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Obituaries for Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Betty Beavers Gill

Services for Betty Beavers Gill of Bogue Chitto are 2 p.m.,Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Hartman Funeral Home Chapel in McComb withburial in Hollywood Cemetery in McComb. James Turner willofficiate.

Visitation was Monday from 5-10 p.m. and Tuesday 8 a.m. until 2p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Gill, 59, died of cancer Aug. 22, 2004, at UniversityMedical Center. She was born in Lincoln County on June 1, 1945, toFelix and Annie Beavers.

She was a homemaker. She was a Jehovah’s Witness.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her brother, MonroeBeavers.

Survivors are her husband, Otto B. Gill of Bogue Chitto; herstep mother, Mary Beavers; her daughters, Kimberly Boykin and herhusband, Chris, of Bogue Chitto; her son, Kevin Gill ofHattiesburg; her sisters, Mary F. Johnson of Bunkie, La., DorothyMartin and her husband, John, of Brookhaven, Joyce Ruby of Jayess,Johnnie Boyles of Ruth, and Elaine Richardson and her husband,Wayne, of Bogue Chitto; her brothers, Thomas J. Beavers of McComb,Lonnie Ray Beavers and his wife, Patricia, of Brookhaven, and Bobby”Pete” Beavers and his wife, Connie, of Brookhaven; hergrandchildren, Shana Boykin and Braylan Boykin; and numerousnieces, nephews and friends.

Pallbearers will be J.W. Gill, Jimmy Gill, James Gill, RickyBeavers, Scot Boyles and Chris Boyles.

Mildred Curry Hale

Services for Mildred Curry Hale of Baton Rouge, La., are 2 p.m.,Tuesday, Aug. 24, at Green Oaks Funeral Home in Baton Rouge withburial in Green Oaks Cemetery.

Visitation is Tuesday from noon until 2 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mrs. Hale, 77, died Aug. 21, 2004, at her residence. She was anative of Haynesville, La. and was born to Robert H. and Mildred S.Curry.

She attended Louisiana State University and was a member of PhiMu Sorority. During the course of her husband’s 39 year career withExxon Pipeline Company, the couple lived in Shreveport, La.,Magnolia, Ark., and Brookhaven, before moving to Baton Rouge in1966. She loved the Lord, her family, her friends, her cats, music,art, reading, swimming and seeing new places. She loved to sing andwas a soloist with the church choir in Brookhaven for many years.She was also a member of the Broadmoor Presbyterian Church for 38years. She was married for 57 years to Claude J. “Pete” HaleJr.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and twobrothers-in-law, Ralph Naremore and Harry Davidson.

Survivors are her husband; her daughter, Claudia Hale Birdsallof Washington D.C.; her son Richard Curry Hale of Metairie, La.;her sisters, Virginia Curry Naremore of Baton Rouge and Mary CurryDavidson of Danville, Calif.; one brother-in-law; and onegranddaughter.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Baton Rouge, 9063 SiegenLn., Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA 70810-1951; or to BroadmoorPresbyterian Church, 9340 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70815.

Willie R. Smith

Services for Willie R. Smith of Brookhaven are 11 a.m.,Wednesday, Aug. 25, at Harrigill Funeral Home Chapel with burial inDamascus Cemetery.

Visitation is Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Smith, 82, died Aug. 22, 2004, at Silver Cross Nursing Homein Brookhaven. She was born in Lawrence County on Jan. 11, 1922, toPhillip Edgar James and Mamie Marie Cox James.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Gum Grove BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, JohnL. Smith.

Survivors are her daughter, Diane West and her husband, Gordon,of Brookhaven; her sons, John P. Smith and his wife, Doris, ofHouston, Texas, and Alton Smith and his wife, Julia, of Smithdale,Texas; her sister, Nell Foster of Brookhaven; her grandchildren,Anna Lisa West, Phillip Smith, Brooks Smith, Aaron Smith, Lana WestAdams, and Heather West Walker; 11 great grandchildren; and onegreat-great grandchild.