Obituaries for Thursday, August 23, 2007

Published 5:00 am Thursday, August 23, 2007

Billie Jean Baggett

Services for Billie Jean Baggett, of Sontag, are 11 a.m.Saturday, Aug. 25, at Mt. Pleasant Missionary Baptist Church inSontag with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Mortuary is incharge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 4 p.m. at the funeral home.The wake will be held from 7 until 8 p.m. on Friday at thechurch.

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Ms. Baggett, 42, died Aug. 18, 2007, at her residence. She wasborn in Jackson on April 20, 1965, to Frank Bennett and EthelBaggett.

She was a 1984 graduate of Lawrence County High School. She wasdisabled and a member of Mt. Pleasant M.B. Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her sister, EarnestineBaggett; and her brothers, Larry Baggett, Bobby Baggett and ExcellBaggett.

Survivors are her son, Maurice Baggett and wife Tameil, of UnionCity, Ga.; her sisters, Celestine Thompson, of Inglewood, Calif.,Ethelene Henderson, Beverly Denise Baggett and Jenifer MarieBaggett, all of Sontag, and Margienell Bennett, of Peachtree City,Ga.; her brothers, Willie James Baggett, of College Park, Ga.,Clarence Edward Baggett, of Lithonia, Ga., Alphonso Baggett andLinza Ray Baggett, both of Sontag, Kenneth Baggett Taylor and JamesBaggett Taylor, both of Gulfport; and her three grandchildren.

Scott Brown Sr.

Services for Scott Brown Sr., of Brookhaven, are 5 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 25, at Mt. Wade Missionary Baptist Church inBrookhaven with burial in Friendship Church Cemetery in Brookhaven.Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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

Mr. Brown, 79, died Aug. 22, 2007, at Hospice Ministries inRidgeland. He was born on Jan. 10, 1928, to Hugh Brown and BlanchieBrown.

He was a graduate of Friendship High School. He was a retiredrailroad employee, and a World War II veteran of the United StatesArmy. He was a member of Mt. Wade M.B. Church, where he was amember of the Mt. Wade Brotherhood.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, MagaleneWesley Brown; and his sisters, Helen Brown and Nora Bell Levi.

Survivors are his son, Scott Brown Jr., of Brookhaven; hisdaughter, Joyce Ann Brown, of Brookhaven; his grandson, Scott BrownIII, of Petersburg, Va.; and his granddaughter, Tracey Lasha Brown,of Brookhaven.

Peyton DeJuan Culver

Services for Peyton DeJuan Culver, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 25, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church offHighway 550 in Brookhaven with burial in the church cemetery.Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

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

Mr. Culver, 18, died Aug. 20, 2007, in Lincoln County. He wasborn in McComb on Aug. 30, 1988, to Willie Culver Sr. and MaebellCulver, of Brookhaven.

He was a 2007 graduate of Brookhaven High School and a freshmanat Copiah-Lincoln Community College. He devoted his life to Christat a very early age and was a member of Mt. Zion M.B. Church.

Preceding him in death were his maternal grandmother, EarlineRawls; his aunts, Clara McNulty and Queen Ester Williams; and hisuncle, Israel Lee Culver Jr.

Survivors are his parents; his brothers, Christopher (Alfreda)Harris, of Brookhaven, Willie (Maggie) Culver Jr., of Las Vegas,Nev.; his sisters, Shastar (Lamonte) Jackson, of Biloxi, ConsuelaCulver, Felicia (John) Thadison, of Hattiesburg, Adrian AlexisSmith, of Lansing, Mich.; and a host of extended family.

Ruth J. Davis

Ruth J. Davis, age 85, passed away Sunday, Aug. 19, 2007, inHighlands, N.C., where she had lived the last five years with herdaughter. Services are 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at the chapel ofWright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton with burial inClinton Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeralhome.

She was at home in Clinton for 40 years after moving fromMeridian in 1961. Mrs. Davis retired in 1980 after a 30-year careeras a devoted teacher and guidance counselor for the state ofMississippi, in Meridian and Jackson public schools. She taughtbiology at Murrah High School, and was a guidance counselor atCalloway, Enochs, and Lanier schools in Jackson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hemby Davis; and son,Charlie Davis.

Survivors are her only daughter, Wanda D. Cooper and husbandChuck, of Highlands; her two grandsons, Ted Rogers, of Clinton, andRon Rogers. of Brandon, and two great-grandsons.

Memorials may be made to New Sight Baptist Church building fund,629 Forest Trail, Brookhaven, MS 39601.

Mary Wilson Wall

Mary Wilson Wall, 90, was received into the loving arms of herLord and Savior on Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007, at Wesley MethodistHospital in Hattiesburg.

Visitation will be 5 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, atHartman Funeral Home of McComb. Visitation will continue at Mt.Vernon Baptist Church in Gillsburg on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2007, from10 a.m. until services there at 11 a.m. The Rev. Clint Penalberwill officiate. Burial will follow in Wall Cemetery in AmiteCounty.

Mrs. Wall was born Feb. 15, 1917, in Amite County to SeleniaEtta Mixon Wilson and Willie Joshua Wilson Sr.

A devoted wife and mother, Mrs. Wall took great pride in being afull-time homemaker. She will be remembered for her beautifulflower gardens, delicious pies, and her sweet and lovingspirit.

She was a devout Christian and a member of Mt. Vernon BaptistChurch in Gillsburg.

Mrs. Wall was preceded in death by her beloved husband, OdessaWall; her parents; seven brothers, James “Jim,” Bernard, Jesse Lee,Earl, Leslie “Leo,” Percy, W.J. “Bub” Wilson Jr.; two sisters,Annie Bell Hilburn and Inez O’Quinn.

Survivors include one sister and best friend, Arlevia “Rose”Wilson, of McComb; one son, Greg Wall and daughter-in-law Linda, ofGillsburg; one daughter Gail Saxon and son-in-law John (Ridge)Saxon, of Denham Springs, La.; seven grandchildren, Brinson Walland wife Jacqueline, of McComb, Mary Helen Wall, of Jackson, AaronSaxon and wife Lisa, of Denham Springs, Robin Deschamps and husbandJoe, of Denham Springs, Carmen Saxon and Autumn Saxon, both ofProvo, Utah, and Shannon Saxon, of Denham Springs; fivegreat-grandchildren, Kaylea Wall, Kaiden Deschamps, Hana Wall, C.J.Wall and Kalli Deschamps; and many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers for her service are Brinson Wall, Aaron Saxon, JoeDeschamps, J.C. Wall, Tyler Wall, and Randy Gordon.

Honorary Pallbearers are the deacons of Mt. Vernon BaptistChurch; Vernon Lee Carter, James Copeland, Kelly Wall and MalcolmWillson.

The family would like to express a sincere thanks to the manyfriends and relatives for their kindness and generosity during herillness.

Larry T. ‘Pedda’ Winters

Services for Larry T. “Pedda” Winters, of Bogue Chitto, are 11a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church inBrookhaven with burial in Lillie Mae Cemetery in Georgetown. R.E.Tyler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 7 p.m. at the funeral home,with family present from 6 until 7 p.m.

Mr. Winters, 19, died Aug. 20, 2007, in Lincoln County. He wasborn on Oct. 21, 1987 to Larry D. Winters and Linda SmithWinters.

He was a graduate of Brookhaven High School and was a student atCopiah-Lincoln Community College. He was a member of Macedonia M.B.Church, where he served as an usher and choir member. He playedfootball at Brookhaven High School and Copiah-Lincoln CommunityCollege.

He was preceded in death by his mother.

Survivors are his father and stepmother, Larry D. and GailWinters, of Bogue Chitto; his brothers, Jason Winters, ofBrookhaven, and Craig Dean, of Georgetown; his sisters, DeidraSmith, of Jackson; his stepbrothers, Courtney Clark and ChrisClark, both of Brookhaven; and his stepsister, Crystal Clark, ofBrookhaven.