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franklin county times


By Staff
SAN ANTONIO Memorial services for Wayne M. Gressett will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pine Forest Baptist Church in Collinsville, Miss. Interment of his ashes will be held at a later date in Biloxi National Cemetery.
Mr. Gressett, 54, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, in San Antonio. He was born on April 12, 1946, in Meridian to Monroe and Ruth (Jones) Gressett.
He was president and CEO of ETS K-12 Works, a subsidiary of Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J. He attended East Mississippi Junior College and received his bachelor's degree, two master's degrees, and a Ph.D degree in Educational Psychology/School Psychology from Mississippi State University.
He served in the U.S. Air Force attaining the rank of SGT-E4. He was a long-time resident of Starkville, holding several positions with the Special Education Division of the Mississippi State Department of Education and with Oktibbeha County (MS) Schools. He left his position as Assistant Superintendent of Oktibbeha County Schools in 1989 and joined The Psychological Corporation, a test publishing company, as the measurement consultant for Mississippi and Alabama. He also served as an adjunct professor for the Meridian Branch of Mississippi State University. While residing in Mississippi, Wayne served on numerous task forces and committees for the State Department of Education. He served as Campaign Chairperson for North Mississippi for gubernatorial candidate, Ray Mabus.
Mr. Gressett was selected as a participant in the 46th Annual Superintendents Work Conference, Teachers College, and Columbia University (1987). In 1992 he moved to the San Antonio office of The Psychological Corporation as Director of Clinical Sales and Marketing. He held several other positions during his employment with The Psychological Corporation, the most recent being vice president for sales and marketing for Harcourt Educational Measurement. He was named president and CEO of ETS K-12 Works in September 2000. Wayne was a member of several professional organizations, including the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). He received several awards from NASP for his personal and corporate support of its Minority Scholarship Program, and was recently appointed chair of the Minority Scholarship Advisory Committee.
He is survived by his wife, Jan Ruthven Gressett of San Antonio; a son, Shane Gressett and his wife, Kathryn Primm, of Chattanooga, Tenn.; two sisters, Faye Lee and her husband, Jimmy, of Collinsville and Sara Gressett of Winter Park, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the NASP Minority Scholarship Fund, 4340 East West Hwy, #402, Bethesda, MD 20814 (make check payable to NASP Minority Scholarship Fund), or to the Avis Jan Ruthven Award, College of Education, MSU Foundation Inc., Attention: Cathy Lammons, P.O. Drawer 6149, Mississippi State, MS 39762 (make check payable to MSU Foundation, Inc.).
Retired nurse with Missouri State Hospital
Graveside services for Floyd L. Chambers will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at Coker's Chapel Cemetery with the Rev. Scott Crenshaw officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Chambers, 89, of Missouri, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Farmington Manor. He was raised in the Vimville Community, the son of the late Tom and Ida Chambers. Mr. Chambers was a veteran of World War II and served with distinction in the U.S. Army. Mr. Chambers resided in Missouri for the past 60 years and retired from the Missouri State Hospital System.
Survivors include two brothers, Eural Chambers and Joe L. Chambers, both of Meridian; and several nieces and nephews.
Retired electrician with Atlas Roofing
Services for Robert Earl Tucker will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Wyatt Harvey officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Mr. Tucker, 79, of Meridian, died Tuesday, April 10, 2001, at Riley Hospital. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and member of the local electrical union.
Survivors include his wife, Pattie Evelyn Tucker of Meridian; two sons, Robert E. Tucker of Gulfport and William G. Tucker of California; a brother, William Tucker of Meridian; two grandchildren, Michele Pearson and Michael Tucker; three stepdaughters, Eloise Page, Sharron Harrison and Patricia Gouch; a stepson, George Pippin; three great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Addie D. and Imogene Tucker.
Pallbearers will be Robert E. Tucker, William G. Tucker, Michael R. Tucker, John Pearson, Micky Harrison and John Pippin.
Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
GREENWOOD Services for Ernest "Bubba" Corder Jr. will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Williams and Lord Chapel with the Rev. Jeff Floyd officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Cemetery in Carroll County.
Mr. Corder, 39, of McCarley, died Monday, April 9, 2001, in Greenwood.
Survivors include a daughter, Leisha Hall of Pope; a brother, Roger Wayne Corder of McCarley; four sisters, Diana Hawkins of North Carrollton, Patricia Griffin of Greenwood, Mary Nell Dungan of Southaven and Lona Kay Boyd of Meridian; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.