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Obituaries for Tuesday, December 13, 2005

O. Wade Robinson

O. Wade Robinson, 64, retired automobile dealer, died Saturday,Dec. 10, 2005, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland after acourageous battle with cancer.

Visitation begins at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Colonial Heights Churchon Old Canton Road in Jackson. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesdayfollowing visitation.

Mr. Robinson was born in Newton and was a long-time resident ofJackson and Brookhaven. He was the president of his senior class atNewton High School were he was both an athlete and star student. Heworked full time while attending Hinds Junior College and MillsapsCollege. He was an upstanding leader in family, school andbusiness.

Wade Robinson’s strong work ethic opened many doors forleadership in the business community. After working in automobilefinancing with First National Bank in Jackson, his previous salesexperience led him to a career in the automobile business. He wasthe business manager for Paul Moak Pontiac in Jackson before hebecame an automobile dealer in 1979. He was the Chevrolet andOldsmobile Automobile Dealer in Brookhaven for 13 years. In 1987,Time Magazine chose Wade Robinson as Time Quality Automobile Dealerof the Year for Mississippi. He also served as president of theMississippi Automobile Dealer’s Association.

He was one of the original founders of MS Diversified InsuranceCompany. He served on the board at Brookhaven Academy and performedvarious leadership roles with the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerceand United Givers of Brookhaven. He was on the advisory board forTrustmark National Bank in Brookhaven. Wade Robinson was asuccessful leader in the business world and, more importantly, wasa great provider and spiritual leader for his family.

He and his wife, Nancy Graves Robinson, celebrated over 42 yearsof marriage. They enjoyed traveling, golfing and raising four girlstogether. Wade Robinson loved the Lord and served him faithfully asa youth leader, Sunday school teacher and by living a life ofservice to others every day. He is known for being a king,respectful, humble, gentle and dedicated son, husband, father,grandfather, brother and friend.

Wade Robinson had a genuine, honorable and entertainingdisposition. He was a great musician capable of playing numerousinstruments by ear. He was best known for entertaining family,church and friends with his guitar and a variety of songs thatwould bring you to laughter, tears and worship. He was truly one ofGod’s great blessings to many.

He was greeted in Heaven by his father, Selby Robinson.

He will be greatly missed by those he leaves behind includinghis mother, Annie Lou Robinson; his wife, Nancy G. Robinson; hisdaughter Vicki Slater and her husband, Scott and their children,Rhoda, Nathan, Neilsen, Sally, Tom and Steven; his daughter MitziStubbs and her children, Justin and Allison; his daughter SondraToney and her husband, Lee, and their children, Laura and Curt; hisdaughter Susan Thames and her husband, David, and their children,Rob and Reed; his brothers, Warren, Tommy and Curtis Robinson; anda sister, Dorothy Sullivan.

Sarah Jewel Wells Roebuck

Services for Sarah Jewel Wells Roebuck were 2 p.m. Saturday,Dec. 10 at Webb Funeral Chapel in Newton with burial in MasonicCemetery.

Mrs. Roebuck died Dec. 6, 2005, at Hurstboune Care Center inLouisville, Ky.

She was a retired church minister of music. She was reared inChunky, Newton County and graduated from Decatur High School asSalutatorian. She and her husband of sixty years, Arthur Aldridge,lived in Newton, Clinton, Star, Brandon, Aberdeen and Hazlehurst,where Mr. Roebuck was superintendent of schools. In 1997 she joinedher daughter Linda Kergosien in Brookhaven, and in 2000 went tolive in Louisville, Ky., with her daughter Margaret Nettles.

Mrs. Roebuck graduated from Mississippi College and taughtschool at Star, Guide and Aberdeen and served as Dean of Women atBlue Mountain College. A sought-after-church vocalist, she taughtprivate voice and piano. When her husband was superintendent ofschools in Aberdeen, Mrs. Roebuck served as church secretary andchoir director at First Baptist Church. At Hazlehurst, Mrs. Roebuckserved First Baptist Church as minister of music and enjoyedserving the Lord through many types of musical and educationalministries. She promoted church involvement in both association andstate convention programs for teaching the Bible, training churchmembers for service, summer recreational camps for youth, hymnplaying and choral festivals, presenting musical ministries for allages and for many occasions of worship and praise in her church.Throughout her life, Jewel Roebuck taught women’s Bible studies andmemorized much scripture. During retirement she continued to shareher musical ministry in private lessons, funeral services, nursinghomes and special events. She ended her musical ministry to thenursing home at the age of 90.

A victim of Alzheimer’s disease, Mrs. Roebuck claimed John 3:16as her favorite verse and said her favorite hymn was “Jesus, Loverof My Soul.”

Preceding her in death were her husband, A.A. Roebuck; herparents, Jacob Meredith and Jessie Armstrong Wells; and twosisters, Ruby Estelle Wells and Ethel Lae Wells Freiler.

Survivors are her three daughters, Mrs. G.A. Cratch (Betsy), ofSterling, Va., Mrs. Hunter Kergosien (Linda), of Brookhaven, andMrs. Tom Nettles (Margaret), of Louisville, Ky.; eightgrandchildren, Stephanie Cratch Hall, of Pleasantville, Tenn.,Courtney Cratch Foster, of Purcellville, Va., Julie Cratch Mihill,of Sterling, Va., Art Kergosien, of Bay St. Louis, David Kergosien,of Columbus, Ohio, Joe Nettles and Sara Nettles, of Oxford, andRobert Nettles, of Louisville, Ky.; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Hazlehurst, andfor the purposes of Alzheimer’s research.

Thomas Aaron ‘Dude’ Scott

Services for Thomas Aaron “Dude” Scott, of McCall Creek, are 10a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14 at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church inFranklin County with burial in the church cemetery.

Visitation is today from 5 to 9 p.m. at Franklin Funeral Home inMeadville, and Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church.

Mr. Scott, 73, died Dec. 12, 2005, at Franklin Memorial Hospitalin Meadville. He was born in Franklin County on March 2, 1932, toT.J. Scott and Lois Murray Scott.

He was a retired steam engineer with Fidelity Tire Co. He was amember of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church. He was a sergeant in theArmy during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of the BudeMasonic Lodge. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, small enginerepairs and spending time with his grandkids.

Preceding him in death were his parents; three brothers; twosisters; and one grandson.

Survivors are his wife, Artie Loy Scott, of McCall Creek; hissons, Lamar Scott and his wife, Rhonda, of Brookhaven, and ChadScott, of McCall Creek; his daughter, Dana Holland and her husband,Greg, of McCall Creek; his brother, Sherrod Scott, of Meadville;his sisters, Frances Flowers, of Meadville, Leslie “Winnie” Scott,of Meadville, and Rachel Buckels, of Colorado; his sixgrandchildren, Jayme Jones, Erin Scott, Clint Allen Scott, JerriLynn Scott, Brandy Scott and Heavannah Holland.

Willard Stallings

Services for Willard Stallings, of Cumberland, are 2 p.m. today,Dec. 13 at Marvin Hill Methodist Church in Cumberland with burialin church cemetery. Oliver Funeral Home in Eupora is in charge ofarrangements.

Mr. Stallings, 70, died Dec. 10, 2005, at North MississippiMedical Center in Tupelo.

He was a retired radio announcer at WJMB and WCHJ in Brookhaven.He was a member of the Marvin Hill Methodist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Wes and PearlStallings.

Survivors are his wife, Cathryn Mills Stallings, of Cumberland;one daughter, Dionne Stallings Hodges and her husband, Robert, ofCumberland; his two sons, Darren and David Stallings, both ofCumberland; one brother, Wesley Dillard Stallings and his wife,Robbie, of Houston, Miss; his sister-in-law, Carolyn Ballard, ofSontag; two granddaughters, Haley Cathryn and Mackenzie FrancesHodges; four nieces, Debbie, Donna, Deneane and Susan; threenephews, Doyle, Kenny Paul and Jeff; and a host of great nieces,nephews and friends.