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Obituary Policy

The Daily Journal publishes obituaries, up to seven column inches in length, free as a public service. Obituaries are accepted only from funeral homes.

All obituaries will include the deceased person's name, age, occupation, date and place of death, time and place of services, and names of immediate family survivors. A brief paragraph of information such as church and community activities also will be included.

Additional information may be included, but the charge for length exceeding seven inches will be $9.64 per column inch. Charges will be billed through the funeral home.

Funeral homes may call 678-1574, 842-2612 or 1-800-270-2612 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily to submit obituaries. The Daily Journal's fax number is 842-2233. Any corrections must be called in by the funeral home.

Simon McNeill Jr.

OXFORD Simon Phillip McNeill Jr., 69, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at the Grenada Lake Medical Center. He was retired from Waxler Towing Co. in Memphis as a first mate on a river boat. He served as a U.S. Merchant Marine officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve. He was a Mason and a member of New El Bethel Baptist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Waller Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Lonnie Dunn officiating. Burial will be in New El Bethel Cemetery.

Survivors include four sons, Simon Phillip McNeill III of Slidell, La., Russell Wayne Day of Olive Branch, Ill., Billy Earl McNeill of LaCombe, La., and Steven McNeill of Oxford; two sisters, Betty Rowan of Memphis and Marilyn Acuff of Bartlett, Tenn.; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association, National Headquarters, 70 E. Lake St., Chicago IL 60601-5997.

Rev. Z.T. Rankin

CARRIERE The Rev. Z.T. Rankin, 75, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at the Crosby Hospital in Picayune. He was a native of Fulton. He was a missionary in the ministry of the gospel for 53 years, including 141-2 years in Japan and the past 27 years working with Russians and Chinese. He sent Bibles and broadcast the gospel over shortwave radio. He was pastor at the First Baptist Church of Henleyfield for three years and at Ridgecrest Baptist Church for four years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at McDonald Funeral Home Chapel in Picayune with the Rev. Harold Smith officiating and Dr. Jasper Fail assisting. Burial will be in Henleyfield Cemetery in Carriere.

Survivors include his wife, Blanche Burge Rankin of Carriere; two daughters, Marcia Haug of Japan and Patsy Sessions of Bolden, Colo.; three sons, David Rankin of Summit, Mark Rankin of Ridgeland and Philip Rankin of Wimberley, Texas; 11 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Mary Christian and Joy Bourland; one brother, Shellie Rankin.

He was preceded in death by a son and two daughters.

Visitation will be from 6 to 10 p.m. today at McDonald Funeral Home in Picayune.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Reaching Russia for Christ, P.O. Box 1077, Picayune MS 39466.

Edward C. Pierce

PRAIRIE Edward C. Pierce, 52, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at his home.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Pleasant Plain M.B. Church with the Rev. Curtis Orr officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home of Aberdeen is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherry Baskin and Pam Baskin, both of West Point; his mother, Eddierene Pierce of Prairie; his father, James A. Pierce of Prairie; four brothers, Roosevelt Pierce of Jacksonville, Fla., Willie Curtis Pierce of Kansas City, Kan., Loral Pierce of Amory and Anthony Pierce of West Point; three sisters, Irene Holmon and Arma Jean Poss, both of Prairie, and Mabeline Guyton of Booneville.

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

Ladie B. McNairy

PRAIRIE Ladie B. McNairy, 76, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at her home.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Baptist Grove M.B. Church with Pastor Joseph Lampkin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Westbrooks Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include four sons, W.C. McNairy of Chicago, and James McNairy, the Rev. Chester McNairy and Edward Walker, all of Prairie; one daughter, Willie Bell Wilson of Chicago; one brother, Bennie Walker of Calumet City, Ill.; one sister, Neola Reece of Benford; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from noon to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Earnest Dillard

WESSON Earnest William Dillard, 69, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at his home. He was born June 12, 1931, in Union County to the late Samuel Dillard and the late Dola Morgan Dillard. He was a truck driver and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in the Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery in Hazelhurst.

Survivors include his wife, Linnie M. Dillard of Wesson; three sons, Mitchell Dillard of Ecru, and Dennis Dillard and Terry Dillard, both of California; two daughters; one stepdaughter, Natalie Miller of Wesson; five brothers, G.W. Dillard of Ecru, Carl Dillard of Lamar, Lighton Dillard of Tupelo, Jimmy Dillard of New Albany and Richard Dillard of Horn Lake; one sister, Mary Joyner of Holly Springs; one stepgrandson, Shaun Crapps of Wesson.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will continue from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.

John Lang

BOONEVILLE John Thomas Lang, 53, died Monday, Jan. 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville after a brief illness. He was a retired employee of Heartland Building Products, a Baptist and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

Services will be at 3 p.m. today at McMillan Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Jackie Spencer and Bro. Thomas Yarber officiating.

Survivors include his wife, Sharlene Lang; four daughters, Kristy Lang, Sonja Frost and her husband, Michael, of Cairo, April Yarber and her husband, Richard, of New Albany, and Cheryl King of Booneville; one son, Joshua Lang; one sister, Cheryl Lang of Florida; one granddaughter, Kimberly Frost; an uncle, Marvin Brophy of Dallas, Texas.

Visitation will be at the funeral home until service time today.

Ann Sanford

Ann Sanford, 86, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. A Union County native, she lived in Tupelo most of her life. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she was formerly involved with the youth of the church and actively involved with the senior citizens group. She was a former employee of Jitney Junior stores in Tupelo before retiring. She was the widow of Otto S. Sanford, who died May 21, 1953.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with the Rev. Don McCain and Cal Smith officiating. Burial will be in Tupelo Memorial Park.

Survivors include three daughters, Ellen Bighan of Tupelo, Pat Hannerman of Scranton, Pa., and Rose Myhand and her husband, Thomas, of Tupelo; one son, John Sanford and his wife, Patricia, of Tupelo; one brother, Ralph McAlister of Tupelo; nine grandchildren, Kim Reeder of Atlanta, Eric Braden, Neal Sanford, Wade Sanford, Jodi Braden and Adam Myhand, all of Tupelo, Bruce Myhand and Brad Myhand, both of Baldwyn, and Misty Hoard of Bartlett, Tenn.; six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Wade King, Jimmy Counce, Charles Morton, John Wiygul, Billy Ford Waters, Jimmy Morris, David Powell, Robert Chaney, Rhett Russell, William Lamar, Jerry Scruggs and Jerry Robertson.

Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 2434, Tupelo MS 38803; or St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis TN 38105-1905.

Jimmy Adams

NETTLETON Jimmy Lee Adams, 63, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Darden and Sons Funeral Home of Amory.

Rev. John W. Campbell

VERONA The Rev. John W. Campbell, 91, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Grayson-Porter's Mortuary.

Samuel K. Moore

WINNSBORO, S.C. Samuel K. Moore, 45, died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, at his home in Winnsboro, S.C. He was a CPA for Fort Jackson Federal Credit Union. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in business management and accounting. He was a member of the Shandon Presbyterian Church in Winnsboro, S.C.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at McBride Funeral Home Chapel in Ripley with Bro. Jack Bennett officiating. Burial will be in Tiplersville Cemetery.

Survivors include his parents, Samuel R. and Grace Davis Moore of Winnsboro, S.C.; two daughters, Mary Amanda Moore and Rebecca Robison Moore, both of Columbia; three brothers, Richard T. Moore of Isle of Palms, S.C., Michael D. Moore of Summerville, S.C., and Robert H. Moore of Blythewood, S.C.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Thursday.

Memorial donations may be made to the A.L.S. (Lou Gehrig's) Foundation.

Ellie Mae Young

Ellie Mae Young, 92, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, in St. Louis. She was formerly of the Auburn community. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by W.E. Pegues Funeral Directors.

Ozelia Eslinger

NEW ALBANY Ozelia Evelyn Vaughn Eslinger, 88, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2000, at her home. She was a member of St. Mary United Methodist Church, where, in earlier years, she sang in the choir and served in other capacities. She was a member of the Heroines of Jericho Court No. 5 for 51 years. She was a charter member of the Order of the Eastern Star, where she was a secretary for many years. She was a 1939 graduate of the Union County Training School in New Albany. She was a retired employee of the First Baptist Church, where she worked in the nursery. She enjoyed reading, gardening and singing.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at St. Mary United Methodist Church with the Rev. W.T. Mayfield officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors include two daughters, Ruth Evelyn Knox of Aurora, Ill., and Ruby Marilyn Robertson of New Albany; two sisters, Geroma Alice Vaughn of New Albany and Elizabeth Harris of Memphis; two brothers, Evan Rufus Vaughn of Horton, Kan., and Elvin Vaughn of Chicago; four granddaughters; three grandsons; four great-granddaughters; two great-grandsons.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before services.

Charles W. Partlow

PLANTERSVILLE Charles W. Partlow, 44, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by N.L. Jones Funeral Directors of Verona.

Willard P. Gowdy Sr.

Willard P. Gowdy Sr., 88, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at the North Mississippi Medical Center after a brief illness. He was born Aug. 29, 1912, in Blue Mountain. He was reared in Blue Mountain, but lived most of his life in Greenville. He was a founding member of the Church of the Open Door in Greenville, where he taught Sunday school for 40 years and served as deacon and as lay minister. He was retired from William R. Moore Inc., where he worked for 50 years. After moving to Tupelo in 1995, he became a member of Calvary Baptist Church. He was a Gideon.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Jefferson Street Chapel of W.E. Pegues with Dr. Bryant Barnes officiating. Graveside services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Greenville with the Rev. Phil Wilkerson officiating.

Survivors include his wife of 20 years, Frances Kahlstorf Gowdy of Tupelo; one daughter, Lynn Byrd and her husband, Wesley, of Dayton, Tenn.; one son, Willard Gowdy Jr. and his wife, Marjie, of Ocean Springs; three stepsons, David Kahlstorf and his wife, Mary Ellen, of New Orleans, Dr. Bill Kahlstorf and his wife, Meachie, and Dr. Jack Kahlstorf and his wife, Janet, all of Tupelo; one sister, Moina Wilson and her husband, Floyd, of Memphis; one brother, Frank Gowdy of Memphis; two grandchildren, Todd Gowdy of Lovingston, Va., and Craig Gowdy of Blacksburg, Va.; one great-grandson, Nathan Gowdy of Lovingston, Va.; 10 stepgrandchildren, Beth Handley of Jackson, Micki Key of Brandon, Dee Gasdick of Orlando, Fla., Erik Kahlstorf, Ashley Kahlstorf, Melissa Kahlstorf, Brannon Kahlstorf and Mary Ellis Kahlstorf, all of Tupelo, and Michael Hartley and Mary Catherine Hartley, both of Pearisburg, Va.; five stepgreat-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Gordon Gowdy, and a brother, Winston Gowdy.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Fishers of Men Sunday School Class at Calvary Baptist Church.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to service time Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Hope Family Ministries, c/o Calvary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1008, Tupelo MS 38802.

Zilphia Messner

CORINTH Zilphia Belle Messner, 91, died Monday, Jan. 1, 2001, at the Iuka Hospital. She was born Aug. 23, 1909, in Hardin County, Tenn., to William Henry Howard and Lena Howard. She was an associate of Sunshine Laundry for many years, a seamstress and an upholsterer. She was a homemaker and an active member of Covenant Presbyterian Church until her illness. She was the widow of Arthur Messner. She enjoyed reading, working crossword puzzles, and her children and family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at McPeters Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Harris Counce officiating. Burial will be in Henry Cemetery.

Survivors include one daughter, Virginia Inez Fowler of Olive Branch; two sons and daughters-in-law, Billy Ray and Erline Messner of Tishomingo, and Gary Gene and Judy Messner of Sunset, La.; two sisters, Mae O'Neal and Mary Gale Harmon, both of Savannah, Tenn.; three brothers, Homer "Boots" Howard and Ed Howard, both of Savannah, Tenn., and Raymond "Big Boy" Howard of Michie, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband; and two brothers, John Howard and Roosevelt Howard.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Coy Morrow

NEW SALEM Coy Morrow, 81, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at Gilmore Memorial Hospital in Amory. He was born March 9, 1919, in Itawamba County to the late Charlie and Willie Shaw Morrow. He was a construction worker for 30 years before retiring and served as a superintendent for JESCO. He was a veteran of World War II and a Methodist.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Senter Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Sammy Washburn and Bro. Lee Gardner officiating. Burial will be in New Salem Cemetery.

Survivors include two sons and daughters-in-law, Paul and Betty Morrow, and Steve and Lynn Morrow, all of Smithville; a daughter-in-law, Helen Morrow of Senatobia; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Elbert Morrow of Fulton.

He was preceded in death by is wife, Jewel Morrow; a son, Billy Morrow; and a granddaughter, Marsha Holloway.

Pallbearers will be Jeff Morrow, Tim Morrow, Steve Morrow, Andy Holloway, Brad Thompson and Steve Allen.

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

Laura England

BOONEVILLE Laura England, 60, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Booneville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Booneville Funeral Home.

Charles Pettit

HOUSTON Charles Kenneth Pettit, 72, died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, at Trace Regional Hospital in Houston. He was a native of Houston. He was a retired electrical serviceman and a Baptist.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Southern Funeral Chapel with Bro. Johnny Cherry officiating. Burial will be in Chickasaw Memorial Gardens.

Survivors include his mother, Sybil Walters Pettit of Houston; two daughters, Theresa Charlene Pomrenke and her husband, Lou, of Olive Branch and Belinda Joy Whitaker and her husband, Wayne, of Memphis; one son, James Allen Pettit and his wife, Janet, of Houston; two brothers, James "Boots" Pettit of Houston and Gordon "Smokey" Pettit of West Point; two sisters, Margie Hardin of West Point and Ludene Vaughn of Houston; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Shane Pettit, Brian Bouler, Timothy Bouler, Billy Watkins Jr., Keith Pettit and Daryl Love.

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