Obituaries for Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, October 22, 2008

James O. Cole

Graveside services for James O. Cole, of McCall Creek, are 2p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, at Concord Baptist Church Cemetery inFranklin County. Catchings Funeral Home in McComb is in charge ofarrangements.

Mr. Cole, 88, died Oct. 20, 2008, at McComb Nursing andRehabilitation Center. He was born in Lincoln County on Sept. 8,1920, to Gus Charles Cole and Beulah Nettles Cole.

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He was a retired aircraft mechanic. He was a U.S. Army veteranserving with the Army Air Corp. during World War II. He was amember of the Church of Christ.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a daughter, JaniceGriffin; a brother, Hollis Cole; and a sister, Audrey MaeAdair.

Survivors are his wife, Elouise Lambert Cole, of McCall Creek;his sons, Steve Davis, of Jackson, and Robert Davis, of Berry Town;his daughters, Cathy Sims, of Baton Rouge, La., and Deborah Milton,of McCall Creek; his four grandchildren; and a host of nieces,nephews, other relatives and friends.

Diana Fife Diffrient

Diana Fife Diffrient, born May 19, 1938, passed from this lifesurrounded by loving family on Oct. 19, 2008, following a longillness. She was a loving mother, sister, aunt, grandmother andgreat-grandmother, with a wealth of extended family andfriends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert F. DiffrientJr.; her father, Dr. Walter Fife; her mother, Helen Fife Koehn; andher infant sister, Helen Elizabeth Fife.

Diana is survived by her sons, Anthony Sones and wife, DiAnn, ofDiamondhead, Randall Sones and wife, Nadine, of Brookhaven, JonSones and wife, Cathy, of Gilbert, Ariz., Jimmy Sones and wife,Carla, of Brookhaven, and Kevin Sones and wife, Polly, of Clinton,La.; her 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; herbrothers, Dr. Walter Daniel Fife and wife, Cathlyn, of Renton, Wa.,Jon Fife, of Mesa, Ariz., Wilson Fife and wife, Evelyn, of Bay St.Louis, and her sister, JoAnne Brockhoff and husband, Joseph, ofDiamondhead.

Growing up in New Orleans, she had the advantage of a loving andactive family that traveled and spent time together. As adescendent of prominent Mormon pioneers, she was proud of herheritage and had a love of genealogy. She was a very active in TheChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where she served invarious callings with children, youth and music. She spent her lifein the service of others. She married and moved to the coast makingthe Bay Waveland area her home for more than 40 years. The pride ofher life was her five sons. When asked about having all boys, shewould say, “I would have had it no other way.” She lived lifefully.

Diana loved work in an active life. She was a hairdresser andthe owner of Diana’s Hair Artists in Diamondhead for many years.She loved plants, gardening, learning crafts and family history.She was creative, sharing things made in macramé, carpentry, cakedecorating and needlework. She and her dear husband, Bobby,operated Diffrient Ceramics in Waveland then later moved toBrookhaven, where she used her talents to paint and teach othersthe beautiful art of ceramics. This was part of the life theyshared in Brookhaven for more than 10 years.

She will be missed by family and friends. She leaves a legacy oflove, caring and service. Visitation will be held Friday, Oct. 24,from 6 until 9 p.m. at Brookhaven Funeral Home on North JacksonStreet. Her funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Oct. 25 at theWaveland Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints inWaveland. Interment will be in the cemetery of the Red Star Ward ofthe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Brookhaven.

In lieu of flowers, the family prefers donations to theAlzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave. Fl. 17, Chicago, Ill.60601 or

Lee Roy Smith

Services for Lee Roy Smith, of Brookhaven, are 1 p.m. Thursday,Oct. 23, at Macedonia Baptist Church with burial in the churchcemetery.

Visitation is Wednesday from 5 until 9 p.m. at Riverwood FamilyFuneral Service.

Mr. Smith, 75, died Oct. 20, 2008, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter in Brookhaven. He was born on April 5, 1933, to Hamlin Smithand Mamie Irene Norton Smith.

Mr. Smith was a graduate of Loyd Star High School and attendedWhitworth College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force andserved during the Korean Conflict. He was a member of MacedoniaBaptist Church and a member of Harry Lane Case Sunday school class,where he served as secretary. Mr. Smith was owner of Smith Groceryfor 12 years. He retired from Sears after 27 years of service. Uponretiring, he enjoyed growing tomatoes and sharing them witheveryone. He also owned and operated Smith’s Mobile HomeseekersParadise for 17 years. One of his greatest joys was spending asmuch time as he could camping with his precious wife of 55 yearsand dear friends. He was a member of Paradise Sams Motorhome TravelClub.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, ColtonSmith, Holon Smith and Robert L. Smith; and a sister, IreneSmith.

Survivors are his wife, Polly Boyte Smith; his sons, LaroneSmith and wife, Debbi, Kerry Smith and wife, Sherree, all ofBrookhaven; his daughter, Alisa Smith Forrest and husband, Tony, ofBrookhaven; his sisters, Wessie Smith, Nellie Jackson, both ofBrookhaven, Rowena Maxwell, of Baton Rouge, La.; hisbrother-in-laws, Wayne Boyte and wife, Carole, Charles Martin andwife, Shirley, both of Brookhaven, Denver Jackson and wife, Cecile,of Stillwater, Okla.; his 10 grandchildren, Jenny Edwards andhusband, Paul, of Wesson, Angela Smith, of Laurel, Landon Smith andwife, Jessica, Travis Smith and wife, Bailey, Brittany Smith, allof Wesson, Derek Smith, Katie Smith and Karah Smith, KrishannaHeathcock and husband, Chris, and Geoffrey Forrest, all ofBrookhaven; and his four great-grandchildren, Lainey Claire andJackson Smith, Jason Heathcock and Baylor Smith.