Obituaries for Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Billy Ray Benge

Billy Ray Benge, of Longview, Texas, died March 18, 2007, in aLongview hospital.

Honoring his requests, cremation arrangements are under thedirection of Rader Funeral Home, of Longview. Private familyservices will be held at a later date.

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Mr. Benge, 75, was born Nov. 28, 1931, in Sicily Island, La., toThomas Lee and Berti Mae Benge. He proudly served his country withthe Air Force for 26 years, during which he served in the KoreanWar and Vietnam. After retirement from the armed forces, he was thehead of maintenance for the VA Hospital in Spokane, Wash.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Eileen SpoveyBenge; his brothers, Troy, James and Wilmer “Bud” Benge; and hissister, Theda Cupit.

Survivors are his stepchildren, Nancy Tennant and Kim Carlson,both of Spokane; his brother and sister-in-law, Joe D. and MaryBenge, of Longview; his sister, Lorelle Kupice, of Marietta, Ga.,Winnie “Sis” Tiffee, of Monterey, La., and Mary Nell Higgins, ofSicily Island; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial guestbook may be signed at

Ethel Jean Myles

Services for Ethel Jean Myles, of Woodville, are 1 p.m.Wednesday, March 21, at St. Luke Baptist Church No. 1 in Woodvillewith burial in the church cemetery. Marshall Funeral Home is incharge of arrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from 11 a.m. until the time of theservice at the church.

Myles, 50, died March 16, 2007, at Natchez Regional Hospital.She was born in Woodville on March 24, 1956, to Harry and EssieBlack Myles.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her brothers,Alvread and Henry Myles Jr.

Survivors are her son, Terrance Myles; her sisters, HeathieEarl, Sophia Walker, Laura Montgomery and Hattie Myles, all ofWoodville; her brother, John Kenny Myles, of Woodville; a specialsister, Ruby Hampton, of Baton Rouge, La.; three godchildren; eightaunts, two uncles and a host of nieces, nephews, other relativesand friends.

Reaber L. Wallace

Services for Reaber L. Wallace, of Summit, are 2 p.m. Wednesday,March 21, at Trinity United Church with burial in the churchcemetery. The Rev. Hugh Lambert will officiate. Jones FamilyFuneral Services in McComb is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Tuesday at the funeral home from 5 until 9 p.m.,and on Wednesday at the church from noon until the time of theservice.

Mrs. Wallace, 68, died March 18, 2007, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center. She was born in Lincoln County on Oct. 10,1938, to Arthur Wallace and Daisy Phillips Wallace.

She was employed with Wal-Mart. She was retired with 35 yearsservice at Kellwood Company in Fernwood. She was a member ofTrinity United Church in McComb.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her brother, PeteWallace, and her sisters, Georgia Franks and Katie McCaffery.

She is survived by her daughters and son-in-law, Anita JeanWallace and Diane Hastings, both of Bogue Chitto, and Beth and TimVan Norman, of McComb; her brothers, Gene Wallace and wife Dot, ofBogue Chitto, and Bryant Wallace, of Summit; her sisters andbrothers-in-law, Grace and C.A. Albrecht, of Bogue Chitto, Betty JoMurphree, of Channelview, Texas, and Elaine and George Allred, ofBogue Chitto; her grandchildren, Deidra Van Norman and Brooke VanNorman, both of McComb, and Donald Hastings, of Bogue Chitto, andnumerous nieces, nephews and other family and friends.

Pallbearers are Leonard Wallace Jr., Richard Wallace, ElwinAllred, Tony Allred, Corey Allred and Billy Hastings.

Billy Lewis Young

Funeral services for Billy Lewis Young, of Hanford, Calif.,formerly of Natchez, were held in Hanford on Friday, March 16, withburial in Grangeville Cemetery.

Mr. Young, 78, died March 9, 2007, after a courageous battlewith heart disease. He was born in the Auburn community in LincolnCounty on July 21, 1928, to Marie and Doc Young.

He was a former resident of Natchez, where he was employed withArmstrong Rubber Company until being transferred to the Armstrongplant in Hanford in 1967.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his loving wife,Velna Young.

Survivors are his wife, Mary Anne Young; his children, SandraEdwards, of Hartford Calif., and John Young, of CoultervilleCalif.; his brothers, Jimmy Roger Young, of Natchez, Loyd Young, ofSummit, and Marvin Glen Young of Vidalia La.; his sisters: SueMcCall, of Collins, Fay Silvio, of Baton Rouge La., and GailRushing, of Vidalia La.; his four grandchildren, fivegreat-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 7425 N.Palm Bluffs Ave., Fresno CA 93711.