JoAnn Swekosky Dreiling, 74, passed away on April 24, 2016, at her home in Madison surrounded by her loving family. Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, JoAnn was raised in St. Louis, Missouri, where she graduated from the St. Louis City Hospital School of Nursing. It was there she met her husband, Dr. Bernard Joseph Dreiling. In 1969, they made their home in Jackson following a three-year tour of duty at Chelsea Naval Hospital in Boston. JoAnn loved to travel and was always up for an adventure. She was very active in her community and her church, and often said she was "going about my Father's business" as she touched the lives of many in need. This was readily apparent during her many years as a nurse at UMC Children's Rehabilitation Center. JoAnn was a dedicated friend and caring mother who loved her husband, children, grandchildren, family and friends with all her heart, just as they all loved her. Lifelong friendships were made in the St. Michael's Church Circle, the Pinola Playmates, the Aqua Bubbles Water Aerobics, the Natchez Trace Village Bunko and the Red Hat Ladies groups. She also led the "Soldiers of the Lord," a group of friends of her grandson, Jeffrey Andrew Rucker, Jr. Her influence on these individuals, who are now in their early twenties, will last their lifetime and "Nandy Stories" and "Nandy's Rules" will surely be passed on to their children. JoAnn served as a Eucharistic Minister and was a member of the M&M Bible Study group at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Dr. Bernard Joseph Dreiling; her two daughters, Karen Dreiling Barnes (Greg) of Madison and Elizabeth Dreiling Hontzas (Tim) of Birmingham, Alabama; and her two grandchildren, Jeffrey Andrew Rucker, Jr. and Athena Grace Hontzas. She is also survived by her brother, Frank Swekosky (Janet) of The Villages, Florida; as well as many nieces and nephews. JoAnn was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Francis Joseph Swekosky and Eone DeShazo Swekosky. The family would like to thank all of the caring physicians who treated JoAnn throughout her illness. A special thanks goes to Hospice Ministries and Assisting Angels for the wonderful care they provided during her final months. Visitation will begin at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, at Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Madison with a recitation of the Rosary scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Another visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 28, 2016, at Saint Francis of Assisi immediately followed by a celebration of the Mass of Christian Burial. Internment will follow at Jessamine Cemetery in Ridgeland. Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities Inc., 200 North Congress Street, Suite 100, Jackson, MS 39201 or to Eternal Word Television Network, 5817 Old Leeds Road, Irondale, AL 35210
Guy Davis passed away at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Jackson, MS on April 24, 2016 at the age of 81.He is survived by one son, Steve Davis (Teresa) of Brandon, MS and a granddaughter , Taylor Davis of Brandon, MS. In addition, he is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.Mr. Davis was born and raised in Lumberton, MS where he graduated from high school and was a 1959 graduate of Mississippi State University with a degree in forestry. He enjoyed spending time on his farm and had a passion for Mississippi state Football.A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 11 AM at the Davis family cemetery on County Farm Road near the Gum Pond community, Lumberton, MS. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. at the graveside. Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland is handling arrangements.
Kenneth Wayne Massengale, Ken/Kenny, 68 of the Ross Barnett Reservoir area in Brandon, MS passed away peacefully into Heaven surrounded by his family on April 7, 2016.
Earl Kenneth Wright, 81, died Sunday, February 28, 2016 at the VA Medical Center. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, March 3, 2016 at Sebrell Funeral Home with burial following in Rocky Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Louisville. Visitation will be held from 6 pm to 8 pm Wednesday and 10 am Thursday at the funeral home.
Terry Reid Johnson passed from this place and on to his eternal home on February 20, 2016 after succumbing slowly to the ravages of frontotemproral dementia. Terry was born on October 3, 1953 to James (deceased) and Frances (Buntin) Johnson in Fulton, Kentucky. Terry had two sisters, Carole (Johnson) Dallas (deceased) and Kay (Johnson) Hardy.
Suzanne Myers Carmody was born on November 13 1966. She passed away on February 19, 2016. She attended and graduated from Mississippi State University in 1991. She was preceded in death by her parents Raymond and Pat Myers.
Edwin A. Batte went to spend eternity with his Lord and Savior on February 20, 2016, six days after celebrating his 86th birthday. When first diagnosed with a fatal lung disease, he shared with family that he was only concerned with the process and not the end result because the surety of Christ's work that gave him the gift of eternal life. His faith was evident by his lifestyle and his example will continue to serve his family and friends. He loved his church, where he served as an Elder, and church family until his death.
Edwin was born in Jackson, MS on February 14, 1930 to John Carlisle and Edith Madolin Batte. He attended school in Jackson and graduated from Central High School after serving as Student Body President in his senior year. He went on to earn a business degree at The University of Mississippi and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Florida. He then started Edwin A. Batte Company, an insurance and real estate business, and spent the end of his working career with The Wellington Association after they purchased his business.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Madolin Megginson and Cordelia McMullan; and brother, John Carlisle Batte. He is survived by wife, Doris McAbee Batte; daughters Carol Ann (Johnny) Franklin and Jamie Goodwin; son, Eddie (Madonna) Batte; seven grandchildren; and eight great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 22, 2016 at Redeemer Presbyterian Church followed by a memorial service.
Memorials should be sent to Redeemer Church Jackson or French Camp Academy.
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John Richard Thames, 70, born October 23, 1945, passed away at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson, MS. A Lafayette, LA native, he was raised in Laurel, MS, the eldest of three children born to K.H. and Marietta Marsiglia Thames. He attended Laurel public schools and was a proud graduate of R.H. Watkins High School in Laurel. He also attended Jones County Community College, the University of Southern MS, and The University of Mississippi. An avid supporter of Ole Miss athletics, his blood ran red and blue.
After a whirlwind three months courtship, he married Nita Babb Thames on September 28, 1970. Known by his family as “JT”, “Dad”, and “Granddaddy”, he was most proud of his wife, Nita; his children, daughter, Brandon Thames Bransford of Atlanta, GA, son, Wade Thames of Oxford, MS, and daughter, Reagan Thames Spreafico (John a.k.a. Coonie), of Oxford, MS, as well as his precious grandchildren, Olivia, Lilah, and Mary Laine. He is also survived by brother, James Thames (Claire) of New Roads, LA; and sister, Mary Denise Thames of Baton Rouge, LA.
He was preceded in death by his parents, K.H. and Marietta Marsiglia Thames of New Roads, LA.
Visitation will be Friday, February 19th from noon until 2 p.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church, Madison, MS, with funeral services following at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at the Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Madison.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Catholic Church, Madison, MS.
Kelly Truitt Page of Terry MS passed from this life into Heaven on Feb 12, 2016 in his home. He was surrounded by his loving, devoted wife Anita Ann Page and son Kevin Page and other friends and family.
Kelly was born on May 28, 1959 in Pascagoula, MS weighting only 2 lbs. and 7 oz. He attended Magnolia Speech School and MS School for the Deaf in Jackson, MS. He was employed at the MS. State Fire Fighters Academy for 20 years. He will be remembered as a kind, loving person who was always willing to help. He was a member of Pine Lake Baptist Church in Flowood/Brandon and was an avid University of Alabama and NASCAR fan.
He is pre-ceded in death by his grandparents Clifton and Erma Lee Hawthorne and Harvey and Euna Mae Page all of Pascagoula, MS. Survivors include his wife Anita and son Kevin of Terry, MS, brother Kerry C. Page (Jana) of Oxford, MS mother Geraldine Warden (Melvin D.) and father Harvey T (Nonnie) of Pascagoula, MS father and mother in law Eugene and Rebeca Pickering of Terry brother and sister in laws Lanny and Amber Pickering. He leaves a host of friends and relatives including Megan Barber, Shirley Thornton, Lori Reed, Janis Blackledge and Bobbie Cole.
Services will be Tuesday, Feb 16 at Pine Lake Baptist Church in Brandon with visitation at 12 noon and services at 1:00 pm. Interment is at Rosemont Memorial Garden in Jackson, MS. Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland, MS is in charge of the service. www.sebrellfuneralhome.com
Kathy Murray Smith Stamey, 57, died January 3, 2015 peacefully at home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, January 6, 2014 at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland with burial following in Natchez Trace Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Mrs. Stamey was born on December 31, 1957, in Jackson; the daughter of the late Charles Walter Smith and Mary Jeane Echols Smith. A longtime resident of Jackson, she served for 15 years as the manager of the Van Mark Apartment in Ridgeland. She was a cherished wife, a beloved mother, a devoted grandmother. Mrs. Stamey enjoyed traveling and spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Stamey touched the lives of many people, from her lifelong friends and colleagues to residents, she always selflessly gave to others. She will be missed but remembered for her unconditional love and support.
Along with her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Keith Smith. Survivors include husband, Robert Stamey of Madison; daughter, Audree Posey Torrez and husband Carlos of Naples, FL; son, Rob Stamey and wife Angela of Madison; son, Brad Stamey of Madison; grandchildren, Bella Torrez, Harry Torrez, Jacob Torrez, Alexa Stamey, Christiaan Stamey and sisters, Kim Beasley of Madison and Karen Perrett of Pelahatchie, MS. Donations can be made in her name to The Kira Foundation at thekirafoundation.org which sends buckets of love to childhood cancer patients and cancer research.
Michael Anthony Camardelle, 49, died Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at home. A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at 3:00 p.m. Friday, January 18, 2013 at St. James’ Episcopal Church. Visitation will begin at 2:00 p.m. in Fowler Hall
William (Bill) David McAdam, Sr., 70, passed away at Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland on December 29, 2012 after a brief fight with cancer and related complications. Visitation will be held at St. Jude Catholic Church, 399 Barrow Street, Pearl, MS on Saturday, January 5, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 p.m., with a Funeral Mass beginning at 1:00 p.m. A private burial service will be held at a later date. Bill was born in West Palm Beach, FL and grew up in Pensacola, FL where he graduated from Pensacola High School. He later moved to MS and has since resided in Madison and Rankin County. He is survived by daughter, Laura McAdam Pickel, (son-in-law, Paul Pickel) of Pearl, Mississippi; son, William David McAdam, Jr., (daughter-in-law, Nicole McAdam) of Mobile, Alabama; and daughter, Susan McAdam Morgan, (son-in-law Jonathan Morgan) of Slaughter, Louisiana. He is survived by five grandchildren, Caleb Bradford, Alec Pickel and Jessica Pickel of Pearl, MS; and Cade and Elise Morgan of Slaughter, LA. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas W. McAdam, (sister-in-law Francis McAdam) of Danbury, Texas and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Major Edward Haywood McAdam and Jean Welles McAdam, along with his brother, Edward Haywood McAdam, Jr. Bill loved his friends and family. He enjoyed being a member of the MS Peacemakers Single Action Shooting Society and deep sea fishing. In his earlier years, he earned his pilot’s license to fly single engine planes, and flying was one of his passions and favorite pastimes. Our family wishes to thank the staff of Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, Dr. Rebekah Moulder and her staff and Mid Delta Home Health and Staff.
Lacy Rees Baker, mother, grandmother, sister, teacher and devoted friend to so many, passed away Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, at the Baptist Medical Center from heart failure at the age of 81. She was surrounded by family, friends and dedicated health professionals who had worked with her the past few years as she struggled with complicated health issues.
A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Wells Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson, followed by a visitation.
Ms. Baker, a long-time teacher in the Jackson Public School system, was born Dec. 5, 1931, in Hattiesburg, Miss., to John Lacy and Myrna Rees. She was the first grandchild on her mother’s side and was showered with love and affection by numerous doting aunts and uncles, mostly in the family hometown of Brooklyn, Miss.
The Rees family moved to Jackson in 1948 where Ms. Baker graduated from Central High School and attended Millsaps College. She met Lee Baker at Millsaps, and the two married in 1952 and conceived two children. Although divorced in 1981, the two were lifelong friends until Mr. Baker’s death in 2003.
A graduate of Shurtleff College in Alton, Ill., Ms. Baker received a master’s degree from Mississippi College in 1971. She started teaching at the old Forest Hill School when it was a 1-12 complex, and moved to Timberlawn Elementary in 1971. She spent her entire career teaching second graders and was also very active in the professional organizations for teachers before retiring in 1996.
She loved to travel and saw much of the United States by car. She was also an avid sports fan, attending thousands of games during her lifetime. Although her former husband was considered the writer in the family, it was actually Lacy who was published in Sports Illustrated when a letter she wrote to the editor was included in the January 10, 1955, issue. At the time, the publication was in its second year of existence and Ms. Baker was confronting magazine leadership about the elaborate story it did on coaches’ wives. Although she held nothing against them, she just wanted to point out that sportswriters’ wives had a much harder road since their husbands were never out of season.
Ms. Baker also loved to read, work in the garden and spend time with friends. She looked forward to Fridays, when her maid and close friend of 55 years – Earlene Ainsworth – would come. Many times, Earlene’s husband John Earl would accompany his wife to work in the yard, and Lacy loved them both for their lifetime of friendship and service.
The family is especially grateful for Lacy’s long life since 27 years ago, she had a brush with death when her heart stopped while walking her dog on Riverside Drive. A local oral surgeon, Dr. Donald Seago, was driving by, saw her fall and rushed back to administer CPR. She is survived by a brother, Terry Dalton Rees and his wife Greta Bo of Dallas, Texas; a daughter Lacy Lee Baker and her husband Jay Miller of Louisville, Ky., and their daughter Nikki Miller, a senior at Lake Forest College; a son John Bailey Baker, his wife Marty Gloyna, and their son Thelonius (9) of Bozeman, Mt.; and Lacy’s friend and caregiver Craig Cullum of Jackson.
In addition, Lacy is survived by her loving church family. She was known for her beautiful smiles and her gift of encouraging words. To honor her church and its continuing work, please send donations to Wells Church, UMC, in lieu of flowers, located at 2019 Bailey Avenue, Jackson, Miss., 39213.
Elizabeth Ann Thomas Mills, 76, died Sunday, December 2, 2012, at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson after a brief fight with cancer and related complications. “Liz” was born, raised and lived for most of her life in Greenville, Mississippi. Born to Lebanese immigrant and dry goods, real estate, and cable company businessman William Thomas, Sr., and Mehiba Solomon Thomas on May 24, 1936, she was graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1954. Socializing at the age of 18 with high school friends on the Mississippi River levee, this stunning young lady met Lowell Price “Tommy” Mills of Richmond, Indiana, who was stationed at Greenville Air Force Base. She never let him return home. At first explaining slyly to her parents that the 21 year old Air Force Cadet Mills - controversially not of Lebanese descent - was her “tutor”, Liz and Tommy were soon married on August 1, 1954 at St. James Episcopal Church in Greenville. They were later stationed in Great Falls, Montana, Del Rio and Lubbock, Texas and Glendale, Arizona before returning home in October, 1956 with two baby daughters in tow.
A precious wife, mother and grandmother, Jewel Bridges Odom went to be with our Heavenly Father on Sunday, November 18, 2012 at University of Mississippi Medical Center. Jewel was retired from the U.S. Postal service where she worked for 20 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Flora where she shared her beautiful voice with her church family for many years. Jewel received a bone marrow transplant and fought multiple myeloma for four years. Her life was a living testament for Jesus and she wanted that to shine so others could see His grace through her life. Jewel loved her family. She lived and breathed for her husband, children and grandchildren. Jewel was preceded in death by her parents, Kermit and Christine Bridges. She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Tommy Odom of Flora, her son Michael Odom (wife Christy) of Madison, daughter Allyson Odom Mize (husband Bubba) of Oxford, 3 sisters, Linda Williams (husband Larry), Ruth Hammack (husband Lee), Robin Prestage (husband Bill), and sister-in-law Betty Clifford all of Flora, 5 grandchildren, Mary Blair Odom, Brady Odom, Meredith Odom, Trustin Mize, Kruse Mize, and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Wednesday, November 21, 2012, at First Baptist Church of Flora at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Joe Cole officiating. A visitation will be at the church from 9:30a.m. - 11:00 a.m. prior to the service. A graveside service will follow at Flora Cemetery. Memorials can be made to First Baptist Church of Flora at P.O. Box 163, Flora, MS 39071.
Paul Varnado, 76, of Raymond took his final flight Sunday, November 4, 2012, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center surrounded by his family. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Jackson First with graveside services following at Raymond Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm Wednesday and 11:00 am Thursday all at the church. Paul was born to Wilma (Saucier) and Elijah Varnado on June 23, 1936, in Poplarville, Mississippi. He graduated from Savannah High School and joined the U.S. Navy shortly thereafter. Paul moved to Jackson and began work in the consumer finance business opening his own business, ABC Finance Corp., in 1967, which he still owned and managed at the time of his death. Paul earned his pilot’s license in 1960; flying was his passion and favorite pastime. He owned several airplanes over the years, but his favorite was his prized Cessna 180. He was the Southeast Director for the International Cessna 180/185 Club. He accepted the Lord as his Savior in 1980 and was a member of Jackson First Assembly serving faithfully as a board member for many years. Pastor Otis Moore was not only his pastor, but he was one of Paul’s dearest friends. Paul is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kathy (Eisenhauer); three sons and one daughter-in-law: Dennis and wife, Pam of Bossier City, LA; Jason of Raymond; and Eric of Gulfport. His youngest son, Tyler, went to Heaven on October 22, 2007, and we are certain there was a joyous reunion on Sunday morning. Other survivors include a granddaughter, Sarah Varnado; grandsons, Blake Miley and Reece Varnado; and a great-granddaughter, Sophie Grace Miley. Paul is also survived by brothers and sisters-in-law Janet and Larry Damme, Mike and Lorraine Eisenhauer, Judy and Arlin Brinkman, and Dean and Maria Eisenhauer; godson, Callum Cerny; spiritual godmother, Frances Langley; his dog, Greta; and many, many nieces, nephews and friends. Paul loved to laugh, and he loved life. He was a success at everything he pursued, building his own underground house, airport, and hangar. But his biggest acomplishments in life were his relationships with God, his wife, and his children. Paul served them with his entire heart. He leaves a legacy of love, devotion, friendship, humor, wisdom and wit that were his and his alone. To say that Paul will be missed is an incredible understatement. He took a portion of all of us with him. But, if we live our lives with a fraction of the passion he had for God and family, we will join him for all eternity. And, THAT DEFINES A SUCCESSFUL LIFE.
Gerald "Doc" Brent passed away on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at his cousin's home. Doc worked for over 30 years as a
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Bill was an accountant for 50 years, 42 of which were at Eubank, Betts, Hirn, and Wood. He's been a member of FBC-Jackson since 1969 where he served as Chairman of Deacons, Life Deacon, Sunday School Teacher and he also chaired and served on numerous committees. He also served in the community on several boards and civic organizations including Baptist Hospital where he just finished serving as Chairman of the Board. He also received numerous awards and recognitions for his service and commitment to the Metro Jackson community. But above all else, Bill was not a fan but a completely committed follower of Jesus Christ. He is survived by his wife of 45 years whom he loved with all his heart, Sandra; his son Brett Eubank (Denise) of Nixa, MO; his son Brad Eubank (Rebecca) of Petal, MS; his son Bryan Eubank (Cyndi) of Madison, MS; and granddaughters Gracie Eubank, Lila Eubank, Anna Sloan Eubank; and grandsons William Eubank, Matthew Eubank, Bryan Eubank and Jackson Eubank. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews and cousins.There will be a burial ceremony for close friends and family in the Parkway Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday, October 17, from 3:00 until 7:00pm, at First Baptist Church in Jackson.A Celebration of Life Service for Bill Eubank, Jr., 72, of Madison, will be at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 18, at First Baptist Church in Jackson. If you choose to honor the life and legacy of Bill, please do so in an eternal investment of one of the following instead of flowers: JA Athletics Booster Club (4908 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211), Petal FBC (where Brad is pastor - 992 Hwy 42, Petal, MS, 39465), Grace Hill Church, Nixa, MO (where Brett is pastor - 1006 West Pembrook, Nixa, MO, 65714), and Jackson
Robert Sharkey Withers, III, 69, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 5, 2012 after a brief battle with cancer. A native of Jackson, MS he was born on Christmas Day, 1942. He graduated from Murrah High School in 1960, attended Mississippi State University and served in the United States Army. During his career in Jackson he was active in the
A native of New Orleans, Mr. Burckel graduated from LSU/UNO and served his country in the United States Marine Corps. An accomplished club manager of 45 years, Mr. Burckel was a member of CMAA (Club Managers Association of America). He achieved the status of Certified Club Manager and was a member of the Honor Society. Mr. Burckel retired from the Country Club of Jackson after 25 years of faithful service.
David Allen Mapp of Brandon died Friday after a long, courageous fight with cancer. He was 57. Visitation services will be held today from 4-6 p.m. at Sebrell
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