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Obituaries for Thursday, June 28, 2007

The Rev. Gary Gene Davis

Services for the Rev. Gary Gene Davis, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Friday, June 29, at New Sight Baptist Church in Brookhaven withburial in the church cemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Home is in chargeof arrangements.

Visitation is Thursday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the church.

The Rev. Davis, 52, died June 26, 2007, at Mississippi BaptistMedical Center in Jackson. He was born on May 19, 1955, to CurtisLee Davis and Addie Cotten Davis.

He had worked with Brookhaven Equipment Co., and was pastor ofEast Howard Baptist Church in Biloxi, where he was a member. He wasa graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Community College and MississippiCollege.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Concepcion (Connie) Uballde Davis, ofBrookhaven; his brothers, Curtis Davis Jr. and the Rev. RandyDavis, both of Wesson, and the Rev. Michael Davis, of Huntsville,Ala.; and his sisters, Roena Foster and Joyce Chandler, both ofBrookhaven, and Cathy Fuller, of Wesson.

Wayne Ray ‘Peanut’ Havard Sr.

Wayne Ray “Peanut” Havard Sr. died June 26, 2007, at SouthwestMississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb. He was born inNatchez on May 3, 1938, to William W. Havard and Eva Mae GravesHavard.

He was retired from Armstrong Tire Co. He was a hunter andcattleman.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Gale Pansano Havard, of Roxie; his son,Wayne Havard Jr. and wife Nikki, of Natchez; his daughter, RobinMcKinley and husband Randy, of Natchez; his stepson, Jimmy Trindleand wife Debby, of San Marcus, Texas; his brothers, James W. Havardand wife Betty, of Hattiesburg, Willie O. Havard and wife Jo, ofRoxie, and Hilton Havard and wife Dee, of Natchez; his sisters,Ruth Shiers and husband Chester, of Natchez, and Barbara Corkernand Betty Smith, both of Wesson; his stepbrother, Hershel Humes, ofKingston; and his stepsister, Dolly Humes, of Natchez; his fivegrandchildren and one great-grandchild; and his beloved dog,Cricket.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Sylvester ‘Cooda’ Richardson

Services for Sylvester “Cooda” Richardson, of Brookhaven, are 11p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Della Green Missionary Baptist Church,of Brookhaven, with burial in Carver Heights Cemetery inBrookhaven. Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 7 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mr. Richardson, 44, died June 25, 2007, at the University ofMississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was born on April 19,1963, to Bishop Richardson Jr. and Eva Mae Richardson.

He was a cook with Western Sizzlin in Brookhaven. He was amember of Della Green M.B. Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his sons, Eric Jackson, of Queens, N.Y., Willie”Ray” Bolds and wife Darlene, of Brookhaven, and Jason Bolds, ofWaterloo, Iowa; his daughter, DeWanda Bolds, of Las Vegas, Nev.;his brothers, John “Sonny” Dixon and wife Judy, of Champaign, Ill.,Paul “Peter Paul” Richardson, of Slidell, La., Raymond Dixon andwife Louise, Cornelius Richardson, Christopher Richardson and wifeSandra, Michael Washington and wife Lisa, all of Brookhaven; hissister, Annette Jones and husband Matthew, and Darlene GrahamBennett and husband Tom, all of Brookhaven; his eightgrandchildren; a host of other relatives and friends; and a veryspecial friend, Patricia Bolds, of Brookhaven.

Theola Robinson

Services for Theola Robinson, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Saturday, June 30, at Alexander Junior High School in Brookhavenwith burial in Ebenezer Cemetery in Brookhaven. R.E. Tyler FuneralHome is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 4:30 p.m. at the funeralhome, with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m. at Ebenezer A.M.E.Church in Brookhaven.

Mrs. Robinson, 77, died June 25, 2007, at Mississippi BaptistMedical Center in Jackson. She was born on March 5, 1930, to N.Z.Bryant Sr. and Allie Mae Short Bryant.

She was a graduate of Alexander High School in Brookhaven and ofJackson State University and the University of Wisconsin. She was aretired educator for the Brookhaven Public School System, andtaught in Tunica, as well. She was a member of Ebenezer A.M.E.Church, where she served as financial secretary, trustee, stewardand Sunday school teacher. She was a member of Zeta Phi BetaSorority Inc.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her sisters,Henrietta (Dolly) Brown and Beatrice (Monk) Gills.

Survivors are her husband, Sheridell Robinson, of Brookhaven;her daughter, Robin Silas, of Jackson; her brother, N.Z. BryantJr., of Jackson; her sisters, Christine Crossley, of San Francisco,Calif., Earline Corey, of Pittsburgh, Penn., and Learline Bryant,of Brookhaven; and one grandchild.

Peter Sheppard

Services for Peter Sheppard, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m. Saturday,June 30, at Living Word Faith Ministry Church in Brookhaven withburial in Hillcrest Cemetery in Brookhaven. Williams Mortuary is incharge of arrangements.

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

Mr. Sheppard, 64, died June 24, 2007, at King’s DaughtersMedical Center. He was born on Dec. 31, 1942, to Willie Sheppardand Alberta Sheppard.

He was retired. He was a member of of New Vision FellowshipChurch.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his sisters, WillieElla McClue and Alberta Sheppard; his brothers, Philander Sheppardand Willie Sheppard Jr.; and his granddaughter, DonekiaSheppard.

Survivors are his wife, Johnnie Mae Sheppard, of Brookhaven; hisson, Elmer Leggett, of Brookhaven; his daughters, Alice Thompsonand husband Arthur, Jacqueline Woods and husband J.D., Carol AnnSmith, and Patricia Sheppard, all of Brookhaven, and AnnetteSheppard, of Moultrie, Ga.; his stepchildren, Mahomes Jones, ofBrookhaven, and Alfred Parker, of Amite, La.; his brother, FreddieLee Sheppard, of New York, N.Y.; his sisters, Estella Scott andCorrine Smith, both of Greenville; nine grandchildren and twogreat-grandchildren; and a very special sister-in-law, RosieSheppard, of Elkhart, Ind.

Lexie M. Case Tarver

Services for Lexie M. Case Tarver, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Friday, June 29, at Brookhaven Funeral Home on Natchez Drive withburial in New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery in Brookhaven.

Visitation is Thursday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home,and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Mrs. Tarver, 92, died June 26, 2007, at Brook Manor NursingCenter in Brookhaven. She was born in Lincoln County on Nov. 11,1914, to Thomas M. Case and Rose Lofton Case.

She was a seamstress with TG&Y and had worked withStahl-Urban. She was a homemaker. She was a member of New ProspectBaptist Church, where she was a hostess for Vacation Bible Schoolfor many years. She was a member of Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU)and her Sunday school class.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, CharlieQuitman Tarver; and her five brothers and one sister.

Survivors are her daughter, Diane Tarver Moak, of Brookhaven;her grandson, Charles Tracey Case, of Brookhaven; her specialfriends, Alanna M. Smith and Bernice Davis; and several nieces andnephews.

Pallbearers are Walley Tarver, Darren Case, David Peavey, ChrisSmith, Jimmy Case and Gene “Bub” Simmons.

Honorary pallbearers are Howard Case, Michael H. Smith, Dr. LeeNeal and Gretchen Neal.