Published 6:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2001

The Rev. Dr. William Burrus Apperson

Services for the Rev. Dr. William Burrus Apperson of Meridianare 11 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at First Christian Church withburial in Magnolia Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 5-8 p.m. at the church.

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The Rev. Dr. Apperson, 70, died Jan. 22, 2001, at RileyHospital. He was born in Graves County, Ky., on Dec. 7, 1930, to C.N. and Mary Kate Kennedy Apperson.

He received a B.D. from Lexington Theological Seminary andBracebridge Hall, Sussex, England, and did further graduatetheological study at Mansfield College, Oxford University, St.Mary’s College and St. Andrews University, Saint Andrews,Scotland.

He was ordained into the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ)in Mayfield, Ky., and throughout his career pastored congregationsin Alton, Ky., Guthrie, Ky., and Henderson, Ky. He moved toMeridian in 1962 and became pastor of First Christian Church(Disciples of Christ), where he served for 33 years, retiring fromactive ministry in 1995 but continuing to serve in an interimcapacity for area churches.

He had served as a member of the Committee of Conscience forMeridian; president of the Rotary Club; vice-president of theMeridian Symphony League; member of the Board of Directors of theMeridian Chamber of Commerce, and of the Meridale Girl ScoutCouncil; president of the Lauderdale County Lung Association;chairman of the Civic Improvement Committee of the Chamber ofCommerce; chairman of the Meridian Festival of Arts; chairman ofKing’s Daughters and Sons Rest Home for over six years; and was amember of the board and had served five terms as President of theLauderdale County Teen Learning Center. He was a chaplain for theMoore-McCormick Cruise Line and was the first chaplain of theMeridian Police Department. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Order,the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels and the Victoria Instituteof London.

He served three terms on the administrative committee and threeterms as a member of the General Board of the Christian Church(Disciples of Christ), and two terms as Moderator of the ChristianChurch in Mississippi. For 20 years he served as chairman of theCommission on the Ministry of the Region of Mississippi and asDirector of the Mississippi Christian Youth Fellowship Conferencefor 28 years.

Preceding him in death were his father; his grandmother, DaisyJones Kennedy; and his grandson, William Wilson Valentine.

Survivors are his wife, JoAnn Hewlett Apperson; his daughters,Amy Valentine of Brookhaven and Ann Compton of Meridian; hismother, Mary Kate Kennedy Apperson of Mayfield, Ky.; his brother,Walter Lee Apperson of Murray, Ky.; his sister, Barbara AppersonSt. Aubin of Bethesda, Md.; and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the William Apperson EducationScholarship, Lexington Theological Seminary, 631 South Limestone,Lexington, KY 40508; First Christian Church of Meridian BuildingFund, 1301 23 St., Meridian, MS 39301; or the Will Valentine JuniorAuxiliary Scholarship of Brookhaven, P.O. Box 169, Brookhaven, MS39602.

Sgt. Sharron A. Carter

Services for Sgt. Sharron A. Carter of Magnolia are 1 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 25, at Winding Carter Chapel C.O.G.I.C. with burialin the church cemetery.

Visitation is today from 4-8 p.m. with family hour from 7-8 Cook’s Enterprise Funeral Home.

Sgt. Carter, 29, died Jan. 19, 2001, at SMRMC. He was born inPike County on Feb. 1, 1971, to L. E. and Betty Lee AmackerCarter.

He was employed with Wal-Mart Distribution and had served 12years with the National Guard. He was a member of Winding ChapelC.O.G.I.C.

Preceding him in death were his grandmothers, Rosa Amacker andEstella Carter; and his sister, Barbara Carter.

Survivors are his parents, Supt. L. E. and Betty A. Carter ofMagnolia; his brother, L. E. Carter Jr. of McComb; his sisters,Gloria Holliday of Clinton, Celestine White, Renee Harrell, GaleHolliday, and Felicia Sambo, all of Magnolia, Shirley Johnson ofMcComb, Brenda Lewis of Baker, La., and Cynthia Dixon of Summit;his grandfather, Henderson Carter Sr. of Magnolia; and a host ofnieces and nephews.

J. H. Case

Graveside services for J. H. Case of Brookhaven are 2 p.m.,Thursday, Jan. 25, at Pine Bluff Cemetery in Copiah County.

Visitation is Thursday from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at BrookhavenFuneral Home.

Mr. Case, 49, died Jan. 22, 2001, at his residence. He was bornin Hazlehurst on Aug. 8, 1951, to O. C. Case and Dorothy DavisCase.

He was a former oil field worker. He was an Army veteran ofVietnam, serving in the 101st Airborne Division.

Preceding him in death were his father; his brother, Tommy Case;and his grandmother, Helen Davis.

Survivors are his wife, Ann H. Case of Brookhaven; his mother,Dorothy Davis Case of Brookhaven; his sons, Thomas Holifield andJames Case, both of Brookhaven, and Woody Holifield of Washington;his daughters, Jina Covington, Lisa Thorpe, Sissy Case, and ShannonHolifield, all of Brookhaven; his brother, Otis Ray Case ofBrookhaven; his sister, Wendy McDaniel of Tylertown; and 10grandchildren.

Charles Linfield Costley

Graveside services for Charles Linfield Costley of Meadville are10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at Midway Cemetery. Franklin FuneralHome is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Costley, 89, died Jan. 23, 2001, at Adams County NursingCenter. He was born in Meadville on July 24, 1911, to Dr. LinfieldCostley and Sallie Mullins Costley.

He was retired from the Mississippi Department ofTransportation. He was a former alderman of Meadville. He was amember of Meadville United Methodist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, LucyWilkinson Costley; and his sisters, Fairlye Jones, MargueriteCostley, Lillian Torrey, and Nell Bates.

Survivors are his daughter, Charlyne Costley of Meadville; hisbrother, Walter Costley of Meadville; and two step-grandsons, twonephews, and two nieces.

Jessie Fairman

Services for Jessie Fairman of Brookhaven are 11 a.m., Friday,Jan. 26, at St. Mark M.B. Church with burial in Carver HeightsCemetery.

Visitation is Thursday from noon until 6 p.m. with family hourfrom 6-7 p.m. at Williams Mortuary.

Mr. Fairman, 82, died Jan. 22, 2001, at Haven Hall NursingCenter. He was born in Lincoln County on April 17, 1918, to GrantFairman and Mandy Fairman.

He was retired. He was a member of St. Mark M.B. Church.

Preceding him in death were his first wife, Margaret BeltonFairman; his second wife, Alice Dixon Fairman; his brothers, AlvinFairman, Grant Fairman Jr., Rufus Fairman, Lewis Fairman, VersiePhillips, Herman Fairman, and Willard Fairman; and his sisters,Julia Hooker, Annie Mae Henderson, Velma Short, and LillieSmith.

Survivors are his sons, Jerry Fairman and Kenneth Mikel FairmanSr., both of Brookhaven; his daughter-in-law, Marsha Fairman ofBrookhaven; his stepsons, Luther Earl Townsend of Bryan, Texas, andHugh V. Townsend of Brookhaven; his stepdaughters, Gloria CameronBozeman and Alice Faye Benjamin, both of Brookhaven; and sevengrandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Kathy Lynn Smith

Services for Kathy Lynn Smith of Brookhaven are 11 a.m.,Thursday, Jan. 25, at Macedonia Baptist Church with burial in thechurch cemetery.

Visitation is today from 4-9 p.m. at Brookhaven FuneralHome.

Miss Smith, 33, died Jan. 23, 2001, at Baptist Medical Center inJackson. She was born in Vicksburg on Oct. 14, 1967.

She was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Orbie and MadySims.

Survivors are her parents, Leland and Dorothy Sims Smith ofBrookhaven; her grandparents, Edgar Lee and Mavis Smith ofBrookhaven; her brother, Duane Smith of Brookhaven; her sister,Rebecca Baker of Brookhaven; her brother-in-law, Donny Baker ofBrookhaven; and her nephews, Corey Baker and Jack Baker, both ofBrookhaven.