be held Friday, March 26 at 10 a.m. for in the Kokomo Baptist Church for Mr. J.B. Crawley, 89, of Foxworth, who died March 24, 2010 in Hattiesburg. Interment will be in the Kokomo Cemetery. The Rev. Glen Nace will officiate at the service, and visitation will be held Thursday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the church. A native of Marion County, he was retired from Orleans Furniture Manufacturing and a member of Kokomo Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by parents, Ed and Etta McNeese Crawley, two sisters, Addie Mae Ward and Ina Belle Beloso, three grandchildren, Judy Sistrunk, and twins Melissa and Mickey Powell. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eloise Beard Crawley of Foxworth, two daughters, Betty Powell (Dale) and Diane Sistrunk (Jessie), both of Foxworth, son, Johnny Crawley of Foxworth, a brother, Mr. Leo Crawley of Washburn, Iowa, three grandchildren, nine great grandchildren, a number of nieces, nephews, and friends. Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

David Lee Yawn

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 21, 2010 in the Hathorn Funeral Home Chapel for David Lee Yawn, 59, of Columbia, who died Feb. 13, 2010 at Marion General Hospital. Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery. Pastor Tom McCardle officiated the service assisted by Bill Vasilion and visitation was held March 20, 2010 at the funeral home. A native of Marion County, he was employed by the Public Works Department for the city of Columbia and of the Baptist faith. He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley W. and Mildred H. Yawn. His survivors include two brothers, Bobby W. Yawn of Memphis, and Michael A. Yawn of Columbia, and three nieces and three nephews. Hathorn Funeral Home of Columbia handled the arrangements.

 Willard B. Alexander

 Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 25, 2010 at 2p.m. in the Chapel of Colonial Funeral Home for Mr. Willard B. Alexander, 83, of Foxworth, who died March 21, 2010 at his residence. Interment will be in Foxworth. Pastor Rev. Willie Martin will officiate at the service assisted by Rev. Sedgie Stogner. Visitation will be held Wednesday, March 24 from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home. A native of Lawrence County he was a retired shipyard worker and a member of Antioch Baptist Church and served in the U.S. Army. He was preceded in death by his wife, Sarah Harris Alexander, three sons, Earney, Clayton and Ben Alexander, a grandson Evan Stogner and a great grandson Kaileup Brister.

His survivors include three daughters, Sheryl Stogner and Anita Dixon, both of Foxworth, and Rita Brady of Phoenix, Ariz.; one son Nathaniel Alexander of Spring Lake, N.C.; one brother Dewey Alexander of Foxworth; nine grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Colonial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

 Bobbye Sue White

Funeral services were held March 5 at Hathorn Funeral Home for Bobbye Sue White, 77, Columbia, who died March 2 at Myrtle Health Care. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. White was a native of Marion County, a bookkeeper and a member of Columbia First Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband Baxter White Sr.; sister, Shirley Ward; two grandchildren, Robert Heath White and Tracey Rebecca Aultman, and her parents, Robert and Ruth Ward.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan Rivera of Aurora, Colo. And Rebecca Wilks of Columbia, and sons, Baxter white Jr. of Columbia, John White of New Orleans, and Robert White of Columbia, eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Pallbearers were Isaac White, Zachary White, Josh Wilks, Tyler Wilks, Brock White and Will Jordan.

Pauline “Polly” Robertson

Funeral services were March 10 at Hathorn Funeral Home for Pauline “Polly” Robertson, 89, of Columbia who died March 8 at Marion General hospital. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery and Wayne Ward, Dr. Tom Thurman and Dr. Bryant Barnes officiated the service. A native if Columbia, Robertson was a telephone service representative, member of First Baptist Church, the Caliopian Club and Telephone Pioneers of America. She was preceded in death by her parents Paul B. Sr. and Hattie Jewel Oglesbee; husband, Harold Robertson; brother, Paul B. Oglesbee Jr.; and sister, Olivia Slade. She is survided by two daughters, Paula White and Becky Reed, both of Columbia; sisters, Joyce Pride and Jean Dombrowski, both of Gulfport; four grandchildren, Jeremy Reed, Phillip Reed, Leigh Anne Harvey, and Rob Harvey; and two great grandchildren, Madison Reed and Jake Reed. Other survivors include numerous nieces and nephews.

Carla Michelle Day Edwards

Funeral services were held March 12 at Hathorn Funeral Home for Carla Michelle Day Edwards, 42, of Columbia, who died March 9 at Marion General Hospital. She was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery with pastir Roger Miller officiating. A native of Thibodeaux, La., she was a secretary in the department if Human Services and of the Baptist faith. She was preceded in death by her brother Tony James. She is survived by her husband, Matthew Edwards; parents, Michael and Brenda Buckley Day of Columbia; two daughters, Laiken and Katelyn Edwards of Columbia; a son, Jesse Day of Columbia; a sister, Diane Lisa Davis of Columbia; and brother, Michael Day Jr. of Laurel.

25 Comments so far ↓

  1. 2004vet says:

    Mrs. Sue White will be forever remembered for her exquisite graciousness and charitable kindness to all.

  2. Nita Cook says:

    I am so sad to hear of Mrs. White’s passing. I went to school with her son Johnny & she was the secretary. She was the sweetest & kindest lady you could ever meet. She will be truly missed.

  3. Susan Rivera says:

    Thank you all for your kind words and comments about our mother; she wasn’t just a mother – she was a friend, a mentor, and a true inspiration. The loss her 5 children, her grandchildren, and her great-grand child feel cannot be measured in words; she is not gone – she is within our hearts, minds, and souls always! We miss her physical presence but we will always celebrate her gift of life and love to us all! We were lucky – we were truly blessed!

    Her most grateful daughter

    • fed up!!!!!! says:

      I did not know you all had lost yourparents. I went to school with you all. Baxter was in my class. Again it’s late but I am sorry.

  4. Becky Wilks says:

    To echo my dear sister’s comment, I too appreciate the sweet words about my Mama. As the “caboose” of the White clan, I never really understood the great legacy my folks left for me until they were gone. Susan is right; Mama is still with us every day. Thanks again for your sweet words.

    Becky

  5. madashell says:

    did you forget about the black people who also have passed a way i dont see Smith or Galloway nowhere on here and i know Smith has had 4 bodies in the last 2 weeks you can write reports and post comments on Ken Jefferson and the young lady that died in a car accident and the negative things ppl say but you cant put our obituaries

    • admin says:

      We just added obituaries recently and are still trying to get all the funeral homes on board with us.

      Josh Mitchell
      Informer Publisher

      • madashell says:

        thank you i will hope that all the funeral homes give you the information that is needed

      • Who Said Life Is Fair says:

        All I Want To Say Is,Thanks To Josh Mitchell,the Informer Publisher,you & your ppl are doing a good job,lol,my p.c. is almost gone,but you will still get my suport,if me not on line or not.
        Who Said Life Is Fair,has said this,& will try to get another p.c.,soon as i can.don’ know when i will go,just trying to hold on as long it will let me,thanks again JOSH M.
        “`~

    • YOU BETTA SAY THAT says:

      YOU BETTA SAY THAT I LOVE WHAT YOU SAID…… THEY THINK THE WORLD REVOLVES AROUND THEM STILL ALWAYS WANNA PUT THE BLACK FOLKS ON THE BACK EYE.. BUT LOOK THEY DID NOT WASTE ANYTIME SAYING ALL THAT NEGATIVE MESS ABOUT MY COUSIN KJ BUT WHEN IT CAME DOWN TO HIS OBITURARY ….AH WERE IS IT I AM NOT THE TYPE OF PERSON TO DISLIKE OUTSIDE MY RACE BUT LOOKS LIKE THAT IS WHAT IT IS BOILING DOWN TOO….

    • not amazed says:

      If you have a complaint about blacks not being listed, why don’t you contact Smith and Galloway yourself and see if they will get with Josh. That is where the break down is, with them.

  6. Reipta says:

    I apologise, but, in my opinion, you are mistaken. Let’s discuss. Write to me in PM, we will talk.

  7. Shannon Gorman says:

    One of the bad things about the Internet is that is allows people to communicate without boundaries.
    Out of respect for the deceased, social commentaries and personal opinions should be posted somewhere else, or sent to the publisher privately. Capitalizing on the personal loss of these families in order to promote a personal agenda is so thoughtless it defies explanation.

  8. stic says:

    why do people all ways play the race card.thats getting old.If there is an injustice go through the proper authorities,If that does not work go to the attoney general or the ACLu or the
    naacp.Im sure one of these could handle your complaint if its legitimate.

    • madashell says:

      i see columbia academy is still all white is it not so tell me is race not an issue in columbia never said there was an injustice i just felt that something should be said about a man who died and has been all over this paper but his obituary was not here only thing i feel was wrong was the location of the post

      • for what its worth says:

        Columbia Academy is not all white. They have other races that attend. If a black child wants to go, go pay registration fee, tuition, and lunch. Its not free.

  9. Japhy says:

    Excuse, I can help nothing. But it is assured, that you will find the correct decision. Do not despair.

  10. SHERRY says:

    WELL SAID STIC

  11. RED says:

    People please stop all of this black and white thing.Maybe the informer hasn’t got with the black funeral homes, yet.Informer post one race please post other race, if it will stop the race issue.Keep up the good work Josh!

  12. Patsy Sanders says:

    There are many good things your could say about Aunt Ruby but I will just say she was a wonderful lady and will be missed.

  13. LETTERTOED says:

    Black & White should be the ink and paper, not the attitude. Use your brains not your ignorance. Think before you write.

  14. fed up!!!!!! says:

    ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!! Please can’t we all just stop the bickering!!!!!!!

  15. Marianne Rankin aka sILVER bELLE says:

    GOOD cops don’t handle such. They do the school crossings & etc. NOT walk a beat.

  16. Godloves says:

    Josh does a great job with the info he gets cant we stop this race thing god doesnt look at color and neither should we think about it. great work Josh

  17. alyce says:

    I think
    Your doing a good Job.race shouldn’t be an issue.

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