Obituaries for Thursday, August 30, 2007

Published 5:00 am Thursday, August 30, 2007

Robert ‘Longhead’ Allen Sr.

Services for Robert “Longhead” Allen Sr., of Brookhaven, are 11a.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at Old St. John Missionary Baptist Churchin Wesson with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Mortuary isin charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home,with family hour from 7 until 8 p.m.

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Mr. Allen, 63, died Aug. 22, 2007, at St. Dominic-JacksonMemorial Hospital in Jackson. He was born in Brookhaven on July 23,1944, to Marvin Allen and Lena Allen.

He was disabled. He was a member of Old St. John M.B.Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, ClarenceAllen, James Allen, Thomas Allen and Ross “Dick” Allen; his halfbrother, Paul Stewart; and his devoted friend, Ora Lee Brown.

Survivors are his son, Robert Allen Jr., of New Orleans, La.;his daughters, Robin Allen, of Brookhaven, and Ora Allen, of LoydStar; his stepdaughter, Patricia Dillion, of New Orleans; hisstepsons, Kim Toliver and wife Marie, of New Orleans, and CharlesToliver and wife Linda, of Los Angeles, Calif.; his sisters, HelenLomax and husband Emmitt, and Bertha Allen, all of Brookhaven, andPrecious Allen and Mary Allen, both of Wesson; his brothers,Charles Allen and wife Shirley, of Springfield, Mass., and SamuelAllen and wife Mary Ann, of Brookhaven; his eight grandchildren;his three great-grandchildren; his 13 stepgrandchildren; his ninegreat-stepgrandchildren; his three aunts and five uncles; and ahost of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Shirley E. Brown

Services for Shirley E. Brown, of Jayess, are 11 a.m. Friday,Aug. 31, at Topeka Baptist Church in Jayess with burial in RobertsMemorial Cemetery in Jayess. Wilson Funeral Home in Monticello isin charge of arrangements.

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

Mrs. Brown, 72, died Aug. 28, 2007, at the University ofMississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was born on Sept. 24,1934, to E.C. Lewis and Annie Goodman Lewis.

She was a retired registered nurse with Lawrence CountyHospital. She was a member of Topeka Baptist Church, and a memberof the Eastern Star.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her daughter, Kim MarieLaird; her stepson, Guy Lester Brown; her seven brothers and foursisters.

Survivors are her husband, Johnnie M. Brown, of Jayess; her son,Gerald Ira Newman Jr., of Albany, Mo.; her daughters, Theresa E.Salter, of Los Angeles, Calif., Lisa Ann Reid, of Mobile, Ala., andCynthia Kaye Alexander, of Jayess; her stepson, Douglas MiltonBrown, of Houston, Texas; her stepdaughter, Sharon Kaye Smithie, ofJayess, and Geralyn June Fox, of Albany; her 17 grandchildren and19 great-grandchildren.

Ruth N. Burkett

Services for Ruth N. Burkett, of Monticello, were 10 a.m.Thursday, Aug. 30, at Monticello Baptist Church with burial inMonticello Municipal Cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home in Monticello isin charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Burkett, 90, died Aug. 29, 2007, at Lawrence CountyHospital. She was born on July 12, 1917, to Murphy Monroe Neal andSettie King Neal.

She was retired from her work as a dietitian after 28 years ofservice with Monticello Elementary School. She was a faithfulmember of Monticello Baptist Church, where she was a former Sundayschool teacher. She was a very good cook, and loved people. Shetook great enjoyment in doing for others.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, LeothaBurkett; her son, Robert L. Burkett; and her six brothers and foursisters.

Survivors are her daughters, Betty B. Catt and husband Charles,of Monticello, Sara B. Laird and husband Fred, of D’Lo, and SheliaB. Bourn and husband Davis, of Monticello; her grandchildren,Phillip Catt and Rachel Davis, both of Monticello, Lisa Dunaway, ofMadison, and Michael Laird, of Jackson; her great-grandchildren,Joseph Summers, Zachary Summers, Payton Davis and Alexis Lea, allof Monticello, and Jacob Dunaway, of Madison.

J.W. ‘Jake’ Washington

Services for J.W. “Jake” Washington, of Jackson, are 11 a.m.Saturday, Sept. 1, at Willie Mae Tyler Memorial Chapel inBrookhaven with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from noon until 5 p.m. at Tyler FuneralHome.

Mr. Washington, 62, died Aug. 24, 2007, at his residence. He wasborn on Feb. 26, 1945, to Elius Amos and Josephine Tucker.

He was a retired construction worker.

Preceding him in death were his father; his brothers, ArlesterBlue and J.D. Blue; his sister, Bernie Lee Buckley; and threeinfant brothers.

Survivors are his mother, Josephine Tucker, of Brookhaven; hisbrothers, M.L. Blue, of Oakland, Calif., O.C. Tucker and UliceAmos, both of Brookhaven, Eddie Amos, of Bude, Bobby Amos and J.L.”Jerry” Amos, both of McCall Creek; his sisters, Eula AmosSaulsberry, of McCall Creek, Bernie Amos Collins, of Konesha, Wis.,Ida Richardson and Betty Amos, both of McComb, Nancy Jackson, ofWesson, Helen Griffin, Annie Bell Brooks, Queen Esther Hawkins andMary Nell Dixon, all of Brookhaven, Della Mae Roberson, of Jackson,and Mayflower, of St. Paul, Minn.

Roy Lee Watson

Services for Roy Lee Watson, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m. Friday,Aug. 31, at Brookhaven Funeral Home on North Jackson Street withburial in Kees Cemetery in Brookhaven.

Visitation is Thursday from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mr. Watson, 75, died Aug. 28, 2007, at his residence. He wasborn on Dec. 3, 1931, to Henry Lee Watson and Nannie Estell SmithWatson.

He was retired from the Brookhaven Police Department and hadbeen a law enforcement dispatcher. He was a lifelong member of BigSprings Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was aveteran of the United States Army, serving in the Korean andVietnam wars.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Frances Watson, of Brookhaven; his sons,Nicholas Lee Watson, of Brookhaven, and Timothy Watson, of Pearl;his daughter, Sharal Ann Bateman, of Lexington, S.C.; his fivegrandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; and his twostepgrandchildren.