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Obituaries for Sunday, August 10, 2008

Billy Frank Burns

Billy Frank Burns, of Wesson, died Aug. 7, 2008, at St.Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital in Jackson. He was 63.

Funeral services will begin at 2 p.m. at Rocky Hill BaptistChurch in Wesson on Sunday, Aug. 10, with burial in the churchcemetery. Community Funeral Services is in charge of thearrangements.

Billy Frank was born Dec. 24, 1944, in Copiah County to MarvinBurns and Bessie Burns Hyatt. He was a member of Rocky Hill BaptistChurch and was retired from Kuhlman Electric where he worked in theshipping department. He is preceded in death by his parents; hisbrother, Wardell Burns; and his sisters-in-law, Belinda Burns,Lynda Burns and Jean Hall.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years, Ann; hisdaughters, Lisa Case and her husband, Stan, of Wesson, and JennyBurns, of Starkville; his son, Jamie Burns, of Wesson; his fivegrandchildren, Kayla and Dustin Case and Orion, Blake and MatthewBurns; his siblings, Glenda Horner, Carolyn Goza, Melvin Burns andCarl Wayne Burns; and many nieces and nephews.

Billy Frank was an extraordinary man who loved God, his family,his neighbors and his friends. He was a man of few words but hisactions often spoke louder than could be articulated by speech. Henever failed to reach out to help those around him when he sawsomeone in need. He will be remembered as a loving and devotedhusband to his wife, a superhero to his children, a friend to many,but above all, a Christian who loved the Lord and served him dailyin sickness and in health.

Daddy, today we say goodbye to you, but only for a little while.Because of our shared love of God and faith in Jesus Christ, I knowwe will see you again. Until that happy day comes, we will loveyou, think of you, and miss you with our whole hearts. It has beena privilege to be your daughter, Pop. Rest in peace until we meetagain. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Melvin Edgar Jackson

Services for Melvin Edgar Jackson, of Natchez, are 11 a.m. onSunday, Aug. 10, at New Hope Baptist Church in Natchez with burialin the church cemetery. Marshall Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Sunday from 9 a.m. until the time of the serviceat the church.

Mr. Jackson, 76, died Aug. 7, 2008, at Natchez CommunityHospital. He was born in Hazlehurst on June 19, 1932, to Edgar andMamie Priest Jackson.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Evelyn Perry Jackson; hisparents; his son, Melvin Eugene Jackson; and his daughter, EvelynJackson.

Survivors are his son, Melvin Louis Jackson and wife, Melissa;two grandchildren; two stepgrandchildren; two great-grandchildren;his sister, Doris Dodge; his brothers, Carl Jackson and wife, Jane,Alton Jackson, and William Jackson and wife, Terry; and manynieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Lucille Case Smith

Lucille Case Smith died Aug. 9, 2008, at Golden Living Center inBrookhaven.

Funeral services will be Monday, Aug. 11, at 3 p.m. at PleasantGrove Baptist Church in Brookhaven. Visitation will begin Monday at1 p.m. at the church. Riverwood Family Funeral Service is handlingarrangements.

Lucille was born Jan. 5, 1917, and was the daughter of Mr. andMrs. Winfield Case, of Loyd Star. She was retired from Stahl-UrbanManufacturing Co.

She was married to Zeno Wall Smith until his death in 1981, andwas preceded in death by her son-in-law Wallace Dreher; threebrothers; and one sister.

Her memory will be cherished by her daughter, Gaye SmithTownsend and husband, Ronnie, of Brandon; his granddaughter,Stephanie Smith Dreher, of Biloxi; and his sister, Audrey BishopHarris. Also, she enjoyed the many hugs and kisses ofstepgreat-granddaughters, Katelynn and Mackenzie Folse on theirvisits.

Her family will always be grateful to the staff at Golden LivingCenter for the loving care and kindness she received. We also wantto thank Johnnie Johnson; Dixie Smith (niece); Ralph (nephew); andDoris Smith for their faithful and loving visits.

Memorials may be sent to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 2162 OldHighway 84 West, Brookhaven, MS 39601 or to the organization ofyour choice.