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Obituaries for Monday, March 23, 2009

Charlie Berry Bridges

Services for Charlie Berry Bridges, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Tuesday, March 24, at Pearlhaven Baptist Church in Brookhaven withburial in Mission Hill Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Riverwood FamilyFuneral Service and Tuesday from 1 until 2 p.m at the church.

Mr. Bridges, 63, died March 21, 2009, at his residence. He wasborn on Feb. 2, 1946, to Berry F. Bridges and Mary M. Mullins.

He was a truck driver for R.B. Wall Oil Co. Mr. Bridges servedin the U.S. Army. He was a member of Pearlhaven Baptist Churchwhere he was also a member of the Golden Pearls.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his sons, David Bridges and wife, Leah, of Tupelo,and Shane Bridges and wife, Beverly, of Sontag; a brother, JohnBridges, of Brookhaven; his sisters, Barbara Hux, of Brookhaven,and Betty Womack, of Ruth; his four grandchildren, Zachary, Jacoband Isabelle Bridges, all of Tupelo, and Ainsely Bridges, ofSontag.

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Alma Ilene Buffington

Memorial services for Alma Ilene Buffington, of Hattiesburg, are3 p.m. Monday, March 23, at Wilson Funeral Home Chapel inMonticello.

Mrs. Buffington, 65, died March 22, 2009, at Jefferson DavisCommunity Extended Care in Prentiss. She was born in Silver Creekon Dec. 28, 1943, to Isom Swan Ward and Ollie Mae Dyer Ward.

She was a bookkeeper and accountant.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and a son, Ramondo”Clay” Buffington.

Survivors are her sons, Raymond A. “Tony” Buffington, ofHattiesburg, Christopher R. Buffington Sr., of Petal, Stanley R.Buffington, of Monticello, and Christopher R. Buffington Jr., ofHattiesburg; a daughter, Bridgette I. Strange, of Perkinson; abrother, Cecil I. Ward, of Monticello, and a sister, AngelaGarrett, of Monticello.

Sue Spencer Errington

Services for Sue Spencer Errington, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Tuesday, March 24, at Heuck’s Retreat Baptist Church in Brookhavenwith burial in the church cemetery. Riverwood Family FuneralService is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Monday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the church.

Mrs. Errington, 53, died March 21, 2009, at SouthwestMississippi Regional Medical Center in McComb. She was born on Dec.4, 1955, to Perry Calvin Spencer and Loretta Brister Spencer.

She was a secretary and homemaker. She also worked for theBrookhaven School District’s bus transportation. She was a memberof Heuck’s Retreat Baptist Church. She was invested with youth andchildren’s activities for 30 years. She was a member of the SouthMississippi Horseman’s Association, Brookhaven High School SoccerBooster Club and the Pink Sisters Relay for Life team.

Preceding her in death were her father-in-law, RobertErrington.

Survivors are her parents; her husband, Tommy Errington; hersons, Robert “Spencer” and Jacob Douglas Errington; a daughter,Jamie Leigh Errington; her brothers, Perry Eugene Spencer, BruceCalvin Spencer and James Richard Spencer; and a host of nieces andnephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society and PinkSisters Relay for Life team, 1538 Sagewood Lane, Brookhaven, MS,39601.

“‘Sue,’ what a blessing” she has been to our family, our churchand our community. She lived her testimony of faith everyday. Iexpect she will be missed at Jackson Oncology as well … as shewas better known as “The Hat Lady.” She made and decorated adifferent hat for every holiday or occasion to wear when she wouldgo for treatment to always brighten the spirits of others who werethere. This evolved into the “Hat Ministry” and allowed her tospeak in various churches and share her testimony of God’s grace.She has been an inspiration at home and abroad in her daily walk.Through it all, her faith never waivered. We will miss her greatlyas we continue to serve an unfailing God.

John Riley McCurley Jr.

Services for John Riley McCurley, of Hazlehurst, are 3:30 p.m.Monday, March 23, at Stringer Family Funeral Services in Hazlehurstwith burial in Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Mr. McCurley, 87, died March 21, 2009, at Pine Crest Guest Homein Hazlehurst.

He was a native of Wilkinson County. He formerly lived inJefferson County and moved to Copiah County in 1960.

Preceding him in death were his wife, Mildred McCurley; and ason, John Riley McCurley III.

Survivors are his sons, Robert Lynn McCurley and Delton WayneMcCurley, all of Hazlehurst; his daughters, Billie Sue Mayes, ofWalker, La., and Barbara Ann Miller, of Soso; his 10 grandchildren;and his 25 great-grandchildren.

W. H. ‘Shag’ Pyron

Services for W.H. “Shag” Pyron, of Hazlehurst, are 2 p.m.Tuesday, March 24, at Hazlehurst United Methodist Church withburial in Felder’s Methodist Campground in Summit.

Visitation is Monday from 4 until 7 p.m. at Stringer FamilyFuneral Home in Hazlehurst.

Mr. Pyron, 79, died March 22, 2009, in Hazlehurst. He was bornin Yazoo City to Townsend Hemphill Pyron and Allie LathamPyron.

He graduated from Greenwood High School and received a fullscholarship to play football for Mississippi State University as adefensive tackle from 1948 – 1951. He earned an “M” letter eachyear he played for the Bulldogs and was selected an All-SECdefensive tackle in 1951. He graduated with a business degree fromMississippi State in 1952. He was drafted by the Chicago Cardinalsin 1952 and played in the Canadian League.

His love for football led him to south Mississippi where he wasthe line coach at Southwest Mississippi Junior College and laterbecame the head football coach at Hazlehurst High School. It waswhile he was coaching at Hazlehurst, Shag met and married his wifeof 53 years, Carlene Freiler. After his coaching years, he workedfor Stribling Puckett as a heavy equipment sales representative andlater served as highway commissioner for the southern district ofthe State of Mississippi from 1967 to 1979. Up until his death hejoined his sons in the timber business and ran the Brookhavenoffice of Copiah Forest Products Inc.

He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church inHazlehurst for 55 years. He was ordained and installed as a deaconof the church on June 29, 1969. He also served as a member of theHazlehurst School Board. He was a loyal supporter of his almamater, Mississippi State University, and devoted much time toencouraging numerous young athletes. He was a loving husband,father and grandfather and most definitely a friend to all.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and a sisters, EffieElizabeth Lewis.

Survivors are his loving wife, Carlene Freiler Pyron; his sons,William Freiler Pyron and wife, Bethany, of Jackson, Robert CraigPyron and wife, Courtney, of Crystal Springs, and John Carl Pyronand wife, Johna, of Hazlehurst; and his eight grandchildren, Ali,Emily, Rob, Mary Landrum, Elizabeth, Colter, Amanda and Latham.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Hazlehurstand to the W.H. 
”Shag” Pyron Memorial Fund c/o The Bulldog Club,Mississippi State University, P.O. Box 5327, Mississippi State, MS39762.