Obituaries for Monday, January 8, 2007

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Edwin L. Baker Sr.

Services for Edwin L. Baker Sr., of Brookhaven, were 2 p.m.Sunday, Jan. 7, at Riverwood Family Funeral Service Chapel withburial in Riverwood Memorial Park. Bro. Ken Crosby, Bro. BendonGinn and Bro. Thad Owens Jr. officiated the service.

Mr. Baker, 80, died Jan. 5, 2007, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. He was born on Oct. 23, 1926, to Edwin Oliver Baker andAlice Gabriel Baret.

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He was a pharmacist and a graduate of the University ofMississippi Pharmacy School. In August of 1958, he opened Baker’sPharmacy in Brookhaven. He served in the Navy Medical Corps duringWorld War II. He was a member of the Baptist faith.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his son, Larry KeithBaker, who has been dearly missed by his family; his sister,Dolores Barnett; and his brother, Lavec Baker.

Survivors are his wife, Marjorie Brumfield Baker; his son, EdwinLamar Baker Jr. and wife Louise; his brothers, Dr. Brandt Baker,King Baker and Dal Baker; his sister, Alice Soileau; and hisgrandchild, Erin Baker.

Pallbearers were Keith Baker, Jeff Brown, Jeff Redd, Mac Baker,LaRue Baker, Dan Brown, Earl Barnett and Dustin Perry.

Verna Lee May Davis

Services for Verna Lee May Davis, of Oma, were 2 p.m. Sunday,Jan. 7, at Fair Hill M. B. Church in Oma with burial in PleasantValley Cemetery in Oma. Williams Mortuary is in charge ofarrangements.

Mrs. Davis, 86, died Jan. 3, 2007, at her home. She was born onNov. 12, 1920, to Alex May and Sarah Watson May.

She was retired. She was a member of Fair Hill M. B. Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, EarnestDavis; two brothers; three sisters; and a grandson.

Survivors are her son, Jimmie Davis and wife, Mertis; herdaughters, Emma P. Davis, Ernestine Hannah and husband, Charles,and Catherlene Davis; her brothers, Sylvester May and Jay E. May;five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces,nephews, and other relatives.

Jonah Ripley ‘Uncle Rip’ Smith

Services for Jonah Ripley “Uncle Rip” Smith, of Bogue Chitto,are 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Natchez Avenue location ofBrookhaven Funeral Home, with burial in Highway 84 Church of ChristCemetery in Brookhaven.

Visitation is today from 5 until 9 p.m. at Brookhaven FuneralHome, Natchez Avenue.

Mr. Smith, 56, died Jan. 5, 2007, at his residence. He was bornon Sept. 14, 1950, to Grafton C. Smith and Dorothy N. Smith.

He worked with Yellow Freight Trucking Co. for 18 years. He wasa member of Highway 84 Church of Christ.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his wife of 34 years, Nelda Smith, of BogueChitto; his mother-in-law, Catherine Stricklin, of Brookhaven; hisbrothers, Glynn C. Smith and wife Sue, of Brookhaven, Jimmie C.Smith and wife Cindy, of Harrison, Ark.; his sisters, Patsy SmithCase and husband Kenneth, of Brookhaven, Joycelyn “Joy” SmithNichols and husband Richard, of Birmingham, Ala., Caron Smith Smithand husband Dwight, of Clever, Mo., and Donna Smith Jones andhusband Steve, of Byram; his sisters-in-law, Lavonne Brumfield andhusband Charles, JoAnn Herrington and husband Ray, all ofBrookhaven, and Judy Bowman and husband Jerry “Bo,” of Hattiesburg;his special uncle, Allen Smith; his special friends, Kirby Case,Claude Perrett and Laverne Lea; his 21 nieces and nephews and 38great-nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Kennon Case, Kelby Case, Korey Case, StevenBrumfield, Dave Griffin, Keith Cline and Casey Carter.

Memorials may be made to the Highway 84 Church of ChristCemetery Fund.

John Saucier Stewart

Services for John Saucier Stewart, of Brookhaven, were 11, Jan. 8, at Faith Presbyterian Church in Brookhaven withburial in Hollywood Cemetery in McComb. Riverwood Family FuneralService was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Stewart, 92, died Jan. 6, 2007, at his residence. He wasborn on July 26, 1914, to John Magee Stewart and Helen Bob SaucierStewart. He met and married his beloved wife, Elizabeth C. Jones inColumbia in 1949. He had lived in Brookhaven since 1970, when hebecame the new manager of the Morgan and Lindsey Store in theLincoln Plaza Shopping Center.

He was a World War II veteran stationed in Alaska with the ArmyTransportation Corps. When he returned from the military, he wasemployed with Morgan and Lindsey Stores in Mississippi, Louisianaand Arkansas. He retired with G.C. Murphy Co. in 1979 after 50years of service.

He was a 50-year member of the Lion’s Club, a member of theStewart Clan Society, and the Caledonian Society of Mississippi.His interests included making his famous wind chimes,fellowshipping with the men in the church, working crosswords,playing Scrabble, gardening and enjoying his family. He was amember of Faith Presbyterian Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Elizabeth C.Jones Stewart; his brother, George Stewart and wife Mary Lee; hissisters, Sara Valadie and Olive Stewart, all of McComb.

Survivors are his sons, John T. Stewart and wife Sandra, andThomas A. Stewart and wife Jennifer, all of Brookhaven; hisdaughter, Mattie Helen Stewart Anderson and husband Tim, ofColumbus; and his grandchildren, Sam Stewart and wife Darlene,Ginny Behan, Carol Howard and husband Paul, Nikki Heffington andhusband Stan, Amanda Carlock and husband Bradley, and KatieStewart; his great-grandchildren, Hannah Behan, Andrew Carlock andTrace Stewart; and his 11 foster grandchildren of Palmer Home forChildren.

Memorials may be made to Faith Presbyterian Church inBrookhaven, or Palmer Home for Children, P.O. Box 746, Columbus, MS39703.