Obituaries for Sunday, January 21, 2007

Published 6:00 am Monday, January 22, 2007

Mary L. Ates

Graveside services for Mary L. Ates, of Crystal Springs, are 10a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery. CommunityFuneral Services is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Ates, 84, died Jan. 17, 2007, at Copiah Community CareCenter. She was born on Dec. 6, 1923, to J.C. Bass and BlancheYoung.

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

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, BarneyAtes; her daughter, Terry L. Kees; and her son, Johnny Lee.

Survivors are her sons, Jack Farmer, of Crystal Springs, andRonald Farmer, of Wesson; her sister, Margie Burnett, ofSummerville, S.C.; and her three grandchildren and sixgreat-grandchildren.

Elizabeth Anne Huff

Services for Elizabeth Anne Huff, of Meadville, are 1 p.m.Monday, Jan. 22, at Bunkley Baptist Church in Meadville with burialin the church cemetery. Community Funeral Services is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Sunday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the church.

Mrs. Huff, 39, died Jan. 19, 2007, at her residence. She wasborn on June 8, 1967, to Wayne Rutland Sr. and Reble Etheridge.

She was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death was her sister, Stephanie Rutland.

Survivors are her parents; her husband, Eddie Huff, ofMeadville; her sons, Gregory Dunn and Joshua Huff, both ofMeadville; her brothers, Wayne Rutland Jr., of Simpson County, TimRutland, of Pearl, and David Boyd, of Rankin County; and hersister, Loni Rutland, of Brookhaven.

Billy Jackson

Services for Billy Jackson, of Ellisville, formerly ofBrookhaven, are 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at St. Paul M.B. Church inBrookhaven with burial in Riverwood Memorial Park. WilliamsMortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Monday from 9 until 10 a.m. at the church.

Mr. Jackson, 53, died Jan. 22, 2007, at South Central RegionalMedical Center in Laurel. He was born on April 6, 1953, to BennieJackson Sr. and Bertha Jackson.

Preceding him in death were his father; his brother, VictorJackson; and his nephew, Boris Jackson.

Survivors are his mother, Bertha Jackson, of Geismar, La.; hisbrothers, Bennie Jackson Jr., of Brookhaven, Richard Jackson andwife Rhonda, of Baton Rouge, La.; his sisters, Bobby Roddy, of St.Louis, Mo., and Annette Lowery and husband Guy, of Geismar; and hisnieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Harold Laird

Services for Harold Laird, of the West Lincoln community, wereSunday, Jan. 21, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. at Community FuneralServices.

Mr. Laird, 84, died at Hospice Ministries Inc., in Ridgeland onJan. 18, 2007. He was born on July 21, 1922, to Luther Laird andLillie Case Laird.

He was a lifelong resident of Lincoln County, who was raised inthe West Lincoln community. He was retired from JacobsenManufacturing. He was also a member of New Prospect Baptist Church.On March 20, 1948, he married Audrey Smith Laird. He was loved byall who were blessed to know him.

He was a World War II veteran, fought with the infantry during28 months of combat in the Aleutians, the Marshalls, thePhilippines and Okinawa. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and thePurple Heart medal.

Preceding his death were his wife; his parents; and his brother,Homer Laird.

Survivors are his sons, Randy Laird and his wife, Mary, of theWest Lincoln community, and Russell Laird and his wife Sandra, ofthe Enterprise community; his daughter, Theresia Freeman and herhusband Roy, of Starkville; seven grandsons, four great-grandsons;two great-granddaughters; his brother, Hidgon Laird, of WestLincoln community; his sister, Jewell Pickering and her husbandJames, of Lucien; his sister-in-law, Winnie Laird, of West Lincolncommunity; his sister-in-law, Doris Smith, of West Lincolncommunity; Jewell Smith, of Grayling, Mich.; and many loved niecesand nephews.

Pallbearers are Randy Laird Jr., Luke Laird, Harvey Laird,Timothy Freeman, Joshua Laird, Justin Laird and Richie Freeman.

Memorials may be made to New Prospect Baptist Church inBrookhaven, or Hospice Ministries Inc., 450 Towne Center Blvd.,Ridgeland, MS 39157.

John C. ‘Charles’ Roberts

Services for John C. “Charles” Roberts, of Bogue Chitto, were 2p.m. Sunday, Jan. 21, at Brookhaven Funeral Home on Natchez Drive,with burial in Gum Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in LincolnCounty.

Mr. Roberts, 40, died Jan. 19, 2007, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center, of McComb. He was born in Brookhaven onMarch 17, 1966, to John Thomas Roberts and Helen Marie BowmanRoberts.

He was disabled and had been a mechanic. He was a member of theBaptist faith.

Survivors are his mother, Helen Marie Bowman Roberts, ofBrookhaven; his father, John Thomas Roberts, of Brookhaven; hissister, Annie P. Case and husband Rickey Case, of Brookhaven; andhis nieces, Jessica and Katie Case.

Laverne Cothren Stroud

Services for Laverne Cothren Stroud, of Meadville, were 2 p.m.Sunday, Jan. 21, at Siloam Baptist Church in Franklin County withburial in the church cemetery. Franklin Funeral Home is in chargeof arrangements.

Mrs. Stroud, 74, died Jan. 19, 2007, at Meadville ConvalescentHome. She was born in Franklin County on March 17, 1932, to LonCothren and Elma Murray Cothren.

She was a drug store clerk. She was a member of Siloam BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents and her husband, JamesV. Stroud.

Survivors are her brother-in-law, Lester Stroud, of Meadville;and her sisters-in-law, Billie Rose Stroud and Alice Stroud Nixon,both of Meadville.

Ruby Idell Bales Williams

Services for Ruby Idell Bales Williams, of Bogue Chitto, are 2p.m. Monday, Jan. 22, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church nearBrookhaven with burial in the church cemetery. Harrigill FuneralHome is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Williams, 82, died Jan. 19, 2007, at her residence. She wasborn on July 8, 1924, to James Prentiss Bales and Mary StocktonBales.

She was a homemaker.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, RayfordAndrew Williams; her sons, Charles Williams and Joe Williams; herbrothers, J.W. Bales, J.B. Bales and Julius Bales; her sisters,Irene Daughdrill and Jessie Carlile; her grandchild, Lance Smithand her great-grandchild, Dylan Williams.

Survivors are her sons, Roger Williams, and Ellis Williams andwife Elaine, all of Brookhaven; her daughters, Patsy Burns andhusband Ronnie, Frances Smith and husband Virgil, Mary Nell Clarkand husband Ronnie, and Betty Case and husband Gerald, all of BogueChitto; her sister, Lessie Waldon, of Wesson; and her 19grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.