Obituaries for Friday, May 23, 2008

Published 5:00 am Friday, May 23, 2008

John Hightower Jr.

Services for John Hightower Jr., of Brookhaven, will be held at11 a.m. on Monday, May 26, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church inBrookhaven with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery in Brookhaven. R.E.Tyler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Sunday from noon until 6 p.m. at the funeral home,with family present from 3 until 4 p.m.

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Mr. Hightower, 76, died May 21, 2008, at St. Dominic-JacksonMemorial Hospital in Jackson. He was born in Preston, Ga., on Oct.31, 1931, to John Hightower Sr. and Lillie Mae Wiley Hightower.

He was retired from the United States Air Force and was on theelection commission for 28 years. He also worked at JohnsonLawnmower Plant in Brookhaven. He was a member of the Veterans ofForeign Wars, chair of the United Methodist Men, and a member andtrustee at Kynett-Pilgrim United Methodist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents and his brother, KennethHightower.

Survivors are his wife, Josie Byrd Hightower, of Brookhaven; hisdaughter, Brenda Hightower, of Boston, Mass.; his sister-in-law,Emelda Bryant, of Brookhaven; his nieces, Charlisa Lewis, ofBrookhaven, Robin Hightower Dunwitty, of Canton, Ohio, CarolineHightower Smith, of Warren, Va.; and Lisa Hightower, of WestVirginia; his nephew, Dwayne Hightower, of Cincinnati, Ohio; hisgrandnieces, Courtney and Tiara Johnson, of Brookhaven; hisgrandnephew, Davin Johnson, of Brookhaven; and his grandson,Eric.

Mae Wages King

Services for Mae Wages King, of Brookhaven, will be held at 1p.m. on Saturday, May 24, at Riverwood Family Funeral ServiceChapel with burial in Riverwood Memorial Park.

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

Mrs. King, 71, died May 22, 2008, at Regency Hospital ofJackson. She was born on March 27, 1937, to Arlis Tutor and RoselleWalls Tutor.

She was a hairdresser and a member of the Baptist Faith.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husbands, Paul R.Wages and Paul King; her brother, Richard Tutor; and her sister,Pat Jenkins.

Survivors are her son, Steven Wages and wife Gwen; herdaughters, Wanda Aubrey and husband James, Rhonda Leggett andhusband Johnny, Arlia Pace and husband Tracy, and Bonnie Boyd; herbrother, Rodney Tutor; her sisters, Virginia Pendergrass and FayeAlexander; her nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation.

Matthew Eli Sanders

Graveside services for Matthew Eli Sanders, of Brookhaven, willbe held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, at Little Bahala BaptistChurch Cemetery in Wesson. Riverwood Family Funeral Service is incharge of arrangements.

Infant Sanders died May 19, 2008, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter.

He was preceded in death by his great-grandfather, JohnClanton.

Survivors are his parents, Mark E. and Misty Franks Sanders, ofBrookhaven; his brother, Nash Sanders; his sister, Mallory Sanders;his paternal grandparents, Mike and Chris Sanders, of Vidalia, La.,and Jean and Ronnie Castilaw, of Natchez and Wesson; his maternalgrandparents, James and Kay Franks, of Natchez; his paternalgreat-grandparents, Alfred “AE” and Flora Smith, of Wesson; hismaternal great-grandmother, Margaret Clanton; and several uncles,aunts and cousins on both sides of the family.

Pallbearers are Michael Sanders and James Franks Jr.

Memorials may be made to Little Bahala Cemetery Fund in care ofEdouida Smith, 2845 Turkey Trail NE, Wesson, MS 39191.