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franklin county times


By Staff
PHILADELPHIA Services for Annie Mae St. Romain were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. James Young officiating. Burial was to be in Antioch Cemetery with McClain-Hays Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. St. Romain, 92, of Neshoba County, died Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at Neshoba County Nursing Home.
Survivors include a son, Hubert Chaney and a sister, Marjorie Overby, both of Union; and a brother, Harvey L. Bradley of Bowling Green, Ky.
Graveside services for Jamal Davis Hopson were to be held today at 11 a.m. at Mt. Hebron Cemetery in Lauderdale with the Rev. Chris Parker officiating. Clark's Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Infant Hopson of Porterville died Sunday, July 1, 2001, at Rush Foundation Hospital.
Survivors include his mother, Cythia Hopson, his grandmother, Pearley Hopson and his great-grandmother, Sally Eades, all of Porterville.
Retired attorney
GULFPORT John Dale Sibley, 71, retired attorney of Diamondhead, died Monday, July 2, 2001, in his home. He was born on Dec. 30, 1929, in Pachuta, to Jesse Dale and Hazel Nicholson Sibley. Mr. Sibley practiced law in Okolona for nearly 40 years and had been admitted to all levels of courts, including the United States Supreme Court.
He served Okolona as city attorney for eight years and as city judge for 10 years. He also served on the Mississippi Bar Association as a tribunal under appointment of the Mississippi Supreme Court and as an attorney for the State of Mississippi Senate and as chancery judge for a time under appointment of the Governor of Mississippi. He served both the Third Judicial Bar Association and the Chickasaw County Bar Association as president. He also was a colonel on the staff of two Mississippi governors.
In Okolona, Mr. Sibley was a member of the First Baptist Church, a Mason and a Shriner, a member of the Okolona School Board and the president of the Okolona Country Club.
Mr. Sibley served in the U.S. Army as an officer and a paratrooper during the Korean War. Proud to be a member of the American Legion, he served the Okolona Post as commander and was chosen for the 40 et 8.
After retiring from active legal practice, Mr. and Mrs. Sibley moved to Diamondhead. There he was a member of the Diamondhead Community Church, which he served as an elder. He served a term as a director of the Property Owners Association Board and continued to do much pro-bono legal work.
Enjoying retirement to the fullest, he often played golf and belonged to the Diamondhead Men's Golf Association, the Mississippi Seniors Golf Association as well as the Gulf Coast Golf Association. He also belonged to several social groups, one of which, the Krewe of Diamondhead, he served as the 1999 King with his wife as his queen.
On Jan. 29, 1955, Mr. Sibley married Sandra Saunders Sibley in Meridian. He is also survived by two daughters, Jessica Sibley Upshaw and Faye Carole Cleveland, both of the Mississippi Gulf Coast; a son, John Dale Sibley Jr. of El Paso, Texas; two sisters, Catherine Jean Ryan of Albuquerque, N.M. and Carole Sibley of Highland Beach, Fla.; four grandchildren, Rachel Sibley, Lauren Upshaw and Katherine and William Cleveland.
There will be an 11 a.m. procession to Biloxi National Cemetery for an 11:30 a.m. graveside service today. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. at the Diamondhead Community Church. Gulfport Chapel of Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Homes is in charge of arrangements.
The family prefers memorials to the Salvation Army; Diamondhead Community Church, 5301 Diamondhead Circle, Diamondhead, MS 39525; or a favorite charity.