Obituaries for Thursday, October 22, 2009

Published 5:00 am Thursday, October 22, 2009

Peggy A. Bardwell

Services for Peggy A. Bardwell, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Friday, Oct. 23, at Riverwood Family Funeral Service Chapel inBrookhaven with burial in Riverwood Memorial Park.

Visitation is Thursday from 5 until 9 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mrs. Bardwell, 67, died Oct. 20, 2009, at her residence. She wasborn on Aug. 22, 1942, to Melvin Chunn and Vita “BeBe”McKlemurry.

She was a nurse at Beacham Memorial Hospital and the MagnoliaClinic. She was of the Full Gospel faith.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Melvin and VitaChunn.

Survivors are her husband, Dennis A. Bardwell, of Brookhaven;her sons, Bubba Bardwell and Darvin Bardwell, both of Brookhaven; adaughter, Denise “NeeCee” Childress and husband, Tommy, ofBrookhaven; her brothers, Darrel Chunn and wife, Joann, of McComb,and Jimmy Chunn and wife, Ruby, of Greenville; a sister, JerryMcDaniel and husband, Bobby, of Gillsburg; her eight grandchildren,Jason Childress and wife, Emily, April Carson and husband, Derek,Aaron Bardwell, Eric Bardwell, Angie Bardwell, Angel Bardwell,Ashlea Bardwell and Jimmy Bardwell; her four great-grandchildren,Grayson Childress, Blake Russ, Morgan Childress and KayleighCarson; her other family members, Jennifer Furlow and TanyaBardwell; and a number of nieces and nephews.

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Bobby W. ‘Pete’ Beavers

Services for Bobby W. “Pete” Beavers, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m.Friday, Oct. 23, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel on Natchez Drivewith burial in Cold Springs Church of Christ Cemetery.

Visitation is Thursday from 4 until 9 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mr. Beavers, 56, died Oct. 20, 2009, at Hospice Ministries inRidgeland. He was born in Leland on Nov. 7, 1952, to Felix J.Beavers and Annie White Beavers.

He was a boilermaker with National Transit Lodge. He was ofBaptist faith.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother, MonroeBeavers; and a sister, Betty Gill.

Survivors are his wife, Connie Beavers, of Brookhaven; hisdaughters, Michelle Farling and husband, Zeke, and Carrie Brown andhusband, Jeremy, all of Brookhaven; his brothers, Thomas Beavers,of McComb, and Lonnie Ray Beavers, of Bogue Chitto; his sisters,Mary Johnson, of Le Moyen, La., Dorothy Martin, of Brookhaven,Joyce Ruby, of Jayess, Johnnie Boyles, of Monticello, and ElaineRichardson, of Bogue Chitto; his three grandchildren, AlenaFarling, Jamie Farling and Marley Brown; a grandson, “Baby BoyBrown,” who is on the way; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries.

Andy Benjamin ‘Ben’ DeLozier Jr.

Services for Andy Benjamin “Ben” DeLozier Jr., of Bude, are 3p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church inMeadville with burial in Midway Cemetery in Meadville. FranklinFuneral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. DeLozier, 85, died Oct. 20, 2009, at Natchez CommunityHospital. He was born in Collinwood, Tenn., on Nov. 8, 1923, toAndy Benjamin DeLozier Sr. and Eva Lawson DeLozier.

He retired from International Paper in Natchez after 36 years ofservice in the finishing and shipping department. Mr. DeLozier alsoserved with the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member ofLighthouse Pentecostal Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, QuentinDeLozier and Kermit DeLozier; and his sisters, Sylvia Soroka andElectra DeLozier.

Survivors are his wife, Wilma Dunn DeLozier, of Bude; his sons,Benny DeLozier and wife, Kathy, of Lawton, Okla., Daniel DeLozierand wife, Kay, of McCall Creek, Kenneth DeLozier and wife, Thelma,of Meadville, and William DeLozier and fiancé, Sheramie Patterson,of Holden, La.; his daughters, Brenda Holloway, of Bude, WandaSeale and husband, David, of Tampa, Fla., and Barbara Ross andhusband, Mike, of McNair; his sisters, Glistura DeLozier, of FortLauderdale, Fla., and Comellia Liles, of Dallas, Texas; his 16grandchildren; his 22 great-grandchildren; and his twogreat-great-grandchildren.

Raymond J. Rodriguez

Services for Raymond J. Rodriguez, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m.Friday, Oct. 23, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church inBrookhaven with burial in Easthaven Cemetery.

Visitation is Thursday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Brookhaven FuneralHome on North Jackson Street. Rosary is at 4:30 p.m. Thursday atthe funeral home.

Mr. Rodriguez, 84, died Oct. 21, 2009, at King’s DaughtersMedical Center in Brookhaven. He was born in Port Arthur, Texas, onDec. 18, 1924, to Joseph Rodriguez and Editha Guidry Rodriguez.

He retired after 36 years as a petroleum engineer with Chevron.Mr. Rodriguez also served with the U.S. Air Force during World WarII. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Hewas a member Pi Epsilon Tau Professional Society for PetroleumEngineers and the Geological and Mining Society of AmericanUniversities.

Preceding him in death were his parents.

Survivors are his wife, Eva Rodriguez, of Brookhaven; a brother,Bo Rodriguez, of St. Paul, Minn.; his brothers-in-law, LeRoyRichardson and wife, JoAnn, of Brookhaven, and Ralph Richardson andwife, Linda, of Waynesboro; his sisters-in-law, Helen Segers, ofLeesburg, Va., and Ayleen Boyett, of Brookhaven; and several niecesand nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Louisiana State UniversityFoundation Scholarship Fund for the Petroleum Engineer Departmentin memory of Raymond Rodriguez, 3838 Westlake Drive, Baton Rouge,La., or a charity of choice.

Rita Noble Schmidt

Services for Rita Noble Schmidt, of Brookhaven, are 2:30 p.m.Friday, Oct. 23, at Riverwood Family Funeral Service Chapel inBrookhaven with burial in Riverwood Memorial Park.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 2:30 p.m. at the funeralhome.

Mrs. Schmidt, 88, died Oct. 21, 2009, at her residence. She wasborn on Sept. 21, 1921, to William Edward Noble and NellieYoung.

She was a seamstress. She was a member of St. Frances of AssisiCatholic Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, William and NellieNoble; her husband, Emile Schmidt; and a daughter, Joy AnnChandler.

Survivors are a son, William Schmidt; a half sister, GloriaPace; her five grandchildren, Diana Bradley Mezzares, Frank EricBradley, Derek and Ryan Schmidt and Gavin Schmidt; and her sixgreat-grandchildren.

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Dorothy Lucille Taylor Walker

Services for Dorothy Lucille Taylor Walker are 2 p.m. Saturday,Oct. 24, at Macedonia M.B. Church in Brookhaven with burial inHillcrest Cemetery.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 5 p.m. at Williams Mortuarywith family present from 6 until 7 p.m. The repast will follow theservice at Serenity House, 511 North Church St.

Mrs. Walker died Oct. 18, 2009, at St. Dominic-Jackson MemorialHospital in Jackson. She was born in New Orleans, La., on Sept. 3,1941, to Mattie Taylor and Oscar Black.

She was joined in holy matrimony to her college sweetheart, theRev. Persia “Percy” Ray Walker, on June 4, 1964. They reared sixchildren.

Mrs. Walker was an honor graduate of Friendship High School. In1959, she went on to Coahoma Junior College on a basketballscholarship. It was here that she received a Most Valuable PlayerAward and statewide attention for her basketball talent. She alsowas voted Coahoma’s Most Popular in 1961. After graduating fromCoahoma, she attended Alcorn A&M College (later renamed AlcornState University), where she graduated with a Bachelor of Sciencedegree in mathematics with a minor in biology. Again, she was votedAlcorn’s Most Popular in 1963. She later received a Master ofScience degree in health and physical education. Mrs. Walker was ateacher and basketball coach at McCullough and New Hebron HighSchools.

Mrs. Walker went on to join her husband in the ministry. Sheco-founded several ministries including Mt. Zion Spiritual Churchand House of Prayer Church. She served as treasurer for theBrookhaven Singing Union for 15 years. She highly esteemed herspiritual growth to Hopewell M.B. Church, St. Mark M.B. Church,Greenwood M.B. Church and Rocky Branch M.B. Church where she was amember upon her death.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her stepfather, T.C.Taylor; and a brother, Elzie Taylor.

She leaves to cherish her devoted husband, the Rev. Persia”Percy” Walker; her children, Dorothy LaPamela (Jerry) Baker,LaPatrick (Yolanda) Walker, Deborah LePetricia (Lenard) King,Deitdre LaPenesia (Waldo) Lilly, Divitta LaPhyllis Walker andDaniel Walker; her siblings, Howard (Rosa) Taylor, of New YorkCity, N.Y., Charlestine Smith, of Los Angeles, Calif., Warren(Augustine) Taylor, of Brookhaven; her grandchildren, Deborah”Happy” King, Barak Walker, D’Anna King, D’Anthony Lilly, D’JohnKing, Denise King, Bedan Walker and D’Adrian Lilly; and a host ofrelatives and friends.