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OBITUARIES

TUESDAY’S OBITUARIES

Neal Donaldson Ballard

Services for Neal Donaldson Ballard of Monticello are 2 p.m.,Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Monticello Methodist Protestant Church withburial in Bethshan Cemetery.

Visitation today is until 1:30 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home.

Mr. Ballard, 14, died Jan. 13, 2001, at Lawrence CountyHospital. He was born in Monticello on May 19, 1986, to Chad andDonna Sue Walker Ballard.

He was a student at Monticello Junior High School, where heplayed football, baseball, and was in the band. He was a member ofMonticello Methodist Protestant Church.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, TadBallard of Starkville; his grandparents, Patsy Walker of Monticelloand Mr. and Mrs. Tom Conn of Ruth; and his great-grandparents,Beulah Neal of Monticello and Ruth Shaffer of Monticello.

Memorials may be made to the youth program at MonticelloMethodist Protestant Church.

Mary Lou Hamilton Furlow

Services for Mary Lou Hamilton Furlow of Brookhaven are 2 p.m.,Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel with burialin Clear Branch Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Furlow, 85, died Jan. 15, 2001, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. She was born in Copiah County on March 27, 1915, to MosesHamilton and Serena Beard Hamilton. She attended Sand HillSchool.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Clear Branch BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, JamesBrown “J. B.” Furlow; her brothers, John and Frances Hamilton; andher stepmother, Nora Beard Hamilton.

Survivors are her children, Alfred Ray Furlow of Jackson, MaryInez Denise of Ocean Springs, James Benton Furlow and Joan AnnGrone, both of Brookhaven, Stanley Ed Furlow of Lafayette, La., andLoyce Veryl Mercier and Jimmy Burton Furlow, both of Brookhaven;her brother, Harold Hamilton of Crystal Springs; her sister, BettyLee Evans of Moss Point; and 22 grandchildren, 37great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren.

Louis Hickingbottom

Services for Louis Hickingbottom of Meadville are 1 p.m.,Wednesday, Jan. 17, at St. Paul United Methodist Church with burialin Old Sixteen Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 4-7 p.m. at Rollins Funeral Home.

Mr. Hickingbottom, 74, died Jan. 11, 2001, of heart failure atFranklin County Hospital. He was born in Franklin County on Nov.20, 1926, to Tom Hickingbottom and Ida Nelson Hickingbottom.

He was a truck driver. He was a member of St. Paul UnitedMethodist Church. He was a veteran of WWII.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, JoeHickingbottom and Kenneth Hickingbottom; his sisters, Lula McFell,Sadie Weathersby, and Faye Milton; and his daughter, CarolynHickingbottom.

Survivors are his wife, Johnnie Mae Thomas; his brothers, HenryHickingbottom of Meadville, James Hickingbottom of New Haven, BobHickingbottom of Jackson, and Elmo Hickingbottom of Indianola; hissisters, Guynell Hickingbottom of Meadville, Ruby Reed of Natchez,Joan Frye and Garyl Eachols of East Chicago, Ind.; and a host ofother relatives.

Willie Jean McKinzie

Services for Willie Jean McKinzie of Hazlehurst are 11 a.m.,Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Bethel Baptist Church with burial in BethelCemetery.

Visitation is today from 6-9 p.m. at Stringer Funeral Home.

Mrs. McKinzie, 70, died Jan. 14, 2001, at Vicksburg MedicalCenter. She was a native of Copiah County.

She was a retired seamstress for Edward Hindman Industry. Shewas a member of Westside Baptist Church.

Survivors are her son, Jim Chapman McKinzie Jr. of Marion, Ark.,and Johnny McKinzie of Hazlehurst; her daughters, Dorothy “Dot”Tisdale of Hazlehurst, and Sue “Gloria” Sprouse and Rita Howell,both of Vicksburg; her brother, Clifton White of Gonzales, La.; hersister, Mary Ethelene White of Hazlehurst; and 12 grandchildren and12 great-grandchildren.

Harold John Patterson

Services for Harold John Patterson of Wesson are 10 a.m.,Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Harrigill Funeral Home Chapel with burial inRiverwood Memorial Park.

Visitation is today from 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Patterson, 84, died Jan. 14, 2001, at his residence. He wasborn in Biddeford, Maine, on May 21, 1916, to John WilliamPatterson and Mary Louise Bart Patterson.

He was retired from the U. S. Army as a chief warrant officerafter 25 years service. He was a veteran of WWII. He was in theMaine 103rd Infantry Division, Company A, and served in the Pacificislands. He received the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, andnumerous other medals and other commendations.

After his retirement from the Army, he completed his bachelor’sand master’s degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.He had also attended the University of Maryland, the University ofMississippi, the University of Paris, the University of Alabama,and Woman’s College of Georgia. He had taught French in theelementary schools of the McComb Public School District.

He retired in 1976 after 17 years as a professor of French andsocial studies with Copiah-Lincoln Junior College. He was also aformer member of the Copiah-Lincoln Community College Board ofTrustees.

He devoted much of his time to the animal rescue league, caringfor many of the animals at his home. He began collecting stamps asa teenager and became an avid philatelist, collecting the Americanplate blocks.

He was active with the Mississippi Republican Party.

He was a Mason for 50 years with Dunlop Lodge No. 47 ofBiddeford, Maine. He was a member of First Baptist Church inBrookhaven.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and two specialfour-footed friends, Socky and BB.

Survivors are his wife, Reba Lofton Patterson of Wesson; hisson, William Patterson of Gautier; his daughters and son-in-law,Elizabeth Patterson and Gordon Nelms of Gautier, and PatriciaPatterson Young of Wesson; his brothers, Kenneth Patterson andRaymond Patterson, both of Wolcott, Conn.; his sister-in-law, IdaLofton of Brookhaven; his nieces, Ann Martin and husband DickeyMartin, and Barbara Jean Lofton, all of Brookhaven; and the manyfriends he met for coffee at the Wesson Cafe and the Lake LincolnCafe.

Memorials may be made to Copiah-Lincoln Community College,Hospice Ministries, or Brookhaven Animal Rescue League.