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Obituaries for Thursday, July 29, 2004

By Staff
LOUISVILLE Services for Katie Cockrell Dempsey will be held today at 11 a.m. at Nowell-Tilghman Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Joyce Murphy, Jimmy Wyatt, Bo Mills and Cindy Gerber officiating. Burial will be in Whitehall Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Dempsey, 94, of Louisville, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, in Winston Medical Center.
Survivors include her daughter, Sarah Brown; a son, Noble Dempsey; a sister, Mary Maude Taylor and a brother, Willie Cockrell, all of Louisville; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Rural Dempsey; sons, David Dempsey and Billy Ray Dempsey; sisters, Lillian Parks and Nina Kent; brothers, Homer Cockrell, John Henry Cockrell, and Claude Cockrell and a grandchild, Denise Demspey.
SEBASTOPOL Services for Mary Sistrunk will be held today at 3 p.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. H.L. Rhodes and David Bankson officiating. Burial will be in the Sebastopol City Cemetery.
Ms. Sistrunk, 94, of Sebastopol, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Hospice in His Hands. She was a member of Sebastopol Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, Nolen Sistrunk and his wife, Elaine, of Sebastopol; a daughter-in-law, Sada Sistrunk of Sebastopol; granddaughters, Tammy Bennett and her husband, Larry, and Karen Moorehead and her husband, Chad, all of Sebastopol; a grandson, Gary Sistrunk and his wife, Karen, of Sebastopol and eight great-grandchildren; sisters, Maggie Brantley of Union and Annie Mae Davidson of Pascagoula and several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Gary Sistrunk, Jason Sistrunk, Brandon Sistrunk, Larry Bennett, Larry Brantley and Greg Davidson.
Graveside services for Sanaijha Allen will be held today at 11 a.m. at Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Darryl Fluker officiating. Berry and Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Infant Allen, 2 months, of Meridian, died Monday, July 26, 2004, at Children's Hospital of Birmingham, Ala.
Survivors include her mother, Deyantha Curry; father, Sandy Allen; paternal grandparents, Sandy and Betty Allen and great-uncle, Harold Chaney, all of Meridian.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Denise Curry and Judson Boyd.
BILOXI Services for George Edwin Bullard will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Biloxi National Cemetery with full military honors.
Mr. Bullard, 85, of Gulfport, died on Monday, July 26, 2004, at Keesler Medical Center. He was a Methodist . He was a native of Meridian and he had been a resident of Gulfport since 1970. He attended Gulf Coast Military Academy in the 1930's and received a bachelor's of science degree from the University of Arizona in 1950. He completed graduate studies at both the University of Arizona and Mississippi State University, receiving a master of science degree from Mississippi State in 1957. During World War II, he served as a bomber pilot in the Army Air Forces, flying B-17's in Europe in 1944-1945. Decorations and awards included the Bronze Star Medal and several campaign and service medals. Upon disability retirement as a Major from the Air Force, he continued his education and taught at Mississippi State University for five years, transferring to the University of Southern Mississippi in 1960. He taught at the Hattiesburg campus for 10 years prior to transferring to the Gulf Park Campus in 1970 to assume duties as Associate professor of business administration and then as director of the department and subsequently as assistant to the Dean for Academic Coordination. Upon retirement from USM in 1984, Professor Bullard was awarded Dean Emeritus status.
In addition to his tenure with the University of Southern Mississippi, his varied and colorful career saw him as the station manager of KSET Radio in El Paso,Texas; Assistant Manager of the El Paso, Texas International Airport; Founder and Chairman of the National Aerial Applicators Association; receiving a Fellowship in Business through the Foundation of Economic Development at Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Inc. in New York; a registered financial advisor with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission; a certified financial planner; a former president of the Southern Faculty Investment Club and a member of the board of directors of Metropolitan National Bank (acquired by Hancock Bank).
He completed numerous research projects, which included an analysis of the weakness of the American Banking System Prior to 1913, The Financial Problems of Fixed Base Operations of Selected Mississippi Airports, and Market Research Analysis for the Corporate Marketing Department of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith, Inc.
In 1971, he organized the Gulf Coast Military Academy Alumni Association, a formidable task, as the senior division of the Academy had been closed for 20 years with prior enrollment representing every U.S. state and several foreign countries. Through his efforts along with his wife, Dorothy, its membership grew to more than 600. He and his wife, had been the only executive secretary and director for the past 33 years.
His former students, associates, and Gulf Coast Military Academy schoolmates especially revered his intense work ethic, unqualified loyalty, and intellectual integrity. He will be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, of more than 50 years, Dorothy Thomson Bullard; daughters, Janet Bullard Lambert and her husband, David, and Joanne Bullard O'Keefe; grandchildren, Jeffrey Hugh O'Keefe Jr., William Robert Carter II and Emily Diane Carter.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 417 Security Square, Gulfport, MS 39507.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home.
Graveside services for Jesse Dillan Lee will be held Friday at 11:30 a.m. at Hickory Grove Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Sephus Garrett officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Infant Dillan, 10 weeks, of Meridian, died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson.
Survivors include his parents, James and Jennifer Lee of Meridian; grandparents, Starla and Dewayne Rowell, Thomas Hughes, Betty and James Skipper.
Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. at the funeral home.
Services for Johnnie M. Earl will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Odell Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in Galilee Cemetery.
Mrs. Earl, 73, of Meridian, died Saturday, July 24, 2004, at Riley Hospital.
Survivors include her sons, Dennis Ray Earl, Herbert Dale Earl, Jerome Allen Earl and Calvin Ivy Earl; daughters, Patricia Diane Earl, Tammy Earl and Bertha Mae Earl, all of Meridian; a brother, William Herbert Walker and his wife, Helen, of Detroit; a sister, Sadie Walker Windom and her husband, Gus, of Meridian; 18 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son and three brothers.
Visitation will be Friday 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

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