Obituaries for Thursday, September 18

Published 5:00 am Thursday, September 18, 2003

Jimmy Ray Burns

Services for Jimmy Ray Burns of Bogue Chitto are 2 p.m., Friday,Sept. 19, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with burial in PleasantHill Cemetery.

Visitation is Thursday from 5-9 p.m., at Harrigill FuneralHome.

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Mr. Burns, 52, died Sept. 17, 2003, at River Oaks Hospital inFlowood. He was born in Brookhaven on Nov. 15, 1950, to J.C. Burnsand Emma Temple Burns.

He was a carpenter, and a member of Brookway Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death was his father.

Survivors are his mother, Emma Burns of Bogue Chitto; his wife,Becky Burns of Bogue Chitto; his sons and daughter-in-law, Steveand Stacy Burns and Nathan Burns, all of Brookhaven; his sisters,Glenda Bessonette of Brookhaven, Billie Reeves and Sharon Copelan,both of Bogue Chitto, and Penny Pierson of The Colony, Texas; hisstepdaughters, Vallery Jordan and Christy Covington, both ofBrookhaven; his stepson, Jonathan Jordan of Brookhaven; and hisgrandchildren, Alex Burns, Alyssa Burns, Austin Burns, ColbyCovington and Lainey Covington.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or St.Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

Ruby Townsend Dennis

Services for Ruby Townsend Dennis of Brookhaven are 2 p.m.,Saturday, Sept. 20, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church withburial in Rosehill Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon – 7 p.m., with family hour from7-8 p.m., at Williams Mortuary.

Mrs. Dennis, 74, died Sept. 16, 2003, at Mississippi BaptistMedical Center. She was born in Lincoln County on May 22, 1929, toHorace Townsend and Della Corley Townsend.

She was retired. She was a graduate of Alexander High School,and a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; a daughter, DianeDennis; her sister, Pearlie Townsend; and her brothers, EddieTownsend and Oscar Townsend.

Survivors are her daughters, Bobbie Broadnax of Star City, Ark.,Della Dennis of Jackson, Jeanette Tanner of Seattle, Wash., BerthaDennis of Brookhaven, and Faye Dennis and Gladys Grishby, both ofRex, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Ulysses Doyle Sr.

Services for Ulysses Doyle Sr. of Bogue Chitto are 11 a.m.,Saturday, Sept. 20, at Williams Mortuary Memorial Chapel withburial in Bogue Chitto-Norfield Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon – 6 p.m., at the funeralhome.

Mr. Doyle, 69, died Sept. 16, 2003, at Countrybrook LivingCenter. He was born in New Orleans, La., on June 2, 1934, to EdwardDoyle and Victoria Ratcliff Doyle.

He was disabled.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and a daughter,Carmetta Doyle Slaughter.

Survivors are his wife, Bertha Doyle of Chicago, Ill.; hisdaughters, Carolyn and Jacqueline; his sons, Ulysses Doyle Jr. ofWinstonville, Victor Doyle of Detroit, Mich., and Johnny W. Doyle;his brothers, Melvin Doyle of New York, and the Rev. J.W. Jacksonof Bogue Chitto; and five grandchildren.

Marjorie Mason

Services for Marjorie Mason of Monticello are 11 a.m., Friday,Sept. 19, at Monticello First Baptist Church with burial in thechurch cemetery.

Visitation is Thursday from noon – 5 p.m., at Tyler FuneralHome.

Mrs. Mason, 63, died Sept. 15, 2003, at her residence. She wasborn in Lawrence County on May 29, 1940, to Booker T. Mason andMary Maude Bridges Mason.

She was a former educator in Forest. She was a graduate ofAlcorn State University, and a member of Monticello First BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and her husband, W.F.Mapp.

Survivors are her brothers, Kelly Mason and Alvin Mason, both ofRiverside, Calif., and Atlas Mason of Austin, Texas.

Lenorris Woodard

Services for Lenorris Woodard are 2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 20, atPleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Silver Creek withburial in the church cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon – 7 p.m., with family hour from6-7 p.m., at Tyler Funeral Home.

Mr. Woodard, 52, died Sept. 12, 2003, at University MedicalCenter in Jackson. He was born Lawrence County on July 12, 1951, toCoater Woodard Taylor.

He was an assembly line worker at Delphi Packard ElectricSystems in Brookhaven. He was a high school graduate, and agraduate of Jackson State University. He was a member of RockyBranch Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as financialsecretary and a member of the trustee board. He was a member of thetruck club.

Preceding him in death were a son, Ricardo Cole; and agrandchild.

Survivors are his daughter, Bronwyn Sands of Monticello; hissons, Lenorris Cole and Travonti Woodard, both of Monticello; hissisters, Ophelia Woodard, Brinda Ross and Evon Bayliss, all ofMonticello; his brother, Neal Woodard of Monticello; threegrandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.