OBITUARIES FOR SUNDAY, SEPT. 9, 2001
ANGIE THORNE COKER
Retired mail room clerk
for The Meridian Star
NEWTON Services for Angie Thorne Coker will be held today at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church with the Revs. Winnie McMahon, Jackie Strebeck and Rodney Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home of Newton in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Coker, 78, of Hickory, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, at Rush Foundation Hospital.
She was a member of Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church and was a member of the Golden Age Club of Hickory.
Survivors include a son, James (Jim) Coker of Hickory; a daughter-in-law, Linda Coker of Hickory; a stepdaughter, Faye Emerson of Courtland, Calif.; three stepsons, Thomas Coker of Sacramento, Calif., Bill Coker of Elkgrove, Calif., and Henry Coker of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; and nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Louis Coker and her parents, Ervin J. and Annie Shelton Thorne.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Strebeck, Jackie Gentry, Freddie Gentry, Timmy Gentry, Windell Thorne, Curtis Thorne and David West.
WAYNE SCOTT FRINK
UNION Services for Wayne Scott Frink will be held today at 2 p.m. at Decatur United Methodist Church with the Revs. Mark McDonald, Warren Hedgepeth and Billy Owens officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery with Milling Funeral Home of Union in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Frink, 31, of Chunky, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, in his home.
Survivors include his wife, Alicia Johnson Frink of Chunky; a son, Caleb Frink of Chunky; his mother, Irma Goodwin and her husband, Bill, of Decatur; his father, Paul Frink and his wife Lynda of Decatur; a brother, Brian Frink of Decatur; and a large family and many friends.
Pallbearers will be Jeff Addy, Allen Terrell, Kent Addy, Wesley Seal, Marty Hollingsworth and Chris Thorne. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. A.P. Boggan, Bernard Rigdon, James Estes, Homer Burton, Johnny Munn, Grady Chaney, Mike Smith, Mark Jones, James M. Holt and W.M. Johnson.
Visitation will be today 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.
The family requests memorials be made to a college fund for Wayne's son, Caleb.
MARY ELIZABETH SIMMONS SANDERSON
DOTHAN, Ala. Mary Elizabeth (Marie) Simmons Sanderson, 99, a resident of Wesley Manor, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at Flowers Hospital following an extended illness.
Graveside services will be held 2:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2001, in Magnolia Cemetery, Meridian, Mississippi, with Barham Funeral Home directing. The family will receive friends at Barham Funeral Home one hour prior to services. Byrd Funeral Home has charge of arrangements in Dothan.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to the Central United Methodist Church, 1004 23rd Ave., Meridian, MS, 39301, or Wesley Manor Retirement Home, 718 Honeysuckle Road, Dothan, Ala., 36305.
Prior to moving to Dothan on Jan. 24, 1994, Mrs. Sanderson lived her entire life in Meridian where she was born on July 20, 1902. She was the daughter of the late John Moore and Hallie Mosby Simmons. She attended the public school in Meridian and attended Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus. Mrs. Sanderson taught school in Vimville until her marriage to Robert Hayes Sanderson of Byhalia, Miss.
Mrs. Sanderson, a homemaker, was an active member of Central United Methodist Church and the Cameron Circle. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Magnolia Garden Club.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Hayes Sanderson, and her sister, Sara Simmons Ruscoe.
Survivors include two daughters and a son-in-law, Sara Jo Malone of Meridian and Beth and Phil Shealy of Dothan, Ala.; a grandson, J. Robert Malone and his wife, Gloria, of Meridian; four granddaughters, Mina Beth Malone Tonini and her husband, Lou, of Meridian, Sue Marie Shealy Coe and her husband, Mike, of Flower Mound, Texas, Sara Shealy Walter and her husband, Jimmy, of Montgomery, and Hallie Shealy of Hailey, ID; and six great-grandchildren, Malone Myers of Jackson, David Coe and Anna Coe of Flower Mound, Texas, James, John and Adele Walter of Montgomery.
EMMA SUE BUTTERS
CHALMETTE, La. Services for Emma Sue Butters will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at St. Bernard Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Paul E. Gregoire Jr. officiating. Burial will be in St. Bernard Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Mrs. Butters died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001, in Louisiana.
Survivors include a sister, Mildred Butters Laporte of Niles, Mich.; a brother, James S. Butters Jr. of St. Bernard, La.; a brother-in-law, Daniel I. Laporte of Niles; seven aunts, eight uncles, several cousins and many cherished friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Vernice Carroll and James S. Butters Sr.
Visitation will be today from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. and Monday beginning at 8 a.m.
WILLIE MAE COOPER ROBINSON
DEKALB Services for Willie Mae Cooper Robinson will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Unity Springs Missionary Baptist Church of DeKalb with the Rev. Melvin Jenkins officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with E.E. McDonald Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Robinson, 81, of Marion, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2001, at Benchmark Health Care.
Survivors include a brother, Newton B. Robinson, and his wife, Callie A., of DeKalb; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Visitation will be held today from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the church service on Monday.
BERITE N. FLEMING
QUITMAN Services for Berite N. Fleming will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Wright's Funeral Home Chapel in Quitman.
Mrs. Fleming, 77, a retired civil service employee, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, in Macon, Ga. She was a native of Clarke County.
Survivors include several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Fleming, and two sisters, Lucille Fleming and Dora Lois McRee.
Visitation will be Monday at 9 a.m. at the funeral home.
TAMMIE SIMMONS SPEARS
Services for Tammie Simmons Spears will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Stephen's Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Steve Robinson and Tommy Anderson officiating. Burial will be in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Spears, 33, of Union, died Friday, Sept. 7, 2001, in her home.
Survivors include her husband, Gerald Spears of Union; a stepson, of Johnathan Spears of Philadelphia; her father and stepmother, Berdet and Bernice Simmons of Little Rock; three sisters, Debbie Gardner Wright of Florence, and Liz Parks and Dianne Nelson, both of Newton; her maternal grandparents, Roy and Lorene Smith of Duffee and a number of nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Quanice Smith Simmons and her paternal grandparents, Robert and Vesper Simmons.
Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.