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Obituaries for Thursday, January 12, 2006

Tammie Lavette Gayten

Services for Tammie Lavette Gayten, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 14 at St. James M.B. Church with burial in HillcrestCemetery.

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

Ms. Gayten, 40, died Jan. 8, 2006, at Natchez Regional MedicalCenter from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. She wasborn on March 1, 1965, to Johnny Wilcher and Velma Gayten.

She was employed for six years as a trainer at Delphi-PackardElectric Systems. She was a member of St. James M.B. Church.

Ms. Gayten was a 1983 graduate of Brookhaven High School and a1985 graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College. She attendedLouisiana State University. She was a champion basketball playerand was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Co-Lin.

Preceding her in death were her sisters, Karen Ann Gayten, GailGayten Williams and Terry Crockett; her maternal grandmother, AnnaHaney; and her paternal grandfather, Robert Wilcher Sr.

Survivors are her daughters, Ayana Tillman and Oceania Simmons,both of Brookhaven; her fiance of 19 years, Wayne Randolph Simmons,of Brookhaven; her mother, Velma Gayten, of Brookhaven; her father,Johnny Wilcher and his wife, Cora Wilcher, of Brookhaven; herstepfather, Robert “Bob” Wilbert, of Brookhaven; her sisters,Annalean Gayten Owens, Rhonda Smith and her husband, Donald Smith,Stephanie Gayten, Carla Gayten, Theresa Wilcher, Beverly Wilcher,Lavette Wilcher, Sonjia Smith and her husband, Robert Smith, DebbieHoward and her husband, Louis Howard and Denise Crockett, all ofBrookhaven; her brothers, Willie Gayten, Kimberly Gayten, DevinGayten and his wife, Monzola Gayten, and Jackie McGee, all ofBrookhaven, Christopher Wilbert and his wife, Shalonda Wilbert, ofMcComb, and Donald Wilbert and his wife, Tasha Wilbert, of Dallas,Texas; and one granddaughter, Tremyriah Keyes; and many aunts,uncles, cousins and other relatives.

Grace G. Smith

Services for Grace G. Smith, of Brookhaven, are 10 a.m. Friday,Jan. 13 at Brookhaven Funeral Home with burial in New Salem Churchof Christ Cemetery.

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

Mrs. Smith, 90, died Jan. 11, 2006, at Central MississippiMedical Center in Jackson. She was born in Lincoln County on July19, 1915, to Benjamin Paxton Smith and Alice Allred Smith.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of New Salem Church ofChrist.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Solon L.Smith; her grandson, James K. Smith; her brothers, Garland Smith,Ben Smith Jr., Hubert Smith and Harold Smith; and her sisters, LucyStrait and Henrietta Price.

Survivors are her son, Benjamin Smith, of Brookhaven; herdaughter, Alice Smith and her husband, Jimmy C. Smith, ofBrookhaven; her grandson, Jeremy Smith and his wife, Angie, ofBrookhaven; her granddaughter, Jennifer Hutton and her husband,Micky, of Brandon; her great-grandchildren, Justin Scott Smith,Justin Kent Smith, Anna Morgan Smith, Jordan Hutton and JosieHutton.

Clasteen Franklin Tucker

Services for Clasteen Franklin Tucker, of Bogue Chitto, are 10a.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Topisaw M.B. Church in Ruth with burialin the Topisaw/Mars Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at MarshallFuneral Home in Brookhaven. A wake will be observed at the churchFriday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Visitation will resume at 8 a.m. at thechurch.

Mrs. Tucker, 84, died Jan. 7, 2006, at her residence. She wasborn in Ruth on Dec. 16, 1921, to Zeb Franklin and Ada MayFranklin.

She was a member of the Lincoln County Retired Teacher’sAssociation and the Heroines of Jericho.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, ClintTucker; her brother-in-law, M.C. Hammond Sr.; and her nephew, JoeHammond.

Survivors are her son, Brian Hammond, of Ruth; a sister, AlleanHammond, of Chicago; two grandsons; and a host of nieces, nephews,other relatives and friends.