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Obituaries for Friday, December 31, 2004

Wilda Hancock Cothren

Services for Wilda Hancock Cothren of Meadville are 2 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 1 at Franklin Funeral Home Chapel in Meadville withburial in Middleton Creek Church Cemetery in Meadville.

Visitation is today from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday from 1-2 p.m. atthe funeral home.

Mrs. Cothren, 81, died Dec. 30, 2004, at Franklin MemorialHospital in Meadville. She was born in Franklin County on Aug. 28,1923, to Thomas Jefferson Hancock and Linnie Pittman Hancock.

She was retired from the State of Mississippi Department ofHuman Services. She was a member of Middleton Creek PrimitiveBaptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husbands, WalterAllen and Jewell Cothren; one sister; and five brothers.

Survivors are her sister, Johnny Parsons of Bogue Chitto; and ahost of nieces, nephews and friends.

Pauline Varnado Goza

Memorial services for Pauline Varnado Goza of Durango, Colo.,are planned for May 2005 at which time her ashes will be buried inPleasant Hill Cemetery. Durango Funeral Options of Colorado is incharge of arrangements.

Mrs. Goza, 83, died Dec. 22, 2004, at Four Corners Health CareCenter in Durango. She was born in Jefferson County on May 31,1921, to Sammie and Ellen Varnado.

She worked as a seamstress and homemaker. She was a member ofthe Eastern Star and enjoyed gardening, crocheting and knitting.She had been a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. She marriedBernie S. Goza in Vicksburg on July 14, 1961.

Survivors are her daughter Christie Ivey and her husband GeorgeD. Ivey Jr.; her grandson, George A. Ivey; and her granddaughter,Sarah Ivey, all of Durango.

Clayton R. Hart

Services for the Rev. Clayton R. Hart of Brookhaven are 11 a.m.Saturday, Jan. 1 at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel with burial inBethel Temple Cemetery.

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

The Rev. Hart, 72, died Dec. 29, 2004, at Countrybrook LivingCenter. He was born in Lincoln County on Feb. 19, 1932, to FredHart and Mary Rials Hart.

He retired 2 1/2 years ago as pastor of Nola Baptist Church. Hehad pastored churches in Lincoln and Franklin counties. He was a1951 graduate of Fair Oak Springs and went on to attend MississippiState and the New Orleans Seminary. He was a 20 year member of theAir Force and a member of East Lincoln Baptist Church. He wasmarried to Bobbie Hart for 51 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and three brothers,Frank Hart, Charles Hart and Harold Hart.

Survivors are his wife; his daughters, Pattie Knight and herhusband, Bob, of Brookhaven, Joyce McKay and her husband, Mike, ofBrandon, and Amy Smith of Brandon; her sons, Clay R. Hart Jr. andhis wife, Debbie, of Bogue Chitto and Clint Hart of Brandon; hissisters, Verna Tucker of Pelahatchie, Iva Ruth Davis of Houston,Texas, and twin sisters, Sara Miller of Diamond Head, Miss., andMary Smith of Brookhaven; his brothers, Earl Hart of Fort Worth,Texas, Paul Hart of Madison, Jerry Hart of Pearl, Joe Hart ofMadison, and Jessie Hart of Corsicana, Texas; eight grandchildren;and two great-grandchildren.