OBITUARIES FOR TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2001
Retired U.S. Navy
Services for Jay Lucy will be held Thursday, April 12, at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Dr. Thad Moore and Arthur Middleton officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Lucy, 88, of Meridian, died Monday, April 9, 2001, at Guardian Angel Hospice. He was retired from the U.S. Navy with 20 years of service and Kennedy Space Center with 20 years of service. He and his wife, celebrated 55 years of matrimony on March 23, 2001.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Dearman Lucy and a son, Curtis D. Lucy and his wife, Gail, all of Meridian; a daughter, Linda K. Middleton and her husband, Arthur, of Olympia, Wash.; grandchildren, Joseph Lucy and his wife, Jennifer, Theresa Lucy, Joy Middleton and Faith Middleton; great-grandchildren, Laurin, John David, Katie, Joey and Christopher; a brother, Mack Lucy of Orlando, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and seven siblings.
The family requests memorials be made to Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church.
Pallbearers were Don Lucy, Murray Clark, Pat Harris, Sydney Gibson, Steven Lucy, Ronnie Byrd, Hapin Byrd and Bill Blanks.
Honorary pallbearers were Joey Lucy and Doc Davis.
CHARLES LAVELLE LIGHTSEY
QUITMAN Services for Charles Lavelle Lightsey were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Wright's Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. George Pugh and Dr. Tommy Davis officiating. Burial was to be in Pachuta Cemetery.
Mr. Lightsey, 77, of Pachuta, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, in his home. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Marines.
Survivors include his wife, Mary McGowan Lightsey and a son, Charles Dale Lightsey, both of Pachuta; two brothers, Beverly Lightsey of Quitman and Howard Lightsey of Pachuta; three sisters, Charlene Jones of McLean, Va., Bertilde Patterson of Memphis, Tenn. and Velda Roberts of Meridian; and two grandchildren.
FLORENCE ESTELLE RICH
Graveside services for Florence Estelle Rich were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Russell Luquire officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Rich, 92, of Meridian, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at Guardian Angel Hospice.
Survivors include a son, Virgil Harris and a daughter, Dorothy Kelly, both of Meridian; two granddaughters, Elizabeth Manning of Lafayette, La. and Rebecca Worrell of Jackson; three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Retired foreman for Entex Gas Company
NEWTON Services for Floyd McGee will be held today at 2 p.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Steve Robinson and James Galloway officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. McGee, 67, of Newton, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was employed 34 years with Entex Gas Company. Mr. McGee was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, served as a Deacon and was a member of the Cedar Grove Singers. He served in the U.S. Air Force.
Survivors include his wife, Martha McGee of Newton; a brother, James McGee of Decatur; three nieces, Gwen VanSeiver of Biloxi, Margaret Russell of Newton and Susan Gamble of Nashville; two great-nieces, Ellen Little and Jessica Russell, a great-nephew, Eric Russell and a great-great-niece, Chloe Little, all of Newton.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvester and Lillie Mae Skinner McGee and a brother, Lloyd McGee.
Pallbearers will be Brent Mayes, Douglas Mayes, Butch Meaders, Donnie Powell, Chris Craven and Paul Craven.
Honorary pallbearers will be Tom Craven, Bud Williams, Terry Tedder, Pat Finnegan, Wiley Walker, Bill Eldridge and friends of Cedar Grove Baptist Church.
Eye Clinic doctor's assistant
Services for Ruby Williams will be held today at 11 a.m. at Union Baptist Church in Clarke County with the Rev. John Edward officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Williams, 85, of Clarke County, died Saturday, April 14, 2001, in her home.
Survivors include three sons, James F. Williams and his wife, Virginia, of Starkville, Reece Williams of Columbus and Larry Williams and his wife, Faye, of Meridian; three daughters, Esther Moulds and her husband, Morris, of Meridian, Carolyn Hudson and her husband, Will, of Dallas and Linda Jordan and her husband, Buddy, of Pinehill, Ala.; a brother, Bill Denham of Hattiesburg; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Williams; her parents, Will and Maude Denham; and a sister, Evelyn Scott; and a grandson, Donny Moulds.
The family requests memorials be made to Union Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.
Retired machinist and service station owner
Services for James "Mac" Snowden will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Jimmy Williams officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Snowden, 84, of Meridian, died Sunday, April 15, 2001, at King's Daughters and Sons Rest Home. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific. The family would like to thank the staff of King's Sons Rest Home for their special kindness.
Survivors include a son, Robert D. Snowden and his wife, Emily, of Meridian; a granddaughter, Katherine Melissa Richardson of Allen, Texas; a brother, H.C. Snowden and a sister, Mary Helen Parker, both of the Center Hill Community; three nephews, Jerry Snowden and Sonny Parker, both of the Center Hill Community, and Tommy Kellys Parker of Bailey; and a niece, Peggy Mayatt of Hattiesburg.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ann Snowden and his parents, T.F. and Lottie Snowden.
Pallbearers will be John Howell, Grady Richardson, Tommy Kellys Parker, Jerry Snowden, Bob Conner and Richard Gough.
Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
WINNIE HILDA PERSONS
Bookkeeper, secretary with McGregor Printing
BUTLER, Ala. Services for Winnie Hilda Persons will be held Wednesday at 11 am. at First United Methodist Church of Butler with the Rev. Gary Williams officiating. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Gardens with Bumpers Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Persons, 66, of Columbus, died Monday, April 16, 2001, at Baptist Golden Triangle Hospital in Columbus.
Survivors include her husband, Edwin A. Persons Sr. and a son, Edwin A. Persons Jr., both of Columbus; a stepbrother, Walter Friday III; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
Visitation will be today from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
FRED MOORE SR.
Services for Fred Moore Sr. will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Congregation Church of God with the Rev. James Evans officiating. Burial will be in Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Moore, 58, of Meridian, died Friday, April 13, 2001, in his home.
Survivors include his wife, Lessie Moore of Meridian; three daughters, Gwendolyn Moore and Andrae Crockett, both of Meridian, and Gaye Lewis of Melbourne, Fla.; three sons, Richard Moore of Lawton, Okla., Fred Moore Jr. and Eric Moore, both of Meridian; three sisters, Beatrice Ruffin of Birmingham, Ala., Lois Cunningham of Geiger, Ala. and Homer Jean Carpenter of Compton, Calif.; five brothers, T.J. Moore of DeKalb, Russell Moore of New York, Hollie Moore, Jimmie Moore and Lavell Moore, all of Meridian; and 11 grandchildren.