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Obituaries for Thursday, March 6, 2008

Natasha Bates

Services for Natasha Bates, of Bogue Chitto, will be held at3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Rose Hill Missionary BaptistChurch in Brookhaven with burial in the church cemetery. WilliamsMortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 5 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Ms. Bates, 23, died Feb. 26, 2008, in Ferriday, La. She was bornin Fort Huachuca, Ariz., on Feb. 17, 1985, to Raymond L. Bates andKatrina C. Hawkins.

She was a 2003 graduate of Shaw High School in Columbus, Ga.,and attended Troy State University. She was a student and hadcompleted a certified nursing assistant program through theMississippi Job Corps. She completed four years of Junior ReserveOfficers Training. She was a member of Rose Hill Missionary BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her grandparents, Robert Carter Jr.and Leora Gayten Carter; and her great-grandparents, Lee and AnnieGayten.

She leaves to cherish fond and loving memories, her mother,Katrina (James) Hawkins, of Brookhaven; her father, Raymond (Donna)Bates, of Indianapolis, Ind.; her great-grandmother, ChristineBates, of Indianapolis; her grandparents, Willie (Peggy) Bates andBeverly Tyler, all of Indianapolis; her sisters, Ashley N. Hawkins,of Orlando, Fla., Chanel N. Bates, of Indianapolis, and Jasmine K.Hawkins, of Brookhaven; her aunts, Ann King, of Lansing, Mich.,Yolanda Carter and Latoya (Fred) Fairman, of Memphis, Tenn., Deitra(Richard) Marlowe, Leslie Bates, Shelaine Yamobi, Torrie Bates,Shawntell Bates, Whitney Bates, all of Indianapolis; her uncles,Ronnie Carter, of Memphis, Rene Carter and Ricky Carter, both ofBrookhaven, Desmond C. Gray and Kyle Bates, of Indianapolis; and ahost of great-uncles, great-aunts, cousins, family and friends.

Nicholas DeYoung

Nicholas DeYoung passed away on Monday, March 3, 2008, atJefferson Healthcare at the age of 92.

He was the beloved husband of the late Lyvon Gill DeYoung andthe late Ruth Jennings DeYoung; father of the late Darlene DeYoungBooksh and her husband, the late Norman Booksh. He was thegrandfather of Andrew Booksh (his wife, Beth Booksh), of Charlotte,N.C., Ruth Ann Booksh Lynn (her husband, the late Shane Lynn) ofLincolnton, N.C., and Catherine Marie Booksh Gerald (her husband,Rick Gerald) of Fort Mill, S.C. He was the great-grandfather ofEthan, Steven and Julia Booksh, Christopher, Samantha and JoshuaLynn and Nicholas E. and Eva Gerald. He was the son of the lateRev. Peter DeYoung and Hazel Butler DeYoung, of Hamshire, Texas;the brother of Ruth DeYoung Bedell, of Victoria, Texas, and EuniceDeYoung McMahan of Whitney, Texas; brother-in-law of Reba GillRoberts (her husband, Raymond Roberts) of Brookhaven, and BettyMullen of Reno, Nev. He is also survived by many relatives andfriends.

Mr. DeYoung was a native of Hamshire, Texas, and a resident ofRiver Ridge, La., for the past 46 years. He retired from the UnitedStates Navy as CWO4 after serving 30 years. He was in World War IIand a Pearl Harbor survivor. He was a member of the Temple LodgeNo. 7, Astoria, Ore., and a 32nd degree Mason in the New OrleansScottish Rites bodies.

Relatives, friends of the family, members of Rio Vista BaptistChurch, Riverside Baptist Church, Pearl Harbor Survivors and TROA(The Reserve Officers Association) are invited to attend thefuneral service on Friday, March 7, 2008, at Leitz-Eagan FuneralHome, 4747 Veterans Blvd., near Clearview Pkwy., in Metairie at 1p.m. Visitation will begin at 10:30 a.m. Interment will be inGarden of Memories Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rio Vista BaptistChurch, 3800 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, LA 70121. The onlineguestbook is available at www.legacy.com.

William Eugene ‘Billy’ Jackson

Services for William Eugene “Billy” Jackson, of Wesson, wereheld at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, at Sylvarena Baptist Churchin Wesson with burial in the church cemetery. Community FuneralServices was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Jackson, 77, died March 4, 2008, at his residence. He wasborn on Jan. 1, 1931, to J.W. Jackson and Clara Hudson Jackson.

He was a member of Sylvarena Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a sister; and ason.

Survivors are his wife, Jeanette Weeks Jackson, of Wesson; hissons, Craig Jackson, Kyle Jackson and Kurt Jackson, all of Wesson;his brother, Melvin Jackson, of Madison; his sister, Helen J.Freeman, of Indiana; his aunt, Alice M. Davis, of Jackson; sevengrandsons; five nieces and two nephews.

Russell D. ‘Rusty’ McKee

Memorial services for Russell D. “Rusty” McKee will be held at 5p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at Central Baptist Church in Brookhaven.The Rev. Ryan Thurman, the Rev. Chad Yarborough and LawrenceBlanchard will officiate. Community Funeral Services is in chargeof arrangements.

Visitation is Saturday from 3:30 p.m. until the time of theservice at the church

Mr. McKee, 41, died March 3, 2008, at Mississippi BaptistMedical Center in Jackson after a brief fight with pancreaticcancer. He was born in Galliano, La., on Aug. 19, 1966, to RussellM. McKee Jr. and Grace “Joan” McKee.

Preceding him in death was his mother.

Survivors are his wife, Sandy Sellers McKee; his father, RussellM. McKee Jr., of Raceland, La.; his sisters, Patsy Hornback, of Mt.Herman, La., Peggy Bailey, of Raceland, Pam Williams, of Walker,La., and Russanna Lindley, of McComb.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BaptistChildren Village of Brookhaven, or the Pancreatic CancerAssociation.

Eugene Richardson Jr.

Services for Eugene Richardson Jr., of Brookhaven, will be heldat 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 8, at St. Mark Missionary BaptistChurch in Brookhaven with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery. WilliamsMortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 5 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mr. Richardson, 68, died March 3, 2008, at King’s DaughtersMedical Center. He was born in Lincoln County on July 8, 1939, toEugene Richardson Sr. and Lola Richardson.

He was retired. He was a member of St. Mark M.B. Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his daughters, RuthieAnn Jackson and Lillian Richardson; his brother, Paul EdwardRichardson; and his sister, Lula “Cora” McGee.

Survivors are his son, Earnest Richardson, of Immokalee, Fla.;his daughter, Lenell Richardson, of Immokalee; his brothers, BurtRichardson and wife Ethel, of Moss Point, Robert Richardson andwife Glenda, of Chicago, Ill., and Alton Richardson and wife Ethel,of Brookhaven; his sisters, Fannie Charles, Jeraldine Lee andhusband James, Lizzie Hodges and husband Shelton and Mary Williamsand husband Henry, all of Brookhaven, Pauline Richardson, ofChicago, Ill., Gloria Porter and husband Isaiah, of Moss Point,Ethelene Noonon, of Lansing, Mich., Lillie Albert, of Brighton,Mass.; his eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and manynieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Fred White

Services for Fred White, of Brookhaven, will be held at 11 a.m.on Saturday, March 8, at Jericho Church of Christ in Loyd Star withburial in the church cemetery. Williams Mortuary is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home,with family hour from 6 until 7 p.m.

Mr. White, 85, died March 2, 2008, at Countrybrook LivingCenter. He was born in Lincoln County on May 10, 1922, to TommyWhite and Bertha White.

He was retired from Fleet Lofton Lumber Co., and also workedwith Columbus Lumber Co. He was a member of Jericho Church ofChrist.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Rosie LeeWhite; his brothers, John Henry White, Willie E. “Dub” White andAlex White; his sisters, Ollie “OC” Goodwin, Earnestine Adams,Marie Mathis and Martha Robinson.

Survivors are his sons, Fred White Jr., and Elbert White andwife Renee, all of Omaha, Neb., and Clarence White, of Brookhaven;his daughters, Lorraine Jackson and husband Reggie, of Omaha,Thelma Mabry, of Riverdale, Calif., Martha Wilbert and husbandReuben, and Betty Coleman, all of Brookhaven; his 12 grandchildrenand 13 great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, otherrelatives and friends.

Ronnie ‘Gerald’ Williams

Services for Ronnie “Gerald” Williams, of Brookhaven, will beheld at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 7, at Riverwood Family FuneralService Chapel with burial in Union Baptist Church Cemetery inBrookhaven.

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

Mr. Williams, 54, was born on Dec. 11, 1951, to Gabe Williamsand Cora Mae Wilkinson Williams.

He was disabled and a member of the Baptist faith.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his brothers, James Williams, of Brookhaven, andTillman Williams, of Flora.