Obituaries for Thursday, February 2, 2006

Published 6:00 am Thursday, February 2, 2006

Ann Gartman

Services for Barbara Ann Gartman, of Pricedale, are 11 a.m.Friday, Feb. 3 at Calvary Baptist Church in Pricedale with burialin the church cemetery. Catchings Funeral Home in McComb is incharge of arrangements.

Visitation is today from 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 10 to 11a.m. at the church.

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Mrs. Gartman, 63, died Jan. 30, 2006, at her residence. She wasborn in Jackson on July 3, 1942, to Willie Luther Stubbs and VelmaBates Brooks.

She was a retired legal secretary having worked for JohnsonControl, the contract company for NASA. She was a member of CalvaryBaptist Church, where her husband, the late Harold Gartman,pastored for 19 years before his death in November 2005. She was amember of the Women’s Missionary Union and the Ladies Sunday Schoolclass.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her stepfather, KennethBrooks; her husband, the Rev. Harold Gartman; and one brother,Thomas “Sonny” Stubbs.

Survivors are her two sons and one daughter-in-law, Kenneth andKellie Gartman, of Starkville, and Gene Gartman, of Suffolk, Va.;one daughter and son-in-law, Connie and Bruce Lozier, of McComb;one brother, Garland “Bud” Bowen, of Eupora; two grandchildren,Bonnie and Kandi Spangler, both of McComb; one brother-in-law, RayGordon Gartman Jr., of Schulenburg, Texas; one sister-in-law, DonnaBellman and her husband, Deric, of Des Moines, Iowa; one niece,Renee’ Kehtel and her husband, David, and their daughter, Crystal,of Ridgeland; and numerous friends and church family.

Pallbearers will be deacons of the church.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund,1009 Pricedale Drive, Summit MS 39666.

Albert Andre ‘Dre’ Kelly

Services for Albert Andrew “Dre” Kelly, of Wesson, are 11 a.m.Saturday, Feb. 4 at Old St. John M.B. Church in Wesson with burialin St. John Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 7 p.m. with family presentfrom 6 to 7 p.m. at R.E. Tyler Funeral Home.

Mr. Kelly, 40, died Jan. 29, 2006, at his residence. He was bornon Aug. 8, 1965, to Willie Albert Kelly and Martha “Mot” Kelly.

He was a dispatcher for the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.He was a member of Old St. John M.B. Church. He graduated from LoydStar Attendance Center and attended Copiah-Lincoln CommunityCollege.

Preceding him in death was his brother Steven “Ste-Bo”Kelly.

Survivors are his parents; his brother, Kevin Dudley; and hissisters, Diane Banks, Kimberly Dalton, both of Brookhaven, andAnita Dudley, Lori Dudley and Tami Varnado, all of Wesson.

Ruth C. Mathis

Services for Ruth C. Mathis, of McComb, are 2 p.m. Friday, Feb.3 at West McComb Baptist Church with burial in HollywoodCemetery.

Visitation is today from 5 to 8 p.m. at Catchings Funeral Homein McComb and Friday from noon until 2 p.m. at the church.

Mrs. Mathis, 69, died Jan. 31, 2006, at Mississippi BaptistMedical Center in Jackson. She was born in McComb on May 3, 1936,to B.F. “Ben” Carlisle and Carrie Daniels Carlisle.

She was a retired sales clerk and department manager for StageDepartment Store in McComb. She was a member of West McComb BaptistChurch and a former longtime member of South McComb Baptist Churchwere she taught 4- and 5-year-old Sunday school and at West McComb,she was active in teaching 2- and 3-year-old Sunday school andhelped with Vacation Bible school.

Her family said she always loved working with children and wasknown as “Granny Ruthie” to her grandchildren, but to, “Gracie,”she was “Ghee, Ghee.” She was a gentle and loving person, and inthe neighborhood she was well known for helping small children pulltheir baby teeth if they were scared.

Preceding her in death were her parents; one brother, Bennie LeeCarlisle; and two sisters, Maggie Louise Robinson and Laura MaeCoon.

Survivors are her husband, Leroy H. Mathis, of McComb; threedaughters and two sons-in-law, Debbie and Wayne Coghlan, of Ruth,Lisa and Alfred Mercier, of McComb, and Brooke Fuller, of Byram;four sisters, Eunice C. Burke, of Waynesboro, Carrie C. Rottman andBetty C. Wells, of McComb, and Mary Frances Nelson, of HickoryHills, Ill.; six grandchildren, Shannon Coghlan Kuykendall andhusband, Justin, of Florence, Eric Cheyenne Coghlan and wife,Dehna, of Ruth, Christopher Mercier and Scott Mercier, of McComb,and Lindsay Fuller and Jessica Fuller, of Byram; twogreat-grandchildren, Devan Summers Whittington and Lauren Grace”Gracie” Coghlan, of Ruth; and numerous nieces, nephews and otherfamily and friends.

Pallbearers will be Tim Stamps, Jimmy Johnston, Lamar May, ButchKennedy, Larry Rushing and Kyle Bass.

Memorials may be made to West McComb Baptist Church SanctuaryFund, 4016 Highway 24 West, McComb MS 39648.

Rebecca Ann Reed

Services for Rebecca Ann Reed, of Lafayette, La., were 2 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 31 at La Chapelle De Martin and Castille Funeral Homewith burial in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Ms. Reed, 31, died Jan. 27, 2006, at her residence. She was bornto Monty Reed and Diane Magee Reed.

She was a licensed practical nurse.

A native of Columbus and resident of Lafayette for most of herlife, Rebecca was a loving daughter, granddaughter and friend toeveryone who knew her. She had a passion for helping people, andloved working with Hospice patients. She enjoyed listening to musicand spending time with her friends and extended family with whomshe loved. Rebecca will be sorely missed, not only by her friendsand family, but by all of those whose lives she has touchedthroughout the years.

Preceding her in death were her maternal grandfather, ClintonWooten; and her paternal grandfather, William C. Reed.

Survivors are her parents; her friend and life partner, AnneSahuc; her pet cat, Bacchus “the Easter Bunny”; her godchild, KolbyConnolly; her aunt Betty Reed and Uncle Mike; her paternalgrandmother, Martha Smith; and her maternal grandmother, MaryFrances Wooten.

Thomas Harold Smith

Services for Thomas Harold Smith, of Hog Chain, are 2 p.m.Friday, Feb. 3 at Wellman Baptist Church in Enterprise with burialin the church cemetery.

Visitation is today from 5 to 9 p.m. at Riverwood Family FuneralService.

Mr. Smith, 54, died Jan. 31, 2006, at his residence. He was bornon Aug. 28, 1951, to Thomas Harold Smith and Irene MeredithSmith.

He was a boiler maker with Local 582. He was a member of WellmanBaptist Church. He was a loving devoted husband, father andgrandfather. He was an outstanding athlete at Enterprise HighSchool (1966-1970), later signing a football scholarship with theUniversity of Southern Mississippi. He was Mr. Enterprise HighSchool and the first Mr. Brookhaven Academy.

Preceding him in death were his father; his grandfather, JewelDouglas; his nephew, Danny Earl Smith; and his stepfather, JayMeredith.

Survivors are his mother; his wife, Sally Smith, of Hog Chain;his sons, Dustin Harold Smith and his wife, Dee Dee, of Ruth, TobyGene Smith and his wife, Hope, of West Lincoln, and his stepson,Cody Montanna Bee Be, of Sunset, La.; his brothers, Rodney GlenSmith, of West Lincoln, and Donald Earl Smith, of Enterprise; hissister, Judy Hart, of Bogue Chitto; his mother-in-law andfather-in-law, Richard and Virginia Wilson, of Summit; his fourgrandchildren, Alex Rae Smith and Madison Irene Smith, both ofRuth, and Marla Clye Smith, of West Lincoln, and Curtlen Smith,both of West Lincoln; and a host of nieces and nephews.