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franklin county times

OBITUARIES FOR SUNDAY, MAY 6, 2001

By Staff
ROBERT LEE SMITH
Retired butcher
Services for Robert Lee Smith will be held Monday at 11:30 a.m. at Webb Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Donald Turner officiating. Burial will be Memorial Park Cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Smith, 57, of Meridian, died Friday, May 4, 2001, at Riley Hospital. He was a member of Highland Assembly of God.
Survivors include his ex-wife, Harriet Moore of Bay St. Louis; a daughter, Patricia Smith Howard and her husband, Raymond, of Meridian and their children, Stephanie and Dewey; eight brothers, Walter Smith and his wife, Joe, and Charles Smith and his wife, Belinda, all of Bay St. Louis, Harvey Smith and his wife, Janice, Bobby Ray Smith and his wife, Mickey, Richard Smith and his wife, Linda, Larry Smith and his wife, Jill, and Edward Smith, all of Meridian, and Hayward Smith of Saucier; eight sisters, Francis Rutledge, Kathleen Love, Deloris Broadhead, Hazel Avant and Marie Davis and her husband, Mark, all of Meridian, Elisabeth Bartholomew and her husband, Bill, of Alaska, Dorothy Stephens and her husband, Sammy, of Shubuta and Lena Bietzel and her husband, Norman; several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Louis Avant, his father, Walter Ray Smith, and five siblings, Lena Mae Smith, Raymond Smith, Annie Powell, Bill Robinson and Alice Powell.
Pallbearers will be Les Paul Boles, Michael Warren, Harold Love, Joey Garrett, Floyd Winters and Jack Moore.
Visitation will be held Monday from 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home.
TURNER J. SAPPINGTON SR.
Retired security guard
VERONA Services for Turner J. Sappington Sr. will be held Monday at 1 p.m. in the chapel of McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville, with the Rev. Robert Walker officiating. Burial will be in Prentiss Memorial Garden with Masonic honors. Lee Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Sappington, 74, of Lake Mohawk, near Booneville, died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at Methodist Central Medical Center in Memphis. Born in Prentiss County to the late Richard Jerome and Mary Trantham Sappington, he worked many years as a trucker for the Eastern Tennessee and Western North Carolina Trucking Company. He had lived in the Lake Mohawk area for the last 21 years.
Mr. Sappington was a Baptist and a member of the Teamster's Local #108 in Memphis. He also was a 32 degree Mason and a Shriner. Noble Sappington was affiliated with the Baldwyn Blue Lodge and the Eastern Star. He was president of the Uniform Bodies and the Ambassador's Unit. He supported all endeavors of the Hamasa Shrine, including the crippled children's activities. He recently retired as security guard for Lake Mohawk. His hobbies included fishing and dear hunting.
Survivors include his wife, Mildred Grigham Sappington of Booneville; two sons, Jerry Sappington and his wife, Vickie, of Olive Branch, and T.J. Sappington of Memphis; his step-children, Marilyn Greganti and her husband, Thomas, of Cleveland, and Kirby Tolleson of Dumas; six grandchildren, Jonathan, Jennifer, Cheyenne, Tony, David III and Shane and his two daughters; and four great-grandchildren, Kyle, Kelli, Emily and Hannah.
Pallbearers will be fellow Masons and Shriners.
The family requests memorials be made to The Shriner's Crippled Children's Hospital, 3100 Samford Ave., Shreveport, LA 71109 or to the Shriner's Burn Center, 610 Texas Ave., Galveston, Texas.
Visitation will be held today from 4 p.m.-8 p.m. at McMillan Funeral Home in Booneville and Monday from noon to service time.
JOHNNY BROWN
Services for Johnny Brown will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Grace Baptist Church, with the Revs. Tony Burks and David Mosley officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery, with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Brown, 81, of Meridian, died Tuesday, May 1, 2001, at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko.
Survivors include six daughters, Emma Sanders, Elmira Brown, Mandy Brewster and Rolanda Brown, all of Meridian, and Florine Ross and Margaret Brown, both of Flint, Mich.; four sons, Johnny Brown Jr., David Brown, Elvin T. Brown and Nathaniel Brown, all of Meridian; a sister, Florence Kennard of Meridian; 30 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Monday from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home.
ANNA IDRELL JOHNSON
Entrepreneur
YORK, Ala. Services for Anna Idrell Johnson were held Saturday at Jones Creek Baptist Church, Epes, Ala., with the Rev. Cephus Simmons officiating. Burial was in Livingston City Cemetery with Weatherly Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Johnson, 99, of Livingston, died Thursday, April 26, 2001, at the Health Center at Standifer Place, Chattanooga, Tenn. She was a lifelong resident of Livingston, where she was a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Heroines of Jericho and Order of Cyrene Crusaders. She also was involved in many civic and religious activities in her community.
Mrs. Johnson also was an entrepreneur, managing Dolls Cafe and Johnson's Cafe and Grocery. She served as a midwife in Sumter County for many years and delivered 702 babies.
Survivors include seven grandchildren, Mary F. Warren of Oakland, Calif., Everlyn Y. Chambliss and Austin G. White of Detroit, Herbert White Jr., Phillippa D. Williams and Pamela D. Hines, all of Chattanooga, and Tanya D. Burns of Atlanta; four nieces, Clara (Benn) Lewis, Jessie L. Muse, Mary R. Sales and Indiana Turner.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie "Chicken" Johnson and two daughters, Janie L. White and Ann M. Hines.
R.B. SAM
Silver Star Casino custodian
SEBASTOPOL Services for R.B. Sam will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Carthage, with the Rev. Eugene Tubby officiating. Burial will be in Old Red Water Cemetery, with Milling Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Sam, 61, of Carthage, died Friday, May 4, 2001, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Sam of Carthage; three sons, Bobby Sam, Mark Sam and Eric Sam, all of Carthage; a daughter, Patricia Gayle Sam of Carthage; four grandchildren; a sister, Gradeline Willis of Carthage; and several nieces and nephews.
ROBERT JAMES COATS
YORK, Ala. Services for Robert James Coats were held Saturday at Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. M.C. Thompson Sr. officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery, with Weatherly Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Coats, 46, of York, died Saturday, April 28, 2001, at Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, Ariz. A lifelong resident of York, he lived in Arizona for three years.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Coats of Livingston; two sons, Robert Coats Jr. and Eric Coats, both of Livingston; two daughters, LaWanda Coats of Livingston and Angela Maye of York; a brother, Charles Edward Coats of York; four sisters, Cathryn Phillips and Voncile Haire, both of East St. Louis, Ill., Linell Graves of Chicago and Mae Willie Brown and her husband, Lorenzo, of York; an aunt, Mae Bertha Williams; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Bobbie Coats and Dorothy Jean Coats, and two brothers, Jimmy Lee Haire and Calvin Lee Haire.
FRANK CLARK
Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Frank Clark of Meridian, who died Saturday, May 5, 2001, at his home.

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