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Obituaries for Thursday, November 17, 2005

William L. ‘Bill’ Boyte

Services for William L. “Bill” Boyte, of Bogue Chitto, were 3p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13 at Riverwood Family Funeral Service withburial in Union Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Boyte, 58, died Nov. 11, 2005, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center in McComb. He was born on June 18, 1947, toGus Henry Boyte and Fairy Leila Thornton Boyte.

He was retired after 27 years at Packard Electric. He was amember of the First Assembly of God.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his son, WilliamPresley Boyte.

Survivors are his wife, Neomia Brister Boyte, of Bogue Chitto;his daughter, Holly D. Dye and her husband Carry, of Ohio; hisstepsons, Winvall Brister, of Brookhaven, and John “Speck” Bristerand his wife, Melissa, of Brookhaven; his stepdaughter, BethEdwards and her husband, Kevin, of Brookhaven; his sisters, SandraFay Leggett, of Tennessee, Andra Key Lewis, of Louisiana, and WandaIda Donlay, of Mississippi; his nephews, Jimmy Bonson and his wife,Maradoth, of California, and David Bonson and his wife Lisa, ofBrookhaven; and six grandchildren.

Charles Edward Hudgins Sr.

Services for Charles Edward Hudgins Sr., of Jackson, are 2 p.m.Saturday, Nov. 19 at McAdams Baptist Church with burial in BristerCemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturday after 10 a.m.at Culpepper Funeral Home.

Mr. Hudgins, 64, died of heart failure Nov. 15, 2005, at hisresidence. He was born in McAdams on April 14, 1941, to DorisKillebrew and Claude Hudgins Sr.

He was worked for Nicholas Acoustics for 45 years. He was amember of Midway Baptist Church where he was a deacon.

Survivors are his wife, Clarice Ellard Hudgins, of Jackson; hisdaughters, Pamela Hudgins, of Clinton, and Twylia Harvey, of Mize;his son, Charles Hudgins Jr., of Jackson; his sisters, MaryCalhoun, of Byram, Frances Gunter, of Ocean Springs, PatriciaBlaine, of Warner Robbins, Ga., and Margaret Buie, of Belzoni; hisbrothers, Claude Hudgins Jr., of McAdams, Paul Hudgins, ofPrattville, Ala., Robert Hudgins, of Kosciusko, and Sam Hudgins, ofBrookhaven; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Yonnie L. Prince

Services for Yonnie L. Prince, of Poplarville, were 3 p.m.Monday, Nov. 14 at Juniper Grove Baptist Church with burial in thechurch cemetery. White Funeral Home in Poplarville was in charge ofarrangements.

Mrs. Prince, 87, died Nov. 11, 2005.

She was a homemaker and member of Juniper Grove BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her husband, William Harvey Prince;and two grandchildren, Tonya Williams and William Act Massey.

Survivors are her three sons, Harvey Lee Prince, of Pensacola,Fla., Howard J. Prince, of Middleburg, Fla., and William L. Black;her three daughters, Birdie Janet Tate of Poplarville, IvygaleHigginbotham, of Pensacola, and Pearly Caroline McCullough; hersister, Florence Butters; her brothers, Billy Joe Butters, ofJackson, Edward Butters, of Slidell, La., Raymond Butters, ofGulfport, Johnny Butters, of Slidell, and Tommy Butters, ofGulfport; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; threestepgrandchildren; and three stepgreat-great-grandchildren.

Eunice Annette B. Russell

Services for Eunice Annette B. Russell, of Wesson, are 11 a.m.Friday, Nov. 18 at Strong Hope Baptist Church in Wesson with burialin the church cemetery.

Visitation is today from 5 to 9 p.m. at Stringer Funeral Home inHazlehurst and Friday from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Mrs. Russell, 85, died Nov. 16, 2005, at New Dawn RetirementCenter in Ruth. She was born in Lawrence County on Oct. 16, 1920,to Holloway Hennington and Exie Sillis Bird.

She was a graduate of Monticello High School and MississippiSouthern. She married Walter Kermit Russell on April 6, 1942.

A lifelong educator, her teaching career began in 1949 at StrongHope School where she taught third, fourth and fifth grades. Shelater became principal of Strong Hope and simultaneously taughtsixth, seventh and eighth grades. In 1957, Strong Hope School wasconsolidated with Wesson School and following the consolidation,she worked with the Copiah County Extension office for 18 months.She then accepted a position at Wesson School teaching first grade.At her retirement in 1982 she had over 33 years of teaching with 22years teaching first grade. She also served as 4-H sponsor, and shetaught basic education for Copiah-Lincoln Community College,helping adults learn to read. Mrs. Russell always gave unselfishlyof herself, using her gifts to minister to the needs of individualsenabling others to reach their potential.

Mrs. Russell’s hobbies included sewing, needlework, reading,growing and arranging flowers, and providing a fairy tale settingfor her grandchildren where she instilled in them the beliefs,customs and values that she held dear.

Prior to her illness she was an active member of Strong HopeBaptist Church, serving countless years as the chairman of thehostess committee and arranging fresh flowers for the churchnumerous Sundays. She also was active in the Copiah CountyHomemakers Club.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, WalterKermit Russell; her son, Mike Russell; and two daughters-in-law,Sharon Pickett Russell and Linda Rials Russell.

Survivors are her children, Kermit Russell, Keith and PennyRussell, all of Brandon, and Johnnie Ruth Carlisle, of Wesson; hergrandchildren, Wendy Russell Harrell, of Hazlehurst, Dawn RussellDunn, Holly Russell Franklin, Jessica Russell Turner, and JamieCarlisle, of Wesson, Suzannah Russell Britt, of Summit, JulieCarlisle, of Baton Rouge, La., Michael W. Russell, of Los Angles,Calif., and Michael A. Russell, of San Diego, Calif; and eightgreat-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Strong Hope Baptist Church, 1144 KingRoad, Wesson MS 39191 and Hospice Ministries, 397 Brookhaven St.,Brookhaven MS 39601.