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franklin county times

OBITUARIES FOR SATURDAY, MAY 12, 2001

By Staff
ETHEL BISHOP LARKIN
Director of Student Services with Tuskegee University
Services for Ethel Bishop Larkin will be held today at noon at Enterprise Funeral Home with the Rev. Brenda Jones officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens Cemetery with Enterprise Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Larkin, 78, of Tuskegee, Ala., died Sunday, May 6, 2001, at Guardian Angel Hospice.
Survivors include an uncle, James Bishop and a sister-in-law, the Rev. Sarah Larkin Rivers, both of Meridian; her husband, John Larkin of Tuskegee; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mable Bishop Harper.
Visitation will be today one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
VIOLA MURRAY BLOUNT
Homemaker
NEWTON Services for Viola Murray Blount will be held today at 2 p.m. at Decatur United Methodist Church with the Revs. Rick Brooks and Billy Owens officiating. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Blount, 82, a native of Clarksburg in Rankin County, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at Mississippi Baptist Hospital in Jackson. She was a longtime resident of Decatur. She was an active member of Decatur United Methodist Church where she was the church pianist for more than 50 years. She was a member of the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Blount loved music and was the pianist for many special occasions and events through the years. She loved cooking and delighted in baking pies for her family and friends. In a previous homecoming celebration, Decatur United Methodist Church honored Mrs. Blount for her many years of service and dedication to the church. She has received a lifetime pin from the United Methodist Church and they made a monetary donation to missions in her honor.
Survivors include three daughters, Lois Blount Cooper of Decatur, Carole Blount Leach of Clinton and Joyce Blount Pearson of Decatur; a son, Robert Clarence Blount of Union; two sons-in-law, Percy Pearson and Edward Leach; a daughter-in-law, Teresa Blount; nine grandchildren, Mike Cooper, Tam Cooper, Bruce Leach, Cindy Leach Beckwith, Bobby Blount, Jody Blount, P.J. Pearson, Steve Pearson and Will Pearson; two great-grandchildren, Jay Michael Cooper and Morgan Leach; a grandson-in-law, Mitch Beckwith; three granddaughters-in-law, Michelle Cooper, Gina Leach and Stephanie Blount; three brothers, Gayle Murray and Cecil Murray, both of Brandon, Charles Murray of Anaheim, Calif.; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence M. Blount; her parents, Clifton and Frances Murray; a grandson, Douglas Carl Cooper; and a son-in-law, Carl B. Cooper.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Mike Cooper, Bruce Leach, Bobby Blount, Jody Blount, P.J. Pearson, Steve Pearson, Will Pearson and Mitch Beckwith.
TIMOTHY JUSTIN MCNEECE
Research Solvents and Chemicals employee
HOOVER, Ala. Memorial services for Timothy Justin McNeece will be held today at 3 p.m. in the chapel at Jefferson Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Earl Tew officiating.
Mr. McNeece, 20, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001.
Survivors include his mother, Kathy McNeece of Hoover; a brother, Scott McNeece and his wife, Tobey, of Hallwood, Va.; a sister, Rachael Cargo and her husband, Matthew, of Hoover; his grandmother, Aldia Bustin of Union; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association, 1449 Medical Park Drive, Birmingham, AL 35213 or to the American Cancer Society, 1100 Ireland Way, Birmingham, AL 35205.
Visitation will be today from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. at the funeral home.
LENA MAE THOMPSON
SEBASTOPOL Services for Lena Mae Thompson will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church, with the Rev. Charles Doby Henry officiating. Burial will be in Bogue Chitto Cemetery No. 2, with Milling Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Thompson, 74, of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, May 9, 2001, at Neshoba County General Hospital.
Survivors include three daughters, Suzanna Stoliby, Effie Bell and Darlene Thompson, three sons, Slick Thompson, Ralph Thompson and Pat Thompson, her mother, Beauty Morris, two sisters, Mary Jane Steve and Cornelia Morris, a brother, Walter Morris and a half-sister, Irene Willis, all of Philadelphia; 14 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
MARCIA BEATRICE FLAHERTY
Retired co-owner of Flaherty Furniture Company
Services for Marcia Beatrice "Bea" Flaherty will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. W.B. Webb, Keith Grubbs and Bob Followell officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Old Monroe Cemetery in Pontotoc County with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Flaherty, 82, of Meridian, died Friday, May 11, 2001, in her home. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church for 55 years. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Grover Burnett Chapter No. 352.
She was born in Calhoun County, Mississippi on Oct. 14, 1918.
Survivors include a daughter Mitzie Eakes and her husband, Grover, of Meridian; four sisters, Ruby Hubbard of Bruce, Edna Vanlandingham of Memphis, Tenn., Bernice Armstrong of Southhaven and Marion Stafford and her husband, James, of Memphis; a brother, Wesley Turner and his wife, Nancy, of Memphis; three grandsons, Clifton Eakes and his wife, Jennifer, of Selma, N.C., John Eakes and his wife, Peggy, of Meridian, and Rev. Dale Eakes of Quitman; and two great-grandchildren, Benjamin Eakes of Meridian and Lauren Eakes of Selma.
She was preceded in death by her husband, B.M. "Buck" Flaherty, and two infant children.
The family requests memorials be made to the Baptist Children's Village in Clinton.
Pallbearers will be Clifton Eakes, John Eakes, Rev. Dale Eakes, Wayne Fant, Leon Minter, Wilber Winstead.
Visitation will be Sunday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
RICHARD EDWARDS SR.
QUITMAN Services for Richard Edwards Sr. will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at New Oak Grove Baptist Church in the Harmony Community, with the Rev. Hubbard Arrington officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Desota with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Edwards, 83, of Quitman, died Thursday, May 10, 2001, at Rush Foundation Hospital.
Survivors include seven children, Mae Thompson, Audrey Compton, A.V. Edwards, Willie Earl Edwards and Levon Edwards, all of Pittsburg, Calif., Richard Edwards Jr. of Brookhaven and Jerlean Pruitt of Quitman; 23 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Maude Lee Edwards, and a son, Veron Lee Edwards.
Visitation will be Monday from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home in Quitman.
DORIS VIRGINIA GADDIS WILLIAMS
Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Doris Virginia Gaddis Williams, 75, of Meridian, who died Friday, May 11, 2001, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.

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