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Obituaries for Friday, January 13, 2006

Johnny P. Byrd

Services for Johnny P. Byrd, of Gadsden, Ala., are 2 p.m. today,Jan. 13 at Christ Central United Methodist Church with burial inRainbow Memorial Park, both in Rainbow City, Ala. Collier-ButlerFuneral Home and Cremation Service in Gadsden is in charge ofservices.

Visitation is from 1:30 to 2 p.m. today.

Mr. Byrd, 64, died Jan. 10, 2006.

He was a native of Brookhaven and a resident of Gadsden for manyyears. He was a graduate of Brookhaven High School, MississippiState University and a member of Christ Central United MethodistChurch. Mr. Byrd was a Sunday school teacher, Eagle Scout and BoyScout leader, as well as past president of the Gadsden Jaycees, andthe Gadsden Civitan Club having been a member for 25 years. He wasalso a past member of the Gideons, member of the Investment Club,Civil Service Board, “fireman interviewer,” Locksmith Board ofAmerican, on the Hope Home Board and previous member of the zoningboard, and various civic organizations.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Joe P. and ElizabethByrd; a sister, Mary Virginia Byrd; and a brother, Joseph ScottByrd.

Survivors are his wife of 39 years, Sharon Bishop Byrd, ofGadsden; his daughters and sons-in-law, Cindy Byrd and Tim Blake,of Hoover, Ala, Beth Byrd and Judge J. Kevin Grimes, of Centre,Ala., and Christian Byrd and Michael Kourmoulis, of Inverness, Ala;three granddaughters, Laura Blake, of Hoover, Caroline Blake, ofHoover, and Johna Gabrielle Kourmoulis, of Iverness; his sister, JoBeth Abrams, of Florence; his brother-in-law, Carl Wayne Bishop, ofSouthside; his sister-in-law, Syble Bishop, of Southside; hisnephews, Carl Wayne Bishop, Ronald Allen Bishop and Karl Abrams;his nieces, Suzanne Bishop Stargell and Kelly Anne Abrams; hisgreat-nephews, Cody Bishop and Chase Stargell; his special friends,Garry Ray and Dianna Ray, Nathan Holley and Beverly Holley; and hiscousins, Mary and Gerald Powell.

Pallbearers will be Troy Wadkins, Gary Singleton, Rodney Poovey,Nathan Holley, Gerald Powell, David Ayers and Merle Grimes.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of his morning prayergroups and all of his friends at Tony’s and Jacks.

The family will accept flowers or memorials may be made toChrist Central Methodist Church or to the Hope Homes.

Steven Franklin Ferrell

Services for Steven Franklin Ferrell, of Rock Hill, S.C., are 2p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14 at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel inRockhill with burial in Grandview Memorial Park on Cherry Road.

Visitation is today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Ferrell, 24, died Jan. 11, 2006, in Lake Wylie, S.C.

He was a pharmacy tech with Eckerd Drugs in Lake Wylie. Heattended Fort Mill Church of God and was a member of OakdaleBaptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandfather, AlexFerrell Sr.; and his maternal grandfather, John Mason McKown.

Survivors are his father, Alex F. Ferrell Jr., of Rock Hill; hismother, Barbara Ann McKown Rayborn, of Jayess; his stepfather,Doyle Rayborn, of Jayess; his brother, Jason Leary, of Rock Hill;his sisters, Lindy Rayborn, of Brookhaven and Beth Ferrell Leary,of Fort Mill; his paternal grandmother, Marie Ferrell, of RockHill; his maternal grandmother, Mary McKown, of Hickory Grove; andhis niece, Alivia Leary, of Fort Mill.

Memorials may be made to Oakdale Baptist Church, BenevolenceFund, 1249 Oakdale Rd., Rock Hill S.C. 29730.

Mildred Jean Harris

Services for Mildred Jean Harris, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Monday, Jan. 16 at Macedonia M.B. Church with burial in the churchcemetery.

Visitation is Sunday from 1 to 7 p.m. with family hour from 6 to7 p.m. at Williams Mortuary.

Mrs. Harris, 77, died Jan. 11, 2006, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. She was born on Jan. 12, 1928, to Eugene Summers and SusieCowart.

She was a retired dietitian with the Brookhaven Public SchoolSystem. She retired after more than 30 years of employment. She wasa member of Macedonia M.B. Church, where she was a former presidentof the Home Mission. She was also a former president of the Women’sHome District Missionary Baptist Convention.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, WillieHarris.

Survivors are her sons, James Harris and his wife, Catalina, ofPlano, Texas, Iva Harris and his wife, Dorothy, of Brookhaven,Alvin Harris, of Brookhaven, and Calvin Harris, of Los Angeles; herdaughters, Dorothy Gray, of Brookhaven, Mamie Thadison and herhusband, Robert, of Brookhaven, Janet Adams and her husband,Pierre, of Calumet City, Ill., Casey Harris, of Brookhaven, andJackie German and her husband, LeVander, of Brookhaven; her brotherWalter Summers and his wife, Katherine, of Kalamazoo, Mich.; heruncle, Willie D. Wade, of Crystal Springs; 23 grandchildren; onegreat-grandchild; and many sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews andother relatives.

Wendell Hart

Services for Wendell Hart, of Bogue Chitto, are 11 a.m.Saturday, Jan. 14 at Brookhaven Funeral Home with burial in theBogue Chitto Cemetery.

Visitation is today from 4 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Hart, 71, died Jan. 12, 2006, at Countrybook Living Center.He was born in Lincoln County on Oct. 5, 1934, to Alton Hart andEdith Rose Cannon Hart.

He was owner-operator of Hart Lumber Co. He worked for SimmonsMobile Homes. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for many yearsand was postmaster at Bogue Chitto. He was a member of Bogue ChittoBaptist Church where he served as deacon. He was a Mason andShriner. He was a member of the Bogue Chitto Lodge. He also servedin the Army.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, Dennis LloydHart; and two nieces, Regina Lynn Hart and Belinda Kay Hart.

Survivors are his brothers, Roger Hart and his wife, Wyonzie, ofBogue Chitto, and Huey Hart and his wife, Marilyn, of Brookhaven;his sisters, Syble Lang and her husband, Roger, of McComb,Christine Morton and her husband, Spence, of Dallas, Janis Landrum,of Flowood, and Frances Davis, of Madison; and several nieces andnephews.

Pallbearers will be his Sunday school class.

His nephews will serve as honorary pallbearers.

John Lafayette Magee

Memorial services for John Lafayette Magee, of Moraga, Calif.,were 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 at Moraga Country Club.

Mr. Magee, 91, died Dec. 16, 2005, at an assisted livingfacility in Moraga. He was born in Franklinton, La., on Oct. 28,1914, to Edith Jenkins and John Lafayette Magee Sr.

Mr. Magee was a longtime scientist and chemistry professor atthe University of Notre Dame. He also worked on the ManhattanProject that developed the atomic bomb.

He joined the faculty of the University of Notre Dame in 1948,where he served as chair of the Chemistry Department and directorof the Radiation Laboratory. After becoming a professor emeritus ofNotre Dame in 1978, he worked at the Lawrence Berkeley NationalLaboratory in California until his retirement in 1986.

He earned a B.S. from Mississippi College, an M.S. fromVanderbilt University and a Ph.D in chemistry from the Universityof Wisconsin and he did postdoctoral work at PrincetonUniversity.

From 1943-46 he was in Los Alamos, working on the atomic bombproject, participating in the Trinity and Bikini tests. Followingthat he worked at the Argonne National Laboratory, where he met hisfuture wife, Priscilla, before going to Notre Dame.

He was author or co-author of many articles in scientificpublications. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, theRadiation Research Society (of which he was president in 1967-68),the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry, theAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science and theAmerican Association of University Professors.

He was an avid hiker and bicyclist, running in the StrawberryCanyon runs in Berkeley and in the Lawrence Berkeley LabRun-Arounds from 1980 to 1996.

Survivors are his wife of 48 years, Priscilla Williams Magee, ofMoraga; three children, Lawrence, of San Jose, Calif., Linda, ofPortland, Ore., and John Bradley, of Madrid, Spain; fivegrandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; one stepgreat-grandson; hissisters, Jonnie Clark, of Brookhaven, and Inez Reid, of Houston,Texas; his brother, Fred Magee, of Catoosa, Okla.; and many niecesand nephews.

Memorials may be made to Common Cause, the legal reformorganization HALT or the anti-poverty organization TechnoServe.

Simon Tenner Jr.

Services for Simon Tenner Jr., of Fayette, are 2:30 p.m.Saturday, Jan. 14 at Salem Baptist Church on Stampley Road inFayette. Burial will be in Saint Mariah Baptist Church Cemetery onHighway 61 in Fayette. Marshall Funeral Home in Brookhaven is incharge of arrangements.

Visitation is Saturday from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at thechurch.

Mr. Tenner, 51, died Jan. 6, 2006, at his residence. He was bornin Jefferson County on May 25, 1954, to Simon Tenner Sr. and RosieLee Stampley Tenner.

Preceding him in death were his father, Simon Tenner Sr.; onebrother, Leroy Tenner; and one sister, Ruth Tenner Cruel.

Survivors are his wife, Patricia Tenner; his mother, Rosie LeeStampley Tenner; four children, Shondra Tenner O’Neil, EmanuelTenner, Marcus Tenner and Martee Tenner; five sisters, SusieCameron, Etta Jones, Dorothy Chambliss, Patricia Banks andCassondry Tenner; one brother, Clemmie Tenner; and threegrandchildren.