Obituaries for Monday, August 30, 2004

Published 5:00 am Monday, August 30, 2004

Rossie F. Branton

Services for Rossie F. Branton of Brookhaven, formerly ofLawrence County, were 1 p.m., Friday, Aug. 27, at Colonial FuneralHome Chapel in Columbia with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery inColumbia. Dr. Bill Miller and the Rev. Derick Lambertofficiated.

Mr. Branton, 84, died at King’s Daughters Medical Center. He wasborn to Frank and Lutisha Branton.

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He was a a retired bus operator of 35 years with ContinentalTrailways. He was a 50-year Mason at the St. Albans Lodge No. 60F&AM of Columbia. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church inMonticello. He was married for 58 years to Mary John MooreBranton.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two daughters, Mary AnnBranton and Janette Schaefer; three brothers, Zollie, Lowery andSercie Branton; three sisters, Cora Chance, Ita Daniels and SadieDaniels; and one great-grandson, Chad Moore.

Survivors are his wife; his son, Rossie Branton Jr. and hiswife, Jerry, of Monticello; his two adopted grandsons, John Brantonand his wife Jasmine, of Brookhaven, and Steven Branton and hiswife, Elisa, of Livonia, Mich.; his grandson, Ron Schaefer and hiswife, Lisa, of Genesso, Ill; his granddaughter, Kathy Moore and herhusband, Bob, of Hope Mills, N.C.; his two sisters, Hazel Brady ofSilver Creek and Nelda McPhail of Carson; his two brothers RayBranton of Houston, Texas, and Roy Branton of Prentiss; his 10great-grandchildren, Ty, Kennedy, Austin, Nicholas, Lindsey MarieBranton, Robin and Megan Schaefer, Tiffany and Bradley Moore, andEmily Dalton; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins andfriends.

Pallbearers were Steven Branton, John Branton, Ron Schaefer,Mike Felber, Thomas Allen Pittman and Ford Berry.

David R. Causey

Services for David R. Causey of Summit are 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug.31, at Hartman Funeral Home of McComb with burial in WoodlawnCemetery in Summit. The Rev. Bob Lynch and the Rev. Brent Causeywill officiate.

Visitation is Monday from 5-9 p.m. and Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. atthe funeral home.

Mr. Causey, 68, died Aug. 28, 2004, at his residence. He wasborn in Berwick, Miss., on May 10, 1936, to Lewis C. Causey andEvelyn Hazlewood Causey.

He was retired from I.C. Railroad after 41 years as a conductor.He was a member of the United Transportation Union. He was a wellknown lover of Tennessee Walking Horses for which he loved to showand ride. He won many awards for his riding and training talents.He loved music and was an accomplished fiddle player. He was amember of Johnston Station Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; one brother, PrivateLouis Causey; one sister, Hilda Morgan; one son, Walter VinceCausey; and a close friend, Doris Brister.

Survivors are his former wife, Jessie Mae Smith of Ft. Worth,Texas; his daughter, Robbin D. Allen and her husband, David, of Ft.Worth; his sons, Jeffrey D. Causey, and his wife, Gloria, of MorganCity, La., and Gregory A. Causey and his wife, Sherrena, ofGrandbury, Texas; his sisters, Virginia C. Duck of Liberty, andMarie C. Porter and her husband, Randolph “Pete”, of McCall Creek;his brothers, Burton Causey of McComb, I.H. Causey and his wife,Bettie, of Mobile, Ala., and his twin brother, Robert Causey, andhis wife, Jackie, of Summit; 13 grandchildren; and sixgreat-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Ray Ngo, George Duck, Thomas Duck Jr., TerryCausey, Chris Causey, Jerry Rushing, David Quin, Mike Brown andLewis Morgan.

Honorary pallbearers will be his grandsons.

Joel ‘Jack’ Kizzie Huhn

Services for Joel “Jack” Kizzie Huhn of Bogue Chitto were 3p.m., Sunday, Aug. 29, at Topisaw Baptist Church in Ruth withburial in the church cemetery. Catchings Funeral Home in McComb wasin charge of arrangements. Services were conducted by the Revs.David Moree and Zack Moak.

Visitation was Sunday from 1:30 until 3 p.m., at the church.

Mr. Huhn, 91, died Aug. 28, 2004, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center in McComb. He was born in Lincoln County onJune 16, 1913, to Steve Huhn and Essie McCormick Huhn. He attendedgrades 1-4 at Topisaw. He graduated from Enterprise High School,and attended Copiah-Lincoln Junior College for one year. He was amember and deacon of Topisaw Baptist Church in Ruth for 66 years.He accepted Christ at age 12 while attending Welman Baptist Church.He moved to Chicago from 1934-1937 to work as an electric welderbefore returning to Lincoln County to marry Mozell O’Quin on Dec.10, 1937. He and his wife moved to Chicago, then traveled to Texasand Louisiana for work. He stayed in New Orleans for three years,where their first son was born. In 1945, he and his family returnedto Lincoln County, where they farmed and he drove a county schoolbus. He was retired from Ingalls Shipyard in Pascagoula after 24years of service. He and his family returned to Lincoln County in1976.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife of 64 years,Mozell O’Quin Huhn; two sisters, Lula Mae Sirkle and Ruby DellWilliams; and three brothers, Hiller, Dudley and Charlie Huhn.

Survivors are his sons and daughters-in-law, Paul Edmond andSylvia Huhn of Bogue Chitto, and Hugh Darryl and Nancy Huhn ofPensacola, Fla.; his grandchildren and their families, Gary Pauland Amy Huhn, George and Teresa Moncrief, Jeff and Wanda Moncrief,Mike and Angie Moncrief, David and Betsy Huhn, and Scott Huhn; hisgreat-grandchildren, Zac, Nate, Emeree, Cassie Rose, Bailee Ann,Alyssa Noelle, Holly, Catherine, and McKenzie; a niece and herchildren, Dixie Williams, and Will and Kristi Moak; and numerousother relatives.

Pallbearers were Gary Huhn, David Huhn, Scott Huhn, GeorgeMoncrief, Jeff Moncrief and Mike Moncrief. Honorary pallbearerswill be deacons of Topisaw Baptist Church.

Jean Leggett Smith

Services for Jean Leggett Smith of Brookhaven are 10 a.m.,Tuesday, Aug. 31, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church withburial in Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Bogue Chitto.

Visitation is Monday from 5-9 p.m., at Brookhaven Funeral Home.A wake service will be held at 7 p.m.

Mrs. Smith, 51, died Aug. 28, 2004, at her residence. She wasborn in Brookhaven on Nov. 8, 1952, to Christine Sullivan Leggettand T.E. (Sam) Leggett.

She was a former employee of Trustmark Bank for 19 years. Shewas a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents and one sister; GingerWalden.

Survivors are her husband, J. Michael Smith of Brookhaven; herdaughters and sons-in-law, Jennifer and Duane Meilstrup, and Emilyand Matt Springfield, all of Brookhaven, and Shanna and James Adamsof Hazlehurst; her mother-in-law, Mildred Smith of Brookhaven; twonieces, Cathe Knott and Christi Walden; one nephew, Sam Walden; andseven grandchildren, Madeleine, Kathryn and Drew Meilstrup,Stephen, Ben and Emma Kate Springfield, and Lauryn Kinsey.

Memorials may be made to American Lung Association or HospiceMinistries.

Oredus Duke Williams

Graveside services for Oredus Duke Williams of Bolton are 2p.m., Monday, Aug. 30, at Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson.

Visitation was at 11 a.m. today at Lakewood Funeral Home inJackson.

Mrs. Williams, 89, died Aug. 25, 2004, at her home. She was bornin Smith County to Albert M. Duke and Eula Lee Burgess Duke.

She moved to Hinds County at age 11 and had been a resident for78 years. She will be remembered throughout the community for hertalent in gardening, cooking and sewing. She was a wonderful cookand loved to teach and share her recipes with friends and family.She was a godly woman and a faithful member of Edwards MethodistChurch, were she served on several of the church committees. Shewas highly thought of and was a mentor for many of the youngerwomen and children in her church family and her community.

She was retired from Maison Weiss in 1977 and has many friendsthroughout the state. She was very fond of the outdoors, a uniquewoman who loved animals. She raised chickens and quail and wasalways willing to help a neighbor get started with raising theirown chickens.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Alfred”Orlan” Williams; and her eight siblings.

Survivors are her two daughters, Peggy Williams Hunt and herhusband, Doyce “Doc”, of Olive Branch, and Shirley Williams Bruceand her husband, Edward “Yogi”, of Brookhaven; her son, ThomasOrlan Williams and his wife, Deborah, of Clarksville, Tenn.; 19grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; a host of friends andfamily; and her companion, her American Bulldog, Prince.

Memorials may be made to Patients Choice Hospice, 1911 Mission66, Suite C, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or to the American CancerSociety.