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Obituaries for Thursday, February 21, 2008

Geneva C. Baughman

Services for Geneva C. Baughman, of the Oak Grove community,will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, at Hulett-WinsteadSumrall Chapel in Hattiesburg with burial in Rock HillCemetery.

Visitation is Thursday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mrs. Baughman, 73, died Feb. 19, 2008, at Wesley MedicalCenter.

She was the former owner of The Quilted Heart. She was a memberof the Methodist faith.

Survivors are her husband, Tommy C. Baughman, of Oak Grove; herson, Danny Aultman, of Ruth; her stepson, Mike Baughman, of Petal;her daughter, Debbie Aultman, of Summit; her stepdaughter, MelissaHolbrooke, of Sumrall; her sisters, Elnita Corbitt Parr and JeanCorbitt Nicholson, both of Nashville, Ga., and Wilma Corbitt Rowe,of Douglas, Ga.; her brother, Tom Corbitt, of Manchester, Conn.;her three granddaughters and four stepgrandsons; and agreat-stepgrandson.

Artie Brooks McChargue

Services for Artie Brooks McChargue, of Madison, will be held at2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel onNatchez Drive with burial in New Prospect Baptist ChurchCemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mr. McChargue, 86, died Feb. 19, 2008, at Hospice Ministries inRIdgeland. He was born in Georgia on Sept. 25, 1921, to ArtieMonroe McChargue and Ethel Irene Lumpkin McChargue.

He was a retired Chief Master Sergeant in the United States AirForce, with 32 years of service. He was a member of the GeorgiaC.C. Service. He served in the Georgia Blue Bonnet Infantry andArmy Air Force. During his time in the Air Force, he served inWorld War II and the Korean War. He was wounded twice during histours of duty overseas and during the Korean War. He was a memberof New Prospect Baptist Church for 30 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his beloved wife of 65 years, Evie OnedaMcChargue, of Madison; his three half sisters and many nieces andnephews.

Roy Todd Miller

Graveside services for Roy Todd Miller, of Oakland, Calif.,formerly of Brookhaven, will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb.23, at Zion Hill Church Cemetery in Wesson. Williams Mortuary is incharge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 6 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mr. Miller, 45, died Jan. 28, 2008, in Oakland. He was born onMay 14, 1962, to James Miller and Willie Mae Miller.

He was a 1980 graduate of Oakland Technical High School. He wasa cook at Soul Brothers Kitchen and Shoney’s Restaurant. He was amember of First A.M.E. Church.

Preceding him in death were his father; his brothers, BruceMiller and Calvin Miller; and a nephew, Charles Smith Jr.

Survivors are his mother, Willie Mae Miller, of Oakland; hisson, Lajerris Smith, of Lake Providence, La.; his brother, RaymondCharles Miller, of Oakland; his sisters, Vivian Miller, VirginiaSmith, Melody Austin, Sheron Strong and Leslie Wilson, all ofOakland, and Mattie Miller, of Baton Rouge, La.; and many nieces,nephews and other relatives.

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.

Thomas Owen Roberts

Thomas Owen Roberts, 88, prominent attorney and civic leader inBrookhaven since 1947, died on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008, at HospiceMinistries in Ridgeland, following an extended illness.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23,at the Roberts burial plot in Cleveland, Miss., in the oldCleveland Cemetery. A memorial service will be held at FaithPresbyterian Church in Brookhaven at a later date.

Mr. Roberts was born in St. Louis, Mo., on June 19, 1919, toJohn Charles Roberts and Minnie Sligh Roberts, of Cleveland. Heattended Delta State University, and the University of Mississippi,where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta social fraternity, andthe University of Mississippi School of Law.

Mr. Roberts moved to Brookhaven to practice law in the office ofTom P. Brady, and became sole practitioner in 1949, continuing inthe same office in the Brady building for the rest of his legalcareer of over 40 years.

In World War II, Mr. Roberts joined the United States Army AirCorps and flew as a navigator of a B-17 bomber for 32 missions overoccupied Europe, Germany and France, including two missions onD-Day, June 4, 1944, over Normandy, France.

After World War II, Mr. Roberts remained in the Army Reservesand was again called to active duty for 21 months for the KoreanWar in 1956, in which he flew 50 combat missions. In honor of hiscombat services, he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crossesand seven Air Medals. He was a war hero. Later in the Air ForceReserve he was transferred to the Judge Advocate Corps where he wasadmitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. After theKorean Conflict he returned to Brookhaven to resume his lawpractice.

He became involved in genealogy, serving leadership positions inthe First Families of Mississippi, the Mississippi GenealogicalSociety, the Sons of the American Revolution, the Sons ofConfederate Veterans, and the Society of the War of 1812.

Roberts was always active in civic projects. He was a Kiwanianfor over 50 years, served as treasurer for the First UnitedMethodist Church for over 25 years and taught Sunday school. Formany years, he was the attorney for the Brookhaven Bank and TrustCo., which later became Trustmark Bank. In 1976 he was elected afellow of the Mississippi Bar Foundation, a signal honor.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his sister, MargaretRoberts Lehmen; his brother, John Charles Roberts Jr.; and hisformer wife, Katherine Leary Roberts.

Survivors are his wife, Mary Helon Child Roberts; his son,Thomas Owen Roberts Jr. and wife, Delores Whitehead Roberts, ofDallas, Texas; his stepson Thad Amacker and wife Alice HolderAmacker; his stepdaughter, Carol Coursey, all of Jackson; hisstepgrandchildren, Petrina Amacker, of Chicago, Ill., ArianaAmacker, of New York, N.Y., and Andrew Amacker, of Jackson; hisniece, Ann Acree, of California; his nephew, Gordon Roberts, ofSalt Lake City, Utah, John Roberts, of San Francisco, Calif.; andhis niece, Sheila Roberts Miller, of Phoenix, Ariz.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials might be madeto the Palmer Home for Children, Box 796, Columbus; MS; French CampAcademy, French Camp, MS; or the Lincoln County Public LibraryGenealogical section, North Jackson Street, Brookhaven.

Merlena Robinson

Services for Merlena Robinson, of Gloster, will be held at 2p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23, at Parson Hill Missionary Baptist Churchin Liberty with burial in Bethel Church Cemetery in Liberty.Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 6 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mrs. Robinson, 74, died Feb. 17, 2008, at her residence. She wasborn in Franklin County on April 10, 1933, to Dickey Anderson andGladys Anderson.

She was retired. She was a member of Parson Hill MissionaryBaptist Church, where she served on the Mother’s Board.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Collis LeeRobinson; her sons, Joseph Robinson and Willie Russell Robinson;her brothers, Willie Ray Anderson, Hollis Anderson Sr.; and onegrandchildren.

Survivors are her son, Johnny Robinson, of McComb; herdaughters, Jacquline Byrd, of Gloster, Ella Martinez, of Mableton,Ga., Evelyn Hull, Linda Robinson and Julia Mathis, all ofMilwaukee, Wis., her sisters, Mary Watkins, of Milwaukee, GenevaCain and Winnie B. Banks, both of Jackson; 26 grandchildren; 15great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.