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Obituaries for Wednesday, October 27, 2004

By Staff
Retired
Services for Ray Rutledge were held today at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Jim Meadows and Donald Gentry officiating. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Rutledge, 78, of Meridian, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, in his home. He was a member of Long Creek Baptist Church, International Singing Brakeman Association and the Moose Lodge. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a Mason. He was owner of Central Heating and Air for more than 50 years.
Survivors include his daughter, Paula Joyner and her husband, James, of Meridian; sons, Donald Rutledge of Brandon, Wayne Rutledge, Glenn Rutledge and his wife, Mishelle, all of Meridian; grandchildren, Michael Rutledge, Steven Rutledge, Kasey Joyner, Jeremy Rutledge, Joshua Rutledge and Jayden Rutledge; a sister, Ruth Linton of Meridian; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Lauderdale County Humane Society or Long Creek Baptist Church.
Pallbearers were Dennis Linton, Todd Linton, Steve Knop, Howard Gibson, Hulon Dearman and Joey Wagner. Honorary pallbearers were members of the International Singing Brakeman Association.
Attorney
Services for Richard Eggleston Wilbourn II were held today at 10:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Rhett Payne officiating. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Wilbourn, 67, of Meridian, died Saturday, Oct. 23, 2004, at Rush Foundation Hospital.
He was a lawyer, businessman, banker and farmer. He began his career with the law firm of Wilbourn, Lord and Williams in 1962 and was the senior partner of the law firm of Wilbourn and Rogers at the time of his death. Mr. Wilbourn served as a United States Magistrate early in his career. He became chairman of the board and CEO of Inn Serve Corporation, a hotel management company, in 1984 and served in that capacity until 2002. He became a director of Citizens National Bank of Meridian in 1975 and became chairman of the board of directors in 2000.
He was born in Meridian and was educated in the Meridian Public School System, Washington and Lee University and the University of Virginia School of Law.
He was a lifetime member of First Presbyterian Church of Meridian and a member and former chairman of the Board of Deacons. He was a past president of the Meridian Jaycees and the Meridian Kiwanis Club. He was a former chairman of the board of directors of King's Daughters and Sons Rest Home and a former chairman of the Board of Review of the Boy Scouts of America. He formerly served as a director of the Meridian Chamber of Commerce and the American Red Cross and as a trustee of the Lamar School Foundation.
Survivors include his wife, Deanna A. Wilbourn of Meridian; a son, Richard E. Wilbourn III and his wife, Victoria, of Jackson; daughters, Elizabeth W. Williamson and her husband, Russell, and Garnett W. Hutton and her husband, Tom, all of Memphis, Tenn.; granddaughters, Sophi Wilbourn and Deanna Wilbourn, of Jackson, Caroline Williamson and Garnett Hutton and Callie Hutton, both of Memphis; a grandson, Russell Williamson Jr. of Memphis; a sister, Margaret W. Vise and her husband, Dr. Guy T. Vise Jr. of Jackson and a brother, James G. Wilbourn and his wife, Jane, of Clarksdale.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James Cox Wilbourn and Garnett Sturdivant Wilbourn of Meridian.
Memorials may be made to any of the charitable and religious trusts Mr. Wilbourn was instrumental in the creation. The trusts are for Lamar Foundation School, French Camp Academy, Washington and Lee University and First Presbyterian Church of Meridian. Citizens National Bank of Meridian, Trustee, P.O. Box, 911, Meridian, MS 39302.
Pallbearers will be Dr. George Arrington, Alston Buntyn, A.L. Cahn, Michael G. Crosby, Scott Lovett, Archie R. McDonnell Jr., Gerald Mitchell, Fred O. Poitevent, Charles Reasonover, Don O. Rogers, Dr. Frank H. Tucker and Thomas E. Williams.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles P. Carriere III, Micajah P. Sturdivant II, Ben S. Yandell, William M. Yandell, Dr. Jack F. Denney, Dr. J. Gill Holland, David C. Majure, William H. Watson III and members of the Board of Directors of Citizens National Bank of Meridian.
Retired TVA electrical lineman
PHILADELPHIA Services for Gene Wright Majure will be held today at 11 a.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will be in New Bethel Cemetery in Neshoba County.
Mr. Majure, 75, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2004, in his home.
Survivors include his wife, Dean Majure of Philadelphia; daughters, Angle Bateman, Donna Sims and Wanda Majure, all of Philadelphia, and Charlotte Peacock of Durant; sons, Tommy Majure, Dewey Johnson and Danny Johnson, all of Philadelphia; 17 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; sisters, Rose Chandler and Betty Thornton, both of Carthage.
He was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Majure.
Retired
Services for Margaret Grant will be today at 2 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Dr. Raymon Leake and David McCubbin officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Mrs. Grant, 83, of Meridian, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, at King's Daughters and Sons Rest Home. She was the retired deputy chancery clerk for M.B. Cobb and Lauderdale County. She was a member of the Pilot Club and a volunteer at Riley Hospital for many years. She was an active member of First Baptist Church in Meridian where she served on many committees.
Survivors include her husband, Joe V. Grant; daughters, Terry Allen and her husband, Millard, and Jill Walker and her husband, Dewayne, all of Meridian; a brother, Tom Andrews of Lenoir, N.C.; grandchildren, Dr. Grant Allen and his wife, Brandi, of Florence, Ala., and Joie Brown and her husband, Stephen, of Starkville; great-grandchildren, Christie Marie Brown, Drew Allen and Lucy Allen.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Glen Canty, Rick Canty, Jack Jackson, Leonard Cobb, Joe Kieronski, Wayne Bagley and Grady Wakefield.
Visitation will be today from noon -2 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired Masonite employee
Graveside services for Tom Cotton will be held today at 2 p.m. at All Day Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Parker officiating. Clark's Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Cotton, 70, of Meridian, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2004, at The Specialty Hospital of Meridian.
Survivors include his sisters, Lucinda Allen and her husband, Earl, of Oakdale, Minn., and Ethel Hersey of Meridian; brothers, Johnny Cotton and his wife, Dorothy, of St. Paul, Minn., and Clyde Cotton and his wife, Birda, of Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Virgie and Lucy Cotton; and a brother.
Visitation will be today from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the funeral home.
GILBERTOWN, Ala. Services for Vernie Gladis Jimmerson Coody will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Gilbertown Church of God with the Revs. Fred Wiley and Scotty Fulcher officiating. Burial will be in Mosley Cemetery in Gilbertown.
Mrs. Coody, 83, of Gilbertown, died Monday, Oct. 25, 2004, in her home.
Survivors include her sons, Roy Coody of Butler and Raymond Coody of Weslaco, Texas; daughters, Ruby Sellers and Rachel Lee, both of Gilbertown; 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
Visitation will be today from 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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