Published 6:00 am Tuesday, January 2, 2001


Marguerite Smith Corban

Services for Marguerite Smith Corban of Long Beach, formerly ofBogue Chitto, are 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 1, at Brookhaven Funeral HomeChapel with burial in Rosehill Cemetery.

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Visitation is Sunday, Dec. 31, from 4-9 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 1,from noon to 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Corban, 83, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, at her residence.She was born in Lincoln County on Dec. 13, 1917, to the lateMarshall and Charity Smith Smith.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Sharron Baptist Churchin Long Beach and was a long time member of Mt. Pleasant BaptistChurch in Bogue Chitto.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Alton L.”Jack” Corban; and a sister, Margie Smith Martin.

Survivors are her son, Al Corban of Long Beach; daughters, JoyReeves of Pass Christian and Betty Jordan of Long Beach;sons-in-law, Earl Reeves of Pass Christian and Ken Jordan of LongBeach; daughter-in-law, Sylvie Corban of Long Beach; brother,Grover Smith of McComb; sisters, Elizabeth Hart and Louise Walkerof Bogue Chitto, Geraldine Etheridge of Hattiesburg and BrendaMontgomery of Brookhaven; six grandchildren, Rusty Reeves, MelanieAinsworth, Joely Corban, Sarah Corban, Jay Ashlee Jordan and JoshJordan; and five great-grandchildren, Trey Reeves, Coley Reeves,Corban Ainsworth, Hollie Ainsworth and Savannah Goolsby.

Billy J. ‘Jr.’ Mullins

Services for Billy J. “Jr.” Mullins of Monticello are 2 p.m.Sunday, Dec. 31, at Monticello Methodist Protestant Church withburial in Bethshan Cemetery.

Visitation is Sunday, Dec. 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at WilsonFuneral Home.

Mr. Mullins, 71, died Friday, Dec. 29, 2000, of cancer atLawrence County Hospital. He was born in Monticello on Nov. 19,1929.

He was a retired automobile mechanic and the co-owner ofFannie’s Flowers and Gifts. He was a member of Monticello MethodistProtestant Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War andan active member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4889.

Preceding him in death were his parents; brothers, RichardDunning and James Mullins; and sister, Kathleen Hardy.

Survivors are his wife, Fannie D. Mullins of Monticello; sons,Billy Mullins of Pontotoc and Randall Mullins of Monticello; andthree grandchildren.

John P. ‘Buster’ Rooker

Services for John P. “Buster” Rooker of McComb were 11 a.m.Saturday, Dec. 30, at Centenary United Methodist Church. He isdonating his body to science.

Mr. Rooker, 79, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, at St. DominicHospital in Jackson. He was born in New Orleans on Sept. 10, 1921,to the late Jesse and Collette O’Neill Rooker.

He was a retired U.S. Marine lieutenant colonel. He graduatedfrom Fortier High School and attended Tulane University in NewOrleans and Wake Forest University in North Carolina. He enlistedin the Marine Corps in 1942. After serving at Guadalcanal, hereturned to the United States and entered flight school. He wascalled up for the Korean War and later retired in 1964.

A career in the automobile industry started with Ford MotorCompany and finished 35 years later at Nelms Ford in Brookhaven. Hehas lived in McComb for the past 27 years and was a member ofCentenary United Methodist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; son, William DouglassRooker; and grandson, James Patrick Rooker.

Survivors are his wife, Mary Elizabeth Rooker of McComb; sons,John Paul Rooker Jr. of Chicago and James Michael Rooker ofColumbus; daughters-in-law, Karen Rooker of Chicago and Lisa MathisRooker of Columbus; and five grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the CentenaryUnited Methodist Church Building Fund or the William DouglassRooker Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Mississippi State UniversityFoundation Inc., P.O. Box 423, Mississippi State, MS39762-0423.

Wisie Mable Smith

Services for Wisie Mable Smith of Brookhaven are 2 p.m. Sunday,Dec. 31, at Harrigill Funeral Home Chapel with burial in HeucksRetreat Cemetery.

Mrs. Smith, 84, died Thursday, Dec. 28, 2000, of heart failureat University Medical Center in Jackson. She was born in LincolnCounty on Oct. 24, 1916, to the late James Walter and Mable EllzeySmith.

She was a housewife. She was a member of Heucks Retreat BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, Burnell B.Smith; and son, Jay Henry Smith.

Survivors are her nephew, James W. Smith of Brookhaven, agreat-nephew, a great-niece and several cousins.