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Obituaries for Friday, October 21, 2005

Ethel Irene McCreary

Services for Ethel Irene McCreary, of West, are 3 p.m. Friday,Oct. 21 at Southern Funeral Home Chapel in Durant with burial inMt. Pleasant Cemetery in West.

Mrs. McCreary, 87, died Oct. 20, 2005, at Hospice In His Handsin Durant. She was born in Holmes County on March 9, 1918, to R.L.Ellis and Evie B. Self.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Mt. PleasantChurch.

Survivors are her sons, Bill McCreary, of Ripley, Bob McCreary,of Wesson, and Johnny McCreary, of West; her brother, Robert”Buddy” Ellis, of West; her sisters, Mary Lou English, of Durant,Evelyn Long, of Memphis, and Reecy White, of Kosiusko; eightgrandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice In His Hands, 713 N.W. Ave.Durant, Miss.

Altha Mae Clay Sidney

Services for Altha Mae Clay Sidney, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Monday, Oct. 24 at Kynett United Methodist Church with burial inHillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation is Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Williams Mortuary.Family hour will be from 6 to 7 p.m. at the church.

Mrs. Sidney, 92, died Oct. 19, 2005, at Haven Hall Health Care.She was born in Copiah County on May 12, 1913, to Samuel Clay andBeatrice Clay.

She was a retired teacher in the Copiah County School system,where she taught for 31 years. She was a member of Kynett UnitedMethodist Church. She was a graduate of Parrish High School inHazlehurst and a 1959 graduate of Alcorn College.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husbands, James A.Sidney Sr. and Sylvester Kelly; her son, James A. Sidney Jr.; hersisters, Addie Patterson and Hattie Killingsworth; her brother,Henry Clay, Carlos Q. Clay and Samuel Clay Jr.; and several niecesand nephews.

Survivors are her daughter, Gloria Poole, of Brookhaven; hersons, Meredith Sidney and his wife, Alma, of Los Angeles, Calif.,and Cornelius Sidney, of Springfield, Mass.; nine grandchildren; 10great-grandchildren; a loving and devoted niece, MarionKillingsworth Shaw, of Chicago, Ill.; and other nieces.