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Obituaries for Friday, March 10, 2006

David Clifton Griffin

Services for David Clifton Griffin, of McComb, are 2 p.m.Saturday, March 11, at Catchings Funeral Home with burial in BacotCemetery.

Visitation is today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home, and at 1p.m. on Saturday until the time of the service.

Mr. Griffin, 44, died March 8, 2006, at North Oaks MedicalCenter in Hammond, La. He was born in Centreville on Nov. 11, 1961,to Emma Dell Booker, of McComb, and David M. Griffin, of Enon.

He was a U.S. Navy Seabee from 1981 to 1991 and served as aconstruction electrician. He received two Presidential Letters ofCommendation. He was a boiler technician with Adco Inc. He was aloving father and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Survivors are his parents; his sons, Jesse David Griffin andJacob Charles Griffin, both of McComb; his daughter, Cairey ElisaGriffin, of Brookhaven; his brother, Jack Albert Watkins, ofMcComb; his sisters, Judy Watkins and Robin Dell Fulgham, all ofMcComb; his special aunts, Regina Lowe and Jane McGrew, both ofMcComb; his special friend, Stacey Murray, of McComb; his cousin,Rochelle Jackson Guy, of Baton Rouge, La.; and his former wives andthe mothers of his children, Carol White, of Yazoo City, and DonnaGriffin, of Johnston Station.

Memorials may be made to Mississippi Baptist Children’s Home,P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060.

Donald Ray Thornton

Services for Donald Ray Thornton, of Smithdale, were 10 a.m.today, March 10, at Siloam Baptist Church with burial in the churchcemetery. Franklin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Thornton, 70, died March 9, 2006, at his residence. He wasborn in Smithdale on Aug. 21, 1935, to Henry B. Thornton and AnnieFreeman Thornton.

He served in the Air Force as a military police officer from1955 to 1959, and was stationed in Texas, South Carolina and Korea.Once discharged, he worked as a carpenter and was retired fromClark Construction Co., in McComb.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, Jonnie T.Nickelson, of Jackson; and his brothers, Alton Thornton, ofSmithdale, and Bernard Thornton, of Texas.

Survivors are his son, Chuck Thornton of Smithdale; hisdaughters, Sharree Thornton Griffin, of Roxie, and Nolana ThorntonGriffin, of Tylertown; his brothers, Pat Thornton and BarneyThornton, both of Smithdale, Burnett Thornton, of Meadville, andGlen Thornton, of Jackson; his sister, Letha Mae Thornton Murray,of Liberty; his seven grandchildren; and many nieces andnephews.

Thomas ‘Tommy’ O’Neal Waldrop

Services for Thomas “Tommy” O’Neal Waldrop, of Sulphur Springs,Texas, formerly of Brookhaven, are 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12, atBrookhaven Funeral Home with burial in Easthaven Cemetery.

Visitation is Sunday from 9 a.m. until the time of the serviceat the funeral home.

Mr. Waldrop, 70, died March 8, 2006, at his residence. He wasborn on June 28, 1935, to James Herbert Waldrop and Bessie MaeAdams Waldrop.

He was retired and had been a self-employed mechanic for manyyears in Brookhaven before moving to Sulphur Springs 14 yearsago.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, Edward,Jessie, Charles and James Waldrop; and his sisters, Iona Waldrop,Jean Upton and Kate Reeves.

Survivors are his daughter, Tonye Usher; his sister, PeggyEllzey and her husband, Clyde Ellzey; his grandchildren, Victoriaand Tyler Usher; and many nieces and nephews.