Obituaries for Monday, March 5, 2007

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, March 6, 2007

Tony Smith

Services for Tony Smith, of Wesson, are 2 p.m. Monday, March 5,at Sylvarena Baptist Church in Wesson with burial in SylvarenaCemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Monday from 1 until 2 p.m. at the church.

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Mr. Smith, 75, died March 3, 2007, at Hardy Wilson MemorialHospital in Hazlehurst.

He was a native and lifelong resident of Copiah County exceptfor the time he spent in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War,where he was stationed in Japan, and when he was with the De LavalSeparator Co. He was a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln High School, andattended Copiah-Lincoln Community College and the U.S. Air ForceElectronics School. He began his career in the U.S. Air Forcebefore becoming a factory representative for De Laval Separator Co.He then returned home to co-own a dairy farm with his father. Underthe Cliff Finch administration, he served on the State ParoleBoard. He was a supervisor for 20 years in Copiah County. In hisretirement, he operated a cattle farm. Mr. Smith was president ofMississippi Milk Producers; president of Dairymen Inc. in Jackson;vice president of Dairymen Inc., in Louisville, Ky.; on theExecutive Committee of the National Milk Producers; president ofFlav-O-Rich Corp. He served on the Southeastern Board of SUDIA; theGreat Lakes Southern Board; and the American Dairy AdvertisingBoard. He served as president of Wesson Chamber of Commerce and theCattlemen’s Association. He was a member of Sylvarena BaptistChurch.

He is survived by his wife Mary Kathryn Uselton Smith; his sons,Steve T. Smith, Fred E. Smith and Terry L. Smith, all of Wesson;his daughter, Nancy B. Simpson of Baytown, Texas; his brother,Homer E. Smith, of Madison; his grandchildren, Sarah Smith, MattSmith, Tori Smith, Troy Smith, Josh Smith, Cooper Smith, KacieSimpson and Jacob Simpson; and his great-grandson, Tyler PeytonPrevost.

Juanita Lewis Thornhill

Juanita Lewis Thornhill quietly went to be with our Lord, March3, 2007, after a courageous battle with cancer and otherhealth-related issues.

She was born in Lawrence County on Nov. 12, 1927, to Robert H.Lewis and Dezzie Foster Lewis. Ms. Thornhill was a member of FairRiver Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities and wasalso a choir member.

She had many hobbies. She had a craft for needlework, enjoyedcooking for and spending time with her family and many friends,most of whom were lifelong. And though she never killed a deer, shereally enjoyed hunting for them, alongside her late husband. Mostof her married life she and Mr. Thornhill resided in the Fair Rivercommunity.

For the past year and a half, she had been a resident of SilverCross Nursing Home, where she was treated with love, care andrespect. She loved living there. Her family will never be able toshow their complete gratitude to this wonderful staff.

Ms. Thornhill was preceded in death by her parents; her husband,George Ray Thornhill; and her two brothers, Arlist Lewis and OscarLewis.

She was the loving mother of two daughters, Lavon ThornhillWhite and her husband Ben, and Marilyn Ray Thornhill Welch and herhusband Billy Gene; her cherished grandchildren, Jamie Ray Whiteand his special friend Ollie Thompson, Robin White Smith and herhusband the Rev. Ron Smith, Tonia Welch Price and her husbandMonroe, and Theresa Welch Wells; her 10 great-grandchildren, RyanWhite and his wife Mindy, Cody White, Emily White, Jake Smith,Samuel Smith, Gabriel Smith, Austin Price, Alana Price, HaileyWells and Keith Wells; two sisters, Eudell Howington, and LaverneFreeman and her husband Rabon; her sister-in-law, Terah LewisAlbritton; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Pallbearers are Ryan White, Cody White, Jake Smith, AustinPrice, Monroe Price and Ron Smith. Junior pallbearers are SamuelSmith, Gabriel Smith and Keith Wells. Honorary pallbearer is JamieRay White.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be madeto Fair River Baptist Church, toward a memorial pew for the newsanctuary.

Visitation is Monday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Riverwood FamilyFuneral Service. The service will be Tuesday, March 6, at 2 p.m. atthe funeral home chapel, with burial in Fair River Baptist ChurchCemetery.