HELEN RACHEAL SMITH
Helen Racheal Smith, 17, died Sunday, Jan. 28, 2007 in Brandon. Funeral services were Feb. 1 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon with burial in Sims Hill Cemetery in Scott County.
Dr. Bob Jackson, Dr. Kevin Dobbs and the Rev. John Nugent officiated.
Racheal was a native and lifelong resident of Rankin County. She was a beautiful, loving and generous girl of great character. Her love for others was unparalleled. She believed in putting others before herself, as was seen by her generosity.
Racheal was a member of Brandon Baptist Church where she was interested in the Romanian Ministry.
She achieved as well as received numerous awards academically including: honor roll, United States Achievement Academy, Who's Who Among American High School Students, JROTC, as well as others.
She was a member of the FFA, Beta Club, Teenage Republicans and Mayor's Youth Council.
Racheal was invited to join the National Honor Society, the National Society of High School Scholars headed by Claes Nobel of the Nobel Prize Family, the Global Young Leader's Conference, the Congressional Student Leadership Conference, the National Student Leadership Conference and the Presidential Classroom.
She was also invited to join the Cambridge College Programme in Cambridge, England.
Her community activities included: Relay for Life, Walk for Diabetes, D-Day for Salvation Army and campaigning for Brandon Mayor Carlo Martella. She was loved by all who knew her.
Survivors include her mother and stepfather Judy and Gary Wilson, of Brandon; father Johnnie Ward Smith, of Magee; brothers Matthew Smith, of Brandon and Brian Smith, of Florida; stepsister Jessica Wilson, of Pearl; paternal stepgrandfather, "Pop John" Black, of Morton; aunt Margie Lobb, of Brookhaven; uncle and aunt Tommy and Charlene Smith, of Forest, cousins Clint and Matt Smith, of Forest and Callie and Sandy, of Mendenhall. She is also survived by a host of other aunts, uncles, cousins and a multitude of friends.
Pallbearers were Tad Diaz, Corbin Williamson, Taylor Gildon, John Throme, James McManis and Charles Coutts.
Honorary pallbearers were Amber Steele, Amber Reeves, Katie Tramel, Ashley Green, Tasha Painter, Lisa Barnes, Summer Lawson and Crystal Leigh Smith.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Camp Rainbow, Walk for Diabetes Campaign or the Brandon FFA.
MARY SUMRALL HENDRY
Mary Sumrall Hendry, 79, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007, at home. Funeral services were Feb. 9 at the Chancellor Funeral Home Chapel in Florence.
Mrs. Mary Sumrall Hendry had lived in the Richland and Florence area for 31 years after moving from Laurel. She retired with 38 years of service as an operator for Bell South.
She was a very active lady who enjoyed her life traveling, reading and watching football. She was a member of Briarhill Baptist Church where she enjoyed being an active member of the Magic Club, until her health prevented her attending.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Archie and Mary Sumrall; and a sister Birdie Lee Donald.
Survivors include daughter, Ann Atkins and husband, Roy, of Richland; son, William Fuller, of Richland; brothers, James Sumrall and wife, Fran, of Richland, and Archie Sumrall and wife, Jean, of Minden, La.; sister, Ethel Pittman of Hattiesburg; grandchild, Bryan Fuller and wife Amanda, of Gulfport; and great-grandchildren, Thomas and Alexis Fuller.
SARA P. SMITH
Sara Ellen Pace Smith, 67, died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2007. Funeral services were Feb. 10 at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence with burial in the Garden of Memories Memorial Park in Florence.
She was born in Kemper County on April 21, 1939. She graduated from Center Hill High School at Bailey.
Most of her professional career was spent in management with Packard Electric in Clinton where she was the first female general supervisor. For many years she was involved and committed to the Junior Achievement program.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Euna Caldwell Pace and Walter Emanual Pace; siblings, Euna Pace Pratt, Gladys Pace Combs, Aubert Eugene Pace, Charley William Pace and Edmond Bradley Pace.
Survivors include her husband of 50 years, Robert "Bob" Welton Smith, of Clinton; daughter, Deborah Jean Smith Neary, of Templeton, Calif.; son, Robert Bradley Smith, of Berkley, Mich.; granddaughters, Sarah Caitlin Neary and Hannah Jane Neary; brothers, Walter Ray Pace and wife, Ruby, of Bailey, and Harrold Harrison Pace and wife, Mary, of Blackwater; sisters, Valerie Pace Bland, of Bailey, and Pat Pace Colwick, of Starkville; and close extended family, Dean and Joe Dearing, of Pearl, Linda McKeithe, of Pearl, and Paul and Pat Smith and Wilbur Smith, all of Lincoln, Neb.
Pallbearers were her nieces, Beverly Abrams, Joy McKeithen Andrews, Ronda Buckalew, Cynthia Laird, Lisa McKeithen, Lynn McKeithen, Teresa Mock, Rhonda Morrow, Judy Owens, Daphne Permenter Palmer, Dianne Parker, Stacey Roberts, Penny Robinson and Robin Seale.
Memorials may be sent to Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland MS 39157 or The American Cancer Society.
Clarence Jones Sr.
Clarence Jones Sr., 77, died Sunday, April 22, 2007 at Rankin Medical Center in Brandon. Funeral services were April 28 at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church Family Life Center in Brandon. Deans Memorial Funeral Home in Brandon handled the arrangements.
Mr. Jones was born March 13, 1930 in Rankin County and was the son of the late Climmie Jones and Missouria Bragg Jones.
He was united in holy matrimony to Ruby Lee Williams on Nov. 1, 1953.
He is survived by his wife, Ruby; children, Gloria J. McNair and husband Richard, Thelma L. Taylor and husband John, Clarence Jones Jr. and wife Yvonne, Perry D. Jones and wife Dora and Connie R. Jones and wife Deborah; 16 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
James L. McLemore
James L. McLemore, 80, died Wednesday, April 25, 2007 at Rankin Medical Center in Brandon. Funeral services were April 26 at the Chancellor Funeral Home Chapel in Florence with burial in New Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Braxton.
Mr. McLemore had enjoyed his life by watching birds and squirrels and his favorite programs on television. He was a member of Disabled American Veterans.
He is survived by daughter, Sherry Eagan of Mobile, Ala.; two very special friends, Barbara Tillman and her children Dixie and David Faulkner and Mike Tillman, and Magnolia Sander and her sons William and Timothy; sisters, Elizabeth Hutchins, Edith Breedlove, Alice Allen, Evelyn Gibbs and Linda Rush; grandchildren, Tracy and Cynthia Eagan; great-grandchildren, Tyrie and Ashia Sutton and Courtney Broussard; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Austin Moore, 20, died Monday, April 23, 2007 at River Oaks Hospital in Flowood. Funeral services were April 26 at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl with burial in Floral Hills Memory Gardens in Pearl.
Survivors include his mother, Vicky Moore of Brandon; daughter, Caileigh An Moore of Pearl; grandparents, Arvis and Patsy Moore of Brandon; uncle, Eddie Moore of Canton; and many other relatives and friends.
Lona Edris Harrell
Lona Edris Harrell, 76, died Sunday, April 22, 2007, at her home. Funeral services were April 24 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Richland with burial in Morton Memorial Gardens. Dr. Bill Patterson officiated.
Mrs. Harrell was born on July 31, 1930, and was reared in Morton by her parents, Edward Coward and Johnnie Hardy Coward. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Richland.
Survivors include her sons, Mike Harrell and wife Sue of Richland and Ed Harrell and wife Marsha of Richland; sister, Bernice Runnells of Florence; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Mikey Harrell, Bobby Wilson, Matt Harrell, Jack Laseter, Brent Thurman and Brad Lovejoy.
Flora Edwina Hinton
Flora Edwina Hinton, 66, died Sunday, April 29, 2007, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. Funeral services were May 1 at Baldwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl with burial in Poplar Springs Cemetery in Mendenhall.
Survivors include sons, Russell Bowman and wife Marilyn of Mendenhall and J.C. Bowman and wife Tammy of Braxton; daughter, Sue Lofton and husband Jerald of Taylorsville; stepdaughter LaDonna Hansen and husband Jackie of Ocean Springs; brothers, Robert Lutrick and wife Geraldine of Richland and Jerry Lutrick and wife Kathy of Star; sisters, Sonja Roper of Pearl and Phyllis Yates and husband James of Magee; grandchildren, Hunter Lawone Bowman, Kimberly Grace Bowman, Belinda Guthrie and Melanie Lofton; step-grandchild Matthew Hansen; and great-grandchild Landon Guthrie.
Pansy Austin Ivy
Pansy Austin Ivy, 59, died Friday, April 27, 2007, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. Funeral services were April 29 at the Ott & Lee Funeral Home Chapel in Brandon with burial in Sharon Cemetery in Simpson County. The Rev. Art Kinstley officiated.
Mrs. Ivy was the daughter of the late Vardaman and Nettie Austin, born on Aug. 6, 1947. She lived a carefree childhood, exploring the rolling meadows and singing creeks of Shady Grove in the heart of Smith County.
It was there she developed a love of God, nature and music from her mother, father and siblings that sustained her for the rest of her life.
Adult life took her through Chicago, Denver and beyond. She returned to Mississippi in 1994 with her husband to nurture and love her grandchildren.
She loved poetry and penned beautiful poems of her family and her world. These will be cherished forever by those who remain.
She was everything a wife, mother, grandmother and friend could be and will be eternally missed.
Mrs. Ivy was preceded in death by a brother, David Austin.
She is survived by her husband, Fred L. Ivy of Brandon; daughters, April Vancor and husband Mike of Brandon, Amy McCool and husband Roger of Magee, Nikki Duette and husband Daren of Brandon and Christie Ivy of Chicago; son, Scott Runnels and wife Melissa of Madison; mother-in-law, Zella Ivy of Rockford Ill.; stepdaughter, Cathy Mobley of Chicago; stepson, Gary Ivy of Chicago; grandchildren, Kevin Hash, Justin, Molly, Wesley and Owen McCool, Chase, Luke and Ashley Runnels, Austin and Ava Vancor, and Ryan and Brooklin Duette; stepgrandchildren, Michelle Barnes and Brandon and Anthony Ivy; sisters, Dora Ainsworth of White Oak, Shirley Fisher of Florence and Ann Mills of Byram; and brother, Carroll Austin of Mize.
Pallbearers were James Austin, James Ainsworth, Steve Ainsworth, Bill Austin, Tony Austin, Kevin Austin, Michael Fisher and Jimmy Coleman.
Memorials may be made to Brandon Baptist Church, 100 Brandon Baptist Drive, Brandon MS 39042 or Brandon Gideons, P.O. Box 324, Brandon MS 39043.
Glenn Michael Johnson
Glenn Michael Johnson, 58, died Saturday, April 28, 2007, at home. Funeral services were May 2 at Dry Creek Baptist Church in Florence with burial in the Dry Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. BaIdwin-Lee Funeral Home in Pearl handled the arrangements.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Lavaughn Sellers Johnson; son, David Johnson; and brother, Tommy Johnson.
Survivors include his wife, Dianne Johnston Johnson of Brandon; sons, Timothy George and wife Renee of FIorence and Anthony George of Brandon; daughters, Amy Cook and husband Mark of Ft. Richardson, Alaska and Judy Gardner and husband Jack of Madison; brother, Donald and wife Judy of Terry; grandchildren, Heather and Jackie Gardner, Maggie and Willow Cook, Hannah, Brandy and Laney Johnson, and Brandon and Ashton George; and great-grandchild, Zoe Dorough.
Barney C. 'Toby' McCord Jr.
Barney C. "Toby" McCord Jr., 60, died Saturday, April 21, 2007, at River Oaks Hospital in Flowood. A memorial service was held April 26 at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon.
Toby was a native and lifelong resident of the Jackson area. He was an Army veteran and an automobile mechanic.
Preceding him in death were his parents, Barney C. McCord Sr. and Ruby Knight McCord.
Survivors include his sister, Brenda Leffingwell of Forest; three nephews; and nine great-nieces and nephews.
Emmett Lee McNulty Jr.
Emmett Lee McNulty Jr., 65, died Friday, April 27, 2007, at the Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. Funeral services were April 30 at Fannin First Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The Rev. Ron Bird and the Rev. Steve Abercrombie officiated. Ott & Lee Funeral Home of Brandon handled the arrangements.
Emmett was born June 18, 1941 in Grenada. He retired 15 years ago and enjoyed living in the Fannin community with his wife, Mary Phillips McNulty of Morton.
He loved to help people and was a loyal member of Fannin First Baptist Church. His favorite things were social gatherings and riding his grandchildren around on his mower or 4-wheeler.
He often said, "Life is too short not to stop and smell the flowers."
He impacted the lives of many people who knew him as "Paw-paw Emmett." His faith in God was strong; as was his commitment to keep his family on their toes with his lectures.
He was a truly good man and a blessing to all who knew him. He would say, "Nothin's better than good food and good family."
He was preceded in death by his father, Emmett McNulty Sr.; mother, Hattie Rawlston McNulty; daughter, Jennifer McNulty; and one stepgrandchild.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Magdalene McNulty; son, Tommy McNulty; five stepchildren; 12 stepgrandchildren; and four stepgreat-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were J.D. Williamson, John Allen Risher, Rick Potts, Don Beckham, Corbin Williamson, Les Shelby, Scott Hunt and Jerry Yates.
Honorary pallbearers were Tony Bales and James Gould.
Memorials may be made to the Fannin First Baptist Church Building Fund.