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Obituaries for Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002

By Staff
ANGEL D. HARDAWAY
Computer Exchange employee
Services for Angel D. Hardaway will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Meridian Church of Christ on Highway 19 North with the Rev. Johnny Beckwith officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Ms. Hardaway, 23, of Atlanta, died Saturday, Oct. 5, 2002, in Atlanta.
Survivors include her father, Dennis M. Hardaway, her step-mother, Gwendolyn Hardaway, maternal mother, Willie Pearl Hardaway, sisters, Patrina S. Hardaway and Courtney McMickle, all of Meridian; a step-brother, Billy M. King and his wife, Melanie, of Hattiesburg; a niece, Nylah Hardaway, a nephew, Jarves Cole and her grandmother, Mamie Lois Hardaway, all of Meridian; four aunts, Regina Lewis and her husband, James, and Lamondia Hardaway, all of Meridian, Dora Strickland and Mary Kelly, both of Clarke County; five uncles, Eddie L. Hardaway and his wife, Janet, of Racine, Wis., Daryle Hardaway and his wife, Vickie, of Columbus, Ga., Randy Hardaway of Meridian, John Westly of Mobile, Ala., and Thomas Horne of Clarke County; a great-aunt, Molly Shanks and her husband, Billy, of Stonewall; two great-uncles, Sonny Davis and his wife, Johnnie Mae, of Stonewall, Jessie Davis and his wife, Laval, of Seattle; a god child, Julian C. Conner; a special friend, Dellire Starks; and several cousins, relatives and friends.
Visitation will be Thursday 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. at the funeral home and one prior to the services at the church.
RUTH A. DAVIS
Homemaker
Graveside services for Ruth A. Davis were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Old Marion Cemetery with the Rev. Davey Wilkinson officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Davis, 91, of Meridian, died Monday, Oct. 8, 2002, in her home. She was a member of Marion Methodist Church and the Eastern Star.
Survivors include her daughters, Delores Davis Hasselle and her husband, Frank, of Meridian, Ruth Elliott Davis of Marion and Joanne Lummus and her husband, Carl Reed, of Meridian; 11 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, several great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ernest Roach of Huntsville, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Reuven Elliott Davis; a brother, Joseph J. "Pete" Roach; and a daughter, Jane Davis Callahan.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
JAMES LEON GRIFFIN
Retired textile laborer
QUITMAN Services for James Leon Griffin were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Hebron Ridge Baptist Church with the Revs. Leon Parnell, Pike Smith and Ed Holloman officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Wright's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Griffin, 85, of Quitman, died Monday, Oct. 7, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in World War II.
Survivors include his three sons, Lester Griffin and Chris Griffin, both of Quitman, and Brad Griffin of Clinton; two daughters, Ola Marie Welborn and Rose Long, both of Quitman; a brother, Billy Brooks and a sister, Delores Brooks, both of Dallas; nine grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great- grandchildren.
REBECCA ANN HARMON
Homemaker
Services for Rebecca Ann "Becky" Harmon will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Dr. Frank Harmon and Steve Jordan officiating. Burial will be in Gum Log Cemetery.
Mrs. Harmon, 50, of Bailey, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, in her home. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Marion.
She was born and raised in Meridian. She graduated from Meridian High School and Meridian Junior College. She was a member of various honor societies.
Mrs. Harmon attended Mississippi State University and graduated with an accounting degree. She loved the Lord and was a loving mother and wife. She instilled the love of the Lord in her children and all of those that she came in contact with.
Survivors include her husband, Gary Harmon, two daughters, Elizabeth Harmon and Debby Harmon, two sons, Bob Harmon and Frank Harmon, all of Bailey; her parents, Bob and Gary Ann Williamsson of Kemper County; and a sister, Debra Ruleau of Collinsville.
Pallbearers will be Taylor Davis, Jim Hobgood, Dennis Sollie, Raymond Massey, Robert Rutledge and Steve Goodman.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Deacons of First Baptist Church in Marion.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
GUY M. LAKE SR.
Retired
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. Services for Gay Mathers Lake Sr. will be held today at 4 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa with the Rev. Dr. Charles Durham officiating. Burial will be in Tuscaloosa Memorial Cemetery with Sunset Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Lake, 86, of Tuscaloosa, died Sunday, Oct. 6, 2002, at DCH Regional Medical Center.
Mr. Lake was born in Meridian in 1916, he began work as a paperboy and was later employed with Armour Star Meat Packing Co.
He was a standout football player at Meridian High School and a Golden Gloves boxing finalist. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Mr. Lake moved to Tuscaloosa in 1946, where he started Lake's Menswear and then developed Gay Lake Real Estate. He served as the ninth president of the Tuscaloosa Board of Realtors. He also served as past president and was a lifetime member of Tuscaloosa Civitan Club.
He served as an elder at First Presbyterian Church in Tuscaloosa. Another great joy in his life was serving as president of Gideon's International. His pursuit in fulfilling the Great Commission with the gospel of Jesus Christ has been an inspiration to his family and others.
Mr. Lake was in real estate in Tuscaloosa County for decades. He was a home builder and developed at least three subdivisions in Tuscaloosa County.
A loving husband to his wife, Irene, for 65 years, he was also a wonderful and very warm father and grandfather. Granpapa Lake's love and memories will remain with us forever.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Wilbanks Lake, sons, Judge Gay M. Lake Jr. and his wife, Sylvia, Joseph Rosser Lake Sr. and his wife, Besty, all of Tuscaloosa, and Jerry Fred Lake of Jackson; a daughter, Mallie Lake Browder and her husband, Woody, of Tuscaloosa; grandsons, Dr. Gary M. Lake III, Peterson Browder, Clete Browder, Joseph Rosser Lake, Benjamin Samson Lake, Jerald Fredrick Lake, Coby Lightfoot Lake, Huntington Alexander Lake and William Arrington Lake; granddaughters, Valerie Lake Moates, Angela Lake Majure, Amy Lake Morrow, Susanna Hayes Lake, Marion Browder Campbell and Emily Christian Browder; and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Professor Thomas R. Lake Sr. and Mallie Mathers Lake; and a brother, Thomas R. Lake Jr.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Gary Lake, Pete Browder, Clete Browder, Ross Lake, Benjamin Lake, J. Lake, Coby Lake and William Lake.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Brian White, Dr. Ron McCormack, Dr. Pedro Lopez, Dr. John Mantle, Dr. Ann Lewis, Dr. Richard Gurich and local Gideon members.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International Fund or First Presbyterian Church Benevolence Fund.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

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