Ronald D. Thames
D'IBERVILLE - Ronald D. Thames, 34, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, in Biloxi.
Arrangements are incomplete at the Richmond Funeral Home in Biloxi.
Sharon Delighte Uzzell
Funeral: Memorial service, 10 a.m. Tuesday at Lindenwood Christian Church, Memphis, Tenn.
NORTH DIGHTON, MASS. - Sharon "Shar" Delighte (Dixon) Uzzell, 53, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, in Mansfield, Mass., in a car accident.
Mrs. Uzzell was born in Lubbuck, Texas. She was a resident of North Dighton for two years following her residence in Gulfport and Chalmette, La., attended Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Brockton, Mass. She was LPN for Olympus Specialty Hospital in Stoughton, Mass., Morton Hospital in Taunton, Ma., and Memorial Hospital at Gulfport for 15 years. She attended Chalmette High School in 1964, University of New Orleans, and Pearl River Junior College of Nursing in Kiln.
She was preceded in death by her father, Robert E. Dixon.
Survivors include her mother, Ira "Jo" (Bennett) Dixon of Memphis; a daughter, Kerry Delighte McGowan of Memphis; a son, Neal "Quincy" Uzzell of Gulfport; a sister, Lisa Dawn Dixon of Arabi, La.; a brother, Robert J. Dixon of Memphis; and three grandchildren, Christian Alec McGowan, Jacob Austin McGowan, both of Memphis, and Ashley Marie Uzzell of Mansfield, Mass.
A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 20, 2000, at Lindenwood Christian Church.
Family members prefer donations be made to Wesley Highland Manor Nursing Home, 3549 Norriswood, Memphis, Tenn., 38111.
O'Keefe-Wade Funeral Home in Taunton, Mass., is in charge of arrangements.
Frederic A. Walker
Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at Grace Temple Baptist Church in Gulfport.
HINESVILLE, GA. - Pvt. Frederic A. Walker, 21, died Saturday, June 10, 2000, in Charleston, S.C.
Walker was a native of Miami, Fla. and was born Nov. 20, 1978. He was a member of the choir and the Usher Board at Grace Temple Baptist Church in Gulfport. He attended St. Martin High School in D'Iberville, and graduated from "The Challenge" program Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg.
Survivors include his parents, Janie Walker of D'Iberville, Fred Walker of Albany, Ga., and Charlie Miller of Kissimmee, Fla.; two sisters, Kimberly Darcelle Walker and Nicole Owens, both of D'Iberville; his fiancee, Kenyatta Kirkland of Hinesville, Ga.; and grandmother, Delores Mullins of Miami, Fla.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 18, 2000, at the Richmond Funeral Home in Biloxi.
A service will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 19, 2000, at Grace Temple Baptist Church, 3916 15th St., Gulfport. Burial will be in the Biloxi National Cemetery.
Richmond Funeral Home in Biloxi is in charge of arrangements.
June P. Williams
BAY ST. LOUIS - June P. Williams, 78, died Thursday, June 15, 2000, in Bay St. Louis.
Arrangements are incomplete at Riemann Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis.
Ray N. Bethune
BILOXI - Ray Noah Bethune, 81, died Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2000 in Biloxi.
Mr. Bethune was a native of Henderson, Tenn., and a longtime resident of Biloxi. He was a 1940 graduate of Freed Hardiman College in Henderson. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran of World War II and the Korean Campaign and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, seven air medals, American Campaign Medal, American Defense Medal, European Theater of Operations Medal, World War II Victory Medal and National Defense-Air Force Reserve Officer. He was employed as a meteorologist with the Federal Civil Service in Alamogordo, N.M. He was a member of Beauvoir United Methodist Church, Fellowship Lodge 631, F&AM, American Legion, 8th Air Force Historical Society and VFW.
Survivors include his wife, Jeannette Porter Bethune of Biloxi; a son, Gary P. Bethune; a daughter Nancy Lynn Bethune of Atlanta, Ga.; and three grandchildren.
Visitation was held Friday at Riemann Memorial Funeral Home on Beauvoir Road in Biloxi with a service following. Burial was in Biloxi National Cemetery.
The family prefers memorials to Quality Hospice of Biloxi.
Capt. Meredith S. Burch
Funeral: 11 a.m. today at Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
ATLANTIC BEACH, Fla. - Captain Meredith S. Burch, D.D.S. (U.S.N., Ret.), 67, of Atlantic Beach, FL, died August 8, 2000 at his home.
He was born January 4, 1933 in Bogalusa, LA and moved to Atlantic Beach in 1996 from Winter Springs, FL. He retired from the U.S. Navy as an Oral Surgeon and had served as the Commanding Officer of the Naval Dental European Region. He attended school on the Gulf Coast and was a graduate of the Loyola Dental School in New Orleans.
Family members include his wife, Mae Jean Burch of the home; daughters, Beverly (Doug) Allten of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, Brenda (Cameron) Bosnic of Marriottsville, MD, Rebecca (Doug) Oosting of Jacksonville, FL, Gwen Burch of Orlando, FL; brother, the Reverend Dalton R. Burch, Jr. of Gainesville, FL; sister, Connie Bradley of Marietta, GA and 7 grandchildren.
Services will be held 11 a.m., today, August 12, at the Palms Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville Beach, FL. Burial at Sea with Full Military Honors will be under the auspices of the United States Navy.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the March of Dimes or the Palms Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund.
Services under the direction and care of Quinn-Shalz, A Family Funeral Home, 3rd ST at Ponte Vedra Blvd., Jacksonville Beach, FL, (904) 249-1100.
Henry M. Bradley
GULFPORT - Henry M. Bradley, age unavailable, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, in Gulfport.
Arrangements are incomplete at Lockett-Williams' Mortuary in Gulfport.
PASS CHRISTIAN - Miss Ruth Derryberry, 100, of Pass Christian died Thursday, August 10, 2000 in Pass Christian. She was born in Saint Jo, Montague County, Texas on April 26, 1900. She had lived most of her adult life in the Fletcher, OK and Apache, OK area. She moved from Apache, OK to Gulfport, MS in 1985 and had been a resident of Pass Christian for ten years. She was a homemaker and caregiver for her family and was a very talented gardener, seamstress and quiltmaker. She was a member of Oak Street Church of Christ in Apache.
She was preceded in death by her parents, W.F. and Rebecca Derryberry; brothers, Luther Derryberry, Earl Derryberry, and Oscar Derryberry; her twin sister, Ruby Jolly and sister, Rose Brown; nephews, L.J. Jolly and Lowell Derryberry; a niece, Faye Rollo; three great-nephews; one great-niece; and one great-great-niece.
She is survived by and cared for by her niece, Marilyn King and her husband, David of Long Beach, MS. Other nieces and nephews surviving are, Opal Lindsay of Houston, TX, Virginia Rollo of Freeport, TX, Elton Brown and his wife Janie of Apache, OK, Betty Poteet and her husband Rex of Weatherford, TX, Bruce Derryberry of California, Billy Earl Derryberry and his wife, Letha of Winchester, TN, iece-in-law, Janie Derryberry of Fletcher, OK, Carolyn McGuire and her husband, Charley of Fletcher, OK, Betty Strong and her husband, Frank of New Mexico and seventeen great-nieces and nephews.
Miss Derryberry was sent from Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Gulfport to Lowell-Tims Funeral Home in Altus, OK for services and burial in Altus City Cemetery.
Lester Joseph LaFrance Sr.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Monday at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis.
BAY ST. LOUIS - Lester Joseph LaFrance Sr., 80, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, in Gulfport.
Mr. LaFrance was a native of Edwardsville and a resident of Bay St. Louis. He was a member of Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church in Bay St. Louis. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the Philippines, and received medals for good marksmanship and good conduct. He retired as a self-employed contractor and was in the timber industry for many years. He was a member of VFW Post No. 5931 in Pass Christian.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Jules and Fannie Ladner LaFrance; two brothers, Charles LaFrance and Edgar LaFrance; two sisters, Leona Fayard and Adelaide Herring; a granddaughter, Pamela Ruspoli; and a grandson, Barry Henley.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Mae LaFrance of Bay St. Louis; six sons, Lester LaFrance Jr. of Waveland, David LaFrance of Ocean Springs, Douglas LaFrance of Pine, La., Tommy LaFrance of Bay St. Louis, Gilbert LaFrance and Delbert LaFrance, both of Kiln; two daughters, Ruby Duncan of Longmont, Colo., and Peggy Henley of Bay Minette, Ala.; a brother, Jules LaFrance of Ansley; two sisters, Alvina Tartavoulle of Waveland and Lillian Lott of Bay St. Louis; 24 grandchildren; and 43 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to midnight Sunday at the Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis with the Rosary at 8 p.m. A service will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Our lady of the Gulf Catholic Church. Burial will be in Bayou Caddy Cemetery in Ansley.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Monday at St. Theresa Catholic Church in Gulfport.
GULFPORT - Levone Larry, 66, died Thursday, Aug. 3, 2000, in California.
Mr. Larry was a native of Moss Point, a longtime resident of Los Angeles and presently resided in Gulfport. He was discharged from the U.S. Navy in 1955 and was employed with Roadway Trucking Company for 37 years. He was a member of Agape Christian Fellowship in Los Angeles and St. Theresa Catholic Church in Gulfport. He was president of Mississippi Gulf Coast Club of Los Angeles and the Blues Commission and was a member of Gulfport NAACP and Returnee Club. He received the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce Mentor of the Quarter award.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy Larry and Mary Kennedy Larry.
Survivors include his wife, Jacinta Tichchiti Larry of California; five daughters, Marcia Larry Walker, Lavernne Larry Domino, both of Oakland, Calif., Terri Larry, Gerlanda Larry and Debra Larry; a son, Shawn Larry, all of Los Angeles; a brother, Alphonse Larry of Gulfport; and two sisters, Norma Jean Maldonado of Chicago and Rose Lofton of Compton, Calif.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the George and Lillian Lockett Memorial Chapel in Gulfport. A service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Theresa Catholic Church. Burial will be in Biloxi National Cemetery. Lockett-Williams' Mortuary in Gulfport is in charge of arrangements.
Micheal Jason Pettey
Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula.
PASCAGOULA - Micheal Jason Pettey, 25, died Thursday, Aug. 10, 2000, in Pascagoula.
Mr. Pettey was born Aug. 2, 1975, in Pascagoula and remained a lifelong resident. He graduated from Pascagoula High School in 1994. He was employed with Brouchard Off Shore as an engineer and was a former employee of Pugh Florist in Pascagoula.
Survivors include his father, Harry Pettey of Pascagoula; his mother, Donna Broadus of Hurley; a brother, Joey Pettey of Arigcola; a sister, Alicia Broadus of Hurley; paternal grandfather, C.A. Pettey; and maternal grandmother, Dottie Quave, both of Pascagoula.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 tonight at O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula. A service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home with burial in Serene Memorial Gardens in Escatawpa.
Rosemarie G. Smith
Funeral: 2 p.m. Sunday at Riemann Memorial Funeral Home, U.S. 49 North, Gulfport.
PERKINSTON - Mrs. Rosemarie "Pari" G. Smith, 61, died Thursday, August 10, 2000, in Perkinston, MS.
Mrs. Smith was a native of Hamburg, Germany, and had been a resident of the Gulf Coast for 22 years. She was a homemaker and former owner-operator of Headhunters. She was a member of Crane Creek Baptist Church.
Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her parents, Dr. Adolf and Helene Christ; and her stepfather, Carl Wilhelm Buck.
Survivors include her husband, Desmal C. Smith, Jr., of Perkinston, MS; a son, Desmal C. Smith III of Saucier, MS; a daughter, Soudabeh Gesa Pace of San Diego, CA; two stepsons, Robin Charles Smith of Houston, TX, and Randall Allen Smith of Crosby, TX; a stepdaughter, Serena E. Owens of Oak Hill, VA; a stepbrother, Ulrich Buck of Hamburg, Germany; and three grandchildren, Joseph C. Pace of San Diego, CA, Patience Smith and Megan Smith, both of Crosby, TX.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 tonight, August 12, at Riemann Memorial Funeral Home, U.S. 49 North, Gulfport, with a prayer service at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 13, at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Smith Family Cemetery in Perkinston.