OBITUARIES FOR FRIDAY, AUG. 3, 2001
JIMMY C. SMITH
Graveside services for Jimmy C. Smith will be held today at 10 a.m., with the Rev. Kent Stephens officiating. Burial will be in Fellowship Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Smith, 64, of Bailey, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001 at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was a retired lineman with Hughes Telephone Co.
Survivors include two daughters, Melinda Leager and her husband, Charles of Meridian and Frances Smith of Ridgeland; a son, James Smith and his wife, Laura, of Bailey; a sister, Jewell Pearsell, of Meridian; and four grandchildren.
The family requests memorials be made to Hospice South or the American Cancer Society.
Visitation will be 6 p.m.-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
ETHEL L. STOKES
Services for Ethel L. Stokes will be held today at 2 p.m., at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel, with the Revs. Ronnie Stokes and David Keller officiating. Burial will be in Coy Methodist Cemetery in Preston.
Mrs. Stokes, 91, of Preston, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. She was a homemaker.
Mrs. Stokes was a native of Winston County and was a longtime resident of the Coy Community in Kemper County. She was a member of the Coy United Methodist Church, and was a member of Eastern Star for 56 years. In the 60's she worked for Macon Pants Factory for 15 years. She was famous for her chicken pie and egg custards.
Survivors include two daughters, Judy Higginbotham of Preston and Elaine Hailey of Union; five grandchildren, Kathy Shelby of Little Rock, Tony Hailey and Martha Ross, both of Preston, Lynn Payne of DeKalb, and Rocky Higginbotham of Little Rock; a brother, Clinton Luke of Preston; three sisters-in-law, Helen Brooks of Philadelphia, Mavis Luke and Francis Luke, both of Preston; eight great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clark Stokes; a great-granddaughter, Brandy Blackwell; and five sisters and two brothers.
Pallbearers will be Danny Luke, Cary Luke, Joe Delegram, Mike Luke, Chris Cheatham and Scott Stokes.
CHARLES LEWIS HARRISON SR.
Retired Sears employee
Services for Charles Lewis Harrison Sr. will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Claude Fleming officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery in Little Rock.
Mr. Harrison, 77, of Meridian, died Wednesday, August 1, 2001, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He retired from Sears after 35 years. Mr. Harrison also served in the Army Air Corp during World War II. He was a longtime member of Highland Methodist Church and very active in his church.
Survivors include three children, Charles Lewis Harrison Jr. and his wife, June, of Jackson, Roger Dale Harrison and his wife, Carol, of Brandon, and Robert David "Bobby" Harrison and his wife, Debbie, of Meridian; a brother, Leon Harrison and his wife, Margaret, of Little Rock; a sister, Dorothy "Dot" Green and her husband, Russell, of Mobile, Ala.; nine grandchildren; four great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family requests memorials be made to Highland Methodist Church.
Visitation will be Saturday from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Charles Lewis Harrison Jr., Roger Dale Harrison, Robert David "Bobby" Harrison, David Harrison and Janie Walkers, Chuck Harrison and Roger Harrison Jr.
MARVIN R. MCNEEL
Retired building contractor
Services for Marvin R. McNeel will be held today at 3 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Joe Ratcliff and Greg Franklin officiating. Burial will be in Arkadelphia Cemetery.
Mr. McNeel, 92, of Bailey, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at his home. He was a retired building contractor. He was a member and Deacon at Arkadelphia Baptist Church. He was also the chairman of the Arkadelphia Committee for many years.
Survivors include several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Esther W. McNeel.
The family requests memorials be made to Arkadelphia Baptist Church or your favorite charity.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy White, Stanley Frazier, Vester Miles, Dovan Hughes, Bobby Thompson and Hal Harbour.
Honorary pallbearer will be Edwin Thead.
Services for Myrtis Ruffin will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at New Prospect Baptist Church, with the Rev. Bennie Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Enterprise Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Ruffin, 92, of Savoy, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001 at her home. She was a retired cook.
Survivors include a daughter, Herrietta Sims, of Meridian; four grandchildren, San Pier M. Sims, Michael D. Sims, Harold T. Sims, and John F. Sims Jr., all of Meridian; and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willis Ruffin, and two grandsons, Douglas L. McComb and Charles L. Ruffin.
Visitation will be today from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
WALTER LEE THOMPSON
Switchman for the Southern Railroad
BUTLER, Ala. Graveside services for Walter Lee Thompson will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Odd Fellows Cemetery in Quitman, with the Rev. Wilton Holden officiating.
Mr. Thompson, 85, of Meridian, Miss., died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at Marion General Hospital in Columbia, Miss. He was a switchman for the Southern Railroad. Mr. Thompson was a member of the Meridian Masonic Lodge #308 since 1947 and a 50-year member of the Hamasa Temple of Meridian.
Survivors include a sister, Mittie Ruth Thompson of Columbia.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma Linden Thompson.
ETHEL LAVERN MOORE
Machine operator for Wonder Bread
Services for Ethel Lavern Moore will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Collinsville.
Mrs. Moore, 49, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001 in Chicago. She was a machine operator with Wonder Bread.
Survivors include a husband, Eugene Moore.
CORNELIA WILLIAMS HUNTER
Services for Cornelia Williams Hunter will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at First Union Baptist Church with the Rev. Charlie Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens with Clark's Memorial Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Hunter, 92, of Meridian, died Saturday, July 28, 2001, at Rush Foundation Hospital.
Survivors include three sisters, Myrtle McAdams and her husband, Bernard of Flint, Mich., Lucinda Rogers and Sarah Stewart, both of Chicago.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Ludie Wilson.
Visitation will be Saturday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements were incomplete at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home for Ilene Clark, 56, of DeKalb, who died Thursday, Aug. 2, 2001, at Rush Foundation Hospital.