Obituaries for Thursday, April 26, 2007

Published 5:00 am Thursday, April 26, 2007

Mickie Sue Allred Beard

Services for Mickie Sue Allred Beard, of Smithdale, are 11 a.m.Saturday, April 28, at Jones Family Funeral Services in McComb withburial in Concord Cemetery. The Rev. Mike Alexander willofficiate.

Visitation is Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home,and on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

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Beard, 57, died April 24, 2007, in Ozark, Ala. She was born Nov.2, 1949, in Pike County to Casey Allred and Billie FreemanAllred.

She was a retired beauty operator and was a member of Oak GroveBaptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her father.

She is survived by her faithful lifetime companion, GeorgeCrofoot, of Smithdale; her son and daughter-in-law, Brad and DonnaPrice, of Pleasanton, Calif.; her stepson and his wife, GeorgeCrofoot IV and Roberta, of Smithdale; her brothers, David Allred,of Smithdale, and Stan Allred, of Bogue Chitto; her sisters, JudyTouchstone, of McComb, and Cindy Hughes, of Naples, Fla.; hergrandchildren, Samantha, Casey and Stephen Price, all ofPleasanton; her stepgrandchildren, Renee, Kathy, Robert and GeorgeCrofoot V, all of Smithdale; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Kevin Touchstone, Kyle Touchstone, JeromyHughes, Brian Palen, Josh Allred, Shane Hughes, Kirk Touchstone andCole Hodges.

Memorials may be made to Concord Cemetery Fund.

Katherine Ruth Slay Garrett

Services for Katherine Ruth Slay Garrett, of Madison, are 11a.m. Friday, April 27, at Old Rice Road Baptist Church with burialin Natchez Trace Memorial Park. Wright & Ferguson Funeral Homein Ridgeland is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home,and on Friday at 10 a.m. until the time of the service at thechurch.

Mrs. Garrett died April 23, 2007.

She was retired as school cafeteria manager withMadison-Ridgeland Academy. She was a faithful, loving servant andcharter member of Old Rice Road Baptist Church, where her love forcooking led her to serve on the kitchen committee. She was a lovingwife, mother and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her true love, P.C. “Boots” GarrettJr.; her parents, Alonzo D. and Matilda Gertrude Slay; her son,P.C. Garrett III; her sister, Merle Leach; and her brothers, Robertand Charlie Slay.

Survivors are her daughters, Glenda Bruce and husband Thomas, ofCleveland, and Kathy Jones and husband Mike, of Vicksburg; her son,Bruce Garrett and wife JoAnn, of Brookhaven; her brother, Jack Slayand wife Teresa, of Starkville; her devoted sister-in-law, DorothyScruggs, of Ridgeland; her brother-in-law, Mike Garrett and wifeHilda, of Alvin, Texas; and her 10 grandchildren and fivegreat-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Old Rice Road Baptist ChurchBuilding Fund, or donations may be made through your local Baptistchurch to the Margaret Lackey State Mission Fund.

Alex ‘Molly’ Sanders III

Services for Alex “Molly” Sanders III, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Saturday, April 28, at Williams Mortuary Chapel with burial inHillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation is Saturday from 1 until 2 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mr. Sanders, 38, died April 20, 2007, at the University ofMississippi Medical Center. He was born on Dec. 23, 1968, to AlexSanders Jr. and Epsie Sanders, of Brookhaven.

He was a 1987 graduate of Brookhaven High School. He wasdisabled.

Preceding him in death were his paternal grandparents, Alex”Tango” Sanders and Sallie Mae Davis Sanders; his maternalgrandfather, Pricedee Portis; his stepgrandfather, James Gatlin;his brother, Eddie Lee Sanders; his sisters, Ann Portis and AnnieBee Portis.

Survivors are his parents; his brothers, Anthony Portis andJerry Sanders, both of Brookhaven; his sisters, Arie MarieBrumfield and husband James, and Shirley Marie Scarbough andhusband Roger, all of Brookhaven, and Evelyn Debs Gordon andhusband Carl, of Wesson; his adopted sisters, Angeline Wilson andGerlean White, both of Brookhaven; his grandmother, Annie MaryGatlin, of Brooklyn, N.Y.; and his adopted grandfather, PhillipArter, of Brooklyn.

Inez Stamps Watts

Services for Inez Stamps Watts, of Wiggins, were Monday, April23, at Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins with burial in WoodlawnCemetery in Wiggins.

Mrs. Watts died April 20, 2007, in Lucedale. She was born inPoplarville and was a resident of Wiggins for over 70 years.

She was a buyer for Yeager’s Department Store for many years,and was later employed with the Mississippi Department of HumanServices. She was especially interested in the progress of the cityof Wiggins, where her husband was the fire chief for almost 50years, and she served on the zoning board in past years. Afterretirement, gardening was one of her favorite activities. She was afirm believer in the value of education and was a lifelong learner.Nothing brought her more joy than spending time with hergrandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was a member and avidsupporter of First Baptist Church in Wiggins, where she was amember of the VIPS.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles L.Stamps; her beloved husband of 66 years, Robert Johnson “Bobby”Watts Jr.; her sister, Gertrude Stamps; and her brothers, C.L., Coyand Hugh Stamps.

Survivors are her son, Robert J. Watts III and wife Rita, ofBrookhaven; her daughters, Gayle Gill and husband Fred, ofLucedale, and Lynn Allegrezza and husband Cecil, of Raymond; hergrandchildren, Stan and wife Suzanne Gill, Lisa and husband AdrianSorey, Julie and husband Kent Massey, Whitney and husband FreddieVan Cleave, Trent and wife Jennifer Watts, Adam and wife DanielleWatts; her great-grandchildren, Seth, Caleb and Luke Gill, Andrewand Erin Sorey, Melinda and Spenser Massey, and Jack and EllieWatts.

Pallbearers were Fred Van Cleave, Stan Gill, Kent Massey, AdrianSorey, Andrew Sorey and Adam Watts.

William M. ‘Buddy’ White

Services for William M. “Buddy” White, of Brookhaven, are 11a.m. Friday, April 27, at Brookhaven Funeral Home on Natchez Drivewith burial in Riverwood Memorial Park.

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

Mr. White, 80, died April 25, 2007, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. He was born in Illinois on March 4, 1927, to Rhaldon Whiteand Gladys Collins White.

He was retired from White’s Small Engine. He was a United StatesArmy veteran of World War II. He was a member of the Methodistfaith.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his two brothers andone sister.

Survivors are his wife, Bobbie White, of Brookhaven; hisdaughters, Marcy White Hart, of Brookhaven, and Pam WhiteHerrington and husband Kevin, of Brookhaven; and his grandchildren,Alton Lee Hart and Kelli and Karli Herrington.