Obituaries for Thursday, June 12

Published 5:00 am Thursday, June 12, 2003

Wilma Kauffman Abrams

Graveside services for Wilma Kauffman Abrams of Mobile, Ala.,formerly of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m., Friday, June 13, in Rose HillCemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Home and Radney-Belmany Funeral Homein Mobile, Ala., are in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Abrams, 94, died June 11, 2003, in Alabama. She was born inFordyce, Ark., to George and Anna Kauffman.

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She was retired from WJMB, where she was station manager formany years. She attended Fordyce High School, where Paul “Bear”Bryant was her classmate, and she watched him play his firstfootball game. She attended business school in Little Rock, Ark.She worked in Hazlehurst and McComb before coming to Brookhaven asstation manager. She was a volunteer for Temple B’Nai Sholomsisterhood and King’s Daughters Medical Center.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband of 61years, Clifford Abrams; a brother; and a sister.

Survivors are her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and PuddinAbrams of Mobile, Ala.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia andDouglass Talley of Marietta, Ga.; her sisters-in-law, FlorineAbrams of Brookhaven, and Vera Abrams Davis of Jackson; hergrandchildren and their spouses, Joshua and Karen Abrams ofAsheville, N.C., Stephan Abrams of Jackson, Wyo., Abby and DavidRosen, Tracy Minkoff of Atlanta, Ga., and Amanda Abrams of NewYork; and many other relatives and life-long friends.

Memorials may be made to the Mobile or Brookhaven PublicLibraries.

Juanita Woods Brown

Services for Juanita Woods Brown of Monticello are 11 a.m.,Saturday, June 14, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church withburial in the church cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon – 7 p.m., with family hour from6-7 p.m., at Williams Mortuary.

Mrs. Brown, 77, died June 6, 2003, at University Medical Centerin Jackson. She was born in Lincoln County on Feb. 9, 1926, toBenjamin Woods and Fannie Woods.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Friendship MissionaryBaptist Church in Monticello.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Sylvester Brown; and adaughter, Trina Brown.

Survivors are her sons, Jerry Brown of Monticello, and PhillipBrown and Paul Brown, both of Chicago, Ill.; her daughters, DorothyHoosier, Jennifer Richardson and Paulette Brown, all of Chicago;her sister, Inez McGee of Brookhaven; 10 grandchildren; eightgreat-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relativesand friends.

Stanley Fells

Services for Stanley Fells of Brookhaven are 2 p.m., Saturday,June 14, at Beulah Chapel Missionary Baptist Church with burial inSiloam Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon – 6 p.m., with a wake servicefrom 6-7 p.m., at Tyler Funeral Home.

Mr. Fells, 40, died June 7, 2003, at Baptist Medical Center inJackson. He was born in Brookhaven on Sept. 18, 1962, to PercyEdward Fells and Mattie Byrd.

He was a former offshore driller for Diamond Offshore Oil Rig.He was a member of Macedonia United Methodist Church.

Preceding him in death were his father.

Survivors are his mother; his stepmother, Mae Belle Fells; hiswife, Debra McCalup Fells of Brookhaven; his daughters, MekoBrothern, Tambria Brothern and Courtney Fells, all of Brookhaven;his stepdaughter,Tonya McCalup of Brookhaven; his brothers, RichardFells of Brookhaven, and Ronald Lynn Fells of Clovis, N.M.; fourstepbrothers; his sisters, Sandra Jones and Jacqueline Fells, bothof Flint, Mich., Bonita Quarles, Tammy Dawson and Tara Fells, allof Brookhaven, and Pamela Fells of Goodman; four stepsisters; threegrandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mary M. “Betty Rose” Owens

Services for Mary M. “Betty Rose” Owens of Springfield, Mass.,are noon Friday, June 13, at Mt. Wade Missionary Baptist Churchwith burial in Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church.

Visitation is today from 1-5 p.m., at Tyler Funeral Home, andFriday from 11 a.m. – noon, at the church.

Mrs. Owens, 65, died June 5, 2003, at Bay State Medical. She wasborn in Brookhaven on May 10, 1938, to Mildred Peavy and Rosie MaeOwens Smith.

She was an aide at Munson’s Development Center. She was a memberof Canaan Missionary Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and one grandson,Delbrico Cameron.

Survivors are her sons, Anthony Owens of Brookhaven, andDarrell, Raymond and Aaron Owens, all of Springfield, Mass.; herdaughters, Venus Ervin, Ramona Owens and Stephanie Owens, all ofSpringfield; her brothers, William Owens of Springfield, and JamesOwens and Wilson Owens, both of Brookhaven; her sisters, LindaSmith and Carolyn Adams, both of Springfield, Bobby Guyton ofJackson, and Mary Ann Washington of Bogue Chitto; 21 grandchildren;five great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.