Obituaries for Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Carl David ‘Buck’ Roberts Sr.

Services for Carl David “Buck” Roberts Sr., of Bogue Chitto, arenoon Wednesday, July 1, at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church with burialin Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Brookhaven.

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

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Mr. Roberts, 62, died June 28, 2009, at Mississippi BaptistMedical Center in Jackson. He was born on April 28, 1947, to CarlRoberts and Lyllian Boyte Roberts.

He was a retired welder and also retired from the MississippiDepartment of Transportation. Mr. Roberts was a part of the MasonicLodge of Bogue Chitto and Crossroad Boys Quartet. He was also alifelong member of Bogue Chitto Baptist Church. Mr. Roberts was anavid fisherman and hunter. He adored his children, grandchildrenand his closet friends.

Preceding him in death were his father, Carl Roberts; hisgrandparents, Everett and Gertrude Boyte; and his honorary brother,Bud Givens.

Survivors are his mother, Lyllian Boyte Roberts; his children,Joey Cannon and wife, Amy, of Bogue Chitto, Wendy Roberts Boyd andhusband, Wayne, of Jayess, Dana Pyeatt and husband, Mikey, of BogueChitto, Buddy Roberts and Robby Roberts and wife, Dawn, all ofBogue Chitto; his sisters, Beverly Durham and husband, Jesse, ofBogue Chitto, and Katie Love and husband, David, of Brookhaven; hishonorary brothers, Charlie Hart and Royce Wilson; and his ninegrandchildren, Brandi and Samantha Boyd, of Jayess, Kellie and ColeLaird, Carrie Pyeatt, Cameron and Hunter Cannon, Kobe and ColtinRoberts, all of Bogue Chitto.

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James C. ‘Jo Jo’ Spears

Services for James C. “Jo Jo” Spears, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Wednesday, July 1, at Bethel United Methodist Church with burial inthe church cemetery.

Visitation is Tuesday from 6 until 9 p.m. at Brookhaven FuneralHome on Natchez Drive and Wednesday from 1 until 2 p.m. at thechurch.

Mr. Spears, 63, died June 28, 2009, at his residence after alengthy illness. He was born in Houston, Texas on Sept. 11, 1945,to H.T. Spears and Zula Grice Spears.

He was a West Lincoln High School graduate and a graduate ofElkins Institute in New Orleans, La. Mr. Spears was a retired radiobroadcaster working with WJPR in Greenville, WTYL in Tylertown andalso in McComb. He was a member of Bethel United MethodistChurch.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are a daughter, Darlene Spears, of Waukesha, Wis.; asister, Susan Giddens, of Dallas, Texas; and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Carroll Lester Smith, Chris Smith, Joey Smith,Jackie Wilkinson, Eddie Morris, Bruce Prestridge and Randy BrucePrestridge.

Honorary pallbearers are Sherrill Wallace and Harold Lewis.

Mattie Ella Taylor

Services for Mattie Ella Taylor, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Thursday, July 2, at Hopewell M.B. Church in Brookhaven with burialin Hillcrest Cemetery in Brookhaven.

Visitation is Wednesday from 1 until 7 p.m. at Williams Mortuarywith family present from 6 until 7 p.m.

Mrs. Taylor, 98, died June 26, 2009, at her residence. She wasborn in Lincoln County on April 24, 1911, to Warren Scarborough andArletha Strauther Scarborough.

She was retired. She was a member of Hopewell M.B. Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, T.C.Taylor; a son, Elzie Taylor; a brother, R.J. Scarborough; adaughter-in-law, Joy Taylor; a son-in-law, Robert Smith; a cousin,Emma Lou Tillman; and a friend, Oscar Black.

Survivors are her sons, Howard Taylor and wife, Rose, of NewYork City, N.Y., and Warren Taylor and wife, Augustine, ofBrookhaven; her daughters, Charlestine Smith, of Los Angeles,Calif., Bernice Powell and Dorothy Walker and husband, Percy, allof Brookhaven; a daughter-in-law, Annie Pearl Taylor, of SpringLake, N.C.; a caregiver and granddaughter, Phyllis Walker, ofBrookhaven; her sisters, Thelma Fleming and Erma Lee Smith, both ofBrookhaven; her 18 other grandchildren; her 28 great-grandchildren;her two great-great-grandchildren; and a host of other relativesand friends.

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

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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