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Obituaries for Sunday, January 5, 2008

J. C. ‘Jack’ Ainsworth Jr.

Services for J. C. “Jack” Ainsworth Jr., of Bogue Chitto, are 10a.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Riverwood Family Funeral Services Chapelwith burial in Fellowship Cemetery at 2 p.m.

Visitation is Monday from 8:30 a.m. until the time of theservice at the funeral home.

Mr. Ainsworth, 58, died Jan. 3, 2008, at his residence. He wasborn on Aug. 17, 1949, to J. C. Ainsworth Sr. and Daisy JohnsonAinsworth.

He was an attorney.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his brother, JamesOtis Ainsworth.

Survivors are his daughter, Parker Ann Ainsworth, of BogueChitto; his brother, Michael T. Ainsworth, of Taylorsville; hissisters, Dr. Patricia Ainsworth and husband, Dr. Richard Waddle,and Martha Brooks Ainsworth and husband, Gary Spergeon, all ofBrandon; his nieces, Jill Neth and Alice McLendon; and his nephew,Owen Weddle.

Pallbearers will be Victor Hackney, Fred Shows, Brady Kellums,Joe Fernald, Dave Pace and Owen Weddle. Honorary pallbearer is SamWaggoner.

Memorials or gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society,in care of Terry Lynn Watkins, P. O. Box 357, Brookhaven, MS39602.

Willie Brown

Willie Brown, 95, a retired pipeline supervisor, died Jan. 4,2008, at his residence in Wesson. Visitation is Sunday, Jan. 6,from 5 until 9 p.m. at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Magee.Funeral services are 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the funeral homewith burial in the Rials Creek Cemetery in Mendenhall.

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race. I havekept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown ofrighteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award tome on this day – and not only to me, but also to all who havelonged for his appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8

Brown was born in Simpson County on Feb. 26, 1912, on hismother’s 25th birthday, to Tommy and Pearlie Brown. He graduatedfrom Pinola High School.

After working on the Simpson County roads, Brown was employedwith Southern Natural Gas Co. in Jefferson Davis County, then wastransferred to Toca, La. After 28 years of service, he retired fromSNG while working at Moulden. During his retirement, he dedicatedhis life to serving his Lord first and his family second.

Brown was a deacon of Wesson Baptist Church, past Master of J.M. Wesson Lodge, Scottish Rites, and Past Patron of William OliverChapter O.E.S.

There was a glorious homecoming as he joined loved ones whopreceded him in death, including his beloved wife, Myrl C. Brown;his sons, Billy and Jim Brown; his parents; his brothers, L.E.,Louis, Dee, H.L., Isom and Johnny Brown; and his sister, Lois BrownLawson.

Brown is survived by his sister, Lola Brown Wheeler, of Milton,Fla.; his daughter, Hilda Brown Hester; his grandchildren, JimBrown and Tina Brown, all of Mendenhall, Chad and Angela Hester, ofWesson, and Sabrina and David Waller, of Chiefland, Fla.; and hisgreat-grandchildren, J.C. Hester, of Wesson, Jessica, Josie andJared Howington, of Mendenhall, A.J. and J.W. “Peanut” Waller, ofChiefland, Fla., and Trace, Nick and Taylor Roberts, of Wesson; andmany other family members and friends.

He will forever be remembered as a man of principal who lovedhis family and friends unconditionally.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Rials CreekMethodist Church Cemetery Fund, 185 Rials Creek Road, Mendenhall,MS 39114.

Sandra Lee Griffin Davis

Services for Sandra Lee Griffin Davis, of Chicago, Ill., are 3p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6, at Zion Mt. Baptist Church with burial in thechurch cemetery. Marshall Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the serviceat the funeral home.

Ms. Davis, 64, died Jan. 1, 2008, at Washington Height NursingHome in Chicago. She was born in Adams County on Nov. 6, 1943, toSandy and Elizabeth Smith Griffin.

She was employed by Bethel New Life Inc. for over 17 years. Shewas a member of Local No. 880 Service Employee’s InternationalUnion.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her grandparents; twoaunts; and four uncles.

Survivors are her sons, James Kennady Griffin and wife Tammy,and Melvin Griffin and wife Lolitha; six sisters; two brothers;seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces,nephews, other relatives and friends.

Joe Cephus Franklin

Services for Joe Cephus Franklin, of the Bronx, N.Y. andformerly of Bogue Chitto, were 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, at Mt.Sinai Baptist Church in the Bronx. Granby Funeral Service was incharge of arrangements.

Mr. Franklin, 72, died Dec. 31, 2007, at his residence.

He was a native of Bogue Chitto and relocated to the New YorkCity area in 1954. He was a retired motorman with the New YorkTransit Authority and a retired conductor with Amtrak. He ownedseveral businesses and invested in real estate and was a member ofMt. Sinai Baptist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Louise Franklin; his son, Craig Franklinand fiance Diane; his daughters, Susan Franklin and fiance Devon,Michelle Richardson and husband LD, Lisa Kelly and husband William,all of Bowie, Md., and Tawanna Gonzalez and husband Mark, ofCharlotte, N.C.; his brother, Norman Franklin, of the Bronx; hissisters, Mardete Sullivan and Mildred Black, both of Lansing,Mich.; eight grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Dykes Lee James

Services for Dykes Lee James, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m. Monday,Jan. 7, at First Baptist Church in Brookhaven with burial in NewellCemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Home, Natchez Drive location, is incharge of arrangements.

Visitation is Sunday from 4 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home andMonday from 10 until 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church.

Mr. James, 79, died Jan. 4, 2008, at his residence. He was bornin Lincoln County on Jan. 30, 1928, to J. H. James and ParaleeNewell James.

He was a life long resident of the Old Red Star community andgraduated from Loyd Star High School. He served as a board memberfor Dairymen Incorporated and the Lincoln Rural Water Association.He was also on the board of the Southwest Electric PowerAssociation for 34 years.

His many years of faithful service to his church and communitywere recognized when he and his wife were honored as Unsung Heroesin The DAILY LEADER in 1994. He was a member of First BaptistChurch where he served as a deacon, a member of the sanctuarychoir, and the Cecil Rhodes Sunday school class.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two brothers, J. H.James Jr. and Billie Earl James; and a great-grandson, JoshuaCooper Smith.

Survivors are his wife of 61 years, Helen Watts James, ofBrookhaven; his daughters, Linda Kay Smith and husband Sammy, ofBrookhaven, Sondra James, of Pearl, and Patsy Parker and husbandGeorge, of Brookhaven; his grandchildren, Sonya Anders and husbandDel, Shane Smith and wife Robyn, Ryan Parker and wife Amy, andOliva Watts and husband Josh; his great-grandchildren, Lane, Molly,and Melinda Anders, and Leigh-Taylor and Jon Tyler Smith; hisbrother, Glynn Juanita James; and numerous nieces, nephews, andfriends.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church BuildingFund.

J. H. Smith

Services for J. H. Smith, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m. Monday,Jan. 7, at Friendship Baptist Church with burial in the churchcemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Home, Natchez Drive location, is incharge of arrangements.

Visitation is Sunday from 4 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home andMonday from 10 until 11 a.m. at the church.

Mr. Smith, 85, died Jan. 5, 2008, at the GV (Sonny) MontgomeryVA Medical Center in Jackson. He was born on Sept. 25, 1922, toLucius Smith and Rosa Smith.

He was retired from Southern Wholesale and an Army veteran ofWorld War II. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were one sister, Mildred Montgomery; andfour brothers, Alter, Alvie, Lamar and Leroy Smith.

Survivors are his wife, Kathleen Smith, of Brookhaven; his sons,Harry Smith, of Monroe, La., and Tracy Smith and Kenny Smith, bothof Brookhaven; his daughter, Sharon Smith, of Brookhaven; hissister, Ayleen Higdon, of Brandon; four grandchildren; and twogreat-grandchildren.

Patricia A. Troulliet

Services for Patricia A. Troulliet, of Meadville, are 3 p.m.Sunday, Jan. 6, at Marshall Funeral Home Chapel in Bude with burialin Payton-Adams Cemetery in Meadville.

Mrs. Troulliet, 64, died Jan. 4, 2008, at her residence. She wasborn in New Orleans, La. on Oct. 30, 1943, to Henry Rieffel andAnna Catherine Bertucci.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her husband, Herman”Cat” Troulliet.

Survivors are her daughters, Anna Troulliet and PamelaHigginbotham and husband Derrell, all of Eddiceton; her sister,Kathy Ledet, of New Orleans, La.; two grandsons; onegreat-granddaughter; and many pets, other relatives, andfriends.