Obituaries for Sunday, March 5, 2006

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, March 7, 2006

Calvin R. Barksdale

Services for Calvin R. Barksdale of Smithdale are 3 p.m. Monday,March 6 at Hartman Funeral Home of McComb with burial in Mt. GileadPrimitive Baptist Cemetary in the Auburn Community.

Visitation is Sunday from 5 to 10 p.m. at the church.

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Mr. Barksdale, 74, died March 3, 2006 at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center. He was born in Lincoln County on Sept. 6,1931 to William Deaver and Hattie Davis.

He was a retired supervisor at John’s Mansville InsulationIndustry.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Elaine Watts;his brother, Russell Barksdale; and his sisters, Ora Lee Kimball,of Beaumont, Texas, and Eula Whittington, of Houston, Texas.

Survivors are his son, Corey R. Barksdale and his wife Pamela,of Smithdale; his daughter, Janice Barksdale Duck, of Kemah, Texas;his brothers, Frank Barksdale and Harold Barksdale, both of Jaspar,Ark., and Tommy Barksdale, of Smithdale; eight grandchildren, TammyWhaley Watts, Shane Duck, Rachel “Longlois” Duck, Stewart Duck,Donnie Barksdale, Christy Powers, Vinnie Barksdale and Chris Kyzar;10 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews andfriends.

Pallbearers are Shane Duck, Stewart Duck, Donnie Barksdale,Vinnie Barksdale, and Chris Kyzar; and a nephew, Michael Watts.

The honorary pallbearer is Talbert Watts.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American HeartAssociation at P.O. Box 409410, Atlanta, Ga. 30384-9410.

Odell Brown

Services for Odell Brown of Brookhaven are 11 a.m. Tuesday,March 7 at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church with burial inHillcrest Cemetery. House of People Funeral Home of Hazlehurst isin charge of arrangements.

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

Mr. Brown, 84, died March 1, 2006.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife; a son; hissister; and his brothers.

Survivors are his sons, Albert Brown of Sacramento, Calif., andWillie Brown, of Los Angeles; his daughters, Irma Powell and herhusband, Bobby, Minnie Bell Lyons, and Eva Mae Renifro and herhusband, James, all of Brookhaven, Thersa Brown, of Redding,Calif., Mary Lousi, and Lena Mae Brown, of Weed, Calif.; 22grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Elease Hutchinson Deer

Elease Hutchinson Deer, 89, of McComb, died March 1, 2006, ather daughter’s home in Bogue Chitto.

Mrs. Deer was born Feb. 7, 1917, in Amite County, to Robert andVelma Whittington Hutchinson.

She was a homemaker, and her family said she was a loving,wonderful mother who was always happiest when with her family.

Being deaf all of her life, she played a major roll in startinga Sunday school class for the deaf at First Baptist Church ofMcComb in the early 1960s. The Rev. Wyatt Hunter gave them aclassroom in the old First Baptist Church building that was locatedin downtown McComb. They also had a ministry for the deaf atNavilla Baptist Church under the Rev. Robert Hughes.

Mrs. Deer loved the Lord and loved being involved in theministry for the deaf. It was a very wonderful time in her lifewhen the church allowed them to have a room of their own, a placewhere they could meet and fellowship with one another. She hadtruly missed being with her deaf friends through her recentillness.

Mrs. Deer was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of67 years, Herbert Marion Deer; two brothers, Nolen and J.R.Hutchinson; two sisters, Donis May and Florence Gatlin; threegrandsons, David and Jeffery Deer and Mark Kent; a son-in-law,Tommy Kent; a daughter-in-law, Delilla Spears Deer; and numerousnieces and nephews.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Hubert and DorisBrown Deer of Smithdale; two daughters and a son-in-law, Hazel DeerKent and Patsy Deer Dillon McInnis and Billy, all of Bogue Chitto;two sisters and a brother-in-law, Eileen Cato of McComb and Audreyand Woody Wilson of Byron, Ga.; five grandchildren, Keith Deer andwife Tracy, Kevin Deer, Roger Kent and wife Robin, Michelle Teagueand husband John, and Stacy Dillon; great-granchildren, Jess Kent,Kaile and Kyle Young, Dale Kent, Kodie Kent, Meloni Stewart, SummerTeague, Luke Teague, Natalie Grace Deer, Brittney, Taylor andHailey Dillon; and four great-great-grandchildren, Ariana Young,Autumn Teague, Shanna Teague, and Jocob Teague.

Pallbearers are Mike, Jimmy and Harold Deer, Kenny Gatlin, GregMaxwell and Gene Nunnery. Honorary pallbearers are Billy Nunnery,Jack Gatlin, Tom Bently and Even Lee Barron.

John Randy Findley

Services for John Randy Findley of Monticello were 11 a.m.Saturday, March 4 at Monticello Baptist Church with burial inCarmel Baptist Church Cemetary. Wilson Funeral Home was in chargeof arrangements.

Mr. Findley, 53, died March 2, 2006 at University of MississippiMedical Center in Jackson. He was born on Jan. 19, 1953, to JohnAllen Findley and Elizabeth Reid Findley.

He was an OOC operator with Georgia-Pacific in Monticello. Hewas an avid bass fisherman as well as a member of theGeorgia-Pacific fishing team. He and his family had recently movedto Natchez six months ago.

Survivors are his parents; his wife, Melva Findley, of Natchez;two daughers, Melissa Findley, of Natchez, and Sara Roberts and herhusband, Chase, of Natchez; his sisters, Patricia Regan, ofHattiesburg, Louise Hamil, of New Hebron, Jean Powell, of EastAbutchie, and Frances Findley, of Purvis; and a host of nieces andnephews.

Amanda Buckels Jones

Services for Amanda Buckels Jones of McComb were 2 p.m. Saturdayat Catchings Funeral Home with burial in New Salem Cemetery inMcCall Creek.

Mrs. Jones, 91, died March 2, 2006 at Silver Cross Nursing Homein Brookhaven. She was born in McCall Creek on Nov. 8, 1914 toAlbert Buckels and Hatties Gerbish Buckels.

She was a former member and chairperson of the East McCombActivities Committee, a member of the Mississippi NursesAssociation, and a registered nurse with the Mississippi PublicHealth Department and the Louisiana State Hospital in Jackson, La.She was a member of New Heights Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, RichardLee Jones; her brothers, Albert Buckels, Charles Buckels, DecaturBuckels, and Ray Buckels; and her sisters, Versie Sumrall, andStella Jackson.

Survivors are her son, Richard “Dick” Jones and his wife, Sally,of Parker, Col.; her daughters, Anna Lambert and her husband,Chuck, of McComb, and Mary Sue David and her husband, Gregory, ofRidgway, Col.; her brother, Roy Buckels and his wife, Mary, ofMcCall Creek; her sister, Mabel Bone, of Tampa, Fla.; sevengrandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces,nephews and other relatives and friends.

Memorials may be sent to New Heights Baptist Church BuildingFund, P.O. Box 649, Summit, MS 39666.