Obituaries for Sunday, April 8. 2007

Published 5:00 am Monday, April 9, 2007

Floyde Mae Bennett

Services for Floyde Mae Bennett, of Jayess, are 2:30 p.m.Sunday, April 8, at New Bethel Jesus Name Church in Jayess withburial in the Bennett Family Cemetery. Hartman-Hughes Funeral Homein Tylertown is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Bennett, 74, died April 6, 2007, at McComb Nursing andRehabilitation Center. She was born in Progress on Dec. 11, 1932,to Floyde and Gertrude Wallace Cade.

She was a housewife. She was a member of the New Bethel JesusName Church.

Survivors are her sons, Roland Bennett, of Morgan City, La.,Nolan Bennett, of Monroe, La., Mickey Darrell Bennett, of Jayess,and John Bennett, of Columbia; her daughters, Sylvia Lang, of LinnCreek, Mo., Eleanor Forehand, of Brookhaven, Vickie Lubbock, ofBaton Rouge, La., and Rhonda Ashley, of Wesson; her brothers, J.W.Cade, of Walker, La., Garland Cade, of Baton Rogue, and LarryWallace and Jerry Wallace, both of Jayess; her sister, DollyMcKenzie, of Tylertown; 12 grandchildren; and threegreat-grandchildren.

Moneto Burris

Services for Moneto Burris, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m. Monday,April 9, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel, North Jackson Streetlocation, with burial in Concord Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Mrs. Burris, 86, died April 7, 2007, at Haven Hall Health CareCenter. She was born in Franklin County on Jan. 20, 1921, to PolieAllred and Reddie McManus Allred.

She was a homemaker. She attended Central Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Albie L.Burris; and her sister, Audrey Martin.

Survivors are her son, James Randel Burris and wife Terri, ofZachary, La.; her daughter, Margie L. Graham and husband Howell, ofTullahoma, Tenn.; her brothers, Alton Allred and wife Jackie, ofCrosby, and Nelson Allred and wife Matrice, of Port Arthur, Texas;her sister, Velma Smith, of Brookhaven; seven grandchildren; ninegreat-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

John David Kees

Ret. Lt. Cmdr. John David Kees, 92, went to be with our Lord onMarch 28, 2007. He died at the Veteran’s Administration MedicalCenter in Washington, D.C.

Born on July 11, 1914, and raised in Brookhaven, he was agraduate of Brookhaven High School. He attended Copiah-LincolnJunior College and graduated from Whitworth College, LouisianaState University and later, Columbia University.

Upon graduation from LSU, he traveled the United States andCanada as a drummer in a professional jazz orchestra. He was thenemployed with an investment banking firm in New Orleans, La.,subsequently joined the United States Navy and became a navalaviator.

On Dec. 7, 1941, Kees was on duty with Fleet Air Wing II atPearl Harbor. He served in the Pacific for two years and then inBrazil with a patrol squadron, engaged in anti-submarine patrol.After World War II, he served aboard the aircraft carrier USSPrinceton during the Korean Conflict. He also served aboard theaircraft carrier USS Badoeng Strait and at various naval airstations across the United States.

A longtime interest and hobby in dramatics led to his becoming aprofessional actor and director. He studied acting at BerghofStudio and directing at Circle-in-the-Square. He received amaster’s degree in theater, film and television from ColumbiaUniversity.

In September 1991, Kees moved to the Armed Forces RetirementHome in Gulfport, where he still loved playing drums with the localjazz band, “Seniors” and acting at the Center Stage. AfterHurricane Katrina, he was evacuated to the Armed Forces RetirementHome in Washington D.C., where he spent his last days with manyclose friends. He will be missed dearly.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Green Kees andMary Elizabeth Kees.

He is survived by his daughter, Tamara Kees Moore, of Pensacola,Fla.

Services will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, April 14, 2007, atHarrigill Funeral Home, followed by interment of cremains atRosehill Cemetery.

Ruth Pauline Redd King

Services for Ruth Pauline Redd King, of Bogue Chitto, are 2 p.m.Sunday, April 8, at Mt. Zion Church of Christ in Brookhaven withburial in the church cemetery. Riverwood Family Funeral Service isin charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Saturday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mrs. King, 84, died April 5, 2007, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. She was born on July 7, 1922, to William Marshall Redd andAnnie Elizabeth Price Redd.

She was a homemaker and retired seamstress with Stahl-Urban. Shewas a member of Mt. Zion Church of Christ.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, HoraceKing; her son, Rodney King; and her sister, Bobbie Johnson.

Survivors are her her sons, Roger King and wife Julia, andRichard King; her daughter-in-law, Sue King; her brothers, R.J.Redd, W.M. Redd Jr. and wife Karen; her sister, Opal Blaise andhusband Robert; her granddaughters, Jo Knippers and husband Gregg,Dee Neal and husband Marcus, Patricia Jordan and husband Matt, andNeosha McGuffee and husband Greg; her grandson, Scott King; hergreat-grandchildren, Stormi Knippers, India Knippers, Jacy Jordan,Madison Neal, Marcus Neal II, Mika Neal, Annie McGuffee, GraceMcGuffee, Adam McGuffee and Kristen McGuffee; and hergreat-great-grandchildren, Taylor and Braden Livings.

Michael Wayne Nations

Services for Michael Wayne Nations, of Jayess, are 2 p.m.Sunday, April 8, at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel with burial inProvidence Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation is Sunday from 9 a.m. until the time of the serviceat the funeral home.

Mr. Nations, 43, died April 6, 2007, at his residence. He wasborn in Monticello on Aug. 1, 1963, to Harold Nations and AnnetteKindem.

He was a truck driver for Mark Buchanan’s Trucking. He was amember of the Foundation Ministries Church and of the Baptistfaith. He was also a member of the Mississippi Abate Chapter, theDixie Rollers, and the drummer of the Triple X band.

Preceding him in death were his father; his grandmother, NettaNations and her husband; and his Davis grandparents.

Survivors are his mother; his wife, Jacqueline Rebecca (Becky)Day Nations, of Jayess; his son, John Michael Nations, of Jayess;his daughters, Cassey Marie Nations, of Morgan City, La., andShelby Nicole Nations, of Jayess; his brother, Danny HaroldNations, and his sister, Margaret Nations Doucet, both of MorganCity; and many great friends and family members.

Memorials and gifts may be made to the American CancerSociety.

Ruth Brown Summers

Services for Ruth Brown Summers, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Monday, April 9, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel’s Natchez Drivelocation with burial in Rosehill Cemetery.

Visitation is Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mrs. Summers, 84, died April 6, 2007, at her residence. She wasborn in Meridian on Feb. 18, 1923, the fifth of seven children bornto Louie Brown and Sally Tolbert Brown.

After graduating from Center Hill High School and SouthernBusiness College in Meridian, she worked as a secretary with theU.S. Department of Agriculture and then as district secretary withthe Mississippi Forestry Commission in Meridian. She married JuliusSummers in 1950.

After living in Searcy, Ark. for more than two years, the couplemoved to Brookhaven in 1959. There, Mrs. Summers continued being anactive member of First Baptist Church where she served on a numberof committees and taught in the children and youth areas andVacation Bible School for many years. She also worked for more than15 years at Brookhaven Bank as the executive secretary.

In later years, she was privileged to travel with her husbandboth nationally and internationally as he worked business accountsat both levels.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her sisters, ElaineMerrill and Robbie Chisolm.

Survivors are her husband, Julius Summers, of Brookhaven; herdaughters, Suzette Summers Young and husband Stennis, and JuliSummers Nobile and husband Danny, all of Tupelo; her grandchildren,Tyler Young, of Arlington, Va., Summer Young, Natalie Nobile, andDanna Nobile, all of Tupelo; her brother, Bobby Brown and wifeMary, of Meridian; her sisters, Melba Covington, Helen Ranager, andJoyce Cook and husband Jack, all of Meridian; and numerous niecesand nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to HospiceMinistries.