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Obituaries for Monday, September 22

Melva Boyte

Services for Melva Boyte of Brookhaven are 2 p.m., Tuesday,Sept. 23, at Union Baptist Church with burial in UnionCemetery.

Visitation is Monday from 4-9 p.m., at Harrigill Funeral Home,and Tuesday from 1-2 p.m., at the church.

Mrs. Boyte, 83, died Sept. 19, 2003, at New Dawn RetirementCenter in Ruth. She was born in Lincoln County on June 2, 1920, toWillie Ellis Daniel Martin and Mollie McGuffie Martin.

She was a retired supervisor for Potter Company in Wesson for 35years. She was a lifelong member of Union Baptist Church, and amember of Eastern Star Chapter One of Brookhaven and Alpha LionsClub.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, EssieEdward Boyte.

Survivors are her daughter and son-in-law, Katherine and PeteRawls of Bogue Chitto; her son and daughter-in-law, Lincoln CountySheriff Lynn Boyte and Becky Boyte of Brookhaven; her sister,Jewell Martin of Brookhaven; her grandchildren and their spouses,Lisa and Perry Knight, Debbie and Randy Newman, Kara and Bill Cook,Greg and Jennifer Boyte, Robert and Amanda Rawls, and Bruce andTammy Rawls; and nine great-grandchildren.

The Rev. N.F. Greer

Services for the Rev. N.F. Greer of Brookhaven are 2 p.m.,Tuesday, Sept. 23, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with burial inthe church cemetery.

Visitation is Monday from 5-8 p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m. – 1p.m., at Brookhaven Funeral Home.

The Rev. Greer, 78, died Sept. 21, 2003, at Central MississippiMedical Center. He was born in Ruth on Aug. 20, 1925, to NewtonFranklin Greer and Erma Attaway Greer.

He was a minister and member at New Salem Baptist Church inFranklin, and had served as pastor of churches in Alabama,Mississippi and Louisiana. He served in the stewardship departmentof the Mississippi Baptist Convention and was director of thestewardship department of the Alabama Baptist Convention for 20years. He was a graduate of Mississippi College and New OrleansBaptist Theological Seminary. He served in the Navy during WorldWar II.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, LesbyGreer and Garvice Greer; and two sisters, Dorothy Braswell andAudena Reeves.

Survivors are his wife of 57 years, Lily Beth Greer ofBrookhaven; his daughter, Deborah Kim Greer of Brookhaven; his sonand daughter-in-law, Mark and Tonja Denise Greer of Mobile, Ala.;his sisters, Wilma Grace Brister of Brookhaven, Gladys Reeves ofMcComb, and Bernice Sumrall of Natchez; his brother, the Rev. R.V.Greer of Brookhaven; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to New Salem Baptist Church Second FloorBuilding Fund.

James Ladd

Services for James Ladd of Brookhaven are 11 a.m., Monday, Sept.22, at Linwood Baptist Church in Neshoba County with burial inLinwood Cemetery. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge ofarrangements.

Mr. Ladd, 76, died Sept. 19, 2003, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. He was born in Neshoba County.

He was a self-employed carpenter and an Army veteran. He was amember of Linwood Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Jim Henry Ladd and CoraHattie White Ladd; two sisters, Juanita Munn and VonderiaWilkinson; and two brothers, Percell Ladd and Marzell Ladd.

Survivors are his wife, Eileen Ladd of Brookhaven; and hissisters, Roma Cliburn of Brookhaven, and Annie Inez Goshen ofTampa, Fla.

Barbara Elaine Westmoreland

Services for Barbara Elaine Westmoreland of Magnolia are 3 p.m.,Monday, Sept. 22, in the chapel of Hartman Funeral Home of McCombwith burial in East Union Baptist Church Cemetery. Services will beconducted by the Rev. Brad Terrell.

Visitation is Monday from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., at the funeralhome.

Mrs. Westmoreland, 59, died Sept. 20, 2003, at her residence.She was born in Brookhaven on Aug. 7, 1944, to S. Williams andMyrtis Bowman Williams.

She was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her sons, Johnny Wayneand Jerry Lynn Westmoreland; and two grandsons, Hance Wayne andGary Mathew Westmoreland.

Survivors are her husband of 40 years, Claude V. WestmorelandSr. of Magnolia; her daughters and son-in-law, Joanie MarieWestmoreland McKenzie of McComb, and Alice Faye Westmoreland Breauxand Edward Breaux of Magnolia; her sons and daughters-in-law,Claude Vernon Westmoreland Jr., Witon James Westmoreland Sr. andBonnie Westmoreland, Ernest Jerome Westmoreland Sr. and JessicaWestmoreland, all of McComb; his brother, Roger Williams ofBrookhaven; and 13 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be James Fuller, Claude Westmoreland, EricSchilling, Michael Wallace, Billy Smith, Paul Mars and ErnieWestmoreland Sr. Honorary pallbearers will be James Westmorelandand Edward Breaux.