Obituaries for Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002
VIRGIE D. PARKER
Services for Virgie D. Parker will be held Wednesday 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. James Killebrew and Steve Dillon officiating. Burial will be in Blackwater Cemetery.
Mrs. Parker, 98, of Meridian, died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at Beverly Healthcare Center. She was born Dec. 13, 1903, to Annie Laurie Lang and John Thomas Lang. She was a retired lunch room assistant at Ponta School and Northeast Lauderdale School. She was a member of the Eastern Star, Lauderdale Homemaker's Club and Lockhart Holiness Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Peggy Sue Sokolowski of Garden City, Mich.; a son, John Lang and his wife, Lydia Parker, of Greenville; a daughter-in-law, Elsie Parker of Clarksville, Tenn.; grandsons, James Parker of Clarksville, Keith Parker of Richmond, Texas, Kerry Parker of Owensboro, Ky., Christopher Sokolowski and Matthew Sokolowski, both of Garden City; a granddaughter, Susan Sokolowski Levitt of Garden City; and eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Luther Parker Sr.; and a son, James Luther Parker Jr.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons, James, Keith and Kerry Parker, and Christopher and Matthew Sokolowski.
Honorary pallbearers will be her great-grandsons.
Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
NELDA T. LEWIS
PHILADELPHIA Services for Nelda T. Lewis will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Philadelphia with the Revs. Dr. Dan Howard and Dr. Eugene Dobbs officiating. Burial will be in Cedarlawn Cemetery in Philadelphia. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Lewis, 73, of Philadelphia, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband, Kenneth Lewis of Philadelphia; daughters, Marilyn Eastland of Brandon and Dr. Martha Lewis of Clinton; a son, John "Ken" Lewis of Philadelphia; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Philadelphia Challenge to Build Fund.
Visitation will be today 10 a.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
HOWARD L. JONES JR.
Retired insurance salesman
Services for Howard L. "Bulldog" Jones Jr. will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Jerry Johnson and Hugh Poole officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Jones, 75, of Meridian, died Saturday, Dec. 7, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
He was born and raised in the Tuxedo neighborhood of Meridian. While still in his teens, he traveled to Mobile to work with his parents, Howard L. and Ina C. Jones, in the war effort in the shipyards of Mobile, Ala. At the age of 17, he was accepted into the Merchant Marine division of the Coast Guard, and served as a seaman, ferrying supplies to the American forces in the South Pacific and later, Japan. He was honorably discharged at the end of the war.
After the war, Mr. Jones worked as a trouble shooting manager for Butler shoe stores for a number of years. He married Marilyn Greene of Meridian, who was later known as Justice Court Judge Marilyn G. Jones of District Two. He returned to Meridian in 1959 and went into the insurance business. He worked for United Insurance Company of America and retired from that company after 20 years.
He was also known as "Bulldog," and was a humorous and witty man, and always fun to be with. He was also known as a hard-nosed businessman and a credit to his Scotch-Irish heritage. He was a strict but loving father to his four children, who learned under his tutelage the meaning of hard work and honesty. He will be missed by the world. "A father is valuable while he is alive, but invaluable once he is gone."
Survivors include his daughters, Gina Massey of San Antonio, Texas, and Jacqueline Boler of Morristown, Tenn.; sons, Gerald Jones of Meridian and Jay Jones of Dallas; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; and long-time companion, Joyce Partridge of Meridian.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Visitation will be today 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
JAMIE P. TAYLOR JR.
Services for Jamie P. "Jim" Taylor Jr. will be held Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Jamie Lamoreaux and Mike Vick officiating. Dan Self will speak. Burial will be in Tinnin Cemetery.
Mr. Taylor, 68, of Meridian, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was a deacon at Briarwood Baptist Church and founder of the Queen City Insulation, Taylor Pak-A-Sak, Queen City Enterprises, Developers Inc., and member of National Fox Hunters Association.
Survivors include his wife, Nell C. Taylor of Meridian; a son, Jamie P. "Jim" Taylor and his wife, Jennifer, of Meridian; daughters, Debbie Maxey and her husband, Robert, of Ft. Wayne, Ind., and Laurie Cobb and her husband, Ivan, of Meridian; six grandchildren, Lesley and Jacob Taylor, Angela White, Matt Maxey, Michael and Makenzie Cobb; three great-grandchildren, Luke and Emily Matis, and Jody Maxey; his mother, Louise Taylor of Meridian; and sisters, Mable Dorough of Meridian and Faye Spencer of Jackson.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jamie P. Taylor Sr.; and a brother Ira Lynn Taylor.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or Autism Society of America, 7910 Woodmont Ave. Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814-3067.
Pallbearers will be James Joyner, George Boone, Larry Etheridge, Earl McDaniels, Waddell Robinson and Edward Garrad.
Visitation will be Wednesday 12:30 p.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Services for Ned Robinson will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Spiritual Truth Holiness Church with the Rev. Bishop Kenneth Dunning officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery. Berry and Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Robinson, 62, of Shubuta, died Thursday, Dec. 5, 2002, at Guardian Angel Hospice.
Survivors include his wife, Joyce Robinson of Shubuta; sons, Ned Robinson Jr. of Slidell, La., and Jimmy Robinson of Baltimore, Md.; daughters, Erica Robinson and Daffinie Robinson, both of Shubuta, and Dorothy Lynch and her husband, Lawrence, of Quitman; two sisters, Carrie Starks and her husband, Robert, of Meridian, and Mattie Lee Robinson of Slidell; and five grandchildren.
Visitation will be Wednesday 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Percy McLemore of Meridian, who died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements were incomplete at Stephens Funeral Home for Jimmye Huff, 70, of Meridian, who died Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Hearfelt Hospice.
CLARA VIRGINIA IRBY
Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Clara Virginia Irby, 77, of Meridian, who died, Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
DOROTHY M. BOYD
Arrangements were incomplete at E.E. McDonald Funeral Home for Dorothy M. Boyd, 76, of Meridian, who died Sunday, Dec. 8, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements were incomplete at James F. Webb Funeral Home for Gloria Embrey of Meridian, who died, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2002, at Queen City Nursing Center.
FERN ELIZABETH LIDDELL
Arrangements were incomplete at James F. Webb Funeral Home for Fern Elizabeth Liddell of Meridian, who died Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, in her home.