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Obituaries for Wednesday, December 31

Sylvester “Johnny” Knight

Services for Sylvester “Johnny” Knight of Mendenhall were 11a.m., today at First Baptist Church of Mendenhall with burial inMendenhall Cemetery.

Mr. Knight, 73, died Dec. 29, 2003, at home.

He was a graduate of Mendenhall High School and attendedCopiah-Lincoln Junior College. He served in the United States AirForce. He was an artist and carpenter. Known as Mendenhall’s”Artist in Residence,” he was uniquely gifted in all thingsartistic, and his works grace many of the buildings on Main Streetand Jackson Avenue.

Survivors are his brother, Maurice Knight of Mendenhall; hissisters, Kathleen Patrick of Mendenhall and Adeline May of McCallCreek; numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews.

Lee Edward Mercier II

Services for Lee Edward Mercier II of the Sartinville communityare 2 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31, at Hartman Funeral Home of McCombChapel with burial in Hebron Baptist Church Cemetery. Services willbe conducted by the Revs. Rob Westbrook, Millard Purl and MarkWicker.

Visitation is Wednesday from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at thefuneral home.

Mr. Mercier, 37, died Dec. 30, 2003, in Sumrall. He was born inMagnolia on July 6, 1966, to Thomas J. and Melba Mercier.

He was a truck driver for Sanderson Farms. He was a longtimemember of Hebron Baptist Church and recently moved his membershipto Salem Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his paternalgrandfather, Lee Edward Mercier; his maternal grandmother, LulaBagwell; his maternal grandfather, Carlos Futch; and hisfather-in-law, Nelson Stogner.

Survivors are his parents, Thomas J. Mercier and Melba Mercier,both of Liberty; his grandmother, Margarete Mercier of Magnolia;his wife, Deanna Levelle Stogner Mercier of Sartinville; hisdaughter, Leia Lenea Mercier of Sartinville; his sons, Roman LeeMercier and Darren Thomas Mercier, both of Sartinville; hisbrothers, Parish W. Mercier of Liberty, and Sean Keith Mercier ofLayton, Utah; his mother-in-law, Myrtle Stogner of McComb; and hisbrother-in-law and wife, Keith and Janie Stogner of BogueChitto.

Pallbearers will be Barry Gerald, Wayne Byrd, Russell Byrd,Rusty Moak, Trent Barron, Stevie Moore and Joey Guillory.

Augustine Smith Pierce

Services for Augustine Smith Pierce of Brookhaven are 2 p.m.,Saturday, Jan. 3, at New Zion Church of God in Christ with burialin St. Paul on the River Cemetery. Williams Mortuary is in chargeof arrangements.

Visitation is Friday, Jan. 2 from noon to 7 p.m., at the funeralhome, with family hour from 6-7 p.m.

Mrs. Pierce, 93, died Dec. 29, 2003, at Haven Hall Nursing Home.She was born in Jefferson County on Aug. 7, 1910, to Anderson Smithand Aobiana Smith.

She was a member of New Zion Church of God in Christ.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, ArlynchPierce; her brother, Lee Edward Tyler; her sisters, Audrey Tylerand Eudie Bee Cubit; and her nephew, Joe Tyler.

Survivors are her nieces, Joyce Rice and husband Larry, ofBrookhaven, Shelia Williams and Eudie Bell Bledsoe, both ofBrookhaven, Kolean Sanders of Clinton, Nell Pierce of Chicago andClaudette Tyler of Milwaukee, Wisc.; her nephews, Murphie Williams,Curtis Williams, Micheal Williams and Kenneth Williams, all ofCaseyville, Dennis Williams and wife Patsy of Brookhaven; EarlTyler of Milwaukee; James Tyler and Zachary Tyler, both of SanDiego, Calif., and Ernest Cubit of Natchez; and a host of otherrelatives and friends.

Mason Webster

Graveside services for Mason Webster of Monticello are 11 a.m.,Saturday, Jan. 3, at Pearl River Valley Cemetery. Williams Mortuaryis in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Saturday, Jan. 3 from 10-11 a.m., at Rocky BranchBaptist Church.

Mr. Webster, 57, died Dec. 26, 2003, at his residence. He wasborn in Monticello on Dec. 22, 1946, to Malcolm Webster Sr. andBobbie Nell Lowe.

He was disabled and a veteran of the United States Army. He wasa member of Rocky Branch Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his brothers and sister-in-law, Donald Walters andJacqueline Walters of Monticello, and Malcolm Webster of Tacoma,Wash.; his four nieces and two nephews.