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Obituaries for Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Dulith Lafae Cothern

Services for Dulith Lafae Cothern, of Topeka, are 11 a.m.Thursday, Dec. 4, at Providence Baptist Church with burial in thechurch cemetery. Community Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Wednesday from 4 until 9 p.m. at the church.

Mr. Cothern, 86, died Dec. 2, 2008, at his residence. He wasborn in Jayess on April 23, 2008, to Loomus and Minnie Cothern.

He was a Topeka High School graduate. Mr. Cothern retired fromU.S. Steel. He served in the U.S. Navy in 1942 through 1945 duringWorld War II. He was a member of Providence Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his brothers,Duvall and Talmage Cothern.

Survivors are his wife, Billye Huguley Cothern, of Topeka; hissons, Danny Cothern and Joe Cothern; his daughters, Sheila Cothernand Sandra C. King; a brother, Kellon Cothern; and his ninegrandchildren; and his 12 great-grandchildren.

Infant Trey Lovell Jiles

Graveside services for Infant Trey Lovell Jiles, of Sontag, are1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.Riverwood Family Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

The infant died Dec. 2, 2008, at King’s Daughters Medical Centerin Brookhaven.

Preceding him in death were his grandfather, Philip Ivy; and agreat-grandfather, William Lovell Jiles.

Survivors are his parents, Terry Lynn Jiles and Shanan IvyJiles; a brother, William Jiles; a sister, Jessie Jiles; hisgrandparents; James and Rolinda Dupree, on Monroe, La., MichelleIvy, of Sontag; his great-grandparents, Robert and Mary Ivy, ofSontag, and Maxine Jiles, of Hodge, La.; and an uncle, NathanIvy.

Jodi Lynn Leavitt

Memorial services for Jodi Lynn Leavitt, of Bogue Chitto, were 3p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Big Springs Baptist Church in Brookhaven.The Rev. Lee Castello officiated.

Mrs. Leavitt, 46, died Nov. 23, 2008, at Select SpecialtyHospital in Jackson. She was born in Baton Rouge, La. on Dec. 7,1961, to Roy Hall and Mary King Hall.

She was of Baptist faith and attended Macedonia Baptist Churchin Lincoln County.

Preceding her in death were her mother, Mary King Hall; andhusband, Edward “Ed” Leavitt.

Survivors are her father, Roy Hall, of McComb; a son, ElwoodJames Ganoe, of McComb; her daughters, Katherine Grace Ganoe andMichael Thomas and Donis Amber Ganoe Durham and Marty, all of BogueChitto; a sister, La Nita Hall Griffin and husband, Michael, ofWoodbine, Ga.; her nieces, Emily Allaart and Mary Lawrence, ofWoodbine; a nephew, Mike Griffin, of Woodbine; her great nieces andnephews, of Woodbine; her three grandchildren, Sheylee GraceThomas, Alyssa Michelle Thomas and Emily Paige “Jellybean” Thomas;and numerous friends and other relatives.

Helen Burnett Savell Stancil

Helen Burnett Savell Stancil passed from death in this life intoEternal Heavenly Life on 29 November 2008. Her passing came quietlyto her in North Carolina after enjoying Thanksgiving with family.Family was at her bedside as angels escorted her Home.

Funeral arrangements through the Brookhaven Funeral Home onNatchez Drive provide for visitation on Thursday, 3 December,between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. She will lie in state at Brookhaven FirstBaptist Church beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, 4 December, with thefuneral service beginning at 11 a.m. Burial will follow at the RuthCommunity Cemetery. Helen had requested that in lieu of flowerscontributions be made to the Savell Stancil Memorial ScholarshipFund at First Baptist Church.

Helen was born Helen Marie Burnett as the first child of Rev.John Wesley Burnett and Amzie Doss Burnett in Hamburg, Arkansas, on20 August 1919. Her primary education was in Mountain Home, AR,where her father preached. After her mother’s death in 1931, theymoved to House, MS, where she graduated high school. She worked asa physician’s receptionist until she entered Hillman Women’sCollege. She graduated from Mississippi College after the twocolleges merged. She met and married Vernon Savell after they metat BSU meeting during these years. After World War II, she andVernon began their teaching careers at Seminary before moving tothe Ruth Mississippi School.

Their move to Ruth began their longtime lives and careers ofservice with Lincoln County Schools and later the Brookhaven schoolsystem. Many, many residents of the county have known them as theircolleagues, students and parents as they taught many years at RuthSchool, Bogue Chitto School and West Lincoln School before theiraffiliation of teaching in the Brookhaven School System. They hadbeen regular long-term members of Baptist churches in Ruth, BogueChitto, Gum Grove and Brookhaven. Helen was a member of Union HallBaptist Church and has always been active in church activities,particularly teaching Sunday School, BTU, Choir, Vacation BibleSchool, Revival and other many community activities. After Vernon’ssudden death in 1983, Helen met and married Rev. Ryburn T. Stancilof Crystal Springs, MS. Ryburn died in 1993.

Helen was preceded in death by her father, Reverend John WesleyBurnett, mother Amzie Doss Burnett, step-mother Fannie CarpenterBurnett; husbands Vernon David Savell Sr. and Reverend Ryburn T.Stancil; son Johnny Savell, Sgt. USAF; sister Oneida BurnettBrantley; and brothers Adrian O. Burnett Sgt. USAF, Arden Burnett,and Robert Burnett. She is survived by daughter Anne Savell McGeeof Brookhaven; sons Dr. V. David Savell, Jr. of Lebanon, TN, andDr. Randy Savell of Sylva, NC; brothers James Burnett of Vicksburg,Kenneth Burnett of Knoxville, TN, John Burnett of Jackson, LeroyBurnett of Brookhaven; sisters Charlotte Burnett Loper of Chatham,AL, Betty Burnett Fulgum of Jackson, Margaret Burnett Ard of Ruth,and Martha Burnett Beavers of Bogue Chitto; grandsons George McGeeof Tucson, AZ, Andrew McGee of Brookhaven, Dr. Alan Savell ofMaryville, TN, Dr. Truitt Savell of Dickson, TN, Nicholas Savell ofSylva, NC, Patrick Savell of Sylva, NC; and Jonathan Savell; 11great-grandchildren; and a host of extended family and friends.

We, her family, are pleased that God shared her life with us andnow holds her in His Eternal Care.

Margaret Woodall Wilkinson

Services for Margaret Woodall Wilkinson, of Spokane, Wash., are1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at Maplewood Gardens with burial inFairmount Memorial Park in Washington.

Visitation is Wednesday from noon until 4 p.m. at Hazen andJaeger Funeral Home in Spokane.

Mrs. Wilkinson, 86, died Nov. 28, 2008, in Spokane. She was bornin Bogue Chitto on June 6, 1922, to Clem and Ruth Woodall.

Following many years of traveling with her husband’s U.S. AirForce duties, they settled in Spokane in 1971. Mrs. Wilkinson hasbeen a part of the Maplewood Gardens community in Washington since2000. She was a member of Sunset Hill Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, MarionWilkinson; and a son, James.

Survivors are her daughters, Marian Eldrod and husband, Rodney,Teresa Hopkins and husband, Phillip, of Spokane; a sister, AliceAllen; a brother, R.E. Woodall, of Bogue Chitto; her threegrandsons, Todd Elrod, Calven Eldred and Trever Wright; her sixgreat-grandchildren; and her numerous nieces and nephews.