Obituaries for Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Alex Ratcliff Jr.

Services for Alex Ratcliff Jr., of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Wednesday, July 11, at Antioch Primitive Baptist Church in LincolnCounty with burial in the church cemetery. Riverwood Family FuneralService is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Tuesday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the church.

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Mr. Ratcliff, 73, died July 8, 2007, at his residence. He wasborn on July 15, 1933, to Alex Ratcliff Sr. and Lula DickeyRatcliff.

He was a veteran of the United States Army. He was retired. Hewas a member of Antioch Primitive Baptist Church, where he servedas a deacon.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his sisters, HelenAllred and Jimmie Dixon.

Survivors are his wife of 54 years, Julia Ratcliff, ofBrookhaven; his son, Lance Julian Ratcliff, of Brookhaven; hisdaughter, Lisa Ratcliff Felder, of Summit; his brothers, A.M.Ratcliff, of Natchez, and F.J. Ratcliff, of Brookhaven; hisgrandchildren, Lacey Stewart Holmes, Beau Logan Stewart, Alex DaneFelder, Julian Lance Ratcliff, Evan James Ratcliff and Peyton NyeRatcliff; his great-grandchild, Brad Dustin Holmes Jr.; hisstepgrandchildren, Holly Fleming and Bryant Felder; and hisgreat-stepgrandchildren, Tristen Fleming and Natalie Fleming.

Wilfred ‘Omar’ Patton Thompson

Services for Wilfred “Omar” Patton Thompson, of Bogue Chitto,are 11 a.m. Thursday, July 12, at Mt. Wade Missionary BaptistChurch in Brookhaven with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery inBrookhaven. The Rev. Phillip Hamilton will officiate. WilliamsMortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from 1 until 6 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mr. Thompson, 56, died July 7, 2007, at his residence. He wasborn in Brookhaven on Aug. 8, 1950, to Wiley Thompson and Rosie LeeHarrison.

He was a 1970 graduate of Port Richmond High School and ofStaten Island Community College. He was a veteran of the UnitedStates Navy. He was disabled and a member of Mt. Wade M.B.Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, WilliePatton, Roscoe Patton, David Charles Patton, Clifton Thompson andAlphoso Thompson; and his sister, Daisy Thompson.

Survivors are his wife, Katie Thompson, of Bogue Chitto; hissons, Omar Lofton, of Houston, Texas, and Brandon Thompson, ofBogue Chitto; his daughter, Tarsha Arsenec, of New York City, N.Y.;his stepdaughter, Tonya Hughes, of Savannah, Ga.; his brothers,Edward D. Thompson and Essie Lee Thompson, both of Brookhaven; hissisters, Dora A. Cameron and Patricia A. Breland, both ofBrookhaven; and his two grandchildren.

Ellen Eugenia ‘Jeanie’ Westmoreland

Services for Ellen Eugenia “Jeanie” Westmoreland, of McComb, are11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, at Central Baptist Church with the Rev.Bob Lynch and Bro. Tim King officiating. Burial will be in BogueChitto Cemetery. Jones Family Funeral Services in McComb is incharge of arrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of theservice at the church.

Mrs. Westmoreland, 78, died July 8, 2007, at McComb Nursing andRehabilitation. She was born March 20, 1929, in Bogue Chitto, toH.C. Montgomery and Annie Wooten Montgomery. She was the baby offour girls, “The Montgomery Girls” of Lincoln County.

After graduating valedictorian of her class at Bogue Chitto HighSchool, she attended Copiah-Lincoln Community College and thenmoved to McComb to begin work at Magnolia Electric. She was toremain there for 40-plus years as billing supervisor beforeretiring in 1993. The first day on the job, she met a handsome,full-of-himself man from Louisiana, who promptly told her andeveryone else that she was the woman he was going to marry.Thirteen years her senior, M.J. Westmoreland and Jeanie weremarried Sept. 4, 1949.

Her priorities were the Lord, church and family. Her first lovewas serving in any capacity at Central Baptist Church, where shewas a longtime member and taught Sunday School for 50 years, firstas a 16-year-old teacher of the girls class and later as youngadult teacher. The class has been named in her honor: “JeanieWestmoreland Sunday School Class.” She also served as church clerk,assistant organist and prayer warrior for many years.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, JesseWestmoreland; her sisters, Hazel Craven, Betty Teague and NellReeves; and a special nephew, Freddie Craven.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Betty Ann andReid Rushing, of McComb; her granddaughters, Keri Seago Gatlin andhusband Tom, and Katie Seago; her great-granddaughters, TaylorAllyse and Lola Gatlin; her nieces, Shirley Kendrick, Martha Halland Vickie Cox; her nephew Glenn Reeves; special caregivers, KellyGentry, Pat Patterson, Stacy Hamilton, Jonah Lock, and othermembers of the Aston Court staff.

Pallbearers are Tom Gatlin, George Temple, Eric Reeves, BryanKendrick, Bobby Seago, Sammy Williams and Joey Rushing.

Honorary pallbearers are Gayden Smith, Ron Craft, Paul Dykes,Keith Gaskin, Victor Fairburn, Jerry Van and members of her SundaySchool class.