Obituaries for Sunday, March 4, 2007
Charles M. Case
Services for the Rev. Charles M. Case, of Mendenhall, are 2 p.m.Sunday, March 4, at Mendenhall First Baptist Church with burial inHollywood Cemetery in McComb. Colonial Chapel Funeral Home inMendenhall is in charge of arrangements.
The Rev. Case, 75, died March 1, 2007, at his residence. He wasborn in Pike County on Aug. 17, 1931, to Noel and Louise MageeCase.
He was a retired minister. He was a member of Mendenhall FirstBaptist Church.
Preceding him in death were his parents; and his brothers,Laverne, Benton, and Noah Case.
Survivors are his wife, Betty Jean Case; his daughters, MaryLouise Brown, of Brookhaven; Theresa Ann Debold, of Jefferson City,Ga.; and Debbie Jean Dear, of Monticello; his son, Charles N. CaseJr., of Mendenhall; his sister, Dorothy Case Blanton, of Durant;five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Purvis C. ‘Boots’ Garrett, Jr.
Purvis C. “Boots” Garrett Jr., 77, died Thursday, March 1, 2007,at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. Services will be held at 2 p.m.Sunday at the Old Rice Road Baptist Church. Burial will be inNatchez Trace Memorial Park.
Mr. Garrett, a native of Crystal Springs, was a 29 year residentof Madison. He was past master of Circle Lodge 638 and a member ofthe I.B.E.W. for over 50 years. He had worked for over 38 years invarious capacities with Mississippi Power and Light. He was acharter member, deacon and overseer of the building of Old RiceRoad Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Purvis Clarence andAnnie Vera Sharp Garrett; a son, Purvis C. Garrett III; agrandchild, Melissa Ann Garrett; and three sisters, June Everets,Beth Pickering and Bobbie Drozda.
Survivors are his wife of 58 years, Katherine Slay Garrett, ofMadison; a son, Bruce Edward Garrett and wife, Jo Ann, ofBrookhaven; and two daughters, Glenda Bruce and husband, Thomas, ofCleveland; and Kathy Jones and husband, Mike, of Vicksburg; asister, Dot Scruggs, of Ridgeland; a brother, Mike Garrett, ofHouston, Texas; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Circle Lodge 638, Old Rice Road BaptistChurch or Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland.
Betty Jean Tubbs Harris
Funeral services were held for Betty Jean Tubbs Harris on March1, 2007, at her home church, Boulevard Baptist Church in Southaven,with burial in Forest Hill South Cemetery in Memphis, Tenn. TheRev. Al Pihringer officiated.
Mrs. Tubbs died Feb. 27, 2007, at the home of her daughter andson-in-law, Jeanie Harris Wright and Rob Wright, of Eastanollee,Ga.
She was born on June 18, 1930, in Oxford. As a baby she wastaken into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dock A. England, of Memphis,Tenn., to be reared as one of the family. Mrs. England, the formerAlma Price, was a native of Lincoln County and was the daughter ofJoe Allen and Sophia Moak Price. Because Mr. England was anemployee of the Illinois Central Railroad, the family was able totravel often from Memphis to visit relatives in Lincoln County. Itwas with great anticipation that these Lincoln County relativeslooked forward to the visits of Mrs. England, her two sons, J.W.and Kenneth, and the precious little baby girl, Betty. All therelatives, but the cousins, especially, loved her dearly and neverthought of her as not being related, even though she was not bloodkin.
She was married to Edward E. “Gene” Harris. They were veryfaithful and active members at Boulevard Baptist Church, where theyboth were members, and Mr. Harris was a deacon. They were marriedfor 59 years, when the couple had to leave their home in Memphisdue to serious illness, about four months prior to the death ofMrs. Tubbs.
She was a wonderful person, and said that she felt blessed tohave been reared in a real Christian home, and taught how to live agood Christian life.
She was the cousin of Bonnie Cole, who “loved her beyondexpression,” and Rebecca Martin Brown, who were both blessed toattend her funeral.
Ashley Paige Neal
Services for Ashley Paige Neal, of Monticello, were 11 a.m.Saturday, March 3, at Divide Methodist Protestant Church withburial in the family cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge ofarrangements.
Miss Neal, 18, died March 1, 2007, in Lawrence County. She wasborn on July 28, 1988, to Robert Neal and Linda Robbins Neal.
She was a student at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. She was amember of Divide Methodist Protestant Church.
Survivors are her parents; and her sister, April DamonWilliamson, all of Monticello.
William Craig Reid
Master Sergeant William Craig Reid, 48, of Monticello, went hometo his Heavenly Father on March 1, 2007, as a result of injuries ina motor-vehicle accident. He was an active member of MonticelloBaptist Church where he served as a deacon. His compassion andconcern for children and the lost led him to start an OperationChristmas Child Relay center at his church.
Master Sgt. Reid enlisted in the Mississippi National Guard onMarch 10, 1977. He began working full time for the National Guardunder the Active Guard and Reserves Program on June 13, 1985.Master Sgt. Reid was deployed to Desert Storm in December of 1990and Operation Iraqi Freedom in July 2004. Master Sgt. Reid wasdeployed to Iraq in January 2005 and returned home in December2005. While deployed, he received the Iraqi Campaign Medal (with Mdevice), Army Good Conduct Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon,Mississippi War Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, theMississippi Magnolia Cross, and the Bronze Star Medal. Master Sgt.Reid accomplished many milestones while serving in variousleadership roles throughout the Army National Guard.
Craig is survived by his wife of 27 years, Susan; his threechildren, Matthew, of Tupelo; and Julie and Andrew, of Monticello;grandson, Parker Landrum, of Monticello; three brothers, Dr. RustyReid and Skip Reid, both of Monticello; and Phillip Reid, ofBrookhaven.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Cannon and TommieReid.
Funeral services will be held at Monticello Baptist Church at 3p.m. on Sunday, March 4. Dr. Jon Daniels will officiate.
Active pallbearers are Staff Sgt. Matt Holmes, Sgt. 1st ClassPhilip “Bud” Ladd, Master Sgt. Mikell Sandifer, Maj. Lynn Pippen,Spc. Jeremy Davis, Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Smith, and Capt. RollinRoberts.
Honorary pallbearers are Monticello Baptist Church deacons, DickReeves, Glynn Vince, Randy Jones, Joe Boone, Mike Donohoe, SammieHenry, Jose “Chi-Chi” Maldonado, and members of the 106th BSB.
Music will be provided by Kim Reeves and Dr. Jon Daniels.
Interment will follow in Monticello Baptist Church Cemetery withfull military honors.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Monticello BaptistChurch Building Fund or Monticello Baptist Church OperationChristmas Child Project.
Wilson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Raymond Earl Williams
Services for Raymond Earl Williams, of Brookhaven, are 1 p.m.Monday, March 5, at Macedonia M.B. Church with burial in HillcrestCemetery. Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Williams, 34, died Feb. 25, 2007, in Lincoln County. He wasborn on Jan. 6, 1973, to Ben Williams and Bridgett Williams.
He was a former employee of the Country Peddler and McKenzieMetal.
Preceding him in death were his parents; his grandmothers,Areace Jones and Gertrude Williams; and his grandfather, EdWilliams.
Survivors are his brother, Steven Williams; his sister,Catherine Williams; his grandfather, Robert Jones, all ofBrookhaven; a niece, two nephews, one great-niece, 12 aunts, sixuncles and many cousins, other relatives and friends.
Johnathon ‘Levi’ Vanosdol
Services for Johnathon “Levi” Vanosdol, of Brookhaven, are 10a.m. Tuesday, March 6, at Riverwood Family Funeral Service withburial in Riverwood Cemetery.
Visitation is Monday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeralhome.
Infant Vanosdol died March 1, 2007, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. He was born on Nov. 13, 2006, to Johnathon and SamanthaRials Vanosdol.
He attended the First Church of the Nazarene in Brookhaven.
Preceding him in death were his grandfathers, Sammy and EricRials, Dave Buff, Robert Williams, Norman and David Chafin, andJ.E. Basco; his grandmothers, Harriett Williams, Linnie Oilver andCorine Basco.
Survivors are his parents; his sister, Lexi, and an unbornsibling; his grandparents, Michael and Paula “P.K.” Chafin, andJohnny and Dolly Vanosdol; his great-grandparents, Elsie Williams,Nancy Buff, Leo and Shirley Basco, Pete Bennett, Albury andLeVertie Vanosdol, Randy and Lenora Vidrine, and Dessie Chafin;special family members, Suzanne Rials and family, Paul Rials,Cheyenne Bankston and family, Iris and Jamie Powe, Pam, Rick, andGrant Davis, Ashley and Matthew Vanosdol, Ta-Ta and Gavyn Chafin,and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Riverwood FamilyFuneral Service.