Obituaries for Thursday, February 9, 2006

Published 6:00 am Thursday, February 9, 2006

Nellie Elizabeth Barlow

Services for Nellie Elizabeth Barlow, of Wesson, were 11 a.m.Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Beauregard Methodist Church with burial in theBeauregard Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Service in Hazlehurstwas in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Barlow, 74, died Feb. 3, 2006, at Peach Belt Nursing Homein Warner Robins, Ga.

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She worked a the Wesson Potter Co. for many years. She hadresided at Peach Belt Nursing Home in Warner Robbins for the pasttwo years. She was a member of Beauregard United MethodistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Robert G. Barlow Sr.;her father, Eddie Vanderbilt McGee; and her mother, BernitaMcGinnis McGee.

Survivors are her son, Robert Glenn Barlow Jr., of WarnerRobbins; her daughters, Barbara Hood, of Warner Robins, BrendaSmith, of Wesson, and Linda Balentine, of Baton Rouge; a sister,Lellon West, of Hazlehurst; seven grandchildren; and threegreat-granddaughters.

Welton Bryant Berry

A memorial service for Welton Bryant Berry is 2 p.m. Saturday,Feb. 11 at Adams United Methodist Church in Auburn.

Mr. Berry, 74, died Feb. 8, 2006, in Dallas, Texas. He was bornin Shivers on July 27, 1931.

He was an aeronautical engineer who worked on many aircraft,most recently the space shuttle. While he lived in eight differentstates, his heart was always in Mississippi.

Preceding him in death were his oldest daughter, Debbie Taylor;a brother, Gayden Berry; and his parents, Henry and MinnieBerry.

Survivors are his wife of 53 years, Margarette Berry, of Auburn;his daughters, Jane Bush, of Ft. Worth, Texas, and Ann Prichard, ofArlington, Texas; his grandsons, Paul Varner and Merl Prichard; hisgranddaughter, Eleanor Prichard; and his great-granddaughter, SarahVarner.

Memorials may be made to the Adams United Methodist ChurchBuilding Fund.

Clearon Cliburn

Services for Clearon Cliburn, of Silver Creek, were 10 a.m.Wednesday, Feb. 8 at Wilson Funeral Home in Monticello with burialin Cliburn Cemetery.

Mr. Cliburn, 65, died Feb. 4, 2006, at his residence. He wasborn on March 14, 1940, to Ralph Cliburn and Grace RobinsonCliburn.

He was retired. He served in the Army.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his wife, CynthiaA. Cliburn.

Survivors are his son, William Brian Cliburn, of Robinsonville;his brothers, Cecil Cliburn, of Prentiss, and Shelton Cliburn, ofJackson; and two grandchildren.

Cully L. Dunn

Services for Cully L. Dunn, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m. Friday,Feb. 10 at Brookhaven Funeral Home with burial in Dunn FamilyCemetery in Lincoln County.

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

Mr. Dunn, 81, died Feb. 8, 2006, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. He was born in Franklin County on Jan. 13, 1925, to CullyLee Dunn Sr. and Carrie Huff Dunn.

He was a retired heavy equipment diesel mechanic. He served inthe Navy during World War II. He was a member of Easthaven BaptistChurch.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother, FredAlcus Dunn.

Survivors are his wife of 59 years, Pauline Dunn, of Brookhaven;his sons, David L. Dunn, and his wife, Connie, of Brookhaven, andJackie Bruce Dunn; and his four grandchildren, Misty Dunn, ofBrookhaven, Laina Dunn, of Oxford, Garrett Dunn, of Brookhaven, andBrent Dunn, of Wiggins.

Ida Lee Fort

Services for Ida Lee Fort, of Brookhaven, are 10 a.m. Friday,Feb. 10 at Macedonia Baptist Church with burial in the churchcemetery.

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

Mrs. Fort, 82, died Feb. 8, 2006, at Mississippi Baptist MedicalCenter in Jackson. She was born in Lincoln County on Aug. 29, 1923,to Oliver Entrican and Pauline Newell Entrican.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Macedonia BaptistChurch, where she was a member of the choir and the Keenagers.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors are her

husband of 42 years, Garland Fort, of Brookhaven; her daughter,Sonya Jo Johnson, of Houston, Texas; her sister, Peggy Byrd, ofBrookhaven; her grandchildren, Lori Johnson, Casey Johnson andWendi Johnson; and her great-granddaughter, Lauren Sharifian.

George H. Gulley Jr.

Services for George H. Gulley Jr., of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Friday, Feb. 10 at Faith Presbyterian Church with burial inRiverwood Memorial Park. Riverwood Family Funeral Service is incharge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the church.

Mr. Gulley, 79, died Feb. 6, 2006, at Hardy Wilson MemorialHospital in Hazlehurst following a lengthy bout with Parkinson’sdisease and other infirmities.

He was educated by the Brookhaven Public School, earned hisbachelor and law degrees from the University of Mississippi, and agraduate degree from New York University. While at Ole Miss he wastwice president of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He served in theNavy during World War II.

Mr. Gulley was supportive of civic affairs in Lincoln County,serving as a longtime member of the Chamber of Commerce and KiwanisClub, where he was a past president. He was also active in theearly development of the Mississippi Republican Party in the 1960sand 1970s.

In 1967, he curtailed his law practice and joined ReformedTheological Seminary in Jackson where he served to raise funds andrecruit students. In 1977, he founded Riverwood Memorial Park whichhe owned and operated until the time of his failing health in 2004.He was a past president of the Mississippi Cemetery Association anda member of the State Funeral Board.

He was ordained as a Presbyterian elder in 1968, was a delegateto the first General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Americain 1975, and was a ruling elder on the founding session of FaithPresbyterian Church, Brookhaven, in 1976.

Survivors are his wife, Lawrie Griffin Gulley, of Brookhaven;his son, Jim Gulley, of Duluth, Ga.; his daughters, Sally Milton,of McComb, and Kelly Morse, of Payson, Ariz.; a brother, ColonelCharles B. Gulley, of Montgomery, Ala.; and nine grandchildren.

Johnny B. Kelly

Services for Johnny B. Kelly, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Saturday, Feb. 11 at St. Mark M.B. Church with burial in CarverHeights Cemetery.

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

Mr. Kelly, 81, died Feb. 8, 2006, at Countrybrook Living Center.He was born in Franklin County on Dec. 31, 1924, to George Kellyand Adline Wilcher Kelly.

He was a retired shoe repairer.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, KathleenKelly; and a daughter, Kathy Winans.

Survivors are his grandson, Joseph “Joey” Kelly, of Detroit,Mich.; his two brothers, Sam Kelly, of Brookhaven, and James Kellyand his wife, Louise, of Clinton; his sister, Ruby McWilliams, ofToledo, Ohio.

Thomas C. Lee

Services for Thomas Columbus Lee, of Meadville, are 2 p.m.Friday, Feb. 10 at Praise Cathedral Church in Meadville with burialin Byrds Chapel Cemetery in Franklin County. Franklin Funeral Homein Meadville is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Lee, 72, died Feb. 8, 2006, at Franklin County MemorialHospital in Meadville.

He was retired from the Army and the Mississippi State ForestryService.

Wessie Wooley Smith

Services for Wessie Wooley Smith, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Friday, Feb. 10 at Philadelphia Baptist Church with burial in thechurch cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 10 a.m. until noon at BrookhavenFuneral Home.

Mrs. Smith, 95, died Feb. 9, 2006, at Beverly Health Care. Shewas born in Lincoln County on March 9, 1910, to Stonewall Wooleyand Bertha Porter Wooley.

She was a homemaker. She was a lifelong member of PhiladelphiaBaptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Loyd L.Smith; her brothers, Prentiss Wooley, Edgar Wooley, Clayton Wooleyand Purvis Wooley; and her sisters, Annie Wooley and LunaHerring.

Survivors are her son, Dr. Prentiss Smith and his wife, Beverly,of Brookhaven; her daughter, DeLois McClelland, and her husband,Howard, of Brookhaven; her brother, Herbert Wooley, of Brookhaven;her sister, Eula Pierce, of Jackson; five grandchildren, DanitaHobbs and her husband, Lyle, and Deanne Allgood, and her husband,Henry, all of Brookhaven, Amy Hollimon and her husband, Brad, ofBloomington, Ind., Anna Semprevivo and her husband, Mike, of GlenEllyn, Ill., and Lee Smith, of Washington, D.C.; and fivegreat-grandchildren, Blake and Justin Hobbs, Ashley and AustinAllgood, and Sophia Bailey Hollimon.

Eddie Dee ‘Jack’ Tillman

Services for Eddie Dee “Jack” Tillman, of Brookhaven, are 11a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 at Ebenezer A.M.E. Church with burial in thechurch cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. at Williams Mortuary.

Mr. Tillman, 64, died Feb. 5, 2006, at his residence. He wasborn in Lincoln County on Nov. 23, 1941, to Albert Tillman andAlberta Fulghum Tillman Norris.

He was disabled. He was a member of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church.

Preceding him in death were his father; and a brother, EarlTillman.

Survivors are his mother, Alberta F. Tillman Norris, ofBrookhaven; his daughters, Debbie Thomas and her husband, Maurice,and Wendy Tillman, all of St. Paul, Minn.; four brothers, GregTillman and his wife, Clydenestra, Marshal Tillman and CorneliusTillman, all of Louisiana, and Thelander Tillman, of Arkansas; histwo sisters, Edna Hull, of Brookhaven, and Marie Clayton and herhusband, William, of Louisiana; eight grandchildren; fivegreat-grandchildren; five stepchildren; several stepgrandchildren;one aunt; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives andfriends.