Obituaries for Monday, March 14, 2005

Published 6:00 am Monday, March 14, 2005

Robert Lessey Rippy

Services for Robert Lessey Rippy, of Bogue Chitto, were 11 a.m.Monday, March 14 at Cold Springs Church of Christ in Bogue Chittowith burial in Stewart Cemetery. Hartman Funeral Home of McComb wasin charge of arrangements.

Mr. Rippy, 74, died March 11, 2005, at his residence. He wasborn in Lincoln County on Aug. 9, 1930, to Robert “Bob” Rippy andEmma Richardson Rippy Lofton.

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He was a retired painter. He was a faithful longtime member ofCold Springs Church of Christ in Bogue Chitto.

Preceding him in death were his father, Robert “Bob” Rippy; hisfirst wife, Alma Beatrice Rippy; his second wife, Rose Mary Rippy;two brothers, Jonathan Rippy and James Ray Rippy; one sister, SallyRay Womack; and one son, Elmer Jonathan Rippy.

Survivors are his mother, Emma Richardson Rippy Lofton, ofHattiesburg; his daughters, Joyce Rippy Wallace, and her husband,Carlos, of Summit, and Bobbie Rippy Rawls and her husband, Dalvis,of McComb; his son, Robert Larry Rippy and his wife, Susan BrittRippy, of Brookhaven; his sisters, Shirley Ray Rippy Kendall, ofBrookhaven, Sarah Rippy Monistre, of Hammond, Mildred Cook, ofHattiesburg, and Bonnie Adams and Kathy Rippy, both of BogueChitto; his brothers, Jackie Ray Rippy, and his wife, Beverly,Donnie Ray Rippy and his wife, Beverly, Luther Ray Rippy and hiswife, Trudy, Charles Ray Rippy, Bobby Ray Rippy and his wife,Charlotte, Billy Ray Rippy and Glenn Ray Rippy and his wife, Rena,all of Brookhaven; seven grandchildren, Dwight Wallace, LeslieWallace, Jason Wallace, Jeremy “Ace” Wallace, Brad Morgan, BryanMorgan and Dalton Rawls; six stepgrandchildren, SandiVanlandingham, Debra Holcomb, Betty Rollins, Shannon Hodges, JamesBuffington and Jo Buffington; and eight great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Brad Morgan, Brian Morgan, Jeremy Wallace,Jason Wallace, Will Montgomery and Cory Davis.

David Ray Varnado Jr.

Services for David Ray Varnado Jr., of Union Church, are 2 p.m.Wednesday, March 16 at Union Church Baptist Church with burial inthe church cemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Tuesday from 5-9 p.m. and Wednesday from noonuntil 2 p.m. at the church.

Mr. Varnado, 72, died March 13, 2005, at his residence. He wasborn in Union Church, Jefferson County, on Nov. 5, 1932, to DavidRay Varnado Sr. and Iva Christine Cupit Varnado.

He was employed at the Texas Eastern Compressor Station for 16years. He was owner of Varnado’s Grocery for over 31 years until itwas destroyed by fire on Sept. 8, 2004. Mr. Varnado was a member ofUnion Church Baptist Church where he served as deacon for manyyears. He was also a veteran of the Air Force.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, MarcelineColdiron; his paternal grandparents, Meredith and Katherine BuieVarnado; and his maternal grandparents, Hardy and Nancy FergusonCupit, all of Union Church.

Survivors are his wife of 52 years, Bertha Greer Varnado; histhree daughters, Marcia Smith and her husband, Scott, ofBrookhaven, Janet Smith and her husband, Farran, Wanda Haire andher husband, Tim, all of Union Church; his eight grandchildren,Deanna Ezell and her husband, Hunter, of Union Church, ColbyCalcote and his wife, Kathleen, of Meridian, Andrea Cotten and herhusband, Kevin, of Houma, La., Callie Calcote, of Brookhaven,Hayden Whitehead, Daniel Haire, Darla Haire and Holton Smith; andtwo great-grandsons, Brock and Braden Ezell, all of Union Church;his brother-in-law, Garland Coldiron; his nephew, Jimmy Coldironand his wife, Lori; his niece, Marlene Coldiron Monroe; and agreat-niece, Anna Coldiron, all of Union Church.

Memorials may be made to the Hederman Cancer Center, 1227 N.State St., Jackson MS 39202.

Ruby Wilson

Services for Ruby Wilson, of Brookhaven, are noon Wednesday,March 16 at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church with burial in MacedoniaCemetery at Loyd Star.

Visitation is Tuesday from noon until 6 p.m. at R.E. TylerFuneral Home.

Mrs. Wilson, 91, died March 9, 2005, at Haven Hall LivingCenter. She was born in Lincoln County on Aug. 31, 1913, to ElijahButler and Lucy Tillman Butler.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Ebenezer A.M.E. Churchwhere she served as church musician, in the choir and as a memberof the Usher Board, Women’s Missionary Society and as a ClassLeader.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, EphraimWilson; her sisters, Radie Butler Johnson, Alean Butler Nelson,Ellen Butler McDuffey, Carrie B. Ferdinand and Alice Butler; herbrothers, Floyd Butler, Frank Butler, Roy Butler, Nathan Butler,James Butler, Carlis Butler and Matthew Butler.

Survivors are her sisters, Florence Butler Hayes, of Monroe,La., and Lucy Butler Watson, of New Orleans; her brother, J. HughButler, of Brookhaven; and a host of nieces and nephews.