Obituaries for Thursday, March 20, 2009

Published 5:00 am Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mark Wayne Case

Services for Mark Wayne Case, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Saturday, March 21, at Riverwood Family Funeral Service Chapel withburial in New Sight Cemetery.

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

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Mr. Case, 47, died March 17, 2009, at Mississippi BaptistMedical Center in Jackson. He was born on Nov. 2, 1961, to HaroldCase and Carolyn Adams Case.

Mark was a devoted and loving husband and dad. He had a smilethat will always be remembered for being uplifting and encouragingto all who came in contact with him. He lived for his family. Hewas a sales manager for McComb Diesel and an active member ofBrookhaven Academy’s Booster Clubs and Parent Teacher League. Hewas an avid Mississippi State University supporter. He was a memberof First Baptist in Brookhaven.

Preceding him in death were his grandparents, Vercie Adams andLillie Laird Adams and Ira Case and Ethel Vaughn Case.

Survivors are his wife of 22 years, Lisa Allen Case; a son, MarkAllen Case; a daughter, Katie Elisabeth Case; his brothers, SteveCase and wife, Brenda, and Doug Case and wife, Pam.

Memorials may be made to the Brookhaven Academy Mark CaseScholarship Fund.

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Bessie Mae Johnson Kyzar

Services for Bessie Mae Johnson Kyzar, of Denham Springs, La.,are 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel onNatchez Drive with burial in New Prospect Baptist ChurchCemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 9 until 11 a.m. at the funeralhome.

Mrs. Kyzar, 87, died March 17, 2009, at Harvest Manor NursingHome in Denham Springs. She was born in Pike County on May 7, 1921,to Alex E. Johnson and Tenar Hayes Johnson.

She retired from retail sales with J.C. Penney Co. in BatonRouge, La. She was a member of Family Worship Center in BatonRouge.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, EarlBernard Kyzar; her brothers, Curtis Johnson, Leon Johnson, ClydeJohnson and Wes Johnson; her sisters, Eunice Ingram, MittieRoberts, Mamie Rushing Hall and Minnie Smith.

Survivors are her daughters, Elaine Martinez, of Baton Rouge,and Shirley Kyzar, of Walker, La.; a brother, Versie Johnson, ofBaton Rouge, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Benjamin ‘Ben’ Lucas

Services for Benjamin “Ben” Lucas, of Liberty, are 1 p.m.Saturday, March 21, at Parson Hill M.B. Church in Liberty withburial in the church cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 7 p.m. at Williams Mortuarywith family present from 5 until 7 p.m.

Mr. Lucas, 60, died March 17, 2009, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center in McComb. He was born in Amite County onMay 30, 1948, to Monett Lucas and Irma Hughes Lucas.

He was a retired chef. He was a member of Parson Hill M.B.Church.

Preceding him in death were his father; and a brother, KelvinLucas.

Survivors are his mother, Irma Hughes Lucas, of Liberty; a son,Shevis Collins, of Liberty; a brother, Ricky Lucas and wife,Sandra, of Summit; his sisters, Linda Scott, Destree Wells andBrenda Williams and husband, Oscar, all of New Orleans, La.; histhree grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relativesand friends.

Jesse Vernon Pierce

Services for Jesse Vernon Pierce, of Wesson formerly of UnionChurch, are 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at First Baptist Church inBrookhaven with burial in Rosehill Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Brookhaven FuneralHome on Natchez Drive and Saturday from 1 until 2 p.m. at thechurch.

Mr. Pierce, 84, died March 17, 2009, at his residence. He wasborn in Union Church on Aug. 24, 1924, to Wylie Vernon Pierce andJessie Dixon Pierce.

He retired as regional vice president of the AssociatesInvestment Corp. in Gainesville, Ga. He was a member of FirstBaptist Church in Brookhaven.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Daisy BrittPierce in June 2000; his brothers, J.D. Pierce, Wylie Pierce, A.D.Pierce and James Pierce; his sisters, Della Pierce Whittington,Virgie Pierce Watts and Gladys Pierce Jones.

Survivors are his sons, Ron V. Pierce and wife, Phyllis, ofMarietta, Ga., and Steven J. Pierce and wife, Debbie, of FloweryBranch, Ga.; a sister, Maxine Walding, of Mobile, Ala.; his threegrandchildren, Tina Pierce Hayner, Jason Taylor Pierce and EmilyPierce Martin; his three great-grandchildren, Simeon, Noel andPhoebe Hayner.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First BaptistChurch in Brookhaven.