Obituaries for Sunday, Nov. 24, 2002
UNION Services for Lucille Childs will be held today at noon at Milling Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Rusty Walton officiating. Burial will be in Hester Cemetery.
Ms Childs, 79, of Pelahatchie, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, at Rankin Medical Center.
Survivors include four daughters, Carlene Gray of Pelahatchie, Judy McCrory of Pearl, Martha Davidson of Lucedale and Susie Sheppard of Brandon; five sons, James Ward and Timothy Ward, both of Little Rock, Jimmy Ward and Willard Ward, both of Lucedale, and Tommy Ward of Philadelphia; 43 grandchildren; 45 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dorothy Morrow and Pee Wee Wilkerson, both of Moss Point; and two brothers, Clayton Poole and Tommy Poole, both of Lucedale.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Alvin Ward, Sr.; and a daughter, Polly Ann Laird.
KERRY V. BOOKER
Graveside services for Kerry V. Booker will be held today at 2 p.m. at Sunset Memorial Cemetery with the Rev. Charles Johnson officiating. Berry &Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Infant Kerry, 16 days old, of Atlanta, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.
Survivors include the parents, Willie V. and Karem Nicholson Booker of Atlanta; maternal grandparents; and paternal grandfather.
NEWTON Services for Edwin Clark will be held today at 2 p.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Bonner officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Clark, 72, of Newton, died Friday, Nov. 22, 2002, at Mississippi University Medical Center in Jackson. He retired as a salesman for Tom's Peanut Company after 25 years. Born in Kemper County, he was a member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and served as a school teacher and basketball coach for several schools in Mississippi. He was a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.
Survivors include a son, Joe Wall and his wife, Betty, of Newton; three grandsons, Sammy Gunn of Enterprise, Chris Wall of Newton and Chad Wall of Brooklyn, N.Y.; seven great-grandchildren; and a sister, Edwina Crawford of North Hollywood, Calif.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Elmer and Minnie Shanks Clark; and a brother, Elmer Clark Jr.
Pallbearers will be Dan Edwards, Sam Edwards, Bill Montgomery, Donald Boutwell, Bobby Dearing, Danny Rains, Jason Rains and Rick Holsonback.
Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.
FRED T. STROBLE
Retired Southern Railroad switchman
Services for Fred T. Stroble will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with the Rev. Elvin Sunds officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Stroble, 86, of Meridian, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. he was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and signed with the New York Yankees when he was 18 years old. He played with minor league baseball teams in Binghamton, N.Y., San Antonio, Texas, Springfield, Ill., and Akron, Ohio before returning to Meridian and finishing his baseball career with the Meridian Millers.
Survivors include his wife, Juanita W. Stroble of Meridian; a daughter, Judy Smith of Dothan, Ala.; a son, Joey Stroble and his wife, Pam, of Jackson; his grandchildren, Laura Stroble Wesson, Joseph Jason Stroble, Tommy Smith, Linda, Kenneth, Kevin and Michael Smith; several great-grandchildren; several step-grandchildren; his stepchildren, Linda Nause and her husband, Harry, of Meridian; Rick Williams and his wife, Brenda, of Whidby Island, Wash., Lisa Nation and her husband, James, of Montgomery, Ala., and Scott Williams and his wife, Susan, of Birmingham, Ala.; and a sister, Allie Fleming of Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jonell Callahan Stroble; and a son, Fred Stroble Jr.
The family requests memorials be made to St. Patrick's Building Fund.
Visitation will be today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services for Sebelle Willis will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at St. Peter AME Zion Church with the Rev. Arthur Davis Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery. Berry &Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Willis, 80, of Meridian, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at Aurora Nursing Home in Columbus.
Survivors include a son, Jule Willis and his wife, Alice, of Columbus; and three grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
JIMMIE C. NOWELL SR.
NEWTON Services for Jimmie C. Nowell Sr., will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Decatur United Methodist Church with the Rev. Billy Owen officiating. Burial will be in Nowell Family Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home of Newton County is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Nowell, 57, of Decatur, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002, at Guardian Angel Hospice.
Survivors include his wife, Virna Faye Nowell of Decatur; a son, Jimmie C. Nowell, Jr. and his wife, Tonya, of Decatur; a daughter, Misty Renee Johnson and her husband, Keith, of Baton Rouge, La.; one grandchild; two brothers, James Earl Nowell of Philadelphia and Jason Nowell and his wife, Lou Anna, of Maben; three sisters, Janice Faye Benson, Judy Ackinson and Joyce Buford, all of Starkville; and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
BEVERLY J. GREEN
DEKALB Arrangements were incomplete at E.E. McDonald Funeral Home for Beverly J. Green, 62, of Collinsville, who died Thursday, Nov. 21, 2002, at her home.
ANNIE M. MASON
Arrangements were incomplete at Berry &Gardner Funeral Home for Annie M. Mason, 83, of Meridian, who died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002 at her home.