Obituaries for Sunday, August 23, 2009

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Ruby Williams Katzes

Services for Ruby Williams Katzes, of Meridian and formerly ofBrookhaven, were 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, at Webb Funeral Home inMeridian with burial in Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson.

Mrs. Katzes died Aug. 18, 2009, in Meridian. She was born inDelhi, La., on Feb. 25, 1923, to Jesse and Jessie Williams, ofBrookhaven.

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She graduated from New Sight High School in Brookhaven andMillsaps Business College in Jackson.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Wilber J. Katzes Sr.;her parents; her brothers, Charles Williams, Wayne Williams andJames Williams; and her sister, Mary Monygomery, all ofBrookhaven.

Survivors are her son, Wilbur Deloyt Katzes Jr., of Meridian;her daughter, Mary Ann Clodfelter, of Aurora, Colo.; her brother,Shelton Williams, of Brookhaven; her sister, Hazel Bounds, ofBrookhaven; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and fourgreat-great-grandchildren.

James O. ‘Bud’ Melton

Services for James O. “Bud” Melton, of Brookhaven, were 2 p.m.Saturday, Aug. 22, at Community Funeral Services with burial inUnion Hall Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Melton, 64, died Aug. 20, 2009, at University Medical Centerin Jackson. He was born in Yazoo City on Jan. 26, 1945, to Mike O.Melton and Frances Hannah Melton.

He was an oil field driller.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and one brother.

Survivors are his wife, Joyce Melton, of Brookhaven; his sons,Billy Upton, of Brookhaven, Michael Upton, of Cotton Valley, La.,and Jason Case, of Bogue Chitto; his daughter, Nancy Green, ofBrookhaven; his brothers, Reggie, Fred and David Melton; hissisters, Linda King and Dean Wilburn; and six grandchildren.

Gladys Flowers Smith

Services for Gladys Flowers Smith, of McComb, are 2 p.m. Monday,Aug. 24, at Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home with burial in HollywoodCemetery. The Rev. Rick Kennedy and Dr. David Millican willofficiate.

Visitation is Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m. and Monday from noonuntil the time of the service. Both visitation services will be atthe funeral home.

Mrs. Smith, 87, died Aug. 21, 2009, at her residence. She wasborn in Vicksburg on March 27, 1922, to Willie Gale Flowers andDorothy West Flowers.

She graduated from Heucks Retreat High School in Lincoln County.She and her late husband, Grover Smith, were married for 64 years.Together, they owned and operated Acme Sheet Metal Works in McCombfor three decades until their retirement in 1979.

Mrs. Smith was a member of New Heights Baptist Church. She was avolunteer with the Pink Lady Auxiliary of Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center for more than 25 years. After she and herhusband retired, they enjoyed traveling and camping with friendsfor two decades as members of the Good Sam Club.

She took great pride in the accomplishments of her children andgrandchildren, traveling to their high school and collegegraduations; attending their weddings; and celebrating the birthsof their children. She will be remembered by her family and friendsas kind and thoughtful, generous with her time and unwavering inher commitment to those she loved.

Preceding her in death was her husband; her son, David AnthonySmith, of McComb; her daughter, Kathy Smith Barnes, of McComb; andher granddaughter, Lacey Baker Smith.

Survivors include her son, Mike Smith, of McComb; her daughters,Dolores Smith Bell, of Memphis, Tenn., and Karen Smith Wallace, ofMcComb; her grandchildren, Jason Maxwell, Jennifer Smith Dumas,Josh “Bo” Bell, David Bell, Bridget Smith, Melita Smith Baldwin,Sarah Wallace Anderson, Jamie Wallace and Julie Wallace; and eightgreat-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Jason Maxwell, David Bell, Jamie Wallace,Dr. John Dale Dumas, B.A. Anderson and Jason Howell.

The family is grateful for the many relatives and friends whoshowed devotion to Mrs. Smith throughout her illness, andparticularly to the dedicated team of caretakers who provided loyaland compassionate care during the final months of her life.

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Billy Case Walker

Services for Billy Case Walker, of Roxie, are 3 p.m. Sunday,Aug. 23, at Roxie Baptist Church with burial in Roxie Cemetery.Franklin Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Sunday from 2 p.m. until the time of the serviceat the church.

Mr. Walker, 86, died Aug. 21, 2009, at Franklin MemorialHospital in Meadville. He was born in Copiah County on March 27,1923, to Rufus Walker and Mary Case Walker.

He was retired from Chevron Oil Co. He was a veteran of the U.S.Army, having served during World War II with the 325th Search Light& Anti-Aircraft in Battalion B. He fought in Okinawa and servedduring the victory over Japan. He was an avid sportsman andwoodcrafter. He was a Mason and Shriner for over 50 years with theS.B. Stampley Lodge #222 of Roxie.

Mr. Walker and his wife enjoyed traveling the United States,Mexico and Canada. He was an avid supporter of his grandsons intheir activities. He was a member of Roxie Baptist Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and one brother.

Survivors are his wife, Norma Johnson Walker, of Roxie; his son,Eddie Walker and wife, Cathy, of Natchez; and his grandsons, AndrewWalker and Austin Walker.