Obituaries for Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Betty Margaret Edwards

Services for Betty Margaret “Rose Mary” Edwards, of Hazlehurst,are 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at Rehobeth United MethodistChurch with burial in Rehobeth Memorial Cemetery. Stringer FamilyFuneral Services in Hazlehurst is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Edwards, 79, died July 16, 2007, at St. Dominic – JacksonMemorial Hospital in Jackson. She was born on June 13, 1928. Shewas a native of Portsmouth, England, but had lived in Copiah Countysince the age of 18, gaining her citizenship in 1951.

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She was an active member of the Rehobeth United MethodistChurch. She was a devoted wife and a devoted mother to all of herchildren and was loved throughout her community.

Preceding her in death were her parents; four sisters; and twobrothers.

Survivors are her husband, Paul Edwards, of Hazlehurst; hersons, Michael Edwards and wife Judy, Bobby Edwards and wife Jane,Ricky Edwards and wife Polly, and Jimmy Edwards and wife Terri; herdaughters, Marie Burgess and husband Tom, Edna Stevens and husbandRicky, and Lisa Chandler and husband Ernest; her 14 grandchildrenand 12 great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the RehobethCemetery Fund.

Barnett Fife

Graveside services for Barnett Fife, of Bude, are 2 p.m.Wednesday, July 18, at Siloam Church Cemetery in Franklin County.Franklin Funeral Home in Meadville is in charge ofarrangements.

Mr. Fife, 75, died July 16, 2007, at Franklin County MemorialHospital. He was born in Franklin County on Nov. 23, 1931, to BillFife and Myrtis Freeman Fife.

He served in the United States Air Force.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

His aunt, Lucille Landrum, of Baton Rouge, La., surviveshim.

Willie Belle McGuffie LeBlanc

Services for Willie Belle McGuffie LeBlanc, of McComb, are 10a.m. Friday, July 20, at Jones Family Funeral Services Chapel inMcComb with burial in the Montgomery Baptist Church Cemetery inSummit. The Rev. Ed Sudduth will officiate.

Visitation is Thursday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home,and on Friday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service.

Mrs. LeBlanc, 84, died July 17, 2007, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center. She was born on April 29, 1923, toCrawford McGuffie and Florence Dickerson McGuffie.

She was a former school teacher and educator in Louisiana forover 37 years. Upon her retirement, she moved back to SouthwestMississippi where she became a faithful member of First BaptistChurch of McComb.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, PeterLeBlanc; her brothers, Jack, James and T.C. McGuffie; and hersister Helen McGuffie Tarver.

Survivors are her sister, Bessie McMillan, of Georgia; herbrother, Robert McGuffie, of Texas; and two very devoted cousins,Earl Freeman and his wife Hilda, and Virginia Freeman, all ofMcComb.

Pallbearers are Jim Freeman, Jeffery Freeman, Don Nenno, WillDart, Eddie Roberts and Ben Gray.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made toeither First Baptist Church in McComb or Montgomery Church inSummit.