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Obituaries for Saturday, July 31, 2004

By Staff
Services for Reginald Ernest Cook will be held today at 1 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Raymon Leake officiating.
Mr. Cook, 92, of Meridian, died Friday, July 23, 2004, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served in World War II. He attended East Mississippi Junior College and graduated from Mississippi State University, cum laude. He was a professor of vocational technology at Perkinston Junior College. He joined IBM in 1951 where he held numerous positions in Louisiana and Texas. He worked most of his career in the Fort Worth/ Dallas area. He retired as technical engineering field manager. Mr. Cook was an associate instructor for the National Rifle Association. He was a member of the Eastern Star, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. He was an active member of Northeast Community Club and was an elder in the Presbyterian church most of his adult life and later joined First Baptist Church in Meridian.
Survivors include his brother, Jack Cook and his wife, Joyce, of Meridian; sisters, Lillian Hightower and her husband, Ed, of Vicksburg and Louise Walker of Mobile, Ala.; cousins, Barbara Hamill and Alice Harrington, both of Meridian; special friends, J.T. "Bo" Northam Jr. and Clifford E. Holloway III, and John Satcher all of Meridian; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Buntin Cook; sister, Helen M. Margolin and brother-in-law, Robert "Bob" Buntin
GILBERTOWN, Ala. Services for John Patrick Whittington will be held today at 11 a.m. at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Derrick Clark and Mack Tester officiating. Burial will be in Brightwater Cemetery.
Mr. Whittington, 86, of Toxey, Ala., died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Grace Hays Whittington of Toxey; a son, Willie Earl "Pop" Whittington and his wife, Yvonne, of Toxey; brother, Willie Whittington and his wife, Hazel, of Ozark; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Services for Rocky Joles will be held today at 1 p.m. at Cornerstone Church with the Revs. Lonnie O'Quinn, Clarence Tilghman and Charles Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Joles, 49, of Meridian, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, in his home.
Survivors include his wife, Paula Joles of Meridian; a son, Brian Coats of Meridian; sisters, Ollie Mae Hardy and Kathy Avery, both of Alabama; brothers, Jessie Joles , James Roy Joles, Frank D. Joles, Winston C. Joles, Gerald G. Joles, Fred Joles, and David Joles, all of Mississippi; nine nieces, 11 nephews, 15 great-nieces and 19 great-nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ollie Joles and Winnie Joles and a brother, Harry Joles and two nephews.
Pallbearers will be Winston Joles, Frank Joles, Ricky Joles, David Joles, Phillip Walk, Brian Coats, Wyatt Hardy, Keith Hardy, Jeff Harris and Bobby Massey.
Visitation will be today beginning at 9 a.m. at the church.
Services for William D. "Bill" Sisson will be held today at 2:30 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Keith Grubbs and Bill Webb officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Mr. Sisson, 67, of Meridian, died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was retired from Southern Pipe and Supply after more than 48 years. He was a member of Midway Baptist Church. He will be remembered as a devoted husband, a loving father, and an adoring "Poppie."
Survivors include his wife of 42 years, Ann White Sisson of Meridian; children, Kathy Covington and her husband, Al; David Sisson and his wife, Denise, all of Meridian and Pam Coile and her husband, Greg, of Collierville, Tenn.; grandchildren, Tyler Covington, Mark Covington, and Joseph Covington, Mercedes Mosley, Cameron Mosley, Keaghan Coile, William Sisson, Corey Sisson, Jacob Sisson, Devin Sisson, Christopher Roland and Emily Roland; a sister, Ruth Reeder and her husband, Robert, of Union Springs, Ala.; a brother, Charles Sisson and his wife, Billie, of Meridian and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Rena B. Sisson and Bill Sisson; brothers, Hubert Sisson and Robert Sisson.
Pallbearers will be Gus Goforth Jr., Danny R. Miles, Billy Watkins, Charles Hurst, Wayne Culpepper and Lavalle White.
NEWTON Graveside services for Robert Thomas Chapman will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at New Fellowship Baptist Church Cemetery, with the Rev. Robert Rowzee officiating. Barham Funeral Home in Newton County is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Chapman, 94, of Hickory, died Friday, July 30, 2004, in Brandon. He was born Dec. 13, 1909. He was married to Addie Mae Killam from Oct. 20, 1932 until her death on Aug. 7, 1973. He was later married to Geneva Walker Edington Chapman for 22 years. He lived in the Fellowship community for approximately 70 years.
Survivors include his daughter, Johnnie Katherine Chapman and her husband Charles F. Carter of Brandon; grandchildren, Robert Carlton Carter and his wife Amy of Jackson, Katherine Ruth Zachary and her husband Mike of Laurel and Charles Kevin Carter and his wife Casey of Olive Branch; great-grandchildren, Justin Zachary, Taylor Zachary and Nathan Carter; and sisters, Angie Henn and her husband Roger of Colorado and Edith Sessums and her husband David of Jackson.
Memorials may be made to New Fellowship Baptist Church.
Visitation will be today from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
UNION Services for Opal Matthews will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Jeff Hancock officiating. Burial will be in Union City Cemetery.
Mrs. Matthews, 90, of Union, died Friday, July 30, 2004, at Magnolia Regional Personal Care Home.
Survivors include a son, George A. Matthews and his wife Lavonne of Linden, Ala.; a grandson; three great-grandchildren; a sister, Mildred Ezell of Union and a sister-in-law, Pauline Matthews of Union and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George B. Matthews.
Visitation will be Sunday from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Stennis, 108, of Meridian, died Wednesday, July 28, 2004, at Beverly Health Care Center.
Survivors include a son, Calvin Reed Stennis Jr. and his wife, Katie; 11 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, and three children.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.

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