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Obituaries for Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Billy Gene Batson

Services for Billy Gene Batson, of Lucien, will be held at 11a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Lucien Baptist Church with burial inthe church cemetery. Riverwood Family Funeral Service is in chargeof arrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the church.

Mr. Batson, 76, died Jan. 22, 2008, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter. He was born on April 25, 1931, to Eugene Batson and EstelleMadison Batson.

He was a retired pharmacist from Franklin Memorial Hospital inMeadville, and had been a pharmacist with East Pharmacy and BegleyPatterson Drug Stores in Brookhaven. He was a graduate ofPascagoula High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree fromSamford University in Birmingham, Ala. He was a veteran of theUnited States Army and served in the Korean War. He was a member ofLucien Baptist Church. He enjoyed being a pharmacist, farming andraising Polled Hereford cattle for hobby. He was a beloved husband,father and grandfather.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his sister, LouiseBatson Azwell.

Survivors are his wife, Catherine Day Batson; his daughter,Cathy Batson McDonnieal and husband Robert, of Brookhaven; hisbrother, Jerry Batson and wife Betty June, of Brookhaven; and hisgrandchildren, Grantham Day McDonnieal and Mary CatherineMcDonnieal.

Memorials may be made to Lucien Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, inLucien.

Henrietta Smith Britt

Services for Henrietta Smith Britt, of Brookhaven, will be heldat 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Macedonia Baptist Church inBrookhaven with burial in the church cemetery. Brookhaven FuneralHome on North Jackson Street is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mrs. Britt, 77, died Jan. 21, 2008, at her residence. She wasborn in Lincoln County on Nov. 11, 1930, to George W. Smith and AdaJayne Smith Smith.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Macedonia BaptistChurch.

She is survived by her husband, J.B. Britt, of Brookhaven; hersons, George Stephen Britt and wife Phyllis, of Jackson, BruceBritt and wife René, and Daniel Britt, all of Brookhaven; herdaughter, Pam Jackson, of Crystal Springs; her brother, the Rev.Jimmy T. Smith and wife Mary, of Brookhaven; her 10 grandchildrenand four great-grandchildren.

Jo Lynn McDonald Brown

Services for Jo Lynn McDonald Brown, of Brookhaven, will be heldat 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapelon Natchez Drive with burial in Easthaven Cemetery.

Visitation is Wednesday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mrs. Brown, 77, died Jan. 22, 2008, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center in McComb. She was born in Crystal Springson June 13, 1930, to William Clarence McDonald and Willie JoinerMcDonald.

She was a medical secretary for Dr. Crawford and Dr. Brown, andwas retired from the Brookhaven-Lincoln County Chamber ofCommerce.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Dr. M.H.Brown; and her brothers, William C. “Billy” McDonald and WayneMcDonald.

Survivors are her son, Don H. Wall Jr. and wife Cindy, ofBrookhaven; her daughter, Anne Wall Bowman, of Brookhaven; hersister, Betty McDonald Phillips, of Brookhaven; her grandchildren,Beth Leggett Shackelford and husband Steven, Blake A. Wall and A.Blair Wall, all of Brookhaven; and a host of nieces, nephews, andother relatives.

George Warren Cannon

Services for George Warren Cannon, 76, of Decatur, Ala., andformerly of Brookhaven, were Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2 p.m. at St.John’s Episcopal Church.

Mr. Cannon, who died Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008, at DecaturGeneral Hospital, was born April 15, 1931, in Brookhaven, toFrederick and Lenora Cannon. He was a member of St. John’sEpiscopal Church.

Survivors are his wife, Janet Ball Cannon; his daughters, LauraCannon Barron, of California, and Jean Cannon Windham, of Memphis;his stepdaughter, Kelly Johnson Hayes, of Decatur; and his fivegrandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Alabama Public Television.

Dorothy Grace Clark Wille

Dorothy “Dot” Grace Clark Wille passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 8,2008, in Silver City, N.M., her home since 1949, where her husbandestablished his lifelong medical practice. A memorial service washeld on Jan. 12, with the Rev. Robert Braiser officiating.

Dot was born on May 15, 1923, in Ruth, and graduated from RuthHigh School. She graduated in May 1944 magna cum laude from BlueMountain College, a Baptist girl’s school, where she was rememberedas a “classy dresser” and a “wholesome beauty.” She immediatelyenrolled and completed two years of medical school at Ole Miss andwas accepted at the University of Virginia Medical School, but onNov. 10, 1945, she curtailed her medical pursuit when she marriedher Ole Miss classmate, Roy Charles Wille. After completion of hiswork at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pa., andinternship in Houston, Texas, they, with their 3-month-olddaughter, Mary Linda, moved to Silver City. Dr. Wille served twoyears as an Army doctor in postwar Germany while Dot and Lindaresided with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Clark in Ruth. In May1952, they joined Dr. Wille in Germany and upon completion of hislast three months of duty, they returned to Silver City where Dr.Wille resumed his medical practice and they reared theirfamily.

Mrs. Wille was a member of the Woman’s Club, a charter member ofthe Twenty Four Club and a member of First Baptist Church, whereshe is fondly remembered by the women’s Senior Sunday School Classas an excellent Bible teacher, a gracious hostess and cook. She wasan avid reader, a coin collector, for several years a golfer, andloved her dachshund dogs.

Mrs. Wille is survived by her husband of 62 years, Roy Charles;her daughters, Mary Linda Deblois and husband Jim, of Albuquerque,Elizabeth “Liz” Grace Blancett and husband Joe, of Silver City; ason, Roy Clark Wille, of Albuquerque; and a sister, Martha ClarkSinclair and husband Jim, of Brookhaven.

Mrs. Wille was preceded in death by her parents, Clifton Clarkand Grace Moak Clark, of Ruth; brother, Charles Clark and wifeAlyene, of Ruth; and an infant daughter, Susan Jo Wille.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, Swan Street,Silver City, N.M., or the Silver City Public Library.