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Obituaries for Wednesday, June 19, 2002

By Staff
JANE H. GATES
Former employee of The Meridian Star
Services for Jane H. Gates will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Chambers officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Mrs. Gates, 47, of Meridian, died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband, Leslie Gates, a daughter, Cynthia Gates and her father, Edward Hodges, all of Meridian; a brother, Bill Hodges of Jackson; nieces, Amy and Taylor Hodges; and a nephew, William Hodges.
She was preceded in death by her mother, Patsy Hodges.
Visitation will be Thursday beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
JIMMY FARR
Retired
Graveside services for Jimmy "Pee Wee" Farr were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Tom Sikes officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Farr, of Meridian, died Sunday, June 16, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He retired after many years of service with Corr Williams. He was a member of First Christian Church.
Survivors include his sons, Jim Farr of Dallas, Mickey Farr and his wife, Karen, of Lauderdale; grandchildren, Michael, Lance and his wife, Susan, Derek and Stewart; great-granddaughter, Taylor; brother and sister-in-law, William and Frauline Farr of Meridian; and sister-in-law, Adelyn Farr.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Walter L. Farr and his parents J.T. and Ruby Farr.
Memorials may be made to Hope Village for Children.
BRANDON CRAIG CASTLE
Student
QUITMAN Services for Brandon Craig Castle were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Pleasant Ridge Pentecostal Holiness Church with the Rev. Gary McInnis officiating. Burial was to be in Harmony Cemetery in Clarke County. Wright's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Eight-year-old Brandon died Monday, June 17, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Keith Castle, two brothers, Chris Castle and Dustin Lee Castle, his paternal grandparents, Buddy and Patricia Castle, maternal grandmother, Sue Cornish, paternal great-grandparents, J.M. and Maxine Smith, all of Quitman; maternal grandfather, Donald Thomas of Shubuta; maternal great-grandparent, Cornelia Thomas of Bay Springs.
JAMES D. GRIFFIN
Retired
Services for James D. Griffin will be held today at 11 a.m. at Blackwater Baptist Church with the Revs. Dockey Honeycutt and Curtis Dyer officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Griffin, 80, of the Blackwater Community in Kemper County, died Monday, June 17, 2002, in his home. He was retired from Cobb Brother's Construction Company and a member of Blackwater Baptist Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served in World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Freda Hopper Griffin of Blackwater; sons, James D. "Jim" Griffin Jr. and William F. Griffin and his wife, Melanie, all of Blackwater; two grandchildren, William Tyler Griffin and Matt Ryan Griffin; a sister, Edna Davidson of Montgomery, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Billy Cade, David Sorrels, Billy Holloway, Jeff Peden, Mickey Sanders and Al Turnipseed.
IRENE THOMPSON
Homemaker
Graveside services for Irene Thompson will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at New Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Odell Powell officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Thompson, 78, of Meridian, died Monday, June 17, 2002, at Benchmark Healthcare Center.
Survivors include her daughter, Patsy Scheunemann of Meridian; grandchildren, Gay Love Nelson and her husband, Keith, of Wyoming, Minn., Vaughn Scheunemann and his wife, Karen, of North Branch, Minn., and Todd Scheunemann and his wife, Sandy, of Annandale, Minn.; and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Thompson.
Visitation will be today 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
CLARA D. WHITE
Homemaker
PHILADELPHIA Services for Clara D. White will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church with the Father Ralph Fritsch officiating. Burial will be in Holy Rosary Catholic Church Cemetery in the Tucker Community. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. White, 58, of Louisville, died Monday, June 17, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include a special friend, Kenneth Glasgow of Louisville; her daughters, Kimberly Winters of Louisville and Carol Winters of Philadelphia; a son, Christopher White of Philadelphia; two sisters, Helen Myers of Philadelphia and Shirley Brown of Columbus, Ga.; two brothers, Bobby Jo Deweese of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Ralph Deweese of Philadelphia.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Gus White.
Visitation will be today 3 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home with Rosary at 7:30 p.m.
RUSSELL SPANN
Auto mechanic
Graveside services for Russell Spann will be held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Rosehill Cemetery with the Rev. Terry Upchurch officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Spann, 57, of Meridian, died Sunday, June 16, 2002, in his home.
Survivors include his daughters, Lanny Spann and Shea Spann, two sons, James Spann and Mark Spann, five grandchildren, his mother, Arrada Reynolds, two brothers, James Lowery Spann and Jessie Reynolds, and a sister, Charlene Spann, all of Meridian.
Visitation will be Thursday at 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.
MARY ELLEN COLE HASSELL
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. Graveside services for Mary Ellen Cole Hassell will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian, Miss. East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements with James F. Webb Funeral Home of Meridian in charge of local arrangements.
Mrs. Hassell, 98, of Chattanooga, formerly of Meridian, died Sunday, June 16, 2002, at NHC Healthcare. She was a longtime member of Brainerd United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her son, Thad Hassell Jr.; a granddaughter, Melissa Douglas; grandsons, Brant Hassell, Mark Hassell and Rob Tolbert; a niece and several other family and special friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Thad W. Hassell; a daughter, Ellen Hassel;l and her parents, Mae and John Cole.
Memorials may be made to Brainerd United Methodist Church, 4315 Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37411.
GARY VANCE LITTLE
Market manager for Wal-Mart
Memorial services for Gary Vance Little will be held at a later date. Burial in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Simpson County. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Little, 46, of Marion, died Thursday, June 13, 2002, in his home.
Survivors include his wife, Cleo Little of Marion; a son, Cary Little of Baton Rouge, La.; daughters, Brandi Wright of Washington State and Michaela Little of Marion; a brother, Don Little of Mississippi; a half-sister, Elizabeth Allen of Texas; and his father, Vernon Little.
ROBERT BEASON
Arrangements were incomplete at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home for Robert Beason, 68, of Philadelphia, who died Monday, June 17, 2002, in his home.
CHARLES MCCALL
Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Charles "Chuck" McCall, 29, a missionary from Quitman, who died Sunday, June 9, 2002, in Nice, France.

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