Donald Wayne Balthis, 84, died Friday, January 9, 2015 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. A private graveside service will be held Monday, January 12, 2015 at Lakeland Place Garden Park Cemetery in Brandon.
Mr. Balthis was born on October 2, 1930 in Bristol, TN; the son of the late Wilburn A. Balthis and Rosa Lee Balthis. He served his country for 40 years in the USAF, serving first for 4 years on active duty and 37 in the civil service.
Survivors include: his wife of 60 years, Mary Balthis of Brandon; daughter, Patsy Balthis Cobb and husband Jimmy and their children, Corrie and Derek Cobb all of Steen, MS; daughter, Doni Balthis of Flowood and her son Douglas Shannon both of Brandon; son, David Balthis and wife Bunny and his children, Ashley Balthis, Megan Stokes and Mandy Balthis all of Jackson, MS; daughter, Lenora Balthis of Ridgeland; son, Michael Balthis and wife Robin and son Grayson Balthis all of Columbus; son, Andy Balthis of Flowood; sister, Gerry Baker of Bristol, VA; sister, Janet Brown and husband Doug, brother, Larry Balthis and wife Ginny, sister, Norma Smith all of Bristol, TN; brother, Randall Balthis of Atlanta, GA; sister, Linda Booker and husband Eddie of Bristol, TN and numerous nieces and nephews.
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.
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Barbara Jane Van Hooser Muncy, 80, died peacefully at her home in Jackson, MS, on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. A memorial service, celebrating her life, will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 3, 2015 at All Saints Episcopal church, located at 147 Daniel Lake Boulevard in Jackson and will be followed by fellowship for family and friends.
With her passing, Barbara is reunited with her parents, Robert Edward Van Hooser and Inez Russell Van Hooser, her husband James Paul Muncy, and her sister Elizabeth Van Hooser Barton. She is survived by her brother, Robert Edward “Buddy” Van Hooser, Jr. (Jo), her children Nancy Muncy Beacham, Melissa Ann Nelson (Scott Essex), James Paul Muncy, Jr., and John Eric Muncy (Darlene), and her grandchildren Haley Jennings Bradley (Eric Moore), Emily Clair Bradley, Rebecca Ann Beacham, Barbara Alyson Muncy Jack (Kevin), Alexander Dylan Bradley, Christopher Russell Beacham, and James Andrew Muncy.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to her kind and patient friends at the Sykes Park Senior Center, the loving congregation of All Saints Episcopal Church, and Latoria, Brenda, and all the staff of Sta-Home Hospice who worked so hard to keep her comfortable during her final months.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Church of Jackson, MS.
Kenneth Rowan Kerr, Jr., 79, died on May 30, 2014, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. His memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at First United Methodist Church in Clinton, MS, with visitation beginning at 2 p.m. Ken was born on November 4, 1934, in Glendale, CA, the son of the late Kenneth R. Kerr, Sr., and Janet B. Kerr. He grew up in Wilmette, IL, and graduated from New Trier High School. After his family moved to Florida, he completed his education at Florida Southern College. Several years later, he married the love of his life, Carolyn Bailey, of St. Petersburg, FL. After several job-related relocations, they decided to make their home and raise their two daughters in Jackson, MS. Following his retirement from the insurance industry, he worked part-time for a local hobby store and then a local florist. He enjoyed playing tennis and gardening until his health prevented him from doing so. He was a long-time member of Epworth United Methodist Church in Jackson until it closed several years ago, and then he became a member of First United Methodist Church in Clinton. He will be remembered for his friendly and outgoing personality and his giving spirit. Ken was preceded in death by his parents and his younger brother, Thomas B. Kerr. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn B. Kerr; his daughters, Kathryn K. Burgess (Greg) of Clinton and Karen K. Land (David) of Brandon; and his four grandchildren, Brendan and Andrew Burgess and Ryan and Megan Land. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to suggest memorials be made to Parkinson's research foundations and/or to any local or national animal shelters/charities. Visit www.sebrellfuneralhome.com for online guestbook.
Charles Joseph Hannan, III, 78, died March 6, 2014 at UMC. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday at Lakewood Memorial Park. A veteran, he served his country in the USMC and worked as a truck driver. He is survived by his wife, Peggy; children, Charles, Sylvia, Alesia and George; 5 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren and sister, Carol.
Patricia Anne Windham, 71, died March 6, 2014 at UMC. A private famil service will be held Monday. Patricia was born on August 13, 1942, in Port Sulphur, LA, the daughter of the late Nile Sandford and Helen Lopez. She is also preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Treadway.
Ruben Thurman (R.T.) Hollis, 83 of Carthage, MS went to be with our Lord on December 14, 2013. He was surrounded by his family and friends. Visitation will be at Trinity Baptist Church in Carthage, MS on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. The funeral service will begin at 1 P.M. and will be followed by a graveside service at Leake Memorial Gardens. R.T was born on September 8, 1930 in Edinburg, MS. He grew up in that area attending Edinburg High School and for the most part making Carthage, MS his hometown. He was an active member at Trinity Baptist Church, where he spent many hours serving in many different capacities. R.T was loved by many and will always be remembered as a "considerate soul" who loved his family and friends, but most of all he loved the Lord. He was an avid fisherman and spent many hours catching fish and cooking them. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Gleva Hollis; Sister, Billie Jean Phillps Westerhold (Walter) of Starkville, MS; sister Betty Sue Kea (Wendell) of Huntsville, AL; brother Jimmy Dale Hollis (Frances) of Edinburg, MS; sister Sammie Russell (William Lee) of Carthage, MS; son Randal Hollis, of Brandon, MS; daughter Brenda Latham (Bobby) of Forest, MS; daughter Gina Hollis of Philadelphia, MS; son Terry Hollis (Becky) of Brandon, MS; and son Jon T. Hollis (Sherry) of Cypress, TX. He is also survived by ten grandchildren, Shannon Hollis; Christopher Latham; Jennifer Hollis; Jay Hollis(Tonya); Brandon Latham; Maneka Jones (Dustin); Ashley Hollis; Lauren Riviere (Anthony); and Hannah Burnham, five great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. He was preceded in death by his parents, Sam and Opal Hollis; brother Grady Hollis and granddaughter Sheena Crumbley. Pallbearers for the service will be Chris Bilbro, David Hayes, Christopher Latham, Jay Hollis, Brandon Latham, and Bradley McNeece. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church Transportation Fund, 208 Oakhill Drive, Carthage, MS 39051. A very heartfelt thanks goes to Shannon Hollis for the loving care she has given to her grandfather during the past months.
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FormerMississippiGovernorBillAllaindiedMonday,December2atSt.DominicMemorial HospitalinJacksonattheageof85. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12 Noon Saturday, December 7, 2013 at St. Mary Basilica in Natchez with burial at the Natchez City Cemetery. Gov. Allain will lie in state in state on Friday, December 6, 2013 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Mississippi State Capital. A state memorial service will begin at 3:00 p.m.
Phyllis Lynn Fox Britt of Jackson, MS went to be with her Savior Jesus Christ on July 14, 2013 at the age of 62. She was born to the late Stacy Jordan Fox and Ida Grace Watkins Fox of Northeast Jackson. She was born at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, MS on Feb. 2, 1951, during the Great Ice Storm. They were members of First Presbyterian Church, P.C.A., where she was baptized. She attended St. Andrews Pre-School and her remaining school years at Jackson Public Schools, where she graduated at Calloway Senior High as Class Favorite, Best in Art, Best in Drama. She loved to paint and act, which were her fortes. Upon graduating from Calloway, she received her B.F.A. from the Memphis College of Arts and then returned to Jackson to teach art in the Quarter’s Fox Art Studio. She subsequently worked as paste-up artist at the Northside Sun newspaper and Hederman Brother’s Printing Company. She married George Steven Britt of Brookhaven in 1979, and they were blessed with one daughter, Cameron Grace, born at Baptist Hospital in Jackson. The family lived in Brookhaven for all of Cammie’s school years. They loved being members of Faith Presbyterian Church, P.C.A., where Phyllis taught primary children’s Sunday School and sang in the choir for many years. Cammie was baptized at Faith Presbyterian Church by Dr. Shelton Sanford. Rev. Rob Oates was also instrumental in their family. Phyllis was a lifetime member of Brookhaven’s Junior Auxiliary and was active for six years. She loved being part of such a phenomenal group of women, and favorite memories included the “Peel ‘Em and Eat ‘Em Shrimp Dinner” fundraiser, the R.I.F. reading program and acted in many plays for children. Phyllis and Steve returned to Jackson in 1999 where she worked several years as a substitute teacher for Jackson Public Schools. Phyllis first received a diagnosis of breast cancer in 2003 and has been fighting this horrendous disease in addition to lung cancer and eventual brain cancer ever since then. Survivors include her daughter, Cammie Grace Bullock (Derek) of Gulfport; her granddaughter Kate Taylor of Gulfport; brother Dr. John Steven Fox (Deb) of Boise, ID; her husband George as well as his brothers and sister and numerous nieces and nephews that she loved. She was fully loved by her close family of aunts, uncles and cousins that are all part of the Watkins family. Being a member of the Watkins family has been an encouragement, inspiration and blessing her entire life and she has adored every minute being part of such a gracious, caring family. Special thanks extended to all of her many doctors in Jackson and the staffs of Baptist Hospital who gave her many more days to see all the beauty of the world. Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Ley, Dr. Shumaker, Dr. Wahl, Dr. Johnson, Dr. Runnels, Dr. Ingram, Dr. McVey, and her favorite dentist, Ed Redding, D.D.S., who has been a friend and inspiration all her life. Her only surviving aunt, Mrs. Ann Sudduth, 86 years old, has been an important inspiration and comfort to her. Aside from Cammie and Kate Taylor, her love has been with Gracie, a special daschund from Mississippi State, who has been her constant companion and loyal guard dog for 12 years. Her two cats, Soxie and Travelor have entertained her so much and made her laugh in her darkest days. Visitation will be held Friday, July 19th at Sebrell Funeral Home in Jackson from 12-2 pm. A graveside service will be held at Lakewood Memorial Cemetery at 2:30 pm. Longtime family friend Ben McClain, an ordained elder in the P.C.A., will present the message of our only hope in Christ at the graveside service. She loves flowers, especially pale pink roses, but if you’d like to leave a memoriam in her name, please send it to “Domestic Violence Jackson Women’s Shelter for Battered Families”, 200 N. Congress St., Suite 100 Jackson, MS 39201 or First Presbyterian Church of Gulfport, 10885 O’Neal Road, Gulfport, MS 39503.
James Forrest Cagle, 72, died July 14, 2013, at home surrounded by his family. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, July 18, 2013, at the chapel of Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland. A Masonic graveside service will follow at Jessamine Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home and will continue at 1:00 p.m. Thursday.
Mr. Cagle was born on November 18, 1940, in Louisville, MS, the son of the late Forrest and Fleda Cagle. A graduate of East Central Community College, he worked for over 30 years for Entergy (MP&L) as a lineman in the Rankin and Madison county offices. Mr. Cagle was an avid Mississippi State fan. He was a member of the Wahabi Shrine and was active in the clown unit, serving numerous times as Captain of the unit. Mr. Cagle assisted transporting many children to the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children in Shreveport, LA, and Galveston, TX. He was a member of the Leavell Woods Masonic Lodge # 620, where he is a Past Master. He was a Member of Local IBEW #605. He was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and was recognized as a true grandson of confederate hero, Private James Pinkney Cagle.
Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Deane Cagle.
Survivors include: son, Louis Daniel Barksdale (Nancy) of Brandon; son, Herchell Byron Roebuck of Scott, LA; daughter, Regenia Roebuck Johnson of Gluckstadt; son, Mark Everette Roebuck (Becky) of Meridian; son, William Kelly Hyde of Ocoee, FL; daughter, Renae Cagle Grissett of Ridgeland; 14 grandchildren; 13 great grandchildren; brother, Steven Gage Cagle of Louisville; sisters, Sara Cagle Crawford of Marion, AR; Rebecca Cagle Carson of Louisville; Dorothy Cagle McDaniel of Marion, AR; numerous nieces and nephews and special friend Donna Beatty of Pulaski.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriner's Hospitals for Children, c/o Wahabi Shrine, 4123 I-55 South, Jackson, MS, 39212.
Susan Ellen Schultz Ward, age 71of Jackson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 9, 2013. She was born to the late Sudie Godwin and Jack Locke Schultz on June 29, 1942. Suellen attended St. Andrew's Episcopal School, graduated from Murrah High School in 1960, before attending Millsaps College where she was a member of Kappa Delta. She was an active member in the community and was a longtime member of the Junior League of Jackson and the Debutant Club of Mississippi, making her debut in 1961. She was a parishioner of St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral where she sang in the choir in the early 2000s. Before she left full time work to raise her children, she worked at her family's landmark clothing stores Sudie's and Hardwicks, both located in the Woodland Hills Shopping Center in Fondren. Suellen is survived by her children Gayden "Locke" Ward (Melanie) and Ellen Ward Gomila (Lawson), grandchildren Mary Pender Ward and Henley Hodges Gomila. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends. Visitation will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Cathedral in the Parish Hall from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2013. Services will follow in the cathedral at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to The National Psoriasis Foundation.
George Reames Rogers, 59, died Saturday, July 6, 2013 at home. A private memorial service will be held. George was born on February 3, 1954 in Jackson, the son of William and Lavine Rogers. A graduate of Calloway High School, George served his country as a member of the United States Marine Corps. He was an avid fisherman and excellent leather craftsman. He cherished spending time with his family and friends. George attended First Baptist Church of Madison. He is preceded in death by his father, William Reames Rogers and sister, Cynthia Ann White.
Survivors include: daughter, Amanda Rogers of Atlanta, GA; mother, Lavine Rogers of Madison; sister, Terri Smith and husband Rick of Madison; brother, Matthew Rogers of Orange Beach, AL; niece Kristen Smith and nephew John S. White both of Madison. Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 106 Riverview Dr., Flowood, MS 39232.
Robert D. (Buddy) Ellis, 65, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013 at home. A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland with burial following in Brownsville Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013 and 12 Noon Saturday at the funeral home. Mr. Ellis was born on September 8, 1947, in Bolton, the son of the late Charles and Martha Ellis. A veteran, Mr. Ellis retired from the US Army. After retirement, he worked for J.E. Carter of Clinton. He was a member of the Pocahontas Baptist Church. Mr. Ellis enjoyed fishing, camping and cooking. He cherished spending time with his family and friends. He will most be remembered as a beloved husband, a loving father, a devoted grandfather, brother and friend. Survivors include: his wife, Lisa of Bolton; daughter, Toni Killens (Larry) of Bolton; son, Robby Ellis (Ashley) of Jacksonville, NC; daughter, Mandy Forrest (Matt) of Bolton; son, Danny Ellis of Bolton; grandchildren, Ayden and Rylee Ellis both of Jacksonville, NC; Avery Sullivan of Bolton; sisters, Elaine Bates (Curtis) of Jackson; Nona Frost of Pearl; Penny McElvoy of Polkville; Denise Machost of Brookhaven; brother, Rusty Ellis of Bolton and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Pocahontas Baptist Church, 4200 Kickapoo Road Jackson, Mississippi 39209.
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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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