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Obituaries for Friday, Sept. 27, 2002

By Staff
QUITMAN Services for Ruby Gibson Kufel will be held today at 10 a.m. at Wright's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Cauthern officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery.
Mrs. Kufel, 85, of Quitman, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at McNeil Personal Care Center in Enterprise. She was a homemaker. She was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother.
Survivors include her husband, Carlis Kufel of Quitman; a son, Larry Jimerson of Butler, Ala.; daughters, Wanda Kufel Murray and Lena Kufel Overby, both of Enterprise; five brothers, Curtis Gibson and Gus Gibson, both of Anniston, Ala., Robert Gibson of York, Ala., Jarrell Gibson of Orange Beach, Ala., and Jamie Gibson of Butler; a sister, Beatrice Tindle of Butler; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Dustin Murray, Jay Jimerson, David Overby, Brent Overby, Shane Jimerson and Larry Murray.
Graveside services for Lt. Col. Joseph Ray Brantley will be held today at 11:30 a.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with Chaplain David Allen officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Lt. Col. Brantley, 84, of Middleburg, Fla., died Monday, Sept. 23, 2002, in his home. He enlisted in the Last Horse Calvary at Ft. Oglethorpe, Ga., and served more than 30 years in the U.S. Air Force, retiring as lieutenant colonel. He received the bronze star. Mr. Brantley retired 1964 and lived in Meridian for more than 37 years.
Survivors include his wife, Dean Brantley of Meridian; two daughters, Frankie Davis and her husband, Harold, both of Jacksonville, Fla., and Beverly Cunningham of Meridian; four grandchildren, Brant Cunningham, Kyle Cunningham, Christy Fraga and LeeAnn Vital; and two great-grandchildren, Christian Fraga and Amber Vital.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Edna Faucette Brantley.
NEWTON Services for Valerie Ann McMullan will be held today at 2 p.m. at James F. Webb Chapel with the Revs. Ben Peterman and Roger Cooper officiating. Burial will be in Pine Ridge Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. McMullan, 38, of Lake, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, at Newton Regional Hospital. She was born in Newton County and was a surgical technical nurse. She was a student at ECCC and a member of Newton Christian Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Samantha Joyce McMullan of Lake; three sons, Clinton Lloyd McMullan of Flowood, William Charles McMullan of Enterprise and Clinton Brandon McMullan of Lake; her mother, Joyce McGrew of Lake; her paternal grandmother, Dorothy White of Newton; the father of her children, Clifton McMullan of Forest; two sisters, Cindy Wilson of Pearl and Wendy Tillman of Homewood; a brother, Steve McGrew of Lake; and two grandchildren, Alicia McMullan of Enterprise and Madison Clark of Lake.
She was preceded in death by her father, Charles McGrew; her maternal grandmother, Mary Jane Gibbs; and her paternal grandfather, Clinton McGrew.
Pallbearers will be Charles Kelly, Dustin Addy, Danny Thompson, Tim Lewis, James McMullan and Justin Wilson.
Visitation is from 8 a.m. until the time of the service.
Automotive industry employee
Graveside services for Billy Kent will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Art Davey officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Kent, 71, of Meridian, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002. He was employed in the automotive industry.
Survivors include his wife, Snookey Kent; a daughter, Linda Elliott Houston and her husband, Ricky Houston; a son, Allen Kent and his wife, Janet Kent; five grandchildren, William Elliott, Daniel Elliott, Susanne Elliott, Andrew Kent and Stuart Kent; three siblings, Robert Kent, Edwina Scruggs and Dell Kent; and a special friend, Dante, his dog.
He was preceded in death by both of his parents and a brother, Charles Kent.
The family requests memorials be made to a favorite charity.
Retired physician
Services for Dr. Patrick G. McLain will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sephus Garrett officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. in Puckett Cemetery in Puckett.
Dr. McLain, 71, of Meridian, died Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2002, in Meridian. He was a retired physician. He was veteran of the U.S. Army and a missionary in Africa for a year, where he was a surgeon. He was a member of First Christian Fellowship Church.
Survivors include his wife, Judi G. McLain of Meridian; four children, Dr. Mark McLain and his wife, Lisa, both of Madison, Melissa Terry and her husband, Jerry, both of Laurel, Russell W. Andreacchio and his wife, Lisa, both of Meridian, and Celeste Andreacchio Fletcher and her husband, Dr. Reid Fletcher, both of Ridgeland; five grandchildren; two sisters, Virginia Dukes and her husband, George, both of Brandon, and Marianna Martin and her husband, Dan, both of Brandon; a niece; a nephew; and three great nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Garron McLain.
The family requests memorials be made to the Mississippi Heart Association.
Pallbearers will be Sonny Andreacchio, Rudy Newell, Ken Storms, Perry Overby, Bud Overby and Stanley Means.
Visitation will be today from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.