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Obituaries for Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Armond Walter Burnham

Memorial services for Armond Walter Burnham, of Vidalia, La.,formerly of Brookhaven, were Sunday, Oct. 29, at Laird Funeral HomeChapel.

Mr. Burnham, 65, died Oct. 25, 2006, at his residence. He wasborn in Burbank, Calif., on Nov. 5, 1940, to John Armond and IdaMae Lane Burnham.

He was plant manager with the Bendix Corporation in the 1970s.He enjoyed quality time with his children, grandchildren andfriends. He loved to fish, hunt and was a NASCAR racing fan.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his son, MichaelScott Burnham.

Survivors are his wife, Deborah R. Burnham, of Vidalia; hisdaughters, Keri Burnham Strait, of Valencia, Calif., and NormaThevenot, of Olive Branch; his sons, William Shayne Burnham, ofHattiesburg, John Warren Burnham, of Ridgecrest, La., and LloydBruce McDaniel, of Roxie; his sister, Vicki Thien, of Ruidoso,N.M.; his brother, Jim Burnham, of Montclair, Calif.; his 11grandchildren; and foreign exchange student, Andreas Lindfelt, ofBorlange, Sweden.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Help, LLC, 3002 Carter St.,Vidalia, LA 71373.

Joseph Burton ‘J.B.’ Cupit

Services for Joseph Burton “J.B.” Cupit, of Bogue Chitto, andformerly of Pride, La., were held at Bethel United Methodist Churchin Pride with burial in the church cemetery.

Mr. Cupit, 82, died Oct. 25, 2006, at his residence. He was bornin Amite County on Jan. 23, 1924, to Joseph F. Cupit and ElenoreCurtis Cupit.

He was retired from U.A. Local 198 as a pipefitter.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his grandparents, Johnand Katie Cupit, of Liberty; his stepmother, Elizabeth Cupit; hisnephew, Larry Paul Cupit; his wife, Henrietta Cupit; and a brother,Charles Cupit.

Survivors are his wife, Shirley Lewis Cupit, of Bogue Chitto;his son and daughter-in-law, Rex and Linda Cupit, of Pride; hisdaughters and sons-in-law, Sherri and Greg Croft, of Pride, andPatsy and Gene Brown, of Summit; his stepdaughters and theirhusbands, Judy and Bill Burt, Linda and Keith Souther, Toni and JanAlvey and Patsy Cowart and friend Michael White, all of BogueChitto; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry and June Cupit andSteve and Brenda Cupit, all of Central, La.; his sister-in-law, LizCupit, of Clinton, La.; his sisters and brothers-in-law, JoeAnneCupit and Jesse, of Ethel, La., Dottie Threeton and Benny, ofPlains, and Kathy Allen, of Zachary, La.; his uncle, Jack Cupit, ofBrookhaven; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ellis Cupit, Frank Cupit, Allen Cupit, SteveCupit, Mike Cupit and Jason Threeton.

Honorary pallbearers were J.R. Westbrook, Murry Cupit, HarnieKendrick and Jack Cupit.

Donations may be sent to Hospice Ministries.

Betty Holloway

Services for Betty Holloway, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Thursday, Nov. 2, at Hopewell M.B. Church in Brookhaven with burialin the Hopewell Cemetery in Brookhaven. R.E. Tyler Funeral Home isin charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from noon until 7 p.m. at the funeralhome, with family present from 6 until 7 p.m.

Mrs. Holloway, 63, died Oct. 27, 2006, at Countrybrook LivingCenter. She was born on Sept. 2, 1943, to Gennie Holloway and AddieMae Cowart Holloway.

She was disabled. She was a member of Hopewell M.B. Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her brothers, LeoHolloway, Walter Holloway and R.D. Holloway; her sisters, GussieHolloway and Elnora Montgomery; and one great-grandchild.

Survivors are her brothers, Buford Holloway, of Springfield,Mass.; her sisters, Ruby Nell Dixon, of Brookhaven, and LelaBryson, of Springfield; her four grandchildren and onegreat-grandchild.

Syble Jean James

Services for Syble Jean James, of Wesson, were Monday, Oct. 30,at Sardis Baptist Church, with burial in Sardis Cemetery. StringerFuneral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. James, 74, died Oct. 27, 2006, at her residence. She was anative of Jefferson Davis County.

She was retired from Bernsteins and Sons after many years ofservice. She was a member of Sardis Baptist church.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Percy James; her son,Cecil James; her grandson, Robert Elkins Jr.; and granddaughter,Lynette Chamberlain.

Survivors are her daughters, Diane Brown and Sherry Brown, bothof Wesson, Virginia Smith, of Brookhaven, and Sallie Norman, ofHattiesburg; her sisters, Willie Mae Hughes, of Strong Hope, andMildred Leon, of Ft. Worth, Texas; and her 17 grandchildren and 33great-grandchildren.

O.C. ‘Tyler’ Monte

Services for O.C. “Tyler” Monte, a lifelong resident of Natchez,are 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Assumption Catholic Church withburial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Father David O’Connor willofficiate. Laird Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is today from 5 until 7 p.m. at the church, where aprayer service will be held at 7 p.m.

Mr. Monte, 86, died Oct. 29, 2006, at Natchez Regional MedicalCenter. He was born on May 2, 1920, to Adolph and Carmella CarazzaMonte.

He was awarded the Purple Heart for his service during theinvasion of Normandy in World War II. He retired from his job as atire builder with Armstrong Tire Company after 33 years. He lovedto hunt, fish and ride horses. He enjoyed vegetable gardening.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his four sisters; onebrother and his grandson, Charles “Chip” Lofton.

Survivors are his wife, Martha Belle Huffman Monte, of Natchez;his daughters and their husbands, Martha and Bob Allbritton, ofBrookhaven, Carrie and John Boyte, of Natchez, Mildred “Weese” andHarvey Prather, of Meadville, and Mary and Buddy Risinger, ofCarthage, Texas; his grandchildren, Don Boyte, Melissa Martin,Stephanie Wilson, Michael Springs, Lynn Burlison and ElizabethWells; and his 15 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Freddie Gamberi, Chad Gamberi, Ferdi PassbackJr., Don Boyte, Lynn Burlison and Billy Martin Jr.

Honorary pallbearers are Michael Springs and Charles Wilson.

Memorials may be made to Catholic Charities and The AmericanHeart Association.

‘Fuzzy’ Lee Veal

Services for “Fuzzy” Lee Veal, of Crosby, are 11 a.m. Thursday,Nov. 2, at Gloster First Baptist Church with burial in WoodlawnCemetery in Gloster. Marshall Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from noon until 5 p.m. at the funeralhome in Bude and on Thursday from 9 a.m. until the time of theservice at the church.

Mr. Veal, 65, died Oct. 24, 2006, at his residence. He was bornin Crosby on Nov. 29, 1940, to John Veal and Hazel NettervilleVeal.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his son, Tommy LeeJackson; and his sister, Hazel Veal Nelson.

Survivors are his loving wife, Mary Ella Veal; his daughters,Benitta Wesco, of Crosby, Bridgette Bell, of Gloster, VallerieWesco, of Berkeley, Calif., Stacy Hurst, of Baton Rouge, La., andZola Veal, of Picayune; his son, Eddie Veal, of Woodville; hissisters, Alma Johnson, Rosetta Scott, Florence Bateaste, ShirleyHall, Patricia Rogers, Nora Roe and Selena Mason; his brothers,David Franklin, Willie Veal and John Veal; and a host ofgrandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

J.B. Watts Sr.

A memorial service for J.B. Watts Sr. will be held at 11 a.m. onSaturday, Nov. 4, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church on Highway84 in Quentin with burial in the church cemetery. Pastor WilliePorter will officiate. Marshall Funeral Home is in charge of localarrangements.

Mr. Watts died Oct. 28, 2006. He was born in Quentin, inFranklin County on July 5, 1921, to Lee and Geneva RanciferWatts.

He attended St. Paul Church Elementary School and graduated fromAlexander High School in Brookhaven. He served four years in theU.S. Army during World War II. He was employed with Columbus LumberCompany for over 20 years and then later worked at and retired fromFranklin Memorial Hospital. He attended St. Paul M.B. Church wherehe served as an usher, groundskeeper and various other jobs, untilhe moved to Sacramento, Calif. He was a devoted husband and fatherwhose hobbies included distillery, fishing, hunting, gardening andbaseball.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 36 years,Louise Watts; his brother Carey Watts; and his sister, Rosie LeeDaniels.

Survivors are his children, Beatrice Rancifer of Picayune, AliceWinston of Jackson, J.C. Winston (Jennifer) of Madison, Ala., J.B.Watts Jr. (Ruth Ann) of Lexington, N.C., Loretta Franklin ofSacramento, Calif., and Rickie Watts of Wesley Chapel, Fla.; hissister, Laverne Lee, of Picayune; his goddaughters Laura Bryant andCarrie Lewis; close family friends, Alicia Reed, Dawn Coyle andCassie Hutchinson; his 21 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren anda host of other loving nieces, nephews relatives and friends.

Rachel Josephine Gordon Williams

Services for Rachel Josephine Gordon Williams, of Brookhaven,are 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at St. Paul M.B. Church in Brookhavenwith burial in Mt. Olive M.B. Church Cemetery in Brookhaven.Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from 1 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home,with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m.

Mrs. Williams, 71, died Oct. 29, 2006, at King’s DaughtersMedical Center. She was born on Aug. 28, 1935, to Hilley Gordon andLillie “Sallie Mae” Gordon.

She was retired. She was a member of St. Paul M.B. Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, RooseveltWilliams; her two infant children; her brother, Virgil Gordon andher sisters, Mary Craig, Ollie Gordon and Melessia Culver.

Survivors are her sons, Haney Williams, David Calcote, BillyWilliams and Virgil Williams, all of Brookhaven, and RobertWilliams, of Jackson; her daughters, Barbara Self and LyndaWilliams, both of Brookhaven; her sister, Nellie O’Neal, ofBrookhaven; her 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.