OBITUARIES FOR SATURDAY, DEC. 1, 2001
JESSIE JOSEPH WADE
Services for Jessie Joseph Wade will be held today at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Roy Dabbs officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Wade, 73, of Meridian, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, in Meridian.
Survivors include his wife, Daisy Wade and a son, Jessie J. Wade Jr. of Meridian; two daughters, Dora Mae Bane and her husband, Larry, of Marion, and Linda Faye Stewart and her husband, Mack David, of Meridian; grandsons, Travis Bane and Christopher Stewart; one brother and four sisters.
Visitation will be today from 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. at the church.
PHILLIP COLLINS JR.
Office Supply employee
Services for Phillip Collins Jr. will be held today at 11 a.m. at Enterprise Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Debra Brewer officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Collins, 36, of Meridian, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at the VA Medical Center in Jackson.
Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Peggy and Lee Nelson of Meridian; his wife, Rita Lemons Nelson, a son, Phillip Collins III and a stepson, Tiare Lemons, all of Jacksonville, Fla.; and a brother, Lee Nelson Jr. of Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his father, Phillip Collins Sr.
BERNARD M. FELDMAN
Owner of Feldman Real Estate
NEWTON Graveside services for Bernard M. Feldman will be held today at noon at Newton County Memorial Gardens with the Rev. James Norwood officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Feldman, 88, of Newton, died Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at Riley Hospital. He was a member of Temple Beth Israel, the Kiwanis club of Newton and the Scottish Rite. He was an Eagle Scout, an Eagle Scoutmaster and a Mason. He served in World War II in the U.S. Army Air Corp.
Survivors include his wife, Natalie George Feldman of Newton; a son, Phillip Feldman and his wife, Tamara, of Mobile, Ala.; a brother, Sammie Feldman and his wife, Sylvia, of Newton; two grandchildren, Kristi McHale and her husband, Danny, of Atlanta and Tangi Feldman of Mobile; two great-grandchildren, Bailey McHale and Bain McHale of Mobile.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Phillip and Sadie Frank Feldman Sr.; a brother, Leon Feldman; a son, James Michael Feldman; and a sister, Sylvia Feldman Kasdan.
Pallbearers will be David Feldman, Lee Feldman, Chad Feldman, Dennis Feldman, Lawrence Davis and Danny McHale.
JUSTIN GRANT JOHN
SEBASTOPOL Services for Justin Grant John will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Pearl River Baptist Church with the Rev. Arthur Ben officiating. Burial will be in John Memorial Cemetery in Carthage with Milling Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. John, 19, of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001.
Survivors include his mother, Christine John; three brothers, Jason John, Jeremy John and Jonathan Willis, all of Philadelphia; a sister, Rachel Willis of Philadelphia; and a number of nieces and nephews.
OSCAR LESLIE REYNOLDS
QUITMAN Graveside services for Oscar Leslie Reynolds will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Zion Cemetery with the Rev. Shane Freeman officiating. Wright's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Reynolds, 86, of the Snell community, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at Queen City Nursing Center in Meridian.
Survivors include four sons, Danny, Jerry, Ricky and David Reynolds, all of Meridian; two daughters, Sylvia Dale Cosgrove of Lawrence and Janice Goodman of Meridian; and 13 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held today after 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
JAMES O. DUKES
James O. Dukes, 55, passed away Thursday, Nov. 30, 2001, in Gulfport.
Mr. Dukes, a native of Quitman, graduated with valedictory honors from Zach Huggins High School. He earned bachelor of science, master of science and Juris doctorate degrees from the University of Mississippi. At Ole Miss, he was a Carrier Scholar, president of Omicron Delta Kappa, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi scholarship honorary. During law school, he was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and the Law Journal staff. He was commander of Sigma Nu fraternity and in 1969 was selected Sigma Nu National Man of the Year.
Mr. Dukes served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of first lieutenant.
Following graduation from law school in 1975, Mr. Dukes clerked for Federal District Judge Walter Nixon in Biloxi. In 1977, he entered private law practice with the Gulfport firm now known as Bryant, Clark, Dukes, Blakeslee, Ramsay and Hammond. He served as president of the Harrison County Young Lawyers and the Harrison County Bar associations. In 1999-2000, he served as president of the Mississippi Bar Association. Mr. Dukes was a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the Defense Research Institute and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He was the attorney for the Gulfport School District. He was admitted to practice before the Mississippi and United States Supreme courts.
At the time of his death, Mr. Dukes was serving as president of the University of Mississippi Alumni Association. He was a member of the Lamar and Ventress Orders and the board of the University of Mississippi Foundation.
Mr. Dukes was an active member of St. Peter's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in Gulfport, where he had served as senior warden and was a member of the building committee. He was a licensed lay reader and a member of the church choir. He served the Episcopal Diocese of Mississippi as president of the Standing Committee, vice-president of the Executive Committee, and as an alternate delegate to the General Convention.
Mr. Dukes was a member of the Gulfport Rotary Club, where he was a Paul Harris Fellow.
He is survived by his wife, Leslie, of Gulfport; a daughter, Macon, of Oxford; a son, Will, of Gulfport; and his mother, Helen Dukes of Quitman.
Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday in St. Peter's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church. The family will also receive friends Monday from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. in the parish hall, followed by the celebration of the Requiem Eucharist at 11 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Burial will be in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens in Gulfport.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter's By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, 1912 East Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, MS, 39501; or to the Bryant, Clark, Dukes, Blakeslee, Ramsay and Hammond Scholarship in Law Endowment; University of Mississippi Foundation, P.O. Box 249, University, MS 38677-0249.
Services for A.B. Ford will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mt. Horem Baptist Church in Whynot with the Rev. Samuel L. Alford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Berry &Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Ford, 52, of Gheens, La., died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at Thibodaux Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Carol Mae Harkless Ford of Gheens; three sons, Aaron A. Ford of Bayou Blue, La., Eric A. Ford of Raceland, La., and Terrance M. Ford of Gheens; two daughters, Danielle F. Kelson of Layfayette, La., and Nadia D. Ford of Gheens; a brother, William "Billy" Ford of Meridian; three sisters, Ruby McFatten of Mississippi, Anita Ruth McCardl, and Juanita Wilson, both of Detroit; and seven grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. William M. Ford and Annie Mae Ford and a brother.