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Obituaries for Wednesday, December 24

Ruth Hoffman Carleton

Services for Ruth Hoffman Carleton of Forest were 10 a.m.,Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Forest United Methodist Church with burial inEastern Cemetery. Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest was incharge of arrangements.

Mrs. Carleton, 79, died Dec. 19, 2003, at Newton RegionalHospital.

She was a Brookhaven native and longtime resident of Forest. Shetaught school in Greenwood, Natchez and at Central High School inJackson. In 1955, she married Marshall Carleton, and in 1956, theymoved to Forest to go into the drugstore business with his father.She started teaching in the Forest School System in 1970, andretired in 1990.

Survivors are her husband, Marshall H. Carleton of Forest; herdaughter, Marsha Ruth Frederick of Monticello; her sons, KenCarleton of Philadelphia, and Gene Carleton of Kingston, Tenn.; hersister, Mary Ida Hoffman of Brookhaven; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Forest United Methodist Church, Forest,MS 39074.

James C. Diamond

Memorial services for James C. Diamond of Brookhaven were 3p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 23, at Harrigill Funeral Home Chapel withburial in Easthaven Cemetery.

Mr. Diamond, 74, died Dec. 21, 2003, at BeverlyHealthcare-Brookhaven. He was born in Lincoln County on March 28,1929, to Jack Diamond Sr. and Maybelle Beeson Diamond.

He was a retired security guard and driver with Brown’s VelvetIce Cream. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict.

Preceding him in death were his father and his wife, Donna AllenDiamond.

Survivors are his mother, Maybelle Beeson Diamond; hisdaughters, Diane Bunney of Collins, and Carmen D. Falgout ofMetairie, La.; his brothers, Clayton Diamond of Metairie, La., andJack Diamond Jr. of Brookhaven; and three grandchildren.

Clara McNulty

Services for Clara McNulty of Brookhaven are 2 p.m., Saturday,Dec. 27, at St. James Missionary Baptist Church with burial inHillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 6 p.m., with wake from 6-7p.m., at Williams Mortuary.

Mrs. McNulty, 57, died Dec. 22, 2003, at her residence. She wasborn in Lincoln County on Oct. 22, 1946, to John Henry Rawls andEarline Rawls.

She was owner and operator of Clara’s Diner. She was a graduateof Alexander High School, and a member of St. James MissionaryBaptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, and a sister, DessieHarris.

Survivors are her sons and daughters-in-law, Earnest McNulty,Gregory and Cynthia McNulty, and Randy and Nora McNulty, all ofBrookhaven; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Mamie and Arthur Davisof Oma, Naomi Rawls, Maebell and Willie Culver, and Elaine andAlbert Reed, all of Brookhaven, and Gloria and Albert Johnson ofGeorgetown; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry and EvelynRawls, James and Reba Rawls, and Donald Rawls, all of Brookhaven;and five grandchildren.

Nell Ainsworth Swilley

Services for Nell Ainsworth Swilley of Brookhaven were 10 a.m.,Wednesday, Dec. 24, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel with burialin Lumberton City Cemetery.

Mrs. Swilley, 85, died Dec. 22, 2003, at King’s DaughtersMedical Center. She was born in Monticello on Dec. 1, 1918, to JoelAinsworth and Ida Griffith Ainsworth.

She was a homemaker, and a member of First United MethodistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Joseph C.Swilley; five sisters; and one brother.

Survivors are her daughter, Sarah Swilley Nevels of Brookhaven;her grandchildren, Sarah Johanna Russell and Stevie Lanell Nevels,both of Brookhaven; and a host of nieces and nephews.