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Obituaries for Sunday, October 17, 2004

Richard Riley ‘Dick’ Alworth

Services for Richard Riley “Dick” Alworth of Del Mar, Calif.,were 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12 at El Camino Memorial in San Diego,Calif.

Mr. Alworth, 94, died in his sleep Oct. 9, 2004, at Casa Palmerain Del Mar. He was born Nov. 27, 1910, in Bartlesville, Okla.

He was a retired regional superintendent for Humble Oil(ExxonMobil) for 37 years. He graduated high school in Ranger,Texas, then attended two years of college at OklahomaUniversity.

He started working part-time for Humble Oil at age 17 as a daylaborer. He later was superintendent for offshore drilling in GrandIsle, La. He then was sent to Brookhaven and then to Hobbs, N.M.,where he retired. He returned for two years to again direct theoffshore operation. He and his wife, Elizabeth “Beth” Alworth,retired to Del Mar where he enjoyed both his passion for readingand golf, at which he had a three handicap. Mr. Alworth was amember in good standing of the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in NewOrleans, where he had attained his 32nd-degree standing.

A widower for nine years, he leaves two children, Ann Lauman andher husband, Gerry, of Jackson, and Lance Alworth and his wife,Laura, of Del Mar; his grandchildren, Mike Rick, Gerryann, LanceJr., Kelly and Rian; and six great-grandchildren, Jax, Mandy,Riley, Joe, Brian and Nino, with another on the way.

Judge Michael Lemuel Carr

A graveside service for Judge Michael Lemuel Carr of Brookhavenis 10 a.m. for family only, with a memorial service at 11 a.m.Monday, Oct. 18 at Faith Presbyterian Church of Brookhaven.

Visitation is Sunday from 4-7 p.m., at Brookhaven FuneralHome.

Judge Carr, 83, died Oct. 15, 2004, at his residence. He wasborn in Clinton, N.C., on Dec. 5, 1920.

He was a veteran of World War II, with three and a half years ofoverseas combat with the 63rd and 36th Infantry Divisions. He wasawarded two bronze stars for his combat action. Judge Carrgraduated from the University of North Carolina in 1949, where herecieved his Bachelor of Law degree. He was appointed law clerk tothe Honorable Edwin R. Holmes, United States Circuit Court Judgefor the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, from 1949 through 1951.Judge Carr was a member of the Bar Associations of Copiah, Lincolnand Lawrence Counties and also a member of the Mississippi StateBar Association, the North Carolina State Bar Association and theAmerican Bar Association. He served on the Executive Committee ofthe Junior Bar Section of the Mississippi State Bar Association aswell as the Mississippi Children’s Code Commission. Judge Carrbegan practicing law in Brookhaven, Miss., in 1951, where heresided ever since. He was elected District Attorney of theFourteenth Judicial District in 1955 and served until electedChancellor for the Fifteenth Chancery Court District ofMississippi. Judge Carr served faithfully as Chancellor until hisretirement in 1990, when he assumed Senior Judge status for theState of Mississippi. A committed member of his community, JudgeCarr served his church and town in many ways. He was a longstandingelder of the First Presbyterian Church and teacher of the Men’sBible Class. He served as President of the Presbyterian Men of theState of Mississippi, Chapter Chairman of the American Red Cross,President of the Brookhaven Kiwanis Club, and Chairman of the Boardof Trustees of Belhaven College for many years.

Survivors are his wife of 56 years, Mary Helen Carr; hisdaughters and sons-in-law, Julie Carr and Billy Chadwick of Oxford,Helen Carr and Alex Rondos of Athens, Greece; his grandchildren andtheir spouses, Michael and Kathy Waltman of Madison, Mary Helen andClint Strong of Byram, Susanna Waltman of Athens, Greece, WilliamLyon, and Michael Carr Chadwick, both of Oxford; and hisgreat-granddaughter, Marian Waltman of Madison. Memorials may bemade to the World Missions Project of the Faith Presbyterian Churchof Brookhaven, or to Belhaven College.

(With integrity and leadership, he served his nation, communityand his church. He brought immeasurable love to his family. For allthese things, we will remember him.)

Linda Gail Cooper

Services for Linda Gail Cooper of Brookhaven are 11 a.m.Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004, at St. James Missionary Baptist Church withburial in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday from 12-5 p.m., at Williams Mortuary, withfamily present from 7-8 p.m. at the church.

Ms. Cooper, 54, died Oct. 14, 2004, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. She was born in Raleigh, N.C., on March 23, 1950, to GeorgeCooper and Lucille Cooper.

She was a cook for Mississippi Action for Progress. She was a1969 graduate of Alexander High School. She attended PrentissInstitute. She was a member of St. James Missionary BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and a brother, GaryCooper Sr.

Survivors are her daughter, Kenisha Cooper of Brookhaven; hersister and brother-in-law, Sherry and Curtis Spencer of Brookhaven;her brothers and sister-in-law, Larry Michael Cooper Sr. andEloise, and Jimmy Cooper, all of Brookhaven, and Wayne Cooper ofMonticello; two grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews andother relatives and friends.

Earl Hill

Services for Earl Hill of Rankin County, formerly of Brookhavenare 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Kynett United Methodist Church withburial in Carver Heights Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday from noon until 8 p.m., with family presentat 7 p.m., at Williams Mortuary.

Mr. Hill, 82, died Oct. 14, 2004 in Rankin County. He was bornin Copiah County on August 12, 1922, to Willie Hill and LudellaHill.

He retired from the creosote plant after 30 years of employment.He was an Army veteran. He was a member of Friendship Lodge Orderof Elks. He was a member of Kynett United Methodist Church. He wasa member of Keystone Lodge 72 order of Masons. He was the Patron ofStar Hope Chapter 68 of the Eastern Star. He was a member of theHeroines of Jericho. He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Consisteryof Jackson. He was a member of the Rissa Temple Order of Shrinersin Jackson. He was a member of Kynett United Methodist Church. Hewas a graduate of Alexander High School.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Blanche R.Hill; and eight siblings.

Survivors are his sons and daughter-in-law, Edward Hayes, FeltonHayes, and Shelton and Brenda Hayes, all of Brookhaven; hisdaughters and sons-in-law, Allean and Ernest Ratcliff, Debra andHenry Coleman, and Ramonia Williams, all of Brookhaven; hisstep-daughter, Glenda and Arthur Galloway of Birmingham, Ala.; hissisters, Christine Godbolt of Detroit, Mich., Willie Holmes ofJackson, and Janie Lee Magee of Brookhaven; 17 grandchildren; and13 great-grandchildren.

Laura Virgnia Holmes

Services for Laura Virginia Holmes of Jayess are 2 p.m. Sunday,Oct. 17 at Pine Grove Pentecostal Church in Jayess with burial inthe church cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Mrs. Holmes, 71, died Oct. 16, 2004, at Silver Cross NursingHome in Brookhaven. She was born in Jayess on May 5, 1933, to R.D.Wallace and Ivy Inez Wallace.

She was a retired seamstress from Kellwood Manufacturing inMonticello. She was a member of Pine Grove Pentecostal ChurchCemetery in Jayess. She was a member of the Monticello VFWchapter.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, OscarFord Holmes.

Survivors are her daughters, Virginia Ann Watts of Baton Rouge,La., Vicky Lynn Malino, and Veronica Sue Howell, both ofMonticello; her sons, Oscar Holmes Jr., Ronnie D. Holmes and DavidHolmes, all of Monticello, and Donald Holmes of Poplarville; hersisters, Mae Boyd of Jayess and Rose Myers of Brookhaven; and herbrother, John Henry Wallace of Tickfaw, La.

Elizabeth Pell

Graveside services with burial for Elizabeth Pell of NewOrleans, La., are noon Monday, Oct. 18 at Stronghope Baptist ChurchCemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Pell, 83, died Oct. 16, 2004, at Lindy Boggs Hospital inNew Orleans, La. She was born on Dec. 1, 1920, to Sim Swilley andSophie Furr Swilley.

She was a Homemaker and former substitute schoolteacher. She wasa member of Riverside Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her husband, John E. Pell Sr.; andher brother, Harold Swilley.

Survivors are her daughter, Sharon Etheredge of Conroe, Texas;her son, John E. Pell Jr. of New Orleans, La.; her sisters, MerleFurlow of Jackson and Mary Rasbach of Memphis, Tenn.; fivegrandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Sadie Whitt

Services for Sadie Whitt of Wesson are 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17 atUnity Baptist Church in Jefferson County with burial in the churchcemetery.

Visitation is today from 8-11a.m. with a prayer servicebeginning at 11 a.m. at Brookhaven Funeral Home. Visitation willresume at 1 p.m. at the church.

Mrs. Whitt, 89, died Oct. 14, 2004, at her residence. She wasborn in Jefferson County on Dec. 18, 1914, to Clarence “Bud” Nealand Inez Trevillon Neal.

She was a retired registered nurse and a former member of theAmerican Legion Auxiliary. She was a member of Sylvarena BaptistChurch and had lived in Wesson since 1950.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, A.D.Whitt.

Survivors are her close friends, Larry Beeson and his wife,Wendy, of Brookhaven, and Frances Britt and her husband, Bobby, ofWesson; other survivors include Jewel Morrison of Camden Ark., MaryAlice Nolon and Francis Beamiss, both of Lorman, Blanche McGillisand Georgia Owens, both of Memphis, Tenn., Dale Trevillon ofSmackover, Ark., Georgia Marie Cox of Edwards and Mary Rabe ofNashville, Tenn.