Obituaries for Friday, February 22, 2008

Published 6:00 am Friday, February 22, 2008

W.J. Crane

Services for W.J. Crane, of Brookhaven, will be held at 2 p.m.on Sunday, Feb. 24, at Friendship Baptist Church in Brookhaven withburial in the church cemetery. The Revs. Cody Warren, ChadYarborough, Wiley Reid and Jimmy Houston will officiate. RiverwoodFamily Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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

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Mr. Crane, 85, died Feb. 22, 2008, at his residence. He was bornon Aug. 23, 1922, to W.C. Crane and Dolly Smith Crane.

He was retired, having been self-employed in the oil industry.He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member ofFriendship Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his brother-in-law,Leland “Tootie” Smith.

Survivors are his wife, Ruby Ezell Crane; his stepson, GillisEzell and wife Debbie, of Summit; his stepdaughter, Judy Warren andhusband Donald, of Brookhaven; his sister, Helen Smith, ofBrookhaven; his stepgrandchildren, Jennifer Forman, Ryan Ezell,Tate Warren, Todd Warren, Cody Warren; his great-stepgrandchildren,Ty Forman and Karly Forman; his niece, Abby Dunaway and husbandBailey, of Brookhaven; his two great-nephews and onegreat-niece.

Mary Udalee Gill

Services for Mary Udalee Gill, of Bogue Chitto, will be held at11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Calvary Baptist Church in BogueChitto with burial in the church cemetery. Riverwood Family FuneralService is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 6 until 9 p.m. at the funeral home,and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of theservice.

Mrs. Gill, 76, died Feb. 21, 2008, at her residence. She wasborn on June 3, 1931, to Henry F. Green and Lydia Lovey Gill.

She was retired from Hartley Gove Thermometer Plant inBrookhaven. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her sisters, BernieceBoone and Eloise McInnis; her brother, Charles Green; and hergrandson, Rusty Gill.

Survivors are her husband, Ivy Pearl Gill; her son, Ronald Gilland wife Leisa, of Bogue Chitto; her daughter, Susan Moak andhusband Danny, of Brookhaven; her grandchildren, Jennifer Moak,Ricky Moak, Elizabeth Adam, Cindy Estes, Ronnye Hart and AaronGill; and her three great-grandchildren.

Lamar Alford Williams

Lamar Alford Williams, 81, of Bogue Chitto, died Feb. 21, 2008,at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23 atJones Family Funeral Services in McComb, and 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb.24, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Bogue Chitto until servicesthere at 3 p.m. The Revs. Talmadge Smith, Floyd Higginbotham andLarry Russell will officiate. Burial will be in the Moak Cemeteryon Shady Grove Drive in Bogue Chitto.

Mr. Williams was born March 6, 1926, to Robert Zebulon and OraEmoline Brown Williams, of Summit. He was a member and deacon ofPleasant Hill Baptist Church in Bogue Chitto. He was a prototypetechnician of aluminum doors and windows with Croft Metals for 22years. He was also a carpenter and farmer, but most of all he willbe remembered as a wonderful and loving husband, father,grandfather, and great-grandfather. He loved life, story-telling,music, and singing.

Mr. Williams was preceded in death by his parents and twobrothers, Walter Ruff and the Rev. Robert Clifton Williams.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Dorothy Jordan Williams;his daughters and sons-in-law, Sharon and Keith Guy and Janella andCliff Moak, all of Bogue Chitto; his grandchildren, Laurie GuyThompson and husband Mark, of Ridgeland, Anthony Guy and StuartGuy, of Bogue Chitto; Rebecca Moak Thompson and husband Casey, ofByram; Alisha Moak Cichirillo and husband Steven, of Brandon; andhis great-grandchildren, Logan and Emma Thompson, of Ridgeland. Heis also survived by his brothers and their wives, James Brown andJeanette Williams, of Bogue Chitto, and Mike Conner and CleoWilliams, of McComb, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are nephews and great-nephews: Byron Williams,Robert Williams, Thomas Williams, Cliff VanNorman, Brad VanNorman,Jason Russell, Jonathan Williams and Stephen Russell.

Honorary pallbearers are Gene VanNorman, Pat McCullough, GlenMcCullough, Jean Kurykendall and Lamar Kurykendall.