Obituaries for Thursday, March 4

Published 6:00 am Friday, March 5, 2004

elvin Leaner Ferdinand

Services for Melvin Leaner Ferdinand of Brookhaven are 11 a.m.,Saturday, March 6, at Damascus Missionary Baptist Church withburial in Hillcrest Cemetery.

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

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Ms. Ferdinand, 53, died March 1, 2004, in Albany, Ga. She wasborn in Brookhaven on Nov. 14, 1950, to Melvin Ferdinand and RosieLee Ferdinand.

She was disabled and was a 1968 graduate of Eva Harris School.She was a member of Damascus Missionary Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a brother, RandyFerdinand.

Survivors are her daughters and son-in-law, Katina and CedrickWilliams of Albany, Ga., and Lawanda Ferdinand of Brookhaven; herson, Thomas Ferdinand of Albany; her companion, Edward Levy ofBrookhaven; her sisters and brothers-in-law, Oma Ferdinand, Johnnieand Wilbert Upkins, Pecola Brown, and Althea and Fred Brown, all ofBrookhaven, Millie and Burnell Johnson of Chicago, Ill., andPatricia and Robert Banks of Jackson; her brothers, WillieFerdinand of Bogue Chitto, and Albert Ferdinand and JerryFerdinand, both of Brookhaven; and three grandsons.

Michael Ray Hargon, Rebecca Dawn Hirtz Hargon, JamesPatrick Hargon

Services for Michael Ray Hargon, 27; Rebecca Dawn Hirtz Hargon,29; and James Patrick Hargon, 4, of Vaughan are 11 a.m., Friday,March 5, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with burial in EllisonUnited Methodist Church Cemetery. A prayer vigil will be held at 7p.m., Thursday, March 4, at Canton Funeral Home in Canton.

Visitation is Thursday from 5-7 p.m., at the funeral home.

The Hargons died Feb. 14, 2004, in Vaughan.

Michael and Rebecca attended Holmes Community College, wherethey received their associate degrees. Michael was a constructionsupervisor with Warren Excavation. Rebecca was a physical therapyassistant at Tyler-Holmes Memorial Hospital in Winona.

Preceding them in death were Michael’s father, Dan HaywoodHargon Sr.; his brother, Dan Haywood Hargon Jr.; his grandparents,James Patrick Hargon Sr., and Ray and Bessie Hunnicutt; andRebecca’s grandparents, Henry and Joann Fuemmeler.

Survivors include Michael’s mother, Diana Hargon of Vaughan;sister, Jennifer Hargon of Vaughan; grandmother, Perry Hargon ofVaughan; Rebecca’s parents, William B. and Linda Hirtz of PoplarBluff, Mo., sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and David Moore ofVaughan; sister, Marcia Hirtz of Poplar Bluff; brother andsister-in-law, Billy and Jaclyn Hirtz of Brookhaven; grandparents,William J. and Gertrude Hirtz of Campbell, Mo.; two nieces andnephews; and numerous cousins.

Memorials may be made to the Rebecca Hargon Physical TherapyScholarship Fund, c/o Tyler Holmes Memorial Hospital, 409 TylerHolmes Dr., Winona, MS 38967, or Rebecca Hirtz Hargon MemorialScholarship Fund, c/o St. Joseph High School, 308 New MannsdaleRd., Madison, MS 39110 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,501 St. Jude’s Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Mary Ann Robinson

Services for Mary Ann Robinson of Lansing, Mich., formerly ofBrookhaven, are 2 p.m., Saturday, March 6, at Williams MortuaryMemorial Chapel with burial in Carver Heights Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 5 p.m., with family hourfrom 7:30-8:30 p.m., at the funeral home.

Ms. Robinson, 48, died March 1, 2004, at Tender Care West Homein Lansing. She was born in Brookhaven on Jan. 5, 1956, toSylvester Robinson Sr. and Anna Brent Robinson.

She was disabled and had attended Fannie L. Mullins School andLincoln Residential Center.

Preceding her in death were her parents and two sisters, LynellIrons and Jean Harris.

Survivors are her sister, Alice “Rean” Bennett of Ardmore,Okla.; her brothers and sister-in-law, Maxie “Pete” Robinson ofLansing, Charles “Jackie Boy” Robinson of Jackson, and Sylvester”Nunnie” Robinson Jr. and wife Sonia of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; heraunts, Roxie Smith of Brookhaven, Tessie Brown of Natchez, AlineMcCarthy of Lansing; and her uncle, Ike Gearing of New Orleans,La.

Billy “Gus” Stevens

Services for Billy “Gus” Stevens of Hazlehurst are 10 a.m.,Friday, March 5, at First Baptist Church Chapel in Hazlehurst withburial in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. Community FuneralServices is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 4-9 p.m., at the church.

Mr. Stevens, 69, died March 2, 2004, at St. Dominic Hospital inJackson. He was born in Copiah County on Jan. 13, 1935, to CalvinStevens and Gladys Waller Stevens.

He was a jailer for Copiah County. He was an Army veteran.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two daughters, BrendaJ. Stevens and Tracy L. Stevens; and three granddaughters, AmberSorrels, Kelsey Sorrels and Amanda Odom.

Survivors are his wife, Lavelle Stevens of Hazlehurst; hisdaughters, Donna Becerra, Susan Odom, Kelly Barker and CrystalStevens, all of Hazlehurst, Connie Sorrels of Wesson, and KimberlyThibodeaux of Houma, La.; his sons, Richard Stevens and TimothyStevens, both of Wesson; five stepdaughters; his sisters, BettyPickering of Meadville, and Myra Stead and Brenda Pollan, both ofRoxie; his brother, Ernest Stevens of Hazlehurst; 20 grandchildren;and two great-grandchildren.