AUTHOR: JUDYC

Obituaries, Friday, Sept. 15, 2000

Dexter Hickey

OXFORD Dexter Dean Johnson Hickey, 78, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. She was a homemaker and a member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church for 53 years. She was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority for more than 50 years and a member of local bridge clubs. She was the widow of Robert W. Hickey.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Warren Black and the Rev. R. Glenn Miller officiating. Burial will be in Oxford Memorial Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Hickey Kalle of Roswell, Ga.; two grandchildren, Morgan Robert McClain of Oxford and Brooke Nora Kalle of Roswell, Ga.; many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society.

Albert Guinn Jr.

HOLLY SPRINGS Albert Clarence Guinn Jr., 70, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Memphis. He was a former resident of Louisville, Ky., and Memphis. He was a retired chemist with the Catalysta & Chemical Inc. of Louisville, Ky., and a member of the 23rd Broadway Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. He was preceded in death by his wives, Annie Mae Harris Guinn and Beatrice Hinkle Guinn.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Smith Grove M.B. Church of Holly Springs with the Rev. Willie C. Conner officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two stepdaughters, Doris Hinkle and Joyce Hinkle, both of Louisville, Ky.; one sister, Wilmer M. Jones of Holly Springs; one brother, Kenneth W. Guinn of Memphis; seven grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church from noon to 12:55 p.m. Saturday. There will be no viewing after the eulogy.

Elmore Lewis

HOLLY SPRINGS Elmore Lewis, 85, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was formerly of Memphis. He was a retired caretaker for Memphis State University and a member of Bethlehem M.B. Church of Lafayette County. He was the husband of the late Jennie Morning Lewis.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope M.B. Church in the Laws Hill community with the Rev. Earnest Jones officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. J.F. Brittenum and Son Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include three daughters, Vickie Jewel of Memphis, and Mae Dora Blackmon and Alma Jean Harris, both of Chulahoma; his caregiver and niece, Bernice Howell of Holly Springs; one sister, Beulah Mae Lewis of Holly Springs; 16 grandchildren; 54 great-grandchildren; 28 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Clyde G. Shonerd

Clyde Gilbert Shonerd, 84, died Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a long illness. He was born April 18, 1916, in Lincoln, Neb., to Charles Marshall and Jessica Marguerite Uebel Shonerd. He was a captain in the U.S. Army Air Corp during World War II. He earned the World War II Victory Medal, the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Soldiers Medal, Purple Heart and the Asiatic-Pacific Company Medal with a Bronze Star. He logged more than 300 hours of B-17 combat flying time with the 72nd Bomb Squadron and was honored for his heroism in the Battle of Midway.

A graveside memorial service and committal will be at 9 a.m. today in the Veterans Garden at Lee Memorial Park in Verona. Lee Memorial Funeral Home/Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include several nieces and nephews, including Norma Shonerd Hoehndorf of the Villages, Fla., James Frederick Shonerd of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Bill Shonerd of Lincoln, Neb.

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Mr. Clyde Gilbert Shonerd

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Tupelo

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Lee Memorial Park

Mae Rean Pegues

OXFORD Mae Rean Pegues, 63, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at her daughter's home in Oxford. She was a native of Lafayette County and a retired cook.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Philadelphia M.B. Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home of Oxford is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Mary Berry of Oxford; her father, Milton "Boy" Jones of Oxford; two sisters, Ora Mae Colston and Renner Mae Jones, both of Oxford; three brothers, Robert Jones, Ross Jones and Milton Jones Jr., all of Oxford; four grandchildren.

Evelyn Raybon

DECATUR, Ala. Evelyn Wilkins Raybon, 80, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Parkway Medical Center in Decatur, Ala. She was a native of Memphis. She was a cashier clerk for the Decatur Housing Authority, and a member of the First M.B. Church, the Missionary Society and Mothers Board. She was a foster grandparent and worked with the Boys and Girls Club. She was the widow of Thomas Raybon.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First M.B. Church of Decatur, Ala. Burial will be in Sykes Cemetery in Decatur. Reynolds Funeral Home of Decatur is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Sametta Brown of New Orleans; three sons, Wilkins Raybon of Oxford, William Raybon of Louisville, Ky., and Leonard Raybon of Decatur, Ala.; one brother, Melvin Shabazz of Cincinnati, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

Emmett Morgan

CRENSHAW Emmett James Morgan, 56, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at his home in Crenshaw. He was a native of Panola County and a truck driver.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Springhill M.B. Church. Burial will be in Longtown Cemetery in Crenshaw. Hodges Funeral Home of Batesville is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four sisters, Gloria Williams of St. Louis, Mo., Willie Stephen of Detroit, Mich., Irma Wilborn of Denver, Colo., and Bettye Pittman of Memphis; four brothers, Walter Morgan and Elton Morgan, both of Crenshaw, and Wardean Morgan and Eddie Morgan, both of St. Louis, Mo.

Louise W. Jones

PONTOTOC Louise W. Jones, 87, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at the Pontotoc Nursing Home. She was a native of Pontotoc, a member of McDonald United Methodist Church and the widow of Dee Jones.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at McDonald United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gloria McKinney officiating. Burial will be in Pontotoc City Cemetery. Hodges Funeral Home of Pontotoc is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one daughter, Clara (Franda) James of Pontotoc; one brother, Rufus Walker of Trenton, N.J.; two grandchildren, Amanda McKnight of Pontotoc and Demond James of Oxford; two great-grandchildren, Xzavivere' James and Jazlyn McKnight, both of Pontotoc.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The family hour will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Vaudry Moore

FULTON Vaudry Moore, 83, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. A lifelong resident of Itawamba County, he was born Sept. 27, 1916, to Charles Ellie Dennis Moore and Avo Moore. He was a veteran of World War II, and a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and the American Legion.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Gray and Bro. Danny Pitts officiating. Burial will be in Keyes Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred Moore of Fulton; one daughter, Beth Moore of Fulton; one son, Dennis Moore, and his wife, Lanis, of Fulton; two brothers, Erwin Moore and his wife, Ruth, and Cleon Moore and his wife, Laura, all of Fulton; a sister-in-law, Miriam Moore of Fulton; four grandchildren, Thomas Moore, Larry Moore, Tammy Coltharp and Shelley Dulaney; six great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Ellie Wayne Moore.

Pallbearers will be Bobby Joe Hare, Erick Thorn, Arie Sartin, Rick Moore, Doug Lesley and Russell Clayton.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Hollis Thomas

FULTON Hollis Thomas, 81, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at his home. He was a retired carpenter, and a member and deacon of New Home Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II, serving from 1941 to 1945.

Services will be at noon today at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Mike Bridges and George Johnston officiating. Burial will be in New Home Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Vela Thomas of Fulton; two sons, Ken Thomas and his wife, Theresa, of Memphis, and Wade Thomas and his wife, Gail, of Fulton; a daughter, Janie Davis of Fulton; four brothers, Buck Thomas of Fulton, John Thomas of Douglas, Ga., Bill Thomas of the Ozark community and Bob Thomas of Haleyville, Ala.; two sisters, Alma Johnson and Mary Sue Johnson, both of Fulton; two aunts, Beulah Riley of Mantachie and Lula Bell Riley of Fulton; five grandchildren, Shay Herndon and her husband, Jeff, and India Jones and her husband, Johnny, all of Tupelo, and Salena Armstrong and her husband, Stephen, Hollis Wayne Thomas and Cassie Davis, all of Fulton; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Herndon of Tupelo and Chaney Kennedy of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by his parents, L.M. and Mizie Cromeans Thomas.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Spencer, Steve Johnson, Pug Wilemon, Mike Davis, Daniel Umfress, Ralph Crawley, Leon Hayes and F.G. Wiygul Jr.

Visitation will be from 7 a.m. to service time today.

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Mr. Hillary Dean "Hill" Witt

Tupelo

2 p.m. today

Jefferson Street Chapel

Bethel Cemetery

Mrs. Martha K. "Marty" Roberts

Belden

2 p.m. Saturday

Jefferson Street Chapel

Mrs. Ruby Christine Harper McCord

Tupelo

Arrangements incomplete

Norris Jr. Hamm

Norris Jr. Hamm, 67, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by McBride Funeral Home of Ripley.

Gladys L. Shawver

Gladys L. Shawver, 77, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Beverly Healthcare Center in Tupelo. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Beasley Funeral Home.

Lola Knight

CORINTH Lola Knight died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Memorial Funeral Home.

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Marty Roberts

BELDEN Martha K. "Marty" Roberts, 56, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at her home in Belden after a long illness. A native of Jackson, she had lived in Belden since 1990. She was a loan secretary for AmSouth Bank and a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church. She was a 1962 graduate of Central High School in Jackson and a 1964 graduate of Hinds Community College in Raymond, where she was a member of the Hinds Hi-Steppers. After graduating, she was employed by Deposit Guaranty National Bank and Trustmark Bank in Jackson before moving to Tupelo where she was employed by Deposit Guaranty National Bank/AmSouth since 1990. She was an avid outdoors and sports person. She enjoyed golf, gardening, motorcycling touring, fishing and bowling. Her most significant accomplishment in life was her son, Jason.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Danny Dabbs and the Rev. Barry Male officiating.

Survivors include her husband, Barclay P. "Clay" Roberts, whom she married Aug. 4, 1990; one son, Troy Jason Jenkins of Starkville; one stepdaughter, Jamie D. Roberts of Memphis; three brothers, Dr. Lamar Knight, Thomas Knight and Billy Knight, all of Jackson.

Visitation will be from noon to service time Saturday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tupelo/Lee Humane Society, 2400 S. Gloster St., Tupelo MS 38801.

James Simpson

ASHLAND James Thomas Simpson, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. He was a retired school bus shop foreman for Benton County, where he worked for 33 years. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and a member and deacon of the Ashland Church of Christ.

Services will be at 11 a.m. today at Ashland Church of Christ with Minister Lanis Lindsey officiating and Minister Nathan Guy assisting. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Lottie Floy Dickerson Simpson of Ashland; a son, Thomas Luna "Tommy" Simpson, and his wife, Georgetta Lynn, of Ashland; a daughter, Charlotte Mercer of Ashland; a brother, Buford Simpson of Ashland; five grandchildren, Katie Scarlett Mercer, James Rhett Simpson Mercer, Jamie C. Martz, Becky L. Simpson and Christy D. Simpson, all of Ashland.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Esther Nilene Cox Simpson; his parents, John Thomas and Minnie Charlotte Day Simpson; and two brothers, Winston and Stonell Simpson.

Pallbearers will be Grant Graves, Shirley Autry, Chris Dickerson, David Hunsucker, David Matlock and W.T. Elliott.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Mann, Lynn Graves, Donald Courson and Thurmond Miller.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Arvel Copeland Jr.

BRISTOL, Fla. Arvel Copeland Jr., 45, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, in Hamlet, N.C., as the result of an accident. He was a native of Hammond, Ind., and a resident of Bristol, Fla., for the past 20 years. He was a member of Bristol Assembly of God.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Valley Grove Baptist Church with Bro. John Shackelford officiating. Burial will be in Valley Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Jenny Copeland; three sons, Jeffery, Arvel III and John Copeland, all of Bristol, Fla.; one daughter, Bernice Young of Hammond, Ind.; a granddaughter, Julia Young of Indiana; his father, Arvel Copeland Sr., formerly of Pontotoc; one brother, Randy Copeland, and his wife, Teresa, of Belden; four sisters, Diana Williams and her husband, David, of Baldwyn, Rhonda Lea and her husband, Eugene, of Belden, Robin Kelly and her husband, William, of Tupelo, and Heidi Langston and her husband, Steve, of Hosford, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Barbara Copeland.

Friends and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to service time Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Valley Grove Church building fund.

Mary Janes

WALNUT Mary Tawanda Davis Janes, 72, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at the Beverly Healthcare in Ripley. She was a homemaker and a member of Harmony Baptist Church in Walnut. She taught school in Falkner and Walnut for 12 years.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Harmony Baptist Church in Walnut with Bro. Stanley Huddleston, Bro. Tony Morrow and Bro. Ben Parson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. McBride Funeral Home of Ripley is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include her husband, Roy Janes of Walnut; one daughter, Leigh Ann Janes Clemmer, and her husband, Russell, of Falkner; one son, Jerry Janes, and his wife, Anita, of Walnut; one sister, Inez LaBarreare of Irving, Texas; one sister-in-law, Ada Childs Davis of Bay Springs; three grandchildren, Bryan Janes of Walnut, and Andrew and Adam Fortune of Falkner; nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnny and Tishie Robbins Davis; a brother, Montroy Davis; and a grandchild, Taylor James.

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

Memorials may be made to the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Daniel Glover, 520 CR 123, Walnut MS 38683.

Callie Davidson

HOUSTON Callie Davidson, 91, died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at her daughter's home in Memphis. She was the daughter of the late Tom Davidson and Annie Brown Davidson. She lived in Chickasaw County all her life until moving to Memphis three years ago. She enjoyed flowers.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses in Okolona with Bro. Isaac Bishop Sr. officiating. Burial will be in the Antioch Cemetery in Maben. Williams Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include six daughters, Jeanette Davidson of West Point, Ruth Crawley of Aberdeen, Mary Mitchell, Addie Sullivan and Sue Pulliam, all of Memphis, and Arteria Riley of Chicago; two sons, Rodolphus Davidson of St. Louis and Joe Davidson of West Point; 39 grandchildren; 56 great-grandchildren; 20 great-great-grandchildren; 14 great-great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. A wake will be from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

George L. Fields

WEST POINT George L. Fields, 65, died Saturday, Sept. 9, 2000, at the Magnolia Regional Health Center in Corinth. He was a member of Union Baptist M.B. Church and an employee of Futorian Manufacturing for 27 years before retiring.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Union Baptist M.B. Church with the Rev. J.P. Orr officiating. Burial will be in Union Baptist Cemetery. Williams Memorial of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Virgie Fields of West Point; five daughters, Virlene Fields, China Gillespie and her husband, Timothy, and Diane Fields, all of Prairie, and Georgia Baskin and Yolanda Baskin, both of West Point; six sons, George Fields Jr., and John Fields and his wife, Shirley, all of Prairie, Willie Fields and his wife, Rita, of Kansas City, Robert Fields and his wife, Sheryl, of Pontotoc, Andy Baskin and his wife, Kimberly, of Starkville and Johnny Baskin of West Point; two sisters, Eugenia Doss and Eula Mae Turner, both of Benton Harbor, Mich.; 19 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; a special friend, Gloria Baskin of West Point;

Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Mac Miller

BALDWYN Mac Ellis Miller, 54, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, as the result of a motorcycle accident on Highway 348 near Ellistown. He was the Circuit Court administrator for the 1st Judicial District. He was a former chief deputy for the Lee County Sheriff's Office and a former investigator for the Northern District Attorney's office. He was a former security director for Northeast Mississippi Community College and a former investigator for Langston, Langston, Micheal, Bowen & Tucker, Law Associates. He was an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of the First Christian Church in Baldwyn. He was an avid hunter and motorcycle rider.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Baptist Church in Baldwyn with Bro. Howard Headings officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Garden Cemetery. Waters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his mother, Audrey Miller of Baldwyn; two daughters, Amanda Ericksen and her husband, Steven, of Baldwyn, and Maggie Miller of Baldwyn; a son, Jason L. Miller of Baldwyn; a brother, Randall Miller and his wife, Lumell, of Baldwyn; several nieces and nephews; a special friend, Jan Sutton of Tupelo.

He was preceded in death by his father, Roy Miller; a sister, Neta Jo Kimbrough; and two brothers, Stanley Miller and Larry Miller.

The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Donald Babcock

OXFORD Donald Henry Babcock, 73, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford. He was a band director for 15 years, retiring from Trion High School in Trion, Ga. He was a choir director at churches in Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. He was a former employee of Holley Carburetor and a member of Union West Baptist Church in Oxford. He was a veteran of both World War II and the Korean War. He repaired musical instruments.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Waller Funeral Home Chapel in Oxford with the Rev. Roger Howell and the Rev. Wesley Nichols officiating. Burial will be in Browning Cemetery in Oxford.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Ruth Babcock of Oxford; two daughters, Debbie Babcock Williams of Oxford and Kathy McClanahan of Madison, Ala.; one son, Glenn Frank Babcock of Madison, Ala.; two sisters, Alice Lowery of Croton, N.Y., and Mary Fields of Richmond, Va.; five grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Opal Carpenter

RED BAY, Ala. Opal LeMay Dempsey Carpenter, 79, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at her home. She was a native of Alabama and a member of James Chapel Baptist Church for many years. She was a retired store owner, manager and clerk.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Deaton Funeral Home Chapel in Red Bay with Bro. Carl Gaston and Bro. Eugene Digby officiating. Burial will be in Dempsey Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Sandra D. Beasley, and her husband, Joe W. Beasley, of Red Bay; one son, John Douglas Dempsey of Russellville, Ala.; three sisters, Ellawee Sparks of Florence, Ala., Nita Dempsey of Memphis and Wanda Blackwell of Sevierville, Tenn.; three brothers, J.O. LeMay of Russellville, Ala., Frank LeMay of Parma, Mo., and Talmadge LeMay of Florida; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Hester, Howell Sparks, Johnny LeMay, Ted LeMay, Everett Greenhill and Tommy Beasley.

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

Louis Y. Ball

PONTOTOC Louis Y. Ball, 85, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at the Pontotoc Nursing Home. He was a retired farmer, carpenter and blacksmith. He served two terms as the 4th District supervisor in Pontotoc County. He was a charter member of Harmony Baptist Church.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Browning Funeral Home Chapel in Pontotoc with the Rev. Phillip Caples and the Rev. J.W. Owen officiating. Burial will be in Harmony Cemetery.

Survivors include one son, Louidean Ball, and his wife, Carole, of Tupelo; one grandchild, Felecia Mall of Tupelo; two sisters-in-law, Blanche Benjamin of Oxford and Nadine Baker of Pontotoc; several nieces and nephews; a caregiver, Eunice Hanks of Pontotoc.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Opal Ball.

The deacons of Harmony Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8:30 p.m. today and from 8 a.m. to service time Saturday.

Memorials may be made to Harmony Baptist Church.

Terry L. Sessums

COILA Terry L. "Skeeter" Sessums, 36, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, in Coila. He was born July 12, 1964, in Grenada. He was the owner and operator of a trucking business. He was an active member of A.A.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Garner Harper Funeral Home Chapel in Grenada with Bro. Reidis Nash and the Rev. Ron Sessums officiating. Burial will be in Coffeeville Cemetery in Coffeeville.

Survivors include his wife, Reeda Sessums of Coila; a daughter, Kayla Sessums of Coila; one son, Miles Sessums of Tupelo; two stepsons, Tyler Bingham of Coila and Robbie Reid of Greenville; his mother, Edna S. Corder, and stepfather, Charles P. Corder, of Grenada; a sister, Sherry Hester of Lamarque, Texas; five brothers, Fred M. Sessums of Manhattan, Kan., the Rev. Ron Sessums of Gretna, La., Alan "Tater" Sessums of Grenada, Rick Sessums of Augusta, Ga., and William Corder of Starkville.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fred M. Sessums Jr., and a brother, Mike G. "Boots" Sessums.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Holly, Jason Holly, Bubba Holly, Reese McCrary, Pete McCorkle, Roger Alford, Bill Rowsey II and Donny Burns.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today.

Memorials may be made to the Terry Lynn Sessums Memorial Fund at Union Planters Bank.

U.S. Williams

OKOLONA U.S. Williams, 75, died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chapel Grove M.B. Church-West with Pastor Lindel Nichols officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Okolona is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include his wife, Velma Williams of Okolona; three sons, Henry Collins of Beloit, Wis., Marvin Williams of Tupelo and Caesar Williams of Okolona; two daughters, Lillian Snow of Beloit, Wis., and Violet Walker of Aberdeen; three brothers, Turner Williams and Tommy Williams, both of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Nute Gates of Okolona; 11 sisters, Mary Isbell, Lucinda Williams, Eria Williams, Adlene Bowens and Lou Ella Lucius, all of Okolona, Jura Williams, Adell Williams, Eula Williams, Geneva Jackson and Clara Mayfield, all of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Martha Robinson of Preston; 11 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

George G. McDonald Jr.

ABERDEEN George G. McDonald Jr., 45, died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Grove M.B. Church with Pastor Henry Brownlee officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include one son, Joe Buchanan of Aberdeen; one daughter, LaTonya Walker of Aberdeen; one brother, Donnie McDonald of Aberdeen; four sisters, Annette McDonald, Xenona McDonald and Marsha Cunningham, all of Aberdeen, and Patricia Barry of Augusta, Ga.; four grandchildren.

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

Ruby McCord

Ruby Christine Harper McCord, 75, died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a sudden illness. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

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