Obituaries for Monday, May 11, 2009

Published 5:00 am Monday, May 11, 2009

John W. King

Services for John W. King, of Ruth, are 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 12,at Ruth Baptist Church in Ruth with burial in Ruth Cemetery.Riverwood Family Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

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

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Mr. King, 68, died May 9, 2009, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center in McComb. He was born on April 24, 1941,to Homer King and Bonnie Alexander Knight.

He was a retired farmer. He was a member of Ruth BaptistChurch.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Homer King and BonnieAlexander Knight; his brothers, James King, Ed King, Walter Kingand Henry King; and his sisters, Nell Maxwell, Marie Nations andCharlene McCullough.

Survivors are his wife, Jannilla D. King; his sons, Willis RayKing, of Ruth, and Gary Wayne King, of Amite; his daughters, RitaFaye Miller, of Iota, La., Teresa Lynn Givins, of Ruth, and AngelaDarlene Busby, of Brookhaven; his brothers, John David King, ofPelahatchie, and Boyd Calvin King, of Columbus; a sister, Mary JuneDunaway, of McComb; his 10 grandchildren; his 11great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Online condolences may be made to

Thelma Neal Rushing

Thelma Neal Rushing, of Brandon, lost her courageous battle withpancreatic cancer on May 9, 2009, at St. Dominic-Jackson MemorialHospital in Jackson. Visitation is May 11, 2009, from 5 until 8p.m. at Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Brandon. Funeral Services are2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12, 2009, at Grace Primitive Baptist Church inPearl with burial to follow at Goodwater Baptist Church Cemetery inMagee.

Mrs. Rushing was a member of Grace Primitive Baptist Church,which she loved. She worked as an accounting supervisor inexpense/payables at McRae’s/Saks in Jackson for more than 20years.

She was born in Lincoln County on Oct. 24, 1939. She was alongtime resident of Brookhaven and Clinton and was a currentresident of Brandon.

She was preceded in death by her father, Fulton B. Neal; hermother, Daisy Brister Neal; and a brother, Hugh Lee Neal.

Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Kenneth E. Rushing;two sons, Ken Michael Rushing and his wife, Margaret, of Brandon,and Darryl Lance Rushing and his wife, Janice, of Clinton; fourgrandchildren, Lance, Chelsea, Abbie and Brett; a brother, JamesFarrell Neal and his wife, Jenny, from La Luz, N.M.; andsisters-in-law, Shirley Neal and Margaret Rushing, from Brookhaven,and Martha Rushing, from Magee.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Grace PrimitiveBaptist Church, 349 Crosspark Drive, Pearl, MS 39208.

Georgia Lea Leonard Williams

Services for Georgia Lea Leonard Williams, of McComb, were 3p.m. Sunday, May 10, at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home Chapel inMcComb with entombment in Hollywood Mausoleum.

Mrs. Williams, 83, died May 6, 2009, at McComb Extended Care.She was born in Sartinville on Dec. 23, 1925, to Warren and NannyLeonard.

Mrs. Williams can be remembered by many in McComb as thedirector of the Courtyard, where so many teens from the 60’s knewher as Mrs. Wilson and were able to take their dates to dances sheand members of the local Beta Sigma Phi hosted. She was in businessuntil her retirement. She was a longtime member of North McCombBaptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her first husband,Ernest L. Wilson; her second husband, Bill Pickens; and her thirdhusband, Sam Williams.

Survivors are her sons, Tommy Wilson, of McComb, and DonnyWilson, of Blountsville, Ala.; her six grandchildren; her twogreat-grandchildren; and her numerous nieces, nephews andfriends.