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Obituaries for Thursday, November 4, 2004

Donna Campbell Ballentine

Memorial services for Donna Campbell Ballentine of Brookhavenare 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at R.E. Tyler Funeral Home Chapel.

Mrs. Ballentine, 38, died Nov. 1, 2004, at her residence. Shewas born in Brookhaven on Oct. 26, 1966, to Donald Campbell Sr. andMerlee Weathersby Campbell.

She was a 1984 graduate of Brookhaven High School and was aformer receptionist at Kuehne and Nagel Logistics Inc., in Memphis,Tenn.

Survivors are her parents; her son, Tony H. Ballentine Jr. ofBrookhaven; her brothers, Donald Campbell Jr. and Kevin Campbell,both of Brookhaven; her sister, Tammy Campbell of Brookhaven; hersister-in-law, LaToya Campbell of Brookhaven; and three nieces,Ebony, Keviuna and Madison, all of Brookhaven.

Bobby E. Beard

Services for Bobby E. Beard of Ruth are 2 p.m. today, Nov. 4 atProvidence Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.Wilson Funeral Home in Monticello is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation began Wednesday at 4 p.m. and will continue until 2p.m. today at the church.

Mr. Beard, 72, died Nov. 2, 2004, at Hospice Ministries inRidgeland. He was born in Lincoln County on Sept. 31, 1932, toEthew I. Beard and Hazel Alexander Beard.

He was a retired foreman with St. Regis and National Papercompanies in Monticello. He was a deacon of Providence BaptistChurch for 38 years, a member of the Gideons and involved withprison and foreign ministries. He was sports announcer at TopekaTilton and coached league softball. He was a veteran of the KoreanWar.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, Charlesand Harold Beard; and one sister, Josie Nell Lambert.

Survivors are his wife, Juanita Beard of Ruth; his sons, RickeyBeard of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Keith Beard of Jayess; his sister,Joyce Jones of Natchez; his brother, J.T. Beard of Burkeville,Texas; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International.

John E. Kenny

Services for John E. Kenny of Brookhaven are 1 p.m. Saturday,Nov. 6 at New Hope M.B. Church with burial in the churchcemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 7 p.m. and with the familypresent from 6-7 p.m. at R.E. Tyler Funeral Home .

Mr. Kenny, 78, died Nov. 2, 2004, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. He was born in Lincoln County on Oct. 29, 1926, to OsbyKenny and Lula Mae Dunn Kenny.

He was a former supervisor in the paint department of GeneralMotors in Alameda, Calif. He was a member of the V.F.W. and servedin the Army. He had lived in California for 50 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Carrie LeeCain Kenny; a son, John Thomas Kenny; and his sisters, EarleanJohnson and Rachel Ann Kenny.

Surviving Mr. Kenny are Sharon Harris of Oakland, Calif., who heraised as a daughter; his brothers, Robert Kenny and Charles Kenny,both of Brookhaven, and James Kenny of McComb; his sisters, FloraKelly, Geneva Smith, Floretta Williams and Allarbrade Toines, allof Brookhaven; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Mavis Lavelle McMorris

Services for Mavis Lavelle McMorris of Summit were 11 a.m.today, Nov. 4 at Johnston Chapel United Methodist Church withburial in the church cemetery. Hartman Funeral Home in McComb wasin charge of arrangements.

Mrs. McMorris, 67, died Nov. 2, 2004, at her residence. She wasborn in McComb on Feb. 14, 1937, to Hollis and Emma BignerWoodall.

She was a retired dental hygienist, having worked for W.M.Kennedy, D.D.S., Victor Walsh, D.D.S., Wayne Stornes, D.D.S., andSherrod Quin, D.D.S. Mrs. McMorris was a member of Johnston ChapelU.M.C. for over 50 years, where she served on the P.P.R. committee,nominating committee and was on the board of trustees. She was alsoa member of the Woodmen of the World for over 47 years, where sheserved in all lodge offices. She was married for 39 years to E.W.”Mac” McMorris of Summit.

Preceding her in death were her parents; three brothers, HughlonWoodall, Hollis Woodall and Farrell Woodall; and one sister, YvonneWilson.

Survivors are her husband; her four daughters, Pamela Gates andJoyce Benton, both of Bogue Chitto, Louise Dixon of Holden, La.,and Barbara McMorris of Livingston, La.; her two sons, RogerMcMorris and Sonny McMorris, both of Holden; one brother, KenStockman of McComb; one sister, Eva Nell Green of Summit; 18grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, JohnstonChapel Building Fund, or Horizon Hospice of McComb.

Chaka Janea Simmons

Services for Chaka Janea Simmons of Brookhaven are 2 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 6 at Alexander Junior High School Auditorium withburial in Carver Heights Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 6 p.m. at Williams Mortuaryand Saturday from 1-2 p.m. at the auditorium.

Miss Simmons, 14, died Oct. 31, 2004, at King’s DaughtersMedical Center from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.She was born in Brookhaven on Sept. 15, 1990, to Wayne RandolphSimmons and Marion Bryant Charles, both of Brookhaven.

She was a ninth grade student at Brookhaven High School and amember of Brookhaven Living Word Christian Center.

Preceding her in death were her uncle, Terry King; and hergreat-grandparents, Cornelius Reed, Bertha Gaines and William andFran Simmons.

Survivors are her father, Wayne Randolph Simmons of Brookhaven;her mother, Marion Charles and her husband, Fredrick, ofBrookhaven; her sisters, Jessica Sharee Bryant and Brittney Dickey,both of Brookhaven; her brother, Fredrick L. Charles of Brookhaven;her grandparents, Carolyn Cox and her husband, Oscar, of Florence,Leatrice Dillon and her husband, James, of Brookhaven, ThomasWilliams and his wife, Cynthia, of Brookhaven, Contilewis King andhis wife, Cora, of Wesson, and Fannie Charles of Brookhaven.

Kirt ‘Rocky’ Walls

Services for Kirt “Rocky” Walls of Silver Creek are 2 p.m.Friday, Nov. 5 at Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Silver Creek withburial in Cliburn Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 5-9 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home inMonticello.

Mr. Walls, 74, died Nov. 2, 2004, at Lawrence County NursingCenter in Monticello. He was born in Alexandria, La., on May 29,1930, to Jesse Walls and Dora Roberts Walls.

He was a veteran of the Army and was a retired oil field worker.He was a member of Crooked Creek Baptist Church. He was a belovedhusband and a loving stepfather of four children and grandfather offive grandchildren.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Barbara Walls of Silver Creek; hisdaughters, Beth Land Sisson of Meridian, and Shannon Taylor ofShubuta; his sons, Albert Green Jr. of Houston, Texas, and AllenGreeg of Shubuta; and five grandchildren.