Obituaries for Wednesday, May 26

Published 5:00 am Thursday, May 27, 2004

Harold L. “Jack” Davis

Services for Harold L. “Jack” Davis of Hazlehurst are 11 a.m.,Thursday, May 27, at Antioch Baptist Church in Barlow with burialin the church cemetery. Community Funeral Services is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from 5-9 p.m., at the church.

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Mr. Davis, 74, died May 24, 2004, at Hardy Wilson MemorialHospital. He was born in Copiah County.

He was a retired Command Sergeant Major with National GuardMississippi after a career of 35 years. He was a deacon and musicdirector at Antioch Baptist Church for 41 years. He was a member ofCentral Mississippi Chapter of the Mississippi Society Sons of theAmerican Revolution and served as chapter secretary. He was amember of First Families of Mississippi and Hazlehurst Lions Club,where he served as tail twister. He was a charter member ofMississippi National Guard Noncommissioned Officers Association. Hewas a member and former national parliamentarian of the EnlistedAssociation of National Guard of the United States, and was amember of Mended Hearts of Jackson.

He served in the Army as chaplain assistant during the KoreanConflict. He received a Bronze Star, two Oak Leaf Clusters and theMississippi Magnolia Metal. He was a fifth generation member ofseveral Early Copiah County Families. He was an avid mastercarpenter and owner of Davis Enterprises, accomplishing manyprojects for friends, family and his church. He was a graduate ofHazlehurst City Schools, Copiah-Lincoln Junior College andUniversity of Southern Mississippi.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Owen Howell “Jack” andBetty Bishop Davis; his brother, James Earl Davis; and a grandson,Stephen Paul Cartwright.

Survivors are his wife, Billie Jane Shotts Davis; his daughterand son-in-law, Wendy Davis Cartwright and husband Paul C. of YazooCity; his sons and daughters-in-law, Michael Lee and Cindy MitchellDavis, and James Robert “Jim” and Sherry Moss Davis, all ofHazlehurst; his grandchildren, Gregory Alan Davis, Jack MitchellDavis, Mary Michael Davis, Harold “Chase” Davis, William Owen”Will” Davis, Cathryn Colby Cartwright and Joseph “Tyler” DavisCartwright; his great-grandson, Bryce Alan Davis; and hismother-in-law, Rubenia Shotts Hardin.

Honorary pallbearers will be the deacons of Antioch BaptistChurch.

Memorials may be made to Rosalie Library Fund, P.O. Box 1392,Natchez, MS 39121, or the Copiah County Chapter of the AmericanHeart Association, or the J.T. Biggs Jr. Memorial Library, 200 S.Jackson St., Crystal Springs, MS 39059, or the NoncommissionedOfficers Association Scholarship Fund or any organization orcharity of choice.

John Everette Ham

Services for John Everette Ham of Summit are 10 a.m., Friday,May 28, at Catchings Funeral Home Chapel in McComb with burial inJohnston Chapel Cemetery.

Visitation is Thursday from 3-7 p.m., and Friday from 9-10 a.m.,at the funeral home.

Mr. Ham, 82, died May 22, 2004, at his residence. He was born inRuth on Feb. 9, 1922, to John Emory “Doc” Ham and Edwina GuyHam.

He was a retired mechanic for Great Southern Wirebound with over25 years of service. Following his retirement, he turned to farmingand raising a garden. He was a World War II Marine Corps veteran,having served in the South Pacific. He was a recipient of thePurple Heart.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Myra ErlineSullivan Ham; two sisters, Gladys Maddox and Blanche Gullege; and abrother, Adron Ham.

Survivors are his daughter, Regina H. Kyzar of Brookhaven; hissons, Rodney Ham of Brandon, and Randy Thomas of Madison; hissister, Lucille Sullivan of Jayess; four grandchildren; threegreat-grandchildren; several nieces and many friends.

Spencer Yawn

Services for Spencer Yawn of Byram, formerly of Brookhaven, were10 a.m., Wednesday, May 26, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel withburial in Rosehill Cemetery.

Mr. Yawn, 74, died May 24, 2004, at St. Dominic Hospital inJackson. He was born in Brookhaven on Feb. 12, 1930, to CleonSpencer Yawn and Marie Lewentheal Yawn.

He worked in the floor covering business and was a World War IINavy veteran. He was a member of the Baptist faith. He lived inByram for 25 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Clyde Yawn; andhis sister, Peggy Brooks.

Survivors are his wife, Peggy A. Yawn of Byram; his sons anddaughters-in-law, Steve and Cindy Yawn of Bogue Chitto, and Clarkand Paula Yawn of Kosciusko; and his grandchildren, Grant and DrewYawn.