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Obituaries for Thursday, June 9, 2005

Clifton Leroy Bardwell

Services for Clifton Leroy Bardwell, of Brookhaven, are 3 p.m.Friday, June 10 at Community Funeral Services Chapel with burial inLittle Bahalia Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Mr. Bardwell, 35, died June 5, 2005, in Texas. He was born inJackson on Feb. 23, 1970. His parents are Billy Heathcock andVirginia R. Bardwell Fernandez.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Vernon and EvelyBardwell and Jack and Hettie Heathcock.

Survivors are his parents; his stepfather, Roland Fernandez, ofTyler, Texas; his daughters, Jamie Bardwell and Shelby Bardwell,both of Kilgore, Texas; his sons, Cam Bardwell, of Brookhaven; hissisters, Cynthia Garvey and her husband, Greg, of Shelby, N.C.,Michelle Garcia and her husband, Charlie, of Brookhaven, andstepsister, Suzanne Heathcock, of Jackson; his brothers, JohnathonBardwell, of Brandon, and stepbrother, Mark Heathcock, of Jackson;and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and otherrelatives.

Josie Stapleton Franklin

Services for Josie Stapleton Franklin, of Wesson, are 4 p.m.Saturday, June 11 at Jericho Church of Christ with burial in thechurch cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 1-7 p.m., with a wake from 7-8 p.m. atWilliams Mortuary.

Mrs. Franklin, 97, died June 8, 2005, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center in McComb. She was born in Copiah County onApril 16, 1908, to Charlie Davis and Louella Farley Davis.

She was a retired teacher with 17 years of service in the CopiahCounty Public Schools. She was a member of Jericho Church of Christwhere she was awarded a certificate of faithful service afterserving 60 years.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her first husband,Manuel Stapleton Sr.; her second husband, Sampson Franklin; herbrothers, C.J. Davis, Murphy Davis, Sidney Davis, Herman Davis,Willie Davis, Hugh Davis and James Davis; and her sisters, JessieDavis, Mattie Davis, Nellie Davis and Bessie Davis.

Survivors are her sons, Manuel Stapleton Jr. and his wife,Sarah, of Wesson, Eugene Stapleton and his wife, Christine, ofWesson, M.H. Stapleton and his wife, Marier, of Bowie, Md., andHarold Stapleton and his wife, Shirley, of St. Louis, Mo.; herdaughters, Charlean Stapleton, of Chicago, and Gladys Banks and herhusband, Will, of St. Louis; her brother, M.L. Davis and his wife,Janie, of Hazlehurst; 31 grandchildren; 58 great-grandchildren; and41 great-great-grandchildren.

Howard ‘Billy’ Hailey

Services for Howard “Billy” Hailey, of Hazlehurst, were 11 a.m.today, June 9 at Stringer Family Funeral Home in Hazlehurst withburial in New Providence Cemetery.

Mr. Hailey, 58, died June 7, 2005, at his residence.

He was a member of New Providence Baptist church. He was agraduate of Michell High School in Biloxi and Whitworth College. Hewas retired from Illinois Central Railroad.

Preceding him in death were his mother, Ruth King Hailey; hisgrandparents, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. King and Mr. and Mrs. Rankin M.Hailey.

Survivors are his father, Howard R. Hailey, of Hazlehurst; hisuncle, Scott F. Hailey, of Wesson; his aunt, Sara Bess Heusel, ofBastrop, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Rosie Lee Hunter

Services for Rosie Lee Hunter, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Saturday, June 11 at New Hope M.B. Church with burial in the churchcemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 1-6 p.m. at Williams Mortuary.

Mrs. Hunter, 88, died June 5, 2005, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. She was born in Copiah County on Dec. 16, 1916, to ShermanJohnson and Lula Johnson.

She was retired. She was a member of New Hope M.B. Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, ElishaHunter.

Survivors are her five sons, Robert Hunter Sr., of Brookhaven,J.W. Hunter and his wife, Thelma, of Brookhaven, S.Q. Hunter andhis wife, Velma, of Brookhaven, Claude Hunter, of Omaha, Neb., andPaul Hunter, of Chicago; her four daughters, JoDell Robinson andher husband, S.L. Robinson, of Brookhaven, Augustine Wilson, ofOmaha, Ishanee Wrenn and her husband, Richard Wrenn, of Omaha, andLula Mae Yates and her husband, Troy Yates, of Akron, Ohio; twosisters, Elsie Jackson, of Hazlehurst, and Lucille Johnson, ofPortland, Ore.; 29 grandchildren; and 73 great-grandchildren.

Catherine Gross Smith

Services for Catherine Gross Smith, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Saturday, June 11 at Pine Grove M.B. Church with burial in thechurch cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 6 p.m. at WilliamsMortuary.

Mrs. Smith, 80, died June 3, 2005, at Countrybrook LivingCenter. She was born in Flora on May 15, 1925, to Willie Gross andFlora Allen Gross.

She received her diploma from Parish High School in Hazlehurst.She was a retired cook from Copiah-Lincoln Community College whereshe worked for 15 years and at Brook Manor Nursing home where sheworked for 25 years. She was a member of Pine Grove M.B.Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her daughter, FloraByas.

Survivors are her husband, Albert Curtis “A.C.” Smith Sr., ofWesson; his three sons, Willie Smith and his wife, Flordia, of LosAngeles, Albert Curtis Smith Jr. and his wife, Gloria, of Wesson,and Robert Smith and his wife, Gracie, of Los Angeles; 13grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild;and a host of other relatives and friends.