Obituaries for Friday, April 9

Published 5:00 am Friday, April 9, 2004

Inez Hall Ray

Services for Inez Hall Ray of Brookhaven were 11 a.m., Friday,April 9, at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with burial in MonticelloUnited Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Ray, 86, died April 6, 2004, at her residence.

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She was a homemaker, whose many talents included cooking,sewing, canning and gardening. She was a member of MonticelloMethodist Church. She was a native of Coffeeville. She marriedWilliam A. Ray in 1936, and they raised three daughters inCranfield. They moved to Monticello in the late 1960s, and livedthere until 2000 when they moved to Brookhaven.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Benjamin F. and EstelleDees Hall; her husband; two sisters, Katie Lynn Hall and Nora HallNelson; and a brother, Wilbourn “Buddy” Hall.

Survivors are her daughters and sons-in-law, Ann and Roger Boyd,and Sue and Mike Windham, all of Brookhaven, and Judy and SteveClyburn of Monticello; her sisters, Mary Nell Balducci of Shelby,and Mrs. A.V. (Pat) Crosthwait of Grenada; her grandchildren, ScottBoyd of Jackson and Macon, Eric Boyd of Brookhaven, Catherine Byrdof Petal, Todd Windham and Ben Windham, both of Oxford, and JustinWindham of Jackson; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Monticello United Methodist ChurchCemetery Fund, P.O. Box 87, Monticello, MS 39654, or HospiceMinistries, 397 Brookhaven St., Brookhaven, MS 39601.

uther “Son” Roberts

Services for Luther “Son” Roberts of Brookhaven are 2 p.m.,Saturday, April 10, at Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Churchwith burial in the church cemetery.

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

Mr. Roberts, 85, died April 4, 2004, in Lincoln County. He wasborn in Lincoln County on June 14, 1918, to Virgil Roberts andLizzie Roberts.

He was a member of Ebenezer African Methodist EpiscopalChurch.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Beulah R.Roberts; two daughters, Helen Jean Drake and Laura E. Roberts; hissisters, Malissa Gooden, Clara Mae Dickey, Mamie Newton, VoirceGooden and Katie Mae Roberts; and his brothers, Henry Roberts andFrank Roberts.

Survivors are his daughters and sons-in-law, Augustine and JohnStewart of Waco, Texas, Janice and David Smith of Brookhaven, andCatherine “Cookie” Tillman of Brookhaven; his sons anddaughter-in-law, the Rev. Luther Bernard Roberts of Brookhaven, andVirgil R. and Cora Roberts of Brookhaven; six grandchildren; eightgreat-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relativesand friends.

Parlee Shields

Services for Parlee Shields of Lorain, Ohio, are noon Saturday,April 10, at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church with burial inBrookhaven. Brown-Robinson Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon at thechurch.

Mrs. Shields, 88, died April 3, 2004, at Community HealthPartners Hospital in Lorain. She was born in Brookhaven.

She was a homemaker and worked part-time for Lorain CommunityAction Agency. She was a member of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Churchin Lorain. She was a past member of New Bethel Primitive BaptistChurch in Lorain, and New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Brookhaven,where she served on the mother board. She enjoyed reading andbingo. She lived in Lorain from 1952-1975, then moved toBrookhaven, and returned to Lorain in 2002.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Hillery and IdaCrossley; a daughter, Willie Faye Allen; a son, William ShieldsJr.; three sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors are her

husband of 66 years, William Shields; her daughters, JennellChinn of Lorain, and Alma Lewis of Cleveland, Ohio; her sons,Gilbert Shields and James Shields, both of Lorain; her sister, FayImes of Lorain; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; sixgreat-great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and otherrelatives.

Betty Jo Walker

Services for Betty Jo Walker of Brookhaven were 11 a.m., Friday,April 9, at Macedonia Baptist Church with burial in the churchcemetery. Community Funeral Services is in charge ofarrangements.

Ms. Walker, 57, died April 6, 2004, at Silver Cross NursingHome. She was born in Lincoln County on July 21, 1946, to WilliamClyde Walker and Alice Lucille Allgood.

She was disabled. She was a member of Macedonia BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors are her sister and brother-in-law, Linda and MelIasigi of Brookhaven; her brothers and sisters-in-law, Alton”Bookie” and Ernestine Walker, and Lloyd and Jeraldine Walker, allof Brookhaven; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Horizon Hospice, 140 N. Fifth St.,McComb, MS.