Obituaries for Sunday, July 23, 2006

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Frances Ann Reeves Baker

Services for Frances Ann Reeves Baker, of Brookhaven, are 11a.m. Monday, July 24, at Riverwood Family Funeral Service Chapelwith burial in Riverwood Memorial Park.

Visitation is today from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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Mrs. Baker, 75, died July 21, 2006, at Mississippi BaptistMedical Center. She was born on Jan. 4, 1931, to Luther AndrewReeves and Rhonda Ann Brown Reeves Buie.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of First Baptist Church.Mrs. Baker’s childhood was spent in the Arlington Community inLincoln County. She played basketball for Copiah Lincoln CommunityCollege. She taught secretarial education at Siloam High School.She enjoyed traveling with her husband and close friends. Shecontinued lifelong relations with her many friends. Her life’s joyand fulfillment was her endless love and dedication for her familyas a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors are her husband, Dr. Brandt LaRue Baker Sr.; her sons,LaRue Baker and his wife, Sue, of Brookhaven, and Mack L. Baker andhis wife Amy, of Brookhaven; his daughter, Ann Baker Sparks and herhusband, Darryl, of Memphis, Tenn.; her grandchildren, Brandi BakerDay and her husband, Ryan, Brandon Baker and Jake Baker; hergreat-grandchildren, Brantley Day, Roland Day, and Laren Day; andher life-long friend and housekeeper, Sudie Mae Dickey.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of BrookhavenBuilding Fund.

K.L. ‘Buster’ Simmons

Services for K.L. “Buster” Simmons, of Magnolia, are 3, July 23, at East Union Baptist Church with burial in thechurch cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Services is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is today from 1 until 3 p.m. at the church.

Mr. Simmons, 72, died July 21, 2006 at his home after a lengthyillness. He was born in Pike County on Jan. 14, 1934, to Edgar Leeand Lucy Mote Simmons.

He graduated from Progress High School and Southwest MississippiCommunity College. He received a Bachelor of Science degree inindustrial education from the University of Southern Mississippi.He was retired from Southwest Mississippi Community College after40 years of service as an auto mechanics/welding teacher for twoyears and Vocational Director for 38 years. He was a member of EastUnion Baptist Church and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. Mr.Simmons was a Harley-Davidson Motorcycle enthusiast who owned andoperated a motorcycle for over 50 years. He loved old motors, heavyequipment and working with his hands. Many family members andfriends will remember the delicious bar-b-cue meats they enjoyedcooked in the smoker that he built.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, KatherineSimmons Miller; and his nephew, Gary Vanden Miller.

Survivors are his son, Steve Simmons, of Magnolia; his daughter,Kemi Simmons, of Hattiesburg; his brother, Rev. Billy Simmons, ofProgress, his special friend, Marion Stroud, of Tylertown; andnumerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Ted Thomas, Brent Boyd, Joe Juneau, GlennSmith, Amos Parker and Arthur Beasley. Honorary pallbearers will beBritt Simmons, Mike McKenzie and Danny Craig. Rev. Billy Simmonswill be officiating.

Memorials may be sent to the East Union Baptist Church CemeteryFund, 4131 Union Church Rd. Magnolia, MS 39652.