Obituaries for Thursday, August 26, 2004

Published 5:00 am Thursday, August 26, 2004

Mary Florence Hughes Beasley

Services for Mary Florence Hughes Beasley of Brookhaven are 11a.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, at St. James M.B. Church with burial inRosehill M.B. Church Cemetery.

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

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Mrs. Beasley, 60, died Aug. 20, 2004, at King’s DaughtersMedical Center. She was born in Brookhaven on Nov. 25, 1943, to SamHughes and Ruth Stamp Hughes.

She was a 1962 graduate of Alexander High School and attendedAlcorn State University for three years. She was a member ofRosehill M.B. Church.

Preceding her in death were her father; her sister, DorisSutton; her brother, Bobby Charles Watkins; and two grandchildren,Trayshun Beasley and Michael Beasley Jr.

Survivors are her mother; her daughter, Felicia Beasley ofBrookhaven; her sons, Dennis Beasley and Michael Beasley, both ofBrookhaven; her sisters, Shirley Hudson, Ella Mae Robinson, AdaButler, Bobbie Jean Stewart, Carrie Crossley, and Cynthia Keys, allof Brookhaven, Doris Hall and Janet Simmons, both of Chicago, Ill.,Damita Fairman and Pamela Jackson, both of Jackson, Cynthia Fordand Tonya Johnson, both of Brookhaven; her brothers, the Rev.William “Sonny” Hughes of Brookhaven, Jessie Wilson of Brookhavenand Stanley Hughes of Jackson; a devoted granddaughter, MeliciaBeasley; five other grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephewsand other relatives and friends.

Ocea Pickett

Services for Ocea Pickett of Kenner, La., formerly of Smithdale,are 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28, at Rosehill M.B. Church in Meadvillewith burial in Rosehill Church Cemetery. Williams Mortuary is incharge of arrangements.

Mr. Pickett, 69, died Aug. 20, 2004, at his residence. He wasborn in Meadville on Dec. 17, 1934, to Johnny Pickett and GenevaBrown Pickett.

He was a retired butcher and a veteran of the Army. He was amember of Rosehill M.B. Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Olivia E.Pickett; his sisters, Sarah McGee, Florstine Tillman and Eva Eason;his brothers, Oliver Moore, Joseph Moore, William Pickett andJohnny Pickett.

Survivors are his sons, Steven Pickett and Jeffery Pickett, bothof Detroit, Mich., Eric Pickett and his wife, Lynette, of Chicago,Ill., and Gregory Pickett and his wife, Kimberly, of Louisville,Ky.; his brothers, Howard “Bobby” Moore of Chicago, Dwight Pickettof Detroit, Freddie Vicks and his wife, Hazel, of Kenner, La.; hissisters, Yvonne Moore of Smithdale, Lucy Wagner and her husband,Billy, of Kenner, Margie Girtley of Kenner, Ruth Nelson ofFredericks, Md., Barbara MacNeal and her husband, Roderick, ofDetroit, and Cheryl Pickett of Detroit; and six grandchildren.

Coater Taylor

Services for Coater Taylor of Monticello are 11 a.m., Saturday,Aug. 28, at Oak Grove M.B. Church in Monticello with burial inPleasant Grove Church Cemetery in Silver Creek.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 5 p.m. at R.E. TylerFuneral Home.

Mrs. Taylor, 73, died Aug. 23, 2004, at Lawrence CountyHospital. She was born in Lawrence County on May 11, 1931, toWillie Gholar Sr. and Creavty Woodard.

She was a former cafeteria worker for the Lawrence CountySchools and Lawrence County Hospital in Monticello. She was amember of Oak Grove M.B. Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her son, Lenorris”Link” Woodard; one grandson; and one great grandchild.

Survivors are her husband, Willie Frank Taylor of Monticello;her daughters, Ophelia Woodard and Brinda Ross, both of Monticello;her son, Neal Woodard of Monticello; her sister, Leavada Bennett ofSontag; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and a host ofnieces and nephews.