Obituaries for Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Ruth Owens

Services for Ruth Owens, of Hazlehurst, are 11 a.m. Wednesday,July 29, at First Presbyterian Church with burial in the HazlehurstCemetery.

Visitation is Tuesday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Stringer FamilyFuneral Services Chapel in Hazlehurst.

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Mrs. Owens, 95, died July 26, 2009, at Pine Crest Guest Home inHazlehurst. She was born in Tulsa, Okla., on Feb. 13, 1914.

She resided five miles west of Hazlehurst in the Gallatincommunity since 1915. Mrs. Owens was a faithful member of FirstPresbyterian Church of Hazlehurst and Gallatin Homemakers Club.

Preceding her in death were her husband, T.C. Owens; and son,David T. R. Owens.

Survivors are her daughters, Catherine O. Cox, of Brookhaven,Nancy O. Harris and husband, Milton, of Gulfport, and Linda O.Ferrell and husband, Mitch; her 10 grandchildren; her 24great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Carey Worth Philpott

Services for Carey Worth Philpott, of Alabama, were 2 p.m.Saturday, June 20, at Fairfax First Baptist Church with burial withmilitary honors in the Fairfax Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Garnettofficiated. Johnson Brown Service Funeral Home in Valley, Ala., wasin charge of arrangements.

Mr. Philpott, 80, died June 17, 2009, at his residence ofnatural causes. He was born on Aug. 20, 1928, to Thomas Walker andAnnie Mae Philpott.

He graduated from Handley High School and then later receivedthree degrees in education from Auburn University, serving as aneducator for 28 years. Mr. Philpott served as principal of FairfaxElementary School for 20 years. Mr. Philpott playedsemiprofessional baseball for the Valley Rebels and theFlorida/Alabama League. He served in the U.S. Army during theKorean War. He was a member of the American Legion. He was a memberof the Fairfax First Baptist Church. Mr. Philpot was cared for byLonzie Tremble, Bernadine Manning and Fay Spears.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, Gordonand Eugene; and his former wife, Kathleen Clark Philpott.

Survivors are his wife, Nellene Russell Philpott; his children,Larry, Amelia, both of Valley, and Gary; his stepchildren, StevenRussell and Lori Salyer and husband, Ricky, all of Brookhaven; asister and brother-in-law, Rudene and Hubert Childs, of Meridian;his seven grandchildren; his four step-grandchildren; his twogreat-grandchildren; and his four step-great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Philpott’s nameto either Fairfax First Baptist’s piano fund or the FairfaxElementary School.

Shirley Mae Smith

Graveside services for Shirley Mae Smith, of Brookhaven, will beheld at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Fulton.

Visitation is Tuesday from 4 until 8 p.m. at Brookhaven FuneralHome on Natchez Drive with prayer services at 7 p.m.

Mrs. Smith, 70, died July 22, 2009, at her residence. She wasborn in Treemont on Nov. 24, 1938, to Taft Hamner and Linnie HolmesHamner.

She was owner/operator of Crossroads Quick Mart for 14 years.She was of Baptist faith.

Preceding her in death were her parents.

Survivors are a son, Ronny Spencer and wife, Dianne, ofBrookhaven’s Loyd Star community; her sisters, Dorothy Holland, ofChicago, Ill., Rebecca McFadden, of Hamilton, Ala., and JoyceRoberson, of Fulton; a brother, Richard Hamner, of Hamilton; hertwo grandchildren, Julie McKee and husband, Brian, and JustinSpencer and wife, Anabel; her three great-grandchildren, Cohen andTaylor Grace McKee and Phillip Ross Spencer; astep-great-granddaughter, Hannah McKee; a number ofgreat-great-grandchildren; and a very special friend, HelenSmith.