TONJA SUE GREENE DENNIS
Tonja Sue Greene Dennis, 43, of Toone, Tenn., died Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2007 at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital.
The wife of Art Dennis Sr., who survives, she was a waitress. She was born April 1, 1963 in Forrest, the daughter of Travis Ray Greene, of Pearl and the late Betty Nell Fortenberry Greene. She had made her home in Toone, Tenn. since 1988. She loved playing football with her son and was Baptist in belief.
Services were held Jan. 25 at Shackelford Funeral Directors Bolivar chapel with Ricky Watkins officiating. Burial took place in Middleburg Cemetery near Bolivar, Tenn.
In addition to her husband, whom she married on April 13, 1992, and her father, survivors include her son Arthur James Dennis Jr. and daughters Brandy and Natash Powell, all of Toone, Tenn.; brothers Randell and Nathan Green, both of Pearl; and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
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STEVEN ALBERT HARMON
Steven Albert Harmon, 51, died Friday, Jan. 26, 2007 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Services were Jan. 29 at Austin-Bell Chapel in Whitehouse, Tenn., with burial in Whitehouse Memorial Gardens. Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl coordinated the services.
Mr. Harmon was a member of Pinelake Baptist Church in Brandon.
He is survived by his wife Lisa and son Grant, of Sharon; parents Fred and Thelma Harmon, of Portageville, Mo.; and brother Stan Harmon, of Aiken, S.C.
Earline Foreman Hernbloom, 82, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. Services were Jan. 27 at First United Methodist Church in Raleigh with burial in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Mize. Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl handled the arrangements.
Mrs. Hernbloom was a charter member of McLaurin Heights United Methodist Church in Pearl and at her death was a member of First United Methodist Church in Raleigh.
She was a graduate of Mize High School and a member of the last graduating class of the Jackson Infirmary School of Nursing. A registered nurse for more than 40 years, she retired from the Smith County Health Department in 1986.
She was devoted to her family and those she cared for during her nursing career.
She was preceded in death by her husband Kenneth E. Hernbloom Sr. and her parents Wallace and Fannie Sullivan Foreman.
Survivors include son Kenneth Hernbloom Jr. and wife Susan, of Brandon; daughters Linda Hancock and husband Jimmy, of Picayune, Sandra Rushing and husband Steve, of Florence and Nita Gilmore and husband Jim, of Pearl; grandchildren Tonya Bairfield, Jay and Josh Hancock, Todd, Tim and John Rushing, Sam Gilmore and Sarah Kathryn Gilmore; and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to the Mississippi Children's Home Society, P.O. Box 1078, Jackson MS 39215; Bethany Christian Services, 2618 Southerland Dr., Jackson MS 39216; or First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 365, Raleigh MS 39153.
WILLA DEAN PERKINS
Willa Dean Perkins, 86, died Thursday, Jan. 25, 2007 at her residence. Services were Jan. 27 at Shiloh Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl handled the arrangements.
Mrs. Perkins was a member of Shiloh Methodist Church. She enjoyed quilting, gardening and cooking for her family.
She was preceded in death by her husband Melvin Perkins, son Ralph Perkins, daughter Linda Carter and brothers Casper and Luther Rhodes.
Survivors include sons Wayne Perkins and wife Judy, of Pelahatchie and Ronnie Perkins, of Pelahatchie; daughter Sandra Vinson and husband Hillman, of Raleigh; sister Mary Banes, of Pelahatchie; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be sent to Shiloh Methodist Church, Shiloh Road, Pelahatchie MS 39145.
ADRIAN C. BOX
Adrian C. Box, 83, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 at home. Funeral services were Feb. 6 at the Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Pearl with burial in the Parkway Cemetery in Kosciusko. Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl handled the arrangements.
Mr. Box was a member of Parkway Pentecostal Church in Madison. He was also a veteran of both the Army and the Air Force. He will truly be missed by all his family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife Johnnie Frazier Box; son Ricky Box; grandson Ben Evins; and his parents Phillip C. Box and Mamie Jones Box.
Survivors include his son Rudy S. Box, of Rogers, Ark.; daughters Janice Franklin and husband Tommy, of Pearl and Sharon Hatfield, of Pearl; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
NATHAN ALLEN GRICE
Nathan Allen Grice, 16, died at his home in Brandon on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007. Services were Feb. 4 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon with burial in Brandon Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Huey Moak officiated.
Nathan was a 10th-grader at Brandon High School and a member of the football team and the power lifting team.
He loved the Brandon Schools and everything that they stood for. He was inspired to be a teacher one day.
Nathan was baptized at Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon. He was well loved by everyone that knew him and will be greatly missed.
Nathan was preceded in death by his grandfather Robert Allen Grice; grandparents Nathan and Winfred Clark and also by his great-grandmother Laura Grice.
Nathan leaves behind his parents Richard and Sandra Grice, of Brandon; sisters Jessica Rainey and husband Danny, of Jackson and Laura Grice, of Brandon; niece Shelby Rainey and nephew Ethan Sims; grandmother Joel Ann Grice, of Jackson; great-grandmother Ruth Moak, of Bogue Chitto; aunts Julie Grice and Robin Grice, both of Jackson; uncles Randy Grice and wife Donna, of Alabama and Charles Clark, of Natchez; he is also survived by his cousin Kala Jo Grice of Richland.
Pallbearers were Daniel Rosenbloom, John Williams, Joey Ellis, Caleb Rickman, Justin Kelly, Ben Coleman, Josh Hollingshead and Kelly Martin.
Honorary pallbearers were Ethan Sims and the Brandon High School football team.
Memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity.
WILLIAM O. HILTON JR.
William O. Hilton Jr., 79, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007 at Brandon Nursing and Rehab Center. Funeral services were Jan. 31 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon with burial in Brandon Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Don Williams officiated.
Mr. Hilton was a former resident of Jackson and a member of Epworth United Methodist Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife Jean Merle Hilton in 1999.
Survivors include his sons Jimmy, Rusty and David Hilton; daughter Cindy Decareaux; sister Bobbie Dale; and grandchildren Heather and Hailey Hilton, Quinton and Hunter Decareaux and Michael and Matthew Hilton.
Pallbearers were Michael and Matthew Hilton, Quinton and Hunter Decareaux, Ryan Gobats and Nathan Darby.
BAILEY MADISON HOWERTON
Bailey Madison Howerton, six weeks, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007 at University Hospital in Jackson. Graveside services were Feb. 2 at Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Pearl. The Rev. Marshall Jenkins officiated.
Bailey was a native and lifelong resident of Rankin County.
Survivors include her parents Brad and Allison Howerton; maternal grandparents David and Oleta Thomas, of Brandon; paternal grandparents Huey and Nelda Howerton, of Pearl and Sonya and Tony Stokely, of Pearl; maternal great-grandfather J.C. Thomas, of Pearl; paternal great-grandmother Bobbie Matthews, of Pelahatchie; and uncles John David and Matthew Thomas, both of Brandon.
ZACHARY LEE KOESTLER
Zach Koestler, 17, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007 at his residence. Services were Jan. 31 in the Sanctuary of First Baptist Church in Jackson with burial in Springfield Cemetery in Scott County. The Rev. Huey Dedmon, the Rev. Josh Daffern and the Rev. Ron Mumbower officiated. Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon handled the arrangements.
Zach was a native and lifelong resident of Rankin County. He was a junior at Jackson Prep where he was a member of the undefeated Championship Football Team.
Zach was a member of First Baptist Church of Jackson where he was a member of the FBC Youth Group.
He had a very special love for animals and was an avid outdoorsman, especially enjoying hunting and fishing. Zach loved his family and friends, was loved very much by all and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his parents Naomi and Richard Lingle and Patrick and Mimi Koestler; sister Mary Ellen Lingle; brothers Ethan Manning Lingle and Craig, Brad and Michael Millett; maternal grandparents Alene and William Thornton; paternal grandparents Jimmie Lingle and the late Ed Lingle; paternal grandmother Carolyn Koestler; paternal grandfather Leo V. Koestler Jr. and paternal great-grandmother Lena Weaver. He is also survived by a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Jackson Youth Ministry.
MURRELL M. LOTT SR.
Murrell M. Lott Sr., 76, died Thursday, Feb. 1, 2007 at the State Veteran's Home in Kosciusko. Funeral services were Feb. 4 at the Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Pearl. Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl handled the arrangements.
He was a member of the VFW, having served in the Air Force. He was also a retired mechanic.
Mr. Lott was preceded in death by his wife Ruthie Townsend Lott and son Luther Jackson Lott Sr.
Survivors include sons Murrell Lott Jr., of Dallas, Roy Lee Lott, of Pearl, Cecil Lott and wife Carol, of Pearl and Dennis James Lott, of Crystal Springs; daughter Virginia Hewitt and husband David, of Fulton; sister Jean Johnston, of Walnut Grove; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
SHERRY ANN MATTHEWS
Sherry Ann Boyanton Matthews, 58, died Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2007 at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Funeral services were Feb. 3 at the Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon with burial in the Lakewood Memorial Park in Clinton. The Rev. Jeff Parker officiated.
Mrs. Matthews was born in Jackson and had lived in Brandon for the past six years, after moving from Coppell, Texas, where she lived for 12 years.
Mrs. Matthews was a member of Crossgates Baptist Church in Brandon and she also loved working with arts and crafts.
She was preceded in death by her parent,s William and Mary Boyanton.
Mrs. Matthews is survived by her son Richard Ray Armstrong and girlfriend Lynn Dunlap, of Brandon; grandchildren Brittany Marie Armstrong, Jessie Ray Armstrong and Harley Nicole Armstrong; sister Elizabeth Boyanton Holman, of Brandon; brothers Billy J. Boyanton, of Pearl, Alvin O. Boyanton, of Grapevine, Texas, Henry L. Boyanton, of Brandon and Perry R. Boyanton, of Brandon. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers were Jessie Armstrong, Greg Boyanton,Bengy Eaves, Gary Armstrong,Dusty Mangum and Michael Braband.
MAVIS LEE PILGRIM
Mavis Lee Pilgrim, 66, died Monday, Jan. 29, 2007 at University Medical Center in Jackson. Funeral services were Feb. 1 at Church of Jesus Christ in Brandon with burial in Hart Town Cemetery in Pickens. Pastor Robert L. Thornton and Brother Richard Darrell officiated. Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon handled the arrangements.
Mrs. Pilgrim was a member of Church of Jesus Christ in Brandon. She was born in Arkansas to Lee Phillips and Ollie Mae Sammuels Phillips. She had been employed at Packard Electric as a supervisor of quality control.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
Survivors include her husband David Pilgrim; son Ricky Austin; two nephews that she reared from small children, John Phillips and Thomas Phillips; a great-niece that she was rearing, Alexis Phillips; granddaughter Britney Austin; brothers Bobby, Charles and Lee Phillips; stepsister Shirley Robertson; and stepbrother Tommy Phillips.
Pallbearers were Phillip Pilgrim, Mike Pilgrim, John Pilgrim, David Maddix, John Phillips, Thomas Phillips and Timothy Phillips.
ANNIE MAE WHITE RHODES
Annie Mae White Rhodes, 87, died Saturday, Feb. 3, 2007 at Mississippi Care Center in Morton. Funeral services were Feb. 5 at Shiloh United Methodist Church with burial in Shiloh Cemetery. The Rev. John Carter, the Rev. Sam Dodd and the Rev. Gene Banes officiated.
Mrs. Rhodes was born in Rankin County on Oct. 6, 1919 to Andrew Patton White and Fannie Rhodes White. She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Rhodes was preceded in death by two great-grandchildren, 12 brothers and sisters and her husband Casper Rhodes.
Survivors include her sons Jimmy Rhodes and wife Betty and Billy Rhodes and wife Betty, all of Pelahatchie; daughter Dorothy Walker and husband Rick, of Pelahatchie; eight grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Pallbearers were Kevin, Kurt, Kyle and Keith Rhodes, Tommy Krebs and Wilson Buffington.
Honorary pallbearers were Brian, Patrick and Trevor Rhodes, Jarod and Jacob Krebs, Tyler Rhodes and R.C. Gray.
Memorials may be made to Shiloh Building Fund, 2394 Shiloh Road, Pelahatchie MS 39145.