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Obituaries for Friday, Jan. 11, 2002

By Staff
LYDIA CARTER WARD
Homemaker
PHILADELPHIA Services for Lydia Carter Ward will be held today at 2 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Revs. John Stephens and Dwight Faulkenbery officiating. Burial will be in Ocobla Cemetery.
Mrs. Ward, 91, of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at Neshoba County General Hospital.
Survivors include two daughters, Myra Arledge of Philadelphia and Marlynn Gaines of Atlanta; two sons, Lawrence Ward of Madison and Terry Ward of Stuttgart, Ark.; a sister, Joyce C. Ward of Little Rock; 11 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.
PATRICIA CRANE
Legal secretary
SEBASTOPOL Services for Patricia Crane will be held today at 2 p.m. at Carthage Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Randolph Scott officiating. Burial will be in Jordan Family Cemetery with Milling Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Crane, 60, of Carthage, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at Leake Memorial Hospital.
Survivors include two daughters, Cindy Crane of Carthage and Cristy Brooks of Bentenville, Ark.; a son, Tom Crane of Carthage; a brother, R.H. Gilmore Jr. of Starkville; and two grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Mississippi Animal Rescue League, 4395 South Dr., Jackson, MS 39209.
AGATHA TOUCHSTONE VENTRESS
QUITMAN Graveside services for Agatha Touchstone Ventress will be held today at 2 p.m. at Zion Rest Congregational Methodist Cemetery with the Rev. George Purvis officiating. Wright's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Ventress, 81, of Turnball, Texas, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2002, at Woodland Memorial Hospital.
Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Paige of Spring, Texas; a son, David Ventress Jr. of Magnolia Texas; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Zion Rest Congregational Methodist Church, 315 Eucutta Rd., Shubuta, MS 39360.
RICHARD L. HARWELL
Graveside services for Richard L. "Dick" Harwell will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Ridge Methodist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Doyle Scitzs officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Harwell, 84, of Collinsville, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at The Specialty Hospital of Meridian.
Survivors include a son, Larry Harwell, two brothers, Bill Harwell and George Harwell, all of Collinsville; two sisters, Eleze Walker of Collinsville and Mable Moran of Taylorsville; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
MARIE JENKINS
Homemaker
BUTLER, Ala. Services for Marie Jenkins will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Bumpers Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Corinth Cemetery.
Ms. Jenkins, 89, of Chunchula, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at Springhill Memorial Hospital. Ms. Jenkins was born on Dec. 19, 1912 in Alabama.
Survivors include three daughters, Sue Durham, of Chunchula, Johnnie Faye Gibson, of Mobile and Frankie Koromilas, of Titusville, Fla.; three sons, Joe Arthur Jenkins, Martin Rand Jenkins and Steven Jenkins, all of Mobile; a sister, Myrtle Ruth Portella, of Orange Beach; and 28 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Katie Merle Rowells.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. -2 p.m. Saturday.
LOUISE AUGUSTA HEIDEN NAPIER
Homemaker
Services for Louise Augusta Heiden Napier will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church with the Rev. Philip Wottrich officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Napier, 101, of Meridian, died Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2002, at Beverly Health Care Center. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church and the Foster Grandparents Program for more than 25 years, and was very patriotic during World War II. She retired from the Foster Grandparents Programs in 1998 and was one of its oldest volunteers.
Survivors include a daughter, Helen Schneider of Kenosha, Wis.; a nephew, Donald Heiden of Meridian; a granddaughter, Anna Schneider of Nashville; and a grandson, Hans Schneider of Las Cassas, Tenn.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Napier; and a grandson, Peter Schneider.
The family requests memorials be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.
Visitation will be today from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
REV. CLAY COOLEY
Minister
Services for the Rev. Clay Cooley will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Goodwater Baptist Church with the Revs. Wayne Campbell, Phillip Gandy and Jerry Gressett officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Cooley, 52, of Hickory, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002, at his home. He served as pastor of Goodwater Baptist Church for 10 years, preceded by pastoral tenures at Herbert, Sand Springs, Enon, Warsaw (Louisiana), and Liberty Charity.
Mr. Cooley also served as a supervisor of maintenance and grounds for La-Z Boy South. He was a retired master sergeant from the 186th Air Refueling Wing of the Air National Guard. During his Guard service, Cooley received the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon and the Air Force Training Ribbon.
He served in the 3rd Batallion, First Marines, in 1969 including a tour of duty in Vietnam. During his Marine service, Cooley received the Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Cross of Gallantry, Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Combat Action Ribbon.
Survivors include his wife, Wanda; two daughters, Michelle Robinson and her husband Ronnie, all of Hickory, and Crystal Willis and her husband Jason, of Chunky; a son, Shannon Cooley and his wife Stephanie, of Hickory; his mother, Mary Embrey Cooley, of Hickory; a grandfather, Albert Clay Embrey of Chunky; a sister, Chris Joiner and her husband Gary, of Hickory; mother-in-law, Gladys Snowden, of Chunky; two sisters-in-law, Sandra Todd and her husband Ferrell, and Janice Yates and her husband Larry, of Hickory; cousin, Bertie Lindley and her husband Austin, of Hickory; and five grandchildren.
He was preceded din death by his father, Eugene Cooley.
Visitation will be held today from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday, 30 minutes prior to services.
Pallbearers will include Bobby Smith, Lee Martin, Roger Shirley, Robert Williamson, Chris Davis, Robert Monsour, Kenneth Chaney and David Key. Honorary pallbearers will include Charles Monsour, Billy Fletcher, Pete Ethridge, Gary Ezell, Tommie Majure and deacons of Goodwater Baptist Church.
BILL GORE
Retired mail carrier
Graveside services for Bill Gore will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Scooba with the Rev. John Wood officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Gore, 82, of Scooba, died Thursday, January 10, 2002, in Scooba.
Survivors include a brother, Carlan "Red" Gore, of Meridian; and a sister, Jane Ann Gore, of Scooba.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth "Bit" Gore.

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