Obituaries for Tuesday, June 11, 2002
SEAN MICHAEL WILKINS
Services for Sean Michael Wilkins will be held Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Merrill Wade and Dennis Kennedy officiating.
Sean, 8, of Meridian, died Friday, June 7, 2002, at Children's Hospital of Birmingham, Ala. He was our prince charming, a dearly loved, special child, who touched the lives of many and who will be very much missed by those who knew and cared for him.
Survivors include his parents, Lisa Daws Neal and John M. Wilkins; his stepfather, Richard Neal; sisters, Michelle, Billie, Allisa and Serena; his brother, Ian; maternal grandparents, Jim and Billie Daws of Collinsville; paternal grandparents, Edward and Mame Wilkins and Jerry Reilly of Boston, Mass.; uncles, Rick Daws and his wife, Elizabeth, of Gulf Shores, Ala., Robby Neal and wife, Jeannette, of Meridian; aunts, Ren Neal of Meridian and Robin Payne and husband, Gerald, of Long Beach; and several other friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Mary T. Reilly; his step-grandmother, Jacqueline Neal Pickard; and his maternal great-grandparents, Jessie and Laureta Woodcock.
Fellowship and lunch will be at State Boulevard Baptist Church following the service.
Memorials may be made to Huntington's Society of America or the Make-a-Wish Foundation of Mississippi.
GWENDOLYN SKELTON FOWLER
Services for Gwendolyn Skelton Fowler will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Jeff Hancock, Art Davey and James K. Williams officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Mrs. Fowler, 81, of Meridian, died Sunday, June 9, 2002, in her home. She was a retired executive secretary for Gooding Enterprises and Greater Mississippi Life Insurance Company. She was a member of First Church of God of Meridian and was the church organist for more than 50 years.
Survivors include her three daughters, Virginia "Jenny Lynne" Ramos of Hot Springs, Ark., Lori Douglas of Meridian and Charolette Keeton of Toomsuba; her sister, Nell Craft of Mt. Pleasant, Texas; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, James O. Skelton and her mother, Grace Wright Skelton.
Pallbearers will be Lynard Eubanks, Mack Cermack, Marvin McNail, Lynn Davidson, Bill Baldner and Mathew Keen.
Honorary pallbearers will be Andy Hodges, Randal Watson, Mat Madison and Jamie Myles.
HOWARD W. LINDLEY
Retired auto mechanic
MACON Services for Howard W. Lindley will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Salem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Maples officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Cockrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Lindley, 78, of Macon, died Friday, June 6, 2002, in his home. He was a retired auto mechanic, body shop and antique dealer. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his wife, Ann Lindley; a son, Howard Lindley Jr. and his wife, Sonny, of Rome, Ga.; two daughters, Deborah Daniel of Meridian and Kathy Mathis of Starkville; two brothers, Oscar L. Lindley of Macon and Clyde Lindley of Mountain View, Ark.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Phelps; a grandson, Brad Lindley; and his parents, James Franklin and Willie Mae Perkins Lindley.
Memorials may be made to the Salem Cemetery Fund.
Visitation will be today 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
WILLARD IRBY NICHOLS
Services for Willard Irby Nichols were held April 23, 2002, at 3 p.m. at Cokers Chapel United Methodist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery. James F. Webb Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Nichols, 99, of Meridian, died Sunday, April 21, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare. She was a member of Cokers Chapel United Methodist Church and was active in her later life with activities ranging from bingo to water aerobics.
Survivors include her daughter, Doris Welker and her husband, Clyde, of Meridian; two grandchildren, Sue Welker of Meridian and Tom Welker and his wife, Sue, of Cincinnati, Ohio; great-grandchildren, Thumper Welker, Olivia Welker, Tony Welker, Craig Welker, Heather Boldin and Hannah Pickard; a great-great grandchild, Skyler Alexis.
She was preceded in death by a son, Edgar Pickard; her parents, Morgan and Maggie Irby; her husband, Alton Nichols; sisters, Mary Perry, Agnes Purvis and Myrtle Smith Pogue; grandchildren, Sharon Ann Welker, Paul Keith Pickard and Barry Pickard; and a brother, Preston Irby.
Pallbearers were Harold Purvis, Lambert Irby, Jerry Smith, Paul Irby, Clyde Welker, Tom Welker, Wayne Johnson and Tony Welker.
BERTHA LOUISE BOYD
Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Bertha Louise Boyd, 70, of Meridian, who died Monday, June 10, 2002, in Meridian.
RONNIE WAYNE ESHEE
Arrangements were incomplete at Stephens Funeral Home for Ronnie Wayne Eshee, 50, of Meridian, who died Monday, June 10, 2002, in Jackson.
NELLIE E. MILLER
Arrangements were incomplete at James F. Webb Funeral Home for Nellie E. Miller, 85, of Lauderdale, who died Monday, June 10, 2002, at Riley Hospital.