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Obituaries for Wednesday, July 28, 2004

By Staff
Services for Michael W. Howard will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Hal Bates officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Howard, 65, of Meridian, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Queen City Nursing Center. He was a licensed nursing home administrator since 1974 and was among the first group to be licensed by the State of Mississippi. He was on the nursing home advisory committee to the office of the governor, Medicaid Division and was state chairman for eight years. He served on the Medical Advisory Committee to the office of the governor, Medicaid Division and was the past chairman, serving three years and vice-chairman for two years.
He was one of the founding members and president for many years of the Mississippi Health Care Association. He was a member of the Independent Nursing Home Association and was one of the founders and served as president from 1981-1986 and has held every office at the state level.
Mr. Howard was owner of Howard's Farms and was a breeder of AQHA and PHBA World Champions. He was owner of the PHBA Top Performances Horse of the Year and Top Palomino of the Year in 1993. He was a member and National Director and State Director of the PHBA and MPA. He was the recipient of Wesley Holden Sportsmanship Award in 2003.
He was a member of the National Fire Protection Association, American Association of Homes and Services for the Aged, Better Business Bureau and the East Mississippi Business Development Corporation.
Mr. Howard was a Mason, York Right, Shriner and a member of the Lion's Club. He was also a member of Queen City Rods and Vintage Wheels Antique Car Club, First Christian Church and the Eastern Star.
Survivors include his wife, Reida Howard of Meridian; daughters, Brenda Stevens and her husband, Roy, and Barbara Howard, all of Collinsville, Becky Davis and her husband, Mike, of York, Ala., and Beth Howard of Meridian; grandsons, Michael Davis, Jason Davis, Will Alexander, Marshall Alexander and Christopher Stevens; brothers, John A. Howard II and his wife, Irene, of Toomsuba and Guy Junius Howard and his wife, Joyce, of Sevierville, Tenn., and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John A. Howard and Mary Majure.
Memorials may be made to cancer research.
Pallbearers will be Michael Davis, Jason Davis, Guy Howard II, Ronnie Etheridge, Mike Ott and Wendell Hawkins. Honorary pallbearers will be Conner Cain, David Cooper, Don Waldron Sr. and Butch Terry.
PHILADELPHIA Services for Lawrence E. Williams will be held today at 2 p.m. at North Bend United Pentecostal Church. Burial will be in the Church cemetery in Neshoba County. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Williams, 85, of Philadelphia, died Monday, July 26, 2004, in his home.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille Williams of Philadelphia; daughters, Pearl Price and Aletha Thomas, both of Philadelphia, Ina Ainsworth of Bay Springs, Charlotte Pilgrim and Diane Craft, both of DeKalb; 14 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Sallie R. Dawkins will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Claude Fleming officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Dawkins, 89, of Meridian, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Heartfelt Hospice.
Survivors include her daughters, Claudia Katzes and her husband, Wilber, Lucille Robson, Barbara Pitcher and her husband, Rick and Sallie Mauldin and her husband, Rick; a brother, Tommy Roane; a sister, Dorothy Stewart; a sister-in-law, Edwina Dawkins; grandchildren, Greg Dawkins, Chris Katzes, Kim Hill and her husband, Steve, Jim Robson, Tina Robson, Josh Pitcher, Steven Pitcher, Melissa Pitcher, Ricky Mauldin and his wife, Renee and Jennifer Mayatt and her husband, David; great-grandchildren, Alexis Hill, Jacob Hill, Averi Hill, Ethan Robson, Caden Robson, Morgan Robson, Bailey Mayatt, Morgan Mayatt, Blake Mauldin, Jace Mauldin, Chelsey Brewer, Lindsey Brewer, Spencer Brewer, Christina Murphy and Rachel Murphy.
She was preceded in death by her husband, E.W. Dawkins; brother-in-law, Royce Dawkins Jr.; brothers Jack Roane and Robert Roane; a grandson, L.C. Mauldin and her parents, Claude and Edna Roane.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services for Leo Wesley Burt will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Sam Hull officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Burt, 88, of Meridian, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Beverly Healthcare Center. He was a retired truck driver for more than 35 years with Dixie Highway Express.
Survivors include his daughter, Linda Burt Coker and her husband, John, of Corinth; a son, Tommy Burt of Hermiston, Ore.; a son-in-law, Jerry Jerrell of Kentucky; sisters, Adline Lesley of Ozark, Ala. and Georgette Burt of Oklahoma; grandchildren, Regina Coker of Bay St. Louis, Lee Burt of North Carolina, Mike Jarrell of Indiana, Jeremy Jarrell of Kentucky, Angie Jarrell of Arizona, Sophia Burt of Oregon and Dax Burt and Nicole Burt of South Carolina; great-grandchildren, Christy Gleber and Daniel Gleber of Bay St. Louis, Tucomsey Jarrell and Jedseta Jarrell, both of Indiana; special friends, Norman and Carolyn Cumberland, Joel McWilliams, Bill Sanders and Chris Hill and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Christine Burt; daughters, Shirley Burt and Lynn Burt Jarrell; a granddaughter, Christie Rene Coker; sisters, Doris Dean and Eula Robinson; brothers, Tommy Burt and Fred Burt; a sister-in-law Jewel Brown.
Visitation will be Thursday one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.

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