Obituaries for Sunday, January 16, 2005

Published 6:00 am Monday, January 17, 2005

Ronald Deroche

Services for Ronald Deroche of Silver Creek were 2 p.m.,Saturday, Jan. 15 at Crooked Creek Baptist Church in Monticellowith burial in Cliburn Cemetery. Community Funeral Services was incharge of arrangements.

Mr. Deroche, 56, died Jan. 13, 2005, at Forrest General Hospitalin Hattiesburg. He was born in Houma, La., on Nov. 12, 1948, toMarvin Deroche and Annie Hebert Deroche.

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He was retired.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Sylvia Decorte Deroche of Silver Creek;his daughters, Roxanne Marcel Brooks of Chattanooga, Tenn. andRaquel Marcel Authement of Metarie, La.; his son, Raymond MarcelJr., of Metarie, La.; four sisters; two brothers; fourgrandchildren; and five step-grandchildren.

Deborah Halford Dillon

Services for Deborah Halford Dillon of Brookhaven are 2 p.m.,Sunday, Jan. 16 at Franklin Funeral Home Chapel in Meadville withburial in Providence Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Dillon, 45, died Jan. 13, 2005, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. She was born in Adams County on May 14, 1959, to PaulHalford and Lois Rived Rabalais.

She was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her father, Paul Halford; a sister,Kathy Shaffer; and her grandparents.

Survivors are her mother, Lois Rabalais; her husband, James RayDillon; her sisters, Paula Fillmore of Atmore, Ala., Geri Colemanof Smithdale, and Ava Mcleod of Osyka; her brothers, Rene Rabalaisof Baton Rouge, and Wayne Rabalais of Tampa, Fla.

Johnnie Mae Kavanaugh

Services for Johnnie Mae Kavanaugh of Bogue Chitto are 11 a.m.,Monday, Jan. 17 at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel with burial inEasthaven Cemetery. Services will be conducted by the Rev. DannyMoss.

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

Mrs. Kavanaugh, 86, died Jan. 15, 2005, at King’s DaughtersMedical Center. She was born in Natchez on Dec. 6, 1918, to JohnWilson and Lucille Rowell Wilson.

She was a retired homemaker. She was a member of Mt. MoriahBaptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; two husbands, D.L.Breazeale and W.F. Kavanaugh; four step-daughters; a stepson; herbrother, Charles Wilson; her sister, Annice Wilson; and a nephew,Terry Wilson.

Survivors are her step-daughters, Peggy Cloud of Stonewall, La.,and Betty Law of Morgan, Texas; her step-son-in-law, Norman Smithof Brookhaven; a sister-in-law, June Wilson of Florida; hernephews, Mark Wilson of Houston, Texas, and Jeff Wilson ofVicksburg; her caregiver, Becky Burt of Bogue Chitto; and numerousstep-grandchildren, great-grandchildren and cousins.

Ann Stricklin Peets

Memorial services for Ann Stricklin Peets, of Gainesville, Ga.,are 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at Lanier Village Estates Auditoriumin Gainesville. Memorial Park Funeral Home in Gainesville is incharge of arrangements.

Mrs. Peets, 73, died Jan. 11, 2005. She was born Sept. 8, 1931,in Eden, Miss.

She was a retired schoolteacher, having taught at various levelsfrom seventh grade to university. Eighteen years of her 30-yearcareer were spent with the University of Georgia system. She alsoworked six years as director of education and training at PhoebePutney Memorial Hospital in Albany, Ga.

Mrs. Peets was a graduate of Mississippi State University,Mississippi College and Auburn University. She held bachelor’s,master’s and doctorate degrees.

A published author, her colorful works told of life in the Southand the people she met along her many adventures. She used many ofthese stories in her motivational speaking and lecturing around thecountry.

Mrs. Peets enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, playingbridge and visiting with friends.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Davis Peets, a native ofBrookhaven.

Survivors are her son, Dr. Norman Peets, and his wife, Michelle,of Gainesville, Ga.; her granddaughters, Marett and CatherinePeets, of Gainesville; her sisters-in-law, Ellen Singer ofMelbourne, Fla., and Lewise Peets of Brookhaven; and nine niecesand nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 3370,Gainesville GA 30503.

Sandra Smith

Services for Sandra Smith of Roxie were 11 a.m., Saturday, Jan.15 at Franklin Funeral Home Chapel in Meadville with burial inGreendale Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Smih, 60, died Jan. 12, 2005 at her residence. She was bornin Lincoln County on July 1, 1944, to Ray Ezell and Faye McCoyEzell.

She was a retired legal secretary. She was a member of GreendaleMethodist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors are her husband, Wayne Smith of Roxie; her son, SteveSmith of Star City, Ark; and three grandchildren.