Obituaries for Sunday, May 14, 2006

Published 5:00 am Monday, May 15, 2006

‘Busta’ Luther C. Martin

Memorial services to celebrate the life of ‘Busta’ Luther C.Martin, of New Orleans, La., are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May20, at The Gallery, on the I-10 Frontage Road, in Slidell, La.Williams Funeral Home in Pearl River, La., is in charge ofarrangements.

Mr. Martin, 50, died May 8, 2006, at Tulane Hospital in NewOrleans. He was born in Canton on June 5, 1955.

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He was an artistic director and stylist in the cosmetologyindustry, having his own salon known as “Busta – The Salon of NewOrleans.”

Preceding him in death were his father, James L. Martin, ofBrookhaven; and his sister, Ruby Nell Barnes, of Jackson.

Survivors are his mother, Betty Joyce Lea, of Pearl River; hisstepfather, James B. Lea, of Pearl River; his sisters, KathyMartin-Pascal, of Hendersonville, Tenn., and Sandy Hamilton, ofPearl River; his stepsister, Dee Banta, of Walker, La.; his niece,Samantha Daniel, of Hendersonville; his great-niece, Emma Daniel,of Hendersonville; his nephew, Joshua Hamilton, of Pearl River; andlife-long friends, Evelyn Audler and Jack Jenks.

Charlie Stephen ‘Clawhammer’ Stockton

Services for Charlie Stephen “Clawhammer” Stockton, of Summit,were Saturday, May 13, at First Baptist Church in Summit withburial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Summit. Jones Family FuneralServices of McComb was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Stockton, 50, was born Feb. 2, 1956, in McComb, to Velma RaeStockton and William Morris Stockton.

He was a referee/umpire for many local games – statewide andmulti-state – including public and private schools. He wasumpire/referee for softball, basketball and time clock referee infootball. He worked at Lucedale Stockyard; Southwest MississippiLivestock in Hattiesburg, and Tylertown Stockyard. He also soldwatermelons in the summer.

He was a member of these associations: MPSA-Private School,MHSAA-Public School, Southwest Umpire Association -Clock Operator,ASA Umpire.

He attended First Baptist Church in Summit and was a member ofthe men’s class. He also received an auto mechanics degree fromSouthwest Mississippi Community College. He attended JohnsonStation School. In the year 2003-04 he was the Mississippi HighSchool Activity Association Official of the Year. He also receivedthe John Madden Umpire Award and the St. Bernard Parish, La., #1Fan Award.

He was preceded in death by his father, William Morris Stockton;his maternal grandparents, Charlie and Clotee Freeman; and hispaternal grandparents, William and Henrietta Stockton.

He is survived by his mother, Velma Rae “Faye” Stockton, ofSummit; his three brothers and their wives, Dewayne and DianStockton, of Madisonville, La., Carey and Jessie Stockton, ofMandeville, La., and Butch and Dawn Stockton, of Slidell, La.; hissister, Lawanda Welch and husband Dickie Welch, of Ruth; his threenieces, Amber Stockton, of Madisonville, La.; Katlyn Stockton, ofMandeville, and Savannah Welch, of Ruth; his three nephews, GabrielStockton, of Madisonville, La., Zach Stockton, of Mandeville, andPakie Ankerson, of Mobile, Ala.

Pallbearers were Pete Young, Curtis Cullom, Moley Herring, KentO’Neil, Chelly Carpenter, Mike Pigott, Julius Williams and OliverYoung.

Honorary pallbearers were all fellow umpires, Dr. JefferyGlover, Paul Ott Carruth, Robert Stockton, First Baptist Men’sClass, Livestock Association of Lucedale, Tylertown andHattiesburg; South Mississippi Umpire Association, Neil Randall,Pete Rawls and Dwight Stockton.

Irene Boyles Mitchell Duval

Services for Irene Boyles Mitchell Duval, of Monticello, wereyesterday at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with burial in MonticelloMunicipal Cemetery.

Mrs. Duval, 90, died May 12, 2006 at her home. She was born onOct. 12, 1915, to William Columbus Boyles and Maude Seville GloverBoyles.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Sherwood BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husbands, CharlesE. Mitchell and F.J. Duval; her son, Kenneth Mitchell; and herbrothers, Claudine Boyles, Euell Boyles, and Buren Boyles.

Survivors are her sons, Charles Mitchell, of Wiggins, FreddieMitchell and Robert Mitchell, both of Baton Rouge, La; herdaughters, Carolyn Hathorn and Marilyn Raymond, both of BatonRouge; her stepdaughter, Juanita Fowler, of Fulshear, Texas; herdaughter-in-law, Mrs. Kenneth Mitchell, of Baton Rouge; herbrother, LaRue Boyles, of Jackson, her sister, Marie Templet, ofNew Hebron; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Webster Herman King

Graveside services for Webster Herman King, of Vidalia, La., are2 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2006, at Wellman Cemetery. Laird FuneralHome is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is today from 5 to8 p.m. at the funeral homechapel.

Mr. King, 68, died May 13, 2006 at Natchez Regional MedicalCenter. He was born in Lawrence County on Oct. 25, 1937, to HardyWebster King and Hauti Lee Thompson King.

He was retired from Manville Corp. in Natchez. He was an avidhunter and camper.

Preceding him in death was his father.

Survivors are his mother; his wife, Evalena King, of Vidalia;his son, Kim L. King and his wife, Jeane, of Vidalia; his daughter,Kathy Patrick and her husband, Stewart, of Lake Providence, La.;his sister, Delores Frederick and her husband, Roy, of Angleton,Texas; four grandchildren; and a niece.

Evelyn Graves Windham

Evelyn Graves Windham, 92, of Colonial Pines Health Center inSan Augustine, Texas passed away on Saturday, May 13, 2006. She wasborn on Feb. 22, 1914 in Port Arthur, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, V.H. Windham.They owned and operated Windham’s Gulf Service Station for 30 yearsin Port Arthur before retiring to Brookhaven. She was also precededin death by her two sisters, Gertrude Farquhar and CordeliaSchmidt, and two brothers, Dan Graves and Otu Graves. She issurvived by her only daughter, Verlene Purgahn and her husband,Bill, of Hemphill, Texas, grandson, Chad Purgahn, his wife, Caroland great-grandson Heath Purgahn of Remlap, Ala., granddaughter,Holly Fowler, and great granddaughter, Alisa Fowler of Lebanon,Tenn., and several nieces and nephews and great nieces andnephews.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, May 15, 2006,at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves, Texas. Burial will follow inGreenlawn Memorial Park. A visitation will be Sunday evening from 6to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Friends wishing to make memorial contributions may send them to:The Hughen Center, 2849 9th Ave., Port Arthur, TX 77642.