Lurline Sumrall Lee
Lurline Sumrall Lee, 76, of Boyle died Sept. 20, 2002 at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. Funeral services were held Monday at 11 a.m. at Ray Funeral Home in Cleveland.
Mrs. Lee, a native of Scott County, was the daughter of John Wesley and Viola Frances Walker Sumrall.
She is survived by three daughters, Sandra Lee Dixon of Kosciusko, Linda Lee Mason of Tallulah, La., and Brenda Lee Gary of Greenville; a brother, W.J. Sumrall of Cleveland; a sister, Ethel Wood of Laurel; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Lee; a brother, Delbert Hooper Sumrall; a sister, Frances Sumrall Hughes, and her parents.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church of Cleveland or the Lupus Foundation.
Imogene K. McKnight
Services for Mrs. Imogene K. McKnight, 74, of Weir were held Tuesday at noon at Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Ackerman.
Burial was in South Union Methodist Church Cemetery.
She died Sept. 22, 2002 at Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville. She was a native of Choctaw County, a member of New Zion Baptist Church.
She is survived by four sons, Donald McKnight of Ackerman, Dale McKnight, Jackie McKnight and Jimmie McKnight of Weir; a daughter, Linda Baxter of Weir; three brothers, Edward King of Ackerman, Ralph King of Lambert, Wayne King of Weir; two sisters, Gloria King and Montez Reece of Weir; 11 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Loran McKnight, and a son, Dennis McKnight.
Pallbearers were Robbie McKnight, Jeff McKnight, Chris McKnight, Ray McKnight, Brenton McKnight, Kevin Keith, Roger McKnight, Bobby McKnight and Tony Higgins.
Memorials may be made to New Zion Baptist Church at Weir.
Otho E. Pettit
Otho E. Pettit, 93, died Sept. 24, 2002 at the Mississippi State Veterans Home in Kosciusko. Services were to be held today (Thursday) at Jordan Funeral Home Chapel.
Pettit was a lifelong resident of Attala County. He graduated from Attala County Agricultural High School at McAdams where he was a stellar athlete in basketball, track, and football. His senior year he was named to the All-State football team as a running back.
He married Sue Oliver in 1934. He served in the U.S. Army in World War II and in 1945 began working in the oil and gas distributorship business with Cities Service Oil Co. He continued to work with this company (later named Citgo) until his retirement in 1993. For most of those years he was the distributor for the Kosciusko area. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kosciusko for 64 years.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Sue Oliver Pettit; his children, Patsy Jordan and her husband, David, of Jackson, Otho "Bubba" Pettit and his wife, Gail, of Kosciusko; three grandchildren, Paxton Pettit, Hart Pettit of Kosciusko, Jennifer Adams and her husband, Bill, of Brandon; a great-grandson, Oliver Adams; and a sister, Catherine Dye of Fort Worth, Texas.
Pallbearers were to be Paxton Pettit, Hart Pettit, Bill Adams, Owen Oliver, John Pettit and Jerry Pettit.
The Rev. Barry C. Corbett will officiate.
Burial will be in the Kosciusko City Cemetery.
Sadie Waggoner Pope
Services for Mrs. Sadie Waggoner Pope, 93, of Canton were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Wilcox Funeral Home Chapel in Carthage. Burial was in Bethel Cemetery.
Mrs. Pope, a retired grocery store owner, died Sept. 21, 2002 at Madison County Nursing Home in Canton. She was a member of Pickens United Methodist Church and the Order of Eastern Star.
She is survived by two daughters, Emily Young of Madison and Mary Jane Sampson of Bend, Oregon; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was the widow of John P. Pope
The Rev. Harry Hawkins and the Rev. Billy Cooper officiated. Culpepper Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.
Pallbearers were David Young, Brad Young, Sam Jones, David Williams, Tommy Jones and Richard Turnipseed.
Merle M. Raridon Sr.
Services for Merle M. Raridon Sr., 85, of Kosciusko were held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church with burial in Edgefield Cemetery.
Raridon, a retired banker with Merchants & Farmers Bank, died Sept. 21, 2002 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. He was a native of Iowa. He was a member of First Baptist Church, the Gideons, VFW, American Legion Post 44 and was active for a number of years in the Lions Club, Jaycees and Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Republican National Committee since 1982, was a member of the Republican Presidential Task Force founded by President Ronald Regan and was honored with a lifetime membership.
He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean War serving in the U.S. Army.
He is survived by his wife, Ida Lee Simmons Raridon; a son, Mel Raridon Jr.; a daughter, Barbara Manning, all of Kosciusko; five half brothers and sisters.
The Rev. Barry Corbett officiated with Culpepper Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Bill Roberts Sr., Wade Simmons, Tim Deason, Hollis Smith, James L. Cole and Larry Simmons.
James L. Sanders
Services for James L. "Stubby" Sanders, 68, of Kosciusko were held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Jordan Funeral Home Chapel.
Burial was in Parkway Cemetery.
Sanders, retired owner and operator of Sanders Ambulance Service from 1974 to 1984, died Sept. 18, 2002 at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital following a long illness.
He was a member of Second Baptist Church, an honorary Deputy Sheriff of Attala County, a member of the Kosciusko Shriners Chapter.
He had served as an Emergency Medical Technician since 1974. He was responsible for bringing the first set of Jaws of Life to Attala County. He helped form the first softball league for teenage girls in Kosciusko.
He spent a number of years as a driller for Rowan Drilling Company and a sheet metal fabricator at Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula.
Sanders, a native of Attala County was the son of the late Johnnie Lavelle and Mamie Dell Sanders of Attala County.
He is survived by his wife, Hilda Frazier Sanders of Kosciusko; two daughters, Vicky Sanders Abel of Kosciusko and Rita Sanders Bennett of Philadelphia; a son, James Lamar "Jimmy "Sanders of Pascagoula; four granddaughters, Ashley Shea White of Philadelphia, Amanda Carol DuBard of Kosciusko, Amye Dell Campbell of Kosciusko, Brittani Anea Coleman of Starkville; three great-grandsons, Brandon Scott Crowson of Philadelphia, Hayden Micheal Burns of Kosciusko, and Nicholas Cash White of Philadelphia; one step-great-grandson, Chance Tyler White of Philadelphia; two sisters, Mary Margaret O'Neal of Gulf Breeze, Fla. and Nell Puckett of Jackson; two brothers, Billy Lavelle Sanders of Gautier, and David L. Sanders of Pascagoula.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Shirley Laverne Sanders of Attala County, four brothers, Louie Fletcher Sanders of French Camp, Barney Dell Sanders, George Earl Sanders and James Donald Sanders all of Vicksburg.
His nephew, the Rev. Charles Fisher of Wharton, Texas, officiated.
Nephews serving as pallbearers were Daniel Fisher, James Frazier, Michael Frazier, Butch McGlothin, Galen Sanders and Randy Sanders.
Charles Williams Akins
Services for Charles Williams Akins, 60, of Kosciusko were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Myricks Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mt. Pilgrim Cemetery at McCool.
Akins, a native of Attala County, died Dec. 3, 2002 at his residence. He was a member of Mt. Pilgrim M.B. Church.
He is survived by two sisters, Willie L. Akins of Kosciusko and Gracie Hill of Detroit, Mich.; four brothers, Howard Akins and Scott Akins of Chicago, Ill., Lawrence Akins of Houston, Texas, and Hunter Akins of San Francisco, Calif.; a niece, Bridget Akins of Kosciusko.
Pastor Tom Alexander officiated.
Lorraine Cameron Anderson
Services for Mrs. Lorraine Cameron Anderson, 71, of Kosciusko were held Monday at 2 p.m. at Christian Liberty M.B. Church with burial in Tribulation Cemetery at Carthage.
Mrs. Anderson, a retired hospital administrator, died Dec. 4, 2002 at St. Dominic Medical Center in Jackson. She was a member of AKA Sorority, Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Business and Professional Women's Organization, NAACP, Lower Elementary reading program, Excelsior Alumni, and served on the focus board of Merchants & Farmers Bank. She was also a volunteer at the information center. She was a member of Christian Liberty M.B. Church.
She is survived by her husband, John A. Anderson of Kosciusko; a daughter, Natasha Jones of Kosciusko; a godson, Rev. Eric C. Dodd; a sister, Mrs. Barbara Julien and a brother, Ivory Cameron, both of Kosciusko; a son-in-law, Percy Whalen Jr.
Rev. Marvin K. Myles Sr. officiated with Winters Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Vida Mae Burrell
Services for Mrs. Vida Mae Burrell, 81, of Sallis were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Seneasha United Methodist Church with burial in the Seneasha Cemetery.
Mrs. Burrell died Dec. 4, 2002 at the University Hospital Nursing Center in Durant. She was a member of Seneasha United Methodist Church.
She is survived by a daughter, Tommye McCrory Kirksey of Clinton; two sons, Kenneth Lane Burrell of New Orleans and James Earl Burrell of Trinity, Ala.; two sisters, Dorothy Mitchell of McAdams and Pat Collins of Savannah, Tenn.; two brothers, Ephraim Burrell and Bob Burrell of Goodman; a granddaughter, Tracy Brewster.
Rev. Walter Hughley and Rev. Luther Robertson officiated.
Serving as pallbearers were Bobby Burrell, Darrell Burrell, William E. Burrell Jr., Earl Mitchell Sr., Fred Collins and Ronnie Burden.
Memorials may be made to the Seneasha Cemetery Fund.
Jordan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Jepth Grady Cutts
Services for Jepth Grady Cutts, 92, of Weir were held Friday at 11 a.m. at Nowell Funeral Home Chapel in Ackerman with burial in Fentress Cemetery.
Cutts, a native of Choctaw County, died Dec. 4, 2002 at his residence. He was a retired farmer and a member of Fentress Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Mary E. Cutts of Weir; three daughters, Martha Jo Phillips of Gulfport, Delois Hathorn of Louisville and Linda Newman of Fort Smith, Ark.; a brother, Richard Cutts of Weir; two sisters, Merra Oswalt of Sturgis and Iline McQuirter of Winona; four grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; two step-daughters, Jean Faulkner of Brandon and Bonnie Sanders of Pearl.
Rev. Dewitt Cutts and Rev. Jerry Wise officiated.
Services for Mrs. Ethel Chism, 43, of Chicago, were held Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. at Travelers Rest M.B. Church with burial in Parkway Cemetery.
Mrs. Chism died Nov. 27, 2002 following an illness of several days. She was a member of Morning Star Baptist Church in Omaha, Neb.
She is survived by her father and mother, James Kern and Elma Kern; three daughters, Leondra Coren Chism, Constina Cherole Chism and Jessica Lynn Chism; a brother, Ernest Alick of Omaha, Neb.
Rev. Cleotis Woods officiated with Winters Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Pallbearers were Sammie Adams, Clarence Jackson, J.B. Kern, Wendell Pullum, Moses Lewis, Lawrence McDonald, and Charles Nash.
Juanita Kerr Howard
Services for Mrs. Juanita Kerr Howard, 77, of Weir were held Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Howard, a resident of Weir since 1947, was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. She died Dec. 2, 2002 at the Oktibbeha County Hospital in Starkville.
She is survived by three daughters, Regina Weeks, Jan Braswell of Weir and Joy King of Greenville, S.C.; a son, W. Joe Howard of Morrow, Ga.; a brother, Bernice Kerr of Vicksburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, A.H. Howard Jr. and a son, Michael Kerr Howard.
Rev. Ralph Rodgers, Rev. Roy Hawkins and Rev. Dewitt Cutts officiated.
Pallbearers were Jeff Howard, Jeff Buturff, Gary Kerr, Paul Cravens, Mitch Sanders, Clyde Ferrell, David Kerr and Billy Joe Oswalt.
Jordan Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Moriah Building Fund or French Camp Academy.