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Obituaries for Monday, February 6, 2006

Melba Lee Smith Sykes

Services for Melba Lee Smith Sykes, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Central Baptist Church with burial in UnionBaptist Church Cemetery in the East Lincoln community.

Visitation is Tuesday from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Brookhaven FuneralHome and again Wednesday from 8 to 9:30 a.m. at the funeral homeand 10 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Mrs. Sykes, 79, died Feb. 4, 2006, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. She was born in Lincoln County on Nov. 24, 1926, to HenryL. Smith and Mary Ann Smith Scott.

She was a homemaker and lifelong resident of Lincoln County. Shewas a member of Central Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her sister, MildredSmith Sykes, of Brookhaven; and a brother, Whitney Smith, ofWoodward, Okla.

Survivors are her husband of 61 years, Paul Milton Sykes, ofBrookhaven; her sons and daughters-in-law, Henry and Gloria Sykes,of Kenner, La., Gary and Joyce Sykes, of Bogue Chitto, Frankie andTina Sykes, of Brookhaven, Johnny and Donna Sykes, of Wynne, Ark.,Paul Michael and Donnie Sykes, of Bogue Chitto, and Randy Sykes andMelody, of Brookhaven; her daughters and sons-in-law, Frances andJohnny Newell, of Brookhaven, Dorothy Taylor, of Gainesville, Ga.,Patsy Thornton, of Marietta, Ga., and Mary and Mike Guess, of BatonRouge, La.; her brother, Henry “Junior” Smith, of Stilwell, Okla.;her sister, Cleo Smith Case, of Brookhaven; her sisters-in-law,Johnnie Smith, Maggi Smith, Evone Hewitt, Martha Ann Sykes andDorothy Sykes; her brother-in-law, Leroy Hewitt; 21 grandchildren;14 great-grandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.

Iva Bell Smith

Services for Iva Bell Smith, of Brookhaven, are 10 a.m. Tuesday,Feb. 7 at New Salem Church of Christ with burial in the churchcemetery.

Visitation is today from 5 to 9 p.m. at Brookhaven FuneralHome.

Mrs. Smith, 94, died Feb. 5, 2006, at her residence. She wasborn on Sept. 30, 1911, to T.E. “Nong” Smith and Josie SmithSmith.

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

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, HulonSmith; her daughter, Betty Wray; her great-granddaughter, Emily AnnHodges; four brothers and three sisters.

Survivors are her sons, Kirby Smith, of Jackson, and CarrollSmith, of Brookhaven; nine grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; 16great-grandchildren; six stepgreat-grandchildren; fivegreat-great-grandchildren; and two special friends, Lynwood Smithand Patsy Case.