Obituaries for Monday, June 29, 2009

Published 5:00 am Monday, June 29, 2009

Beatrice Case Altazin

Services for Beatrice Case Altazin, of Baton Rouge, La., were 10a.m. Monday, June 29, at Greenoaks Funeral Home Chapel in BatonRouge.

Mrs. Altazin, 88, died June 26, 2009, at Hospice of BatonRouge’s Butterfly Wing. She was born in Rosetta on April 26, 1921,to Enoch and Marvyn Day Case.

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She graduated from Brookhaven High School in 1939. She began acareer in property and casualty insurance with the Godbold Agencyin Brookhaven. Moving to Baton Rouge in 1946, she continued herinsurance career with Bynum & Grace Insurance, retiring after40 years of service in 1986. Mrs. Altazin was an avid reader with aspecial fondness for novels written about Mississippi or byMississippi authors. She was a member of Goodwood Church of Christladies’ Bible class. She was a loving mother, grandmother andgreat-grandmother. She will be remembered by family and friends forher good spirit and quick wit. A refined, beautiful SteelMagnolia.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, AlceeFrank Altazin; a brother, Enoch Welch Case; and her sisters, EthelCase Grant and Dorothy Case Lewis.

Survivors are a daughter, Sandra Pearce, of Lafayette, La.; ason, Barry Altazin, of Baton Rouge; her four grandchildren; and hertwo great-grandchildren.

Roger Bruce Foster

Services for Roger Bruce Foster, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Tuesday, June 30, at First Baptist Church Brookhaven with burial inArlington Baptist Church Cemetery in Bogue Chitto.

Visitation is Monday from 5 until 9 p.m. at Brookhaven FuneralHome on Natchez Drive and Tuesday from 10 until 11 a.m. at thechurch.

Mr. Foster, 49, died June 26, 2009, suddenly at his residence.He was born in Brookhaven on April 27, 1960, to Tera Lee Foster andWilmer Eugene Foster.

Bruce was a member of First Baptist Church Brookhaven. He wasowner/operator of Foster’s Construction. He spent his life in theBrookhaven area serving his community. Bruce’s meticulouscraftsmanship was evident in every job he undertook. Bruce servedas assistant Scoutmaster in Troop 911 of First Baptist ChurchBrookhaven for many years. He took every opportunity to help hisfriends and family. He loved serving others and was trusted andloved by everyone he touched. Above all, Bruce was a devoted,loving, Christian husband and father. He loved his familyunconditionally and always put them first and himself last. Hisfamily will remember his special smile and laugh.

Preceding him in death were his father, Wilmer Eugene Foster; aninfant son, Daniel Christopher Foster; a brother, Keith Foster; anda brother-in-law, Jimmy Furlow.

Survivors are his mother, Tera Lee Foster; his wife, BrendaMontgomery Foster, of Brookhaven; his sons, Matthew and MichaelFoster, both of Brookhaven; a daughter, Carrie Luster and husband,Jimmy, of Brandon; a sister, Sheila Furlow, of Brookhaven; hisbrothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Stacey and Debbie Smith, ofBrookhaven, and David and Kathy Montgomery, of Taylorsville; afather-in-law, N.G. “Sonny” Montgomery; his nephews, Adam Furlow,Joshua Smith and Jonathan Smith, all of Brookhaven, and Henry DavidMontgomery, of Taylorsville; and his nieces, Kayla Furlow, LeahByrd, both of Brookhaven, and Ali Montgomery, of Wesson.

Ella Henderson

Services for Ella Henderson, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Wednesday, July 1, at Mt. Wade M.B. Church in Brookhaven withburial in Hillcrest Cemetery in Brookhaven. Williams Mortuary is incharge of arrangements.

Visitation is Tuesday from 1 until 7 p.m. at the church withfamily present from 6 until 7 p.m.

Mrs. Henderson, 67, died June 26, 2009, at King’s DaughtersMedical Center in Brookhaven. She was born in Alexandria, La., onFeb. 26, 1942, to Freddie Johnson Sr. and Ethel Mae Johnson.

She was a 1959 graduate of Peabody High School in Alexandria anda 1964 graduate of Grambling College, now Grambling StateUniversity, with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Mrs.Henderson retired from teaching in Brookhaven Public Schools after29 years of service. She was a member of Mt. Wade M.B. Church formore than 40 years, where she served as the church musician untilher recent illness.

Preceding her in death was her father.

Survivors are her husband, Brookhaven Police Chief Arlustra”Pap” Henderson, of Brookhaven; her mother, Ethel Mae Johnson, ofBrookhaven; her children, Nicole Wise and husband, Shane, ofDesoto, Texas, and Roderick Henderson and wife, Stephanie, ofBrookhaven; a stepdaughter, Tjuana Tanner and husband, Patrick, ofAllen, Texas; her four grandchildren, Celine, Auston, Jalen andRoderick II; a brother, Freddie Johnson Jr., of Alexandria; amother-in-law, Christine Henderson, of Brookhaven; her devotedsisters-in-law, Dorothy and Jerry Henderson, of Brookhaven; abrother-in-law, Henry Henderson, of Brookhaven; and a host ofnieces, nephews and other relatives.

Clifford Allen Wand

Clifford Allen Wand, 79, went home to be with the Lord onSaturday, June 27, 2009, at 6:50 p.m. surrounded by his lovingfamily.

Services are 10 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Brookhavenwith burial in Easthaven Cemetery.

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

He was born on Nov. 3, 1929, in Brookhaven to the late OttoAllen and Mary Niesz Wand. He was the owner of Wand Seed Storeuntil his retirement in 1996. Mr. Wand was a 1949 graduate ofBrookhaven High School, where he had the distinction of becomingthe first four-year letterman in football and was also voted Mr.BHS his senior year.

He served his country in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War andafter coming home he attended the University of SouthernMississippi, where he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and amember of their Fifty Year Club. His loyalty and support continuedthroughout his life to both Southern Miss and the fraternity. Hewas recognized for his outstanding service for 31 years to theSouthern Miss Alumni Association and was chosen Alumnus of the Yearin 1995. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the WahabiShriner Organization. He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church,where he served as Sunday school superintendent for 30 years andserved as deacon and elder for 37 years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his first belovedwife of 38 years, Mitzi Oberschmidt Wand.

Survivors are his present wife, Trudy Givens Wand, ofBrookhaven; his sons, David Allen Wand, of Arley, Ala., Gary KeithWand, of Brookhaven; his daughter, Janice Wand Wallace and husband,Joey, of Brookhaven; along with his two grandsons, Cayce Wallace,of Jackson, and Caleb Wallace, of Brookhaven. Survivors alsoinclude a stepson, Stuart Givens and wife, Jane, of Wesson; astepdaughter, Susan Jones along with her husband, Jamie, ofMadison. His four step-grandchildren are Molly Jones, of Laurel,and Leah Frances Jones, of Madison, Betsy Givens and Berry Givens,of Wesson. He is also survived by two brothers and their wives,Floyd and Polly Wand, of Brookhaven, and Robert and Robbie Wand, ofBaton Rouge, La., along with a host of nephews and nieces. He isalso survived by the remaining friends of his beloved BHS Class of’49.

Memorials may be made to Faith Presbyterian Church BuildingFund, the Theresa Abshagen Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o JohnLipsey, 300 Cohee Road SE, Blacksburg, Va., 24060-5542, or HospiceMinistries of Brookhaven, 397 Brookhaven St., Brookhaven, MS,39601.

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