City era passes with loss of Adeline Moreton Becker

Published 6:00 am Thursday, February 13, 2003

Services for Adeline Moreton Becker, the last surviving memberof one of Brookhaven’s original families, are 11 a.m., Saturday,Feb. 15, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel with burial in RosehillCemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 6-8 p.m., at the funeral home.

Mrs. Becker, 91, died Feb. 12, 2003, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. She was born in Brookhaven on March 10, 1911, to SamuelEvans Moreton Sr., and Zula Perkins Moreton.

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Her niece and next door neighbor, Phyllis Spearman, remembersher generous spirit.

“She was the most loving, caring, generous person,” Spearmansaid. “She quietly supported many good causes. My children adoredher and looked on her as a second grandmother.”

Mrs. Becker was a homemaker. She was a member of the WillingHearts Circle of the King’s Daughters and Sons, the Climbers Cluband Delta Delta Delta Sorority. She was a longtime member of FirstUnited Methodist Church. She attended Whitworth College andUniversity of Mississippi.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, FerdinandFrancis Becker II; three brothers; one sister; and two grandsons,John Blake Smith and Charles Moreton Smith.

Survivors are her son, Dr. F.F. Becker Jr. of Vero Beach, Fla.;her daughter, Linda B. Smith of Hattiesburg; her grandchildren, RoyAlciatore Becker, Shelley Smith Powell, Alicia Becker Ewing, andFerdinand Francis Becker III; and her great-grandchildren, JohnPowell, Laura Powell, Adeline Ewing, Becker Ewing and Mary AliceEwing.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 215 W.Cherokee St.; to King’s Daughters Medical Center, 427 Hwy. 51North; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.