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OBITUARIES

FRIDAY’S OBITUARIES

Gereta Crosby Aldridge

Services for Gereta Crosby Aldridge of Bogue Chitto are 3:30p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at Harrigill Funeral Home Chapel withburial in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 5-10 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Aldridge, 85, died Jan. 11, 2001, of heart failure atKing’s Daughters Medical Center. She was born in Bogue Chitto onNov. 2, 1915, to John Wesley Crosby and Mary Emma Reed Crosby.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Johnson Grove Church ofChrist.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, JamesShirley Aldridge; her brothers, Emmett, Cullen, and Burton Crosby;and her sisters, Virgie Hart and Mildred Cockerham.

She is survived by a host of nieces and nephews.

Swrintha Buckley

Services for Swrintha Buckley of Palestine, Texas, are 11 a.m.,Monday, Jan. 15, at St. James M.B. Church in Brookhaven with burialin Griffin Cemetery in Prentiss.

Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 14, from 2-7 p.m. with family hourfrom 6-7 p.m. at Tyler Funeral Home.

Mrs. Buckley, 83, died Jan. 9, 2001, of heart failure atPalestine Regional Hospital. She was born in Prentiss on Jan. 27,1916, to John Brinson and Maggie Brinson.

She was employed for a number of years with the Lincoln CountyExtension Office. She was a member of St. James M.B. Church, whereshe served on the Mother Board.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, HezekiahBuckley; her daughter, Caroline Anderson; nine sisters, tenbrothers, one grandson, and one great-grandson.

Survivors are her sons, McDonald Buckley of Palestine, Texas,and Robert Edward Buckley of Salisbury, Md.; her daughters, EdithBrown of Brookhaven and Fannie Taylor of Chicago, Ill.; herbrother, John “J.B.” Brinson of Jackson; her sister, Earnie Cain ofGreensboro, N.C.; and 14 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren,and a host of nieces and nephews.

Jennie Ruth Greer Townsend Davis

Services for Jennie Ruth Greer Townsend Davis of Jayess are 2p.m., Saturday, Jan. 13, at Harrigill Funeral Home Chapel withburial in Topisaw Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 4-9 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m.until service time at the funeral home.

Mrs. Davis, 84, died Jan. 11, 2001, of heart failure at King’sDaughters Medical Center. She was born in Lincoln County on Dec.17, 1916, to Lula Albritton and Charlie N. Greer.

She was the owner of Davis Boarding House in Pascagoula. She wasa member of the Baptist faith.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husbands, JimTownsend and Emmitt Davis; her son, James Townsend; and threesisters and three brothers.

Survivors are her son, Nick Davis of Brookhaven; her daughters,Romona Rutland of Ruth and Loretta Rutland of Jayess; her sister,Jewell Allred of Bogue Chitto; and nine grandchildren, fivegreat-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Oscar F. Holmes Sr.

Services for Oscar F. Holmes Sr. of Collins are 2 p.m., Friday,Jan. 12, at Pine Grove Pentecostal Church with burial in the churchcemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Holmes, 78, died Jan. 11, 2001, at Covington CountyHospital. He was born in Lawrence County on Jan. 28, 1922, toBuford R. and Elizabeth L. Reid Holmes.

He was a retired farmer. He was a member of Pine GrovePentecostal Church. He was an Army veteran of WWII.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Laura Virginia Wallace Holmes of Jayess;his sons, Oscar F. Holmes Jr., Ronnie D. Holmes, and David P.Holmes, all of Monticello, and Donald W. Holmes of Poplarville; hisdaughters, Ann Watts of Baton Rouge, and Vicky Milano and VeronicaHowell, both of Monticello; his brothers, Norman Holmes and RayHolmes, both of Jayess; his sisters, Arleen Boyd of West Monroe,La., and Charlene Graham and Nina Renfroe, both of Jayess; and 15grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Elouise Brister Lofton

Services for Elouise Brister Lofton of Pascagoula are 1 p.m.,Saturday, Jan. 13, at Jayess Baptist Church with burial in thechurch cemetery.

Visitation is Saturday from 11 a.m. until service time at thechurch. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lofton, 85, died Jan. 10, 2001, at Plaza Community LivingCenter. She was born in Jayess on Dec. 4, 1915, to Luther H. andPennie Attaway Brister. She was a long time resident of Jayess andhad lived the last five years in the Jackson County area.

She was a member of Jayess Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Emmett L.Lofton Sr.; her brothers, Earl, Leon, Robert, Thurman, and JamesOtis Brister; and her sisters, Ettie Ellis, Annie SingletaryAinsworth, and Erma Nell Brister.

Survivors are her son and daughter-in-law, Leland and NileneLofton of Moss Point; her daughters and son-in-law, Marion GayLofton of Picayune and Barbara and Lee Jolly of Moss Point; herbrother, Chester L. Brister of Big Point; and eight grandchildren,17 great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, andnumerous nieces and nephews.

Lovie Marie Lyle

Services for Lovie Marie Lyle of Biloxi are 2 p.m., Friday, Jan.12, at Harrigill Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Cold SpringsChurch of Christ Cemetery.

Mrs. Lyle, 71, died Jan. 7, 2001, of heart failure at OceanSprings Hospital. She was born in Hinds County on Nov. 2, 1929, toEarnest Lea and Cynthia Hamilton Lea.

She was a telephone operator for Coastal Energy. She was amember of the Baptist faith.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, BobLyle.

Survivors are her daughters, Bobby Gillit of Pleasanton, Calif.,Cynith Hamilton of St. Rose, La., and Toni Skiados of Saucier; herbrother, Bobby Lea of Brookhaven; and four grandchildren.

Milton Nunnery

Services for Milton Nunnery of Roxie are 1 p.m., Saturday, Jan.13, at St. James Baptist Church in Knoxville with burial in thechurch cemetery.

Visitation is today from 1-5:30 p.m. at Tyler Funeral Home.

Mr. Nunnery, 74, died Jan. 4, 2001, of heart failure at FranklinCounty Hospital. He was born in Franklin County on June 1, 1926, toLucein Nunnery and Mamie Wilson Nunnery.

He lived in New Orleans for a number of years and was employedas a longshoreman. He later returned to the Freewood community inFranklin County and was employed at the Bude Sawmill as a loggerand sawmill worker.

He was a member of St. James Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his son, Milton NunneryJr.; his brothers, Howard, Herman and Hilton; and his sisters,Josephine, Ruby, Martha, and Rosie.

Survivors are his four sons and three daughters; his sisters,Mary of Homeward, Ill., and Sadie in California; and his cousin,Gloriasteen Gipson of Roxie.

Ernestine Johnson Smith

Services for Ernestine Johnson Smith of Brookhaven are 2 p.m.,Sunday, Jan. 14, at Center Street Church of Christ with burial inSiloam Church Cemetery.

Visitation is Saturday from noon until 7 p.m. with family hourfrom 7-8 p.m. at Williams Mortuary.

Mrs. Smith, 76, died Jan. 10, 2001, at the home of her daughter,Mrs. Willard Blue Jr. She was born in Collins on Dec. 31, 1924, toOlian Johnson and Nellie Green Johnson.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Center Street Church ofChrist.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, AlbertJames Smith; and her sons, Simmie Louis Smith and Roland DeanSmith.

Survivors are her sons, Olian J. Smith of Joliet, Ill., AlbertL. Smith of Hammond, La., and Dempsey F. Smith and Mario J. Smith,both of Brookhaven; her daughters, Nellie M. Bryant of Chicago,Katherine Washington of San Francisco, Jo Ann Thompson of Summit,Lillie M. Blue, Jeanette Washington, and Josie Carter, all ofBrookhaven, and Sylvia Wade of Jackson; her brother, Olian JohnsonJr. of Virginia; her sister, Lena Renfro of San Francisco; and manygrandchildren, great-grandchildren, andgreat-great-grandchildren.

Ethel J. Wilson

Services for Ethel J. Wilson of Brookhaven are 1 p.m., Saturday,Jan. 13, at St. James M.B. Church with burial in HillcrestCemetery.

Visitation is today from 1-5:30 p.m. at Tyler Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wilson, 58, died Jan. 9, 2001, of heart failure atUniversity Medical Center in Jackson. She was born in LincolnCounty on April 5, 1942, to Charles Herman Bryant and Laurice MoodyBryant.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of St. James M.B. Church,where she served on the Mother Board, Usher Board, and was a memberof the choir.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her daughter, CynthiaMarie Wilson; her brothers, Charles Bryant Jr. and William HowardBryant; and her sister, Laurice Bryant.

Survivors are her husband, Willie B. Wilson Sr. of Brookhaven;her sons, Willie B. Wilson Jr. and Anthony Kenyatta Wilson, both ofBrookhaven, and Claude Demetrius Wilson of Baton Rouge; herdaughters, Phyllis Jean Lewis and Zina Barnes, both of Brookhaven;her brothers, Johnny Curtis Bryant of Chicago and Rickey Newman ofBrookhaven; her sisters, Barbara Howard and Lillie Leggett, both ofBrookhaven; and 10 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and ahost of nieces and nephews.