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Obituaries for Monday, January 31, 2005

Marie J. Greene

Services for Marie J. Greene, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m., today,Jan. 31 at Riverwood Family Funeral Services Chapel with burial inRiverwood Memorial Park.

Mrs. Greene, 83, died Jan. 29, 2005, at Oliver House in Wesson.She was born in Reading, Pa., on Jan. 22, 1922, to Thomas CalvinChrist and Viola Baker Christ.

She was a retired teacher’s aid for the Brookhaven SchoolSystem. She was a former Brownie leader, a former member of theJunior Auxiliary, and an avid bridge player. She was a faithfulmember of Wesson Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, RussellYeoman Greene; a sister, Louise Erdman; and a brother, ThomasCalvin Christ Jr.

Survivors are her daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and EddieAshley, of Wesson; her son, William R. Greene, of Friday Harbor,Wash.; her grandchildren, Tracy Britt, Mitzi Britt, Will, Paul, andKatie; her great-grandchildren, Gibson Britt and Larson Emfinger;and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Brookhaven Animal RescueLeague.

Jewel Charles Hall Jr.

Services for Jewel Charles Hall Jr., of Bogue Chitto, were 10a.m., today, Jan. 31 at Community Funeral Services Chapel withburial in Heuck’s Retreat Cemetery.

Mr. Hall, 56, died Jan. 27, 2005, in Jackson. He was born on May14, 1948, to Jewel Charles Hall Sr. and June Terry Hall, ofBrookhaven.

He was an operator at Delphi. He was a member of Union HallBaptist Church, where he was a Sunday school director and licensedminister.

Preceding him in death was his father.

Survivors are his mother; his wife, Sharon Posey Hall, of BogueChitto; his daughters and sons-in-law, Christy Rae Case and herhusband, Joe, and Sandi Kaye and Bobby Zimmerman, all ofBrookhaven; his stepdaughter and stepson-in-law, Christy and TonyRando of Brookhaven; his son, Jewel Charles Hall III, ofBrookhaven; his stepson and stepdaughter-in-law, Jeffery Wayne andMelanie Smith, of Flora; his sisters and brothers-in-law, Pat andThad Owens, and Jennifer and Kelly McDonald, of Brookhaven; 13grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Doris Smith Strait

Services for Doris Smith Strait, of Hazlehurst, are 10 a.m.Tuesday, Feb. 1 at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel with burial inRosehill Cemetery.

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

Mrs. Strait, 78, died Jan. 29, 2005, at Mississippi BaptistMedical Center in Jackson. She was born in Brookhaven on April 29,1926, to William Benjamin Smith and Annie Laura Walker Smith.

She was retired from Sears and Lofton’s Department Store. Shewas a member of First Baptist Church in Hazlehurst. In 1946, Mrs.Strait married her high school sweetheart, Billy Price Strait.Together they raised five children, instilling in them a love forthe Lord as well as the need for a college education. She served asa Sunday School teacher and a member of the Women’s MissionaryUnion. Her devotion for her family and church was evident in heruntiring efforts to serve both with untiring joy, love andpatience.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors are her husband, Billy P. Strait, of Hazlehurst; herdaughters, Sylvia Strait Chapman, of Topeka, Kan., Becky StraitHoward, of Nashville, Tenn., Jenny Strait Davis, of Baton Rouge,La., and Billie Dawn Strait, of Hazlehurst; her son, Jay Strait, ofHazlehurst; her sister, Winifred Foster, of Brookhaven; sevengrandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to thebuilding fund of First Baptist Church of Hazlehurst.

Ray Wilson

Services for Ray Wilson, of Monticello, were 11 a.m. today, Jan.31 at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel in Monticello with burial inCarmel Baptist Church Cemetery in Monticello.

Mr. Wilson, 96, died of pancreatic cancer on Jan. 29, 2005, athis residence. He was born on Jan. 30, 1908, to John Henry Wilsonand Mary Nelson Wilson.

He was a retired self-employed carpenter. He was a member ofCarmel Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon since the1940s.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, EttaHedgepeth Wilson; two sons, Zane Ray Wilson and Charles Wilson; agrandson, Bob Wilson; and 13 brothers and sisters, Jim, Emma, MandyRee, John Reese, Henry, Harden Alexander, Herbert, Maybell, Thomas,Dudley, Homer Buster and two infants.

Survivors are his daughter, Patricia Boyd, and her husband, JohnDouglas, of Monticello; his son, Robert E. Wilson, and his wife,Joann, of Monticello; his sisters, Wadie Wilson, of Monticello,Polly King, of Texas, Mary McNeese, of Wanilla, and Kay Courson, ofAlabama; 10 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and onegreat-great-grandchild.