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Obituaries for Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Willie J. ‘W.J.’ O’Neal

Services for Willie J. “W.J.” O’Neal, of Copiah County, are 3p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Unity Baptist Church with burial inPoplar Springs Cemetery. Stringer Family Funeral Home in Hazlehurstis in charge of arrangements.

Mr. O’Neal, 90, died Aug. 17, 2008, at Mississippi StateVeterans Home in Jackson.

He was a native and longtime resident of Copiah County and WorldWar II veteran. Before retiring, he was a ship fitter for IngallsShip Yard in Pascagoula and later raised cattle. He loved to fishand hunt with his friends. Mr. O’Neal was a member of Unity BaptistChurch.

Preceding him in death was his wife, Annette HamiltonO’Neal.

Survivors are his sons, Lynn O’Neal, of Clinton, Harmon O’Neal,of Philadelphia, and James O’Neal, of Wesson; his sisters, RubyKnight and Peggy Kees, both of Brookhaven; and his twograndchildren.

Flavius H. Smith

Services for Flavius H. Smith, 78, of Natchez, who died Aug. 16,2008, at his residence, will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at McNeely RoadChurch of God with the Rev. Steve Bullion and the Rev. JuliusRoberts officiating.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park under thedirection of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Mr. Smith was born April 25, 1930, in Franklin County to Nick S.and Mattie Strait Smith. He was a member of McNeely Road Church ofGod and enjoyed many years of hunting and fishing.

Mr. Smith is preceded in death by his parents; his fivebrothers, Lawston Smith, Percy Smith, Odie Smith, Cecil Smith andHerman Smith; his five sisters, Eunilee Smith, Monell Smith, LottieSmith, Mattie Rea Terrell and Mavis Bruner.

Survivors include his wife of 58 ½ years, Pauline Day Smith; histhree daughters, Dr. Angie Bukley, of Estell Springs, Tenn.,Stephanie Butts and husband, Russell, of Natchez, Melanie Butlerand husband, William, of Glen Allen, Va.; his six grandchildren,Russ Butts, Hayden Butts, Molly Butts, Andrew Butler, Austin Butlerand Amanda Butler; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Russell Butts, Russ Butts, Hayden Butts,Andrew Butler, Ausitn Butler, Williams Butler and SpencerSmith.

Honorary pallbearers will be Wes Halford, Dick Smith, RayfordSmith, Hollis Allred, W.C. McCurly, James Taylor, Roy Smith, RogerSmith and Roy Buckles.

Memorials may be made to McNeely Road of Church of God or acharity of choice.

On-line condolences may be sent to www.lairdfh.com.

Thomas R. Vanderslice

Services for Thomas R. Vanderslice, of Ellisville, are 10 a.m.Wednesday, Aug. 20, at First Assembly of God Church in Ellisvillewith burial in Ellisville City Cemetery.

Visitation is Tuesday from 5 until 9 p.m. at Ellisville FuneralHome.

Mr. Vanderslice died Aug. 17, 2008, after a lengthy illness.

He was retired from the Jones County Sheriffs Department. Heenjoyed the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and hunter. Mr.Vanderslice was also a family man.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Jessie Rinon and VernaBoutwell Vanderslice; his stepfather, Callie Davenport; a sister,Jessie Mae Blackwell and a brother, Austin Vanderslice.

Survivors are his wife, Melba Jean Vanderslice; his three sons,Tony Lamar Vanderslice, of Ocean Springs, Gary Wayne Vanderslice,of Brookhaven, and Timothy Ray Vanderslice, of McComb; a brother,Calley Lee Davenport, of Moselle; his two sisters, Pearlean Smithand Elmer Ruth Brady, both of Ellisville; his nine grandchildren;his three great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews andfriends.

Wanda Lynette Williamson

Services for Wanda Lynette Williamson, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Tuesday, Aug. 19, at Brookhaven Funeral Home on North JacksonStreet with burial in Edwards Cemetery in Brookhaven.

Mrs. Williamson, 43, died Aug. 17, 2008, at The University ofMississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was born in Wesson onDec. 10, 1964, to Willie Maxie Anding and Jeanette Bowman AndingGreene.

She worked in home health care. She was a member of BrookhavenChurch of God.

Preceding her in death were her father; her grandparents, Willieand Lillie Mae Anding and Olen and Velma Bowman; and her nephews,Brandon Jones and Jonathan Floyd.

Survivors are her husband, Keith Williamson, of Brookhaven; hermother and stepfather, Jeanette and Steve Greene, of Brookhaven; ason, Brian Nettles, of Brookhaven; a brother, Keith Anding andwife, Debra, of Brookhaven; her sisters, Wendy Craven and husband,David, and Sharon Floyd, all of Brookhaven; her stepdaughters,Heather Williamson and Shelby Williamson, both of Brookhaven; hernieces and nephews, Brandon Anding, Dwayne Anding, ChristiniaAnding, Kimberly Anding, Stormy Boyte, Jessica Foster, ChelseaCraven, David “Bubba” Craven and Timmy Caldwell; her great-niecesand great-nephews, Kaylee Beth Anding, Madison Grace Anding andDavid Williams.

Pallbearers will be Dwayne Anding, Brandon Anding, Adam McGill,Caleb McGill, Greg Convington and Stanley Durr.