Obituaries for Thursday, June 24, 2004
Services for Kattie B. Hall will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ebenezer Baptist Church with the Rev. Donald Naylor officiating. Burial will be in Zion Hill Cemetery. Berry and Gardner Funeral Home Cemetery is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Hall, 61, of Meridian, died Saturday, June 19, 2004, in her home.
Survivors include her father, Albert Irby of Sandusky, Ohio; daughters, Terrie Collier, Vickie Williams and Yolanda Hall, all of Meridian, and Shirley Cunningham of Toomsuba; a son, Charles Wilson of Meridian; sisters, Sennie Mae Irby of Newark, N.J., Carolyn Bennoman of Meridian, Evelyn Irby, Annette Irby and Elaine Irby, all of Sandusky; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Friday 7 p.m.-8 p.m. at the church.
Retired school teacher
PHILADELPHIA Services for Mildred P. "Myra" Germany will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at John E. Stephens Chapel with the Revs. Paul Lee and Normand Walker officiating. Burial will be in Carolina Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Germany, 104, of Picayune, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, in her home.
Survivors include her daughter, Gretchen Lee and her husband, Paul, of Picayune; a sister, Bracie Roodhouse of Stanwood, Wash.; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired Mississippi Department of Transportation employee
PHILADELPHIA Services for Clayton Pugh will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Revs. Chris Shelton and David Bankston officiating. Burial will be in Morrow Cemetery in Neshoba County.
Mr. Pugh, 76, of Philadelphia, died Wednesday, June 23, 2004, in his home. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Maudie Pugh of Philadelphia; a daughter, Emily Pugh Anderson of Madison; a son, Randall Pugh of Philadelphia; and four grandchildren.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services for John E. "Jack" Stack Jr. will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. at Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Charles Stanley officiating. Burial will be in Rocky Springs Cemetery in Lisbon, Ala., at 5:30 p.m. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Stack, 86, of Meridian, died Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was self-employed in oil exploration and drilling.
Mr. Stack moved to Meridian in 1946 after serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Naval Construction Battalion. He worked in the oil fields as a "ruff neck" in the 1930s. He discovered several oil fields in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. He brought in the Quitman Oil Field, Frances Creek Field and the Cypress Creek Field.
Mr. Stack was very active in politics and served as a delegate to the Electoral College in 1952 to help elect President Dwight D. Eisenhower. He served as a colonel on former Gov. J.P. Coleman's staff. He was personal friends with all Republican presidents up to former President George H.W. Bush.
Mr. Stack was an active Gideon since the late 1940s and spoke all over this area and other parts of the country. He had helped financially start Christian radio station in Meridian and was active in helping recovering alcoholics. Mr. Stack will be remembered for his often used phrase, "Thank you Jesus."
A native of Texas, he attended public school in Texas and studied geology at the University of Austin. He was the son of a frontier preacher and Texas missionary. His mother taught Bible in public schools.
He was a member of the Meridian/Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce, the Meridian Industrial Foundation, the Independent Petroleum Association of America, the Interstate Oil and Gas Commission Regulatory Committee, the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association of America, the Mississippi Economic Council and an associate member of the Oil and Gas Drilling Contractors. He was named Wildcater in 1985 by the Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association.
He became a Christian at the age of 12, the same year he joined the Boy Scouts after he met a Boy Scout from New York, discovered the Boy Scout Handbook and knew instantly he wanted to join.
He returned home and began searching for a Boy Scout troop to join. He saw a U.S. Border Patrolman with a pinched hat and just knew his search was over. When he questioned the Border Patrolman about scouting, the patrolman told Jack that he was not a Scoutmaster. However, if he wanted to join the Boy Scouts of America, he would try to organize a new troop. He did and the Boy Scout Border Patrol Troop was organized in 1930; Mr. Stack was a charter member.