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Betty Jean Thames Moak

Services for Betty Jean Thames Moak, of McComb, will be held at2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Jones Family Funeral Services inMcComb, with the Rev. James Ray Lawrence officiating. Burial willbe in Moak’s Creek Cemetery with the Rev. Melanie Lemburgofficiating.

Visitation is Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of theservice at the funeral home.

Mrs. Moak, 75, died Feb. 20, 2008, at St. Dominic-JacksonMemorial Hospital in Jackson. She was born on July 12, 1932, inMcComb, to Jonas Jacob Thames and Ella Morgan Thames.

She was a member of The Episcopal Church of theMediator/Redeemer in McComb. She was a retired sales clerk and wasthe first manager of the State of Mississippi’s first WelcomeCenter. She was a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana Universitywhere she graduated at the age of 60 with a Bachelor of Arts degreeand was cum laude in Social Work. She was counselor at the HammondDevelopmental Center in Louisiana and enjoyed her work as counselorfor alcohol and drug addicts. She was a friend of Bill W. for 24years. She was a lady who enjoyed life and showed it when she wentwhitewater rafting at the age of 72 and skydiving at the age of 74.She helped organize the Friendship Water system and served as itsfirst bookkeeper. She was a lady that was loved and admired by allthat knew her.

Preceding her in death were her parents and a daughter, PamelaClaire Moak.

Survivors are her husband of 57 years, Willie Aubry Moak, ofMcComb; her sons and daughters-in-law, Jay Thames Moak, of McComb,Charles William “Bill” and Regina Wilson Moak, of Florence, andThomas Matthew “Matt” and Deborah Love Moak of Brandon; hergrandchildren, Melissa Evans, Cynthia Moak, Rustin Moak, Sara Moak,Jason Moak, Levi Moak, Carlie Jean Moak and Aubry Moak; hergreat-grandchildren, Jonathan Evans, Anna Lynn Moak, Alexis Moakand Christopher Evans.

Pallbearers are her grandsons, Rustin, Jason, Levi and AubryMoak; and family friends, Charles Finch and Ralph Freeman.

Memorials may be sent to St. Andrews Mission, 815 PennsylvaniaAve., or The Salvation Army, 604 South Magnolia St., McComb, MS39648.