Marita 'Marty' Oexman
Marita June "Marty" Oexman of Georgetown, Ind., 68, formerly of Terre Haute, Ind., died Feb. 4 in Phoenix, Ariz.
Services were Feb. 9 at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Edwardsville, Ind., with burial in Wolfe Cemetery in Georgetown.
Mrs. Oexman was very active at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Edwardsville. She served as city clerk of Georgetown, owned and managed various business including a book store and two yarn shops, worked as a secretary to Roscoe Turner, but above all, was a devoted wife, loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and loyal friend.
She is survived by her husband of 36 years, Larry F. Oexman; mother-in-law, Marie E. Oexmann of Clarksville, Ind.; four daughters, Dana Steward and husband Greg of Terre Haute, Ind., Robin McConnell and husband Len of Brandon, Dawn Williamson and husband Mark of Terre Haute, London Smith and husband Chris of Jeffersonville, Ind.; two sons, Nelson Oexman and wife Diana of Pelahatchie, Lance Oexman and wife Tammy of Clinton; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial fund donations to go to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church.
Billy G. Oswalt
Billy G. Oswalt of Clinton, 89, a retired general manager, died Feb. 7 at the Mississippi State Veteran's Home in Jackson.
Funeral services were Feb. 9 at Lakewood Memorial Funeral Home with interment following in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Oswalt was raised in Clinton and was a resident of Jackson for 64 years. He was a WWII U.S. Army veteran serving in New Guinea and the Philippines. After the war, he managed plants for Great Southern Box and Olan Kraft, where he retired. He enjoyed gardening and woodworking.
A major love of his life was his work in Christ's church. He was a member of Grace Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and then an elder. Billy was a loving, devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend.
His two sons, Billy Wayne Oswalt and Robert Oswalt, preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Janell Rutledge Oswalt; granddaughter, Susan Dean of Lebanon, Tenn.; two great-grandchildren, Megan and Andrew Dean; daughter-in-law, Gloria Oswalt of Brandon; and sister, Lois Haley of Maben.
Memorials may be made to Grace Presbyterian Church, 130 Byram Parkway, Byram, Miss. 39272.
Laudie H. Brogan
Laudie H. Brogan of Ridgeland, 89, died Feb. 2 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.
Services were Feb. 4 at Memory Chapel Funeral home with burial in Hickory Grove Cemetery. The Revs. Tom Rayburn and Ken Regan officiated.
Mrs. Brogan was the daughter of the late V.B. Holifield and Pearl Murphy Holifield and wife of Tedford Brogan.
Mrs. Brogan is survived by a son, the Rev. Doctor Richard A. Brogan, Clinton; two granddaughters; one grandson and one great-granddaughter.
Mrs. Brogan was active in Second Avenue Baptist Church (now called Heritage Heights) as a choir member, nursery worker and WMU leader.
Mrs. Brogan was known for her keen sense of humor and love for people.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts to the Library Fund of Northside Baptist Church, 1475 E. Northside Drive Clinton, Miss. 39056, and Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Blvd, Ridgeland, Miss. 39157. Designate for the Chaplain's Fund.
Lee Keenum of Pearl, 37, died Feb. 7 at his home.
Funeral services were Feb. 10 at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Jackson with burial in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Keenum was a Jackson native and was a self-employed artist.
Survivors include his wife, Lisa Nall of Pearl; two sons, Trey Keenum and Tristen Keenum; father, Frank Keenum of Byram; mother, Diana Pace of Clinton; brother, Robert Keenum of Columbus; sister, Jena Keenum of Gulfport; stepsister, Gloria Pace of Jackson; and several nieces and nephews.
Virginia Mehaffey Lanmon
Funeral services for Virginia Mehaffey Lanmon of Commerce, Texas, 83, formerly of Birmingham, Ala., and Clinton, were held Feb. 10 at the First Baptist Church in Commerce with the Rev. Boyce Moon and the Rev. Johnnie Henderson officiating.
Burial was in Rosemound Cemetery in Commerce under the direction of LyBrand Funeral Home. Mrs. Lanmon died Feb. 8 in a Commerce nursing home.
Mrs. Lanmon was born Oct. 8, 1921, in Columbus, Ga., daughter of the late Dr. Jonathan Mehaffey and Maynona Edith Wibel. She spent most of her early years in Birmingham.
She graduated from Woodlawn High School in 1940, and graduated from Howard College in 1944. After college, she worked in her father's medical office. She attended the University of Chicago from 1945 to 1946 where she worked on her master's degree. She also studied voice.
She married J. Monroe Lanmon in 1948. She moved to Clinton in 1952, and later moved to Commerce in 1962. Mrs. Lanmon was a member of the First Baptist Church, the Delphian Club, Retired Teachers Association and the University Dames. She received the Golden Service Award from the Chamber of Commerce in 1991.
She is survived by: three sons, Jonathan T. Lanmon of Fort Worth, James M. Lanmon of Arlington and Benjamin H. Lanmon of Alvarado, Texas; one daughter, Maynona Lanmon Wilson of Bellevue, Ky.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Doug Raine, Dewey Taylor, Eston Lanmon, Bob Titus, Otis Horton, Randy Starks and Trezzie Pressley. Honorary pallbearer is Daniel Starks.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund.
Lottie Little of Clinton, 82, died Feb. 5 at Trinity Mission of Clinton.
Funeral services were held Feb. 9 at Parkway Baptist Church with burial at Lakewood Memorial Park. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton handled arrangements.
Mrs. Little was a native of Worth County, Ga. After living in Jackson for many years, she moved to Clinton where she has lived for the past 20 years. She was an employee of Desoto Furniture.
Mrs. Little's joy in life was her family. She delighted in having them around and gave generously of herself to them. Her brothers and sisters thought of her as the matriarch of the family.
Mrs. Little faithfully served the Lord in her church, Parkway Baptist Church, for 55 years. She was actively involved in all phases of church life with a special love for the members of her Sunday school class.
Survivors include her devoted husband of 60 years, Lennis Little of Clinton; daughter and son-in-law, Linda Sue and Glyn Ingram of Clinton; her precious grandchildren, Melanie Ingram and Matthew Ingram; sisters Reba Harnage of Houston, Texas, Jackie Odom of Albany, Ga.; brothers, Herbert Tomlinson of Moultrie, Ga.; Franklin Tomlinson of Santa Maria, Calif.; and Billy Tomlinson of Dallas, Texas.
Memorials may be made to the Sanctuary Fund at Parkway Baptist Church, 802 N. Frontage Road, Clinton, Miss. 39056.
The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Jon Michael Beale and Dr. Gerald Randal, Kathy Miller and Charlene Woodberry for the care given to Mrs. Little.
Ronald "Ronnie" Odom Jr.
Ronald E. Odom Jr. of Clinton, 34, passed away Feb. 6 at his residence.
Chapel service was Feb. 8 at Lakewood Funeral Home chapel with interment in Lakewood Memorial Park.
Mr. Odom was born in Bessermer, Ala., in 1971. His parents are the late Ronald E. Odom Sr. and Charlotte Ann Singleterry Odom. He grew up in Jackson graduating from Forest Hill High School, and attended Hinds Community College in Raymond. He was a customer service liaison in the plastics division at Akzo-Nobel.
Mr. Odom had lived in Clinton over 9 years. He has attended Parkway Baptist Church, but was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy. He was an avid sport fan, his all time favorite was the Pittsburg Stealers NFL football team. He loved music and playing his guitar. He was a loving, devoted husband, son-in-law and brother.
His wife, Connie Wren Odom of Clinton; sister, Ronda Odom of Pearl; nephew, Alex; in-laws, Harold and Jan Roach of Ridgeland and Glen and Darlene Wren of Summit; aunts, uncles, cousins and a host of friends survive him.
Frances Lucille Jones
Frances Lucille Jones of Jackson, 85, died Feb. 8 at home.
Services were Feb. 12 at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Jackson with burial to follow in Cedarlawn Cemetery.
Miss Jones was the daughter of Henry Burkett Jones and Della Oglesby Jones. She was born Oct. 6, 1919, in Kirby, and had been a Jackson resident since 1937.
She was a devout member of Calvary Baptist Church, where she was a beloved Sunday school teacher for many years.
She retired from Ferguson Furniture Co. Inc. in 1987 after 50 years as head bookkeeper and retired again from Mijo Lithographing Co. in Yazoo City in 1999.
She was the beloved sister of three brothers, H.B. Jones Jr. of Tulsa, Okla., who survives; Earl Wilson Jones of Yazoo City and Lester Ray Jones of Clinton who preceded her in death.
She was the dearest and loving aunt of nine nieces and nephews; Randall Lee Jones of Tulsa, Lester Ray Jones Jr. of Jackson, Leslie Jones Bloomberg of Nashville, Tenn., Roger Allen Jones of Tulsa, Kathryn Jones Nehilla of Birmingham, Ala., Wilson Burkett Jones of Yazoo City, Rebecca A. Jones of Hutchinson, Kan., Daniel Mark Jones of Clinton and Patricia Jones Weaver of Grenada.
She is also survived by The Greats, her name for the numerous great-nieces and nephews.
Miss Jones was an active member of her community, loved my many and will be deeply missed by her many cherished friends.
Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to Calvary Baptist Church, 1300 W. Capitol St., Jackson, Miss. 39203.
Clyde Buckley Gates
Clyde Buckley Gates of Clinton, 101, died Feb.13 at her residence.
Services were Feb. 14 at the Clinton chapel of Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home with burial in Lakewood Cemetery.
Born in Simpson County, she attended Simpson County Agriculture High School and attended Normal College in Hattiesburg (now USM). She had lived in Jackson since 1927 until she moved to Clinton three years ago.
Mrs. Gates taught school for a number of years. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school for 70 years. She was a member of Eastern Star, Past Matron of Capitol chapter No. 348 and was secretary of the Past Matron's Club.
Her only survivors are nieces, nephews and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Memorials may be made to the Eastern Star Training Religious Leadership (E.S.T.A.R.L.) or to Southern Care of Clinton.
Gayneill Loftin of Clinton, 77, beloved by his family and many friends, went to be with his Lord and Saviour Feb. 12 at his residence.
Services were Feb. 15 at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home chapel with burial in Lakewood Cemetery.
Mr. Loftin served his country in the Navy in World War II. He later became a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local No. 406 and was a respected foreman at Independent Plumbing & Heating Co. in Jackson and in later years on various Nuclear Power Plant sites around the country. He has enjoyed the last 16 years in retirement in Clinton with his family.
Survivors include his wife, LaHoma Loftin of Clinton; children, Ken and Janet Loftin, Sherry and Jim Alford, and Donna and Andy Hardin; stepchildren, Joe and Claudia Martin, Toby Martin and Debbie Vaughn; his mother, Lela Loftin (102); brothers, Hillman Loftin and Tillman Loftin; sisters, Tommy Jordan and Bonnie Sue Bynum; 13 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Mr. Loftin's family extends their deepest appreciation for the care and support of so many during his extended illness.
Bonnie Martin Cole
Bonnie Martin Cole of Jackson, 98, went home to be with the Lord Feb. 21 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center.
Funeral services were at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Chapel in Jackson with interment at Merchant Cemetery in Smith County.
A native of Smith County, Mrs. Cole had been a homemaker and also worked as a nurse's aid at the old Baptist Hospital in Jackson.
She was a member of Westhaven Baptist Church and was preceded in death by her two husbands, Lester Martin and later Woody Cole; son, the Rev. Ozell Martin; grandchildren, Ronnie Sanders and Nicky Nichols and great-grandchild, Chastin Nichols.
Mrs. Cole is survived by her sons: Clyde Martin and wife Vivian of Clinton, Ray Martin and wife Bobbie of Byram; daughters, Leola Shute and husband Jack of Terry and Sue Nichols of Pearl; sister, Onnie Easterling of Lake Providence, La.; brother, Bernice Yates of Gonzales, La.; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Susan Cook of Clinton, 61, died Feb. 21 at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
A memorial service was held at First United Methodist Church in Clinton. Lakewood Funeral Home of Clinton handled arrangements.
Mrs. Cook is the daughter of the late William Leon Dykes and Elizabeth Brown Dykes. She was born in Greenville and later made her home in Clinton for more than 40 years. She has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years in the Jackson area, presently being employed at River Oaks in the postpartum unit.
Mrs. Cook was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Clinton.
She was an avid gardener and enjoyed bird watching in her backyard. She had a great love for traveling with her husband to many places in the U.S. One of her best trips was to Hawaii, where she accomplished what she thought was an unattainable goal, climbing to the top of Diamond Head volcano. She was an enthusiastic fan of all sports, but her favorite most of all was the Chicago Cubs baseball team.
Mrs. Cook will be missed by many. She was said to be the centerpiece of the family and many people, friend or family drew strength from her gracious and giving heart.
Preceding her in death is her father, William Dykes, and her brother, Tommy Dykes.
She is survived by her devoted husband of 40 years, Claude Cook of Clinton; mother, Elizabeth Dykes of Raymond; two daughters, Emily Tharpe and husband Tony of Mayport, Fla., and Erin Sykes and husband Thomas of Hernando; two precious grandsons, Coleman and Jackson Tharpe of Mayport, Fla.; and her two granddogs, Eddie and Milli also survive her.