Obituaries for Thursday, January 5, 2005

Published 6:00 am Friday, January 6, 2006

Max Henry Ford

Graveside services for Max Henry Ford, of Brookhaven, were 11a.m. today, Jan. 5 at Terry Cemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Home wasin charge of arrangements.

Mr. Ford, 84, died Jan. 3, 2006, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. He was born in Stringer on April 28, 1921, to Ava Ezra Fordand Minnie Howell Ford.

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He retired after 35 years as an electrical engineer forBurroughs-Unisys Corp. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Mr. Ford had been a resident of Brookhaven for 46 years. He wasreared in Terry. He served in the Navy during World War II as aFirst Class storekeeper. He also served in the Naval Reserve. Hewas a member of the Kosiusko Lions Club, and was a Boy ScoutLeader. He served as president of the Mississippi Camper and HikersAssociation, and as state director for 13 years in the nationalassociation.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his two brothers,Robert Ford and Glaston Ford.

Survivors are his wife of 62.5 years, Eleanor Ford, ofBrookhaven; his son, Chris Howell Ford and his wife, Denise, ofCollierville, Tenn.; his daughter, Jean Thornhill, of Hattiesburg;his grandchildren, Chandler Nicole Ford, of Collierville, and KatieMarie Thornhill, of Hattiesburg; his nieces and nephews, SharionSmith and Dave Tucker, both of Florence, Karen Geist, of Hinsdall,Ill., Carol Ann Forbes, of Antioch, Ill, Gordy Sill, of Coloradoand Sonny Ford, of St. Charles, Mo.; his sisters-in-law, SylviaTucker, of Florence, and Dolores Blake, of Minnesota.

Memorials may be made to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 405Fontaine Place, Suite 103, Ridgeland, MS 39157.

Mattie Sue Keith

Services for Mattie Sue Keith, of Hazlehurst, are 2 p.m. Friday,Jan. 6 at First Baptist Church in Hazlehurst with burial in theNatchez Trace Cemetery. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home is incharge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the church.

Mrs. Keith, 85, died Jan. 2, 2006, at her residence.

Matt, the name she liked to be called, loved music. From thetime she was a girl until the day she died, music was how she letthe world touch her heart and how she touched the heart of theworld. She loved to sing in church, ballroom dance and watchLawrence Welk on television. In her senior years, she was active inthe Jazz Club, of Jackson, and performed with the Pat PattersonOrchestra. She sang and played the tambourine.

Survivors are her son, Edwin Keith Jr., of Hazlehurst; herdaughter, Janet Keith Schriver and her husband, Ed, of Hazlehurst;her sisters, Georgia Massey and her husband, Mack, of Brookhaven,and Quida Hancock, of Picayune; a grandson, James Dennis Ross andhis wife, Samara; a granddaughter, Melanie Mills and her husband,Michael; her great-grandsons, Michael Mills and J.D. Ross; hergreat-granddaughter, Andie Ross; and numerous nieces, nephews andcousins.

Glennie O. Miller

Graveside services for Glennie O. Miller, of Monticello, were 10a.m. today, Jan. 5 at Bethshan Cemetery in Monticello. WilsonFuneral Home in Monticello was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Miller, 90, died Jan. 3, 2006, at Heritage Manor in SilverCreek. He was born on Feb. 4, 1915, to Thomas Miller and DeliaCampbell Miller.

He was a retired cattle farmer. He served in the Army duringWorld War II, where he was a prisoner of war in Germany. He was thelast living POW in Lawrence County. He was a member of theMonticello Methodist Protestant Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents and one sister.

Survivors is his sister, Elgie Sellers, of Monticello.

Bettye Jo Renfro

Services for Bettye Jo Renfro, of Gulfport formerly ofBrookhaven, are 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Center Street Church ofChrist with burial in Carver Heights Cemetery.

Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Ms. Renfro, 59, died Jan. 2, 2006, at The University ofMississippi Medical Center Wiser Women’s and Children’s Hospital.She was born in Lincoln County on Oct. 29, 1946, to Willie Renfroand Beatrice A. Taylor.

She was a teacher. She was employed in the Gulfport SchoolSystem where she taught at Gulfport High School. She taught schoolfor a number of years in Kenneth, Mo.

Ms. Renfro was a 1965 graduate of Alexander High School. She wasalso a graduate of Abilene Christian University. She attendedMississippi Valley State University. She was a member of MorrisRoad Church of Christ in Gulfport.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her brother, Sam RufusIII and an infant sister, Beatrice Taylor.

Survivors are her son, Scote F. Renfro, of Gulfport; herbrothers, Willie Chisom and his wife, Patricia, of Milwaukee,Wisc., Glenn Rufus and his wife, Emma, of Brookhaven, MichaelTaylor of Natchez, and Harry Taylor, of Gulfport; her sisters,Barbara Chisom, of Santa Rosa, Calif., Maggie Brooks and herhusband, James, of Jackson, and Patricia Brown, Audrey Wilson andLuatrice Taylor, all of Brookhaven; three grandchildren; and a hostof nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Herbert Lee “Spumkum” Smith

Services for Herbert Lee “Spumkum” Smith, of Wesson, are 2 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 7 at Pine Grove M.B. Church in Sontag with burial inthe church cemetery.

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

Mr. Smith, 71, died Dec. 29, 2005, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center in McComb. He was born on July 8, 1934, toHattie Smith Brown.

He was disabled. He was a member of Pine Grove M.B. Church.

Preceding him in death were his mother; and his sister, DorisGraves.

Survivors are his son, David Earl Allen, of Wesson; and severalaunts, nephews, one niece, other relatives and friends.

Patsy Marie Commander Vaughan

Services for Patsy Marie Commander Vaughan, of Brookhaven, are11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 6 at Riverwood Family Funeral ServiceChapel.

Visitation is today from 5 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Vaughan, 56, died Jan. 3, 2006, at her residence. She wasborn on June 30, 1949, to Willard Marcus Commander and Sue LambCommander.

She was a teacher at Brookhaven Elementary School. She hadtaught school for 34 years. She was a member of First UnitedMethodist Church, where she served as an Adult Sunday schoolteacher.

Preceding her in death were her father; and her nephew, RobbieHerring.

Survivors are her husband, Howard Vaughan, of Brookhaven; herson, Charles Marcus Vaughan, of Brookhaven; her daughter, SusanahLauren Vaughan, of Brookhaven; her sisters, Mildred Ann Herring andher husband, James, and Sue Carol Trantham and her husband, Cecil,all of Brookhaven; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Brookhaven Animal Rescue LeagueBuilding Fund, P.O. Box 3477, Brookhaven MS 39603.