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Obits for Sunday, November 1, 2009


Services for Ellisteen Davis, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m. Sunday,Nov. 1, at Mt. Gilead Primitive Baptist Church in Smithdale withburial in Ebenezer Methodist Church Cemetery. Brookhaven FuneralHome on Natchez Drive is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Sunday from 9 a.m. until noon at the funeral homeand from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the church.

Mrs. Davis, 92, died Oct. 30, 2009, at her residence. She wasborn in Franklin County on Jan. 13, 1917, to Samuel Floyd Cowartand Ada Jane Laird Cowart McGehee.

She was retired seamstress from Kellwood Garment Factory inMcComb. She was a member of Mt. Gilead Primitive BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Homer Davis; herparents; her son, Samuel David Davis; her daughter, Robbie DavisJackson; her son-in-law, Tom Jackson; her sisters, Delia Clark,Reta Mae Coward and Alice Dickerson; and her brother, EdgarCowart.

Survivors are her son, Melvin Davis, of Smithdale; herdaughters, Jane Heath, of Germantown, Tenn., Rita Cothern, ofBrookhaven and Patsy Cothren, of Smithdale; 10 grandchildren; 20great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.


Services for Katie Kennedy Furr, of Wesson, are 10 a.m. Monday,Nov. 2, at Wesson Baptist Church with internment immediatelyfollowing at Wesson Cemetery.

Visitation is Sunday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Riverwood FamilyFuneral Service and Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of theservice at the church.

Mrs. Furr, 83, died Oct. 29, 2009, at Mississippi BaptistMedical Center in Jackson following a lengthy illness. She was bornAug. 8, 1926, in Magee to Wade Alexander Kennedy and KittyYelverton Kennedy. She was the youngest of three children.

She graduated from Magee High School in 1944. While working atStandard Oil Company in Jackson immediately following World War II,she met and married Lester R. Furr Sr., her husband of 52 yearsuntil his death in 1998.

Katie and Lester owned and operated Wesson Pharmacy for 21 yearsfrom 1951 until 1972. She later served for 10 years as secretary tothe dean of students at Copiah-Lincoln Community College. She was amember and past regent of the Ole Brook Chapter of the Daughters ofthe American Revolution.

Mrs. Furr realized her true calling, however, later in life as agrandmother to her two beloved granddaughters. She devoted themajority of her time, energy and love to the benefit of AbbyElizabeth and Perry Katherine. Scores of childhood and adultfriends of Abby and Perry know Mrs. Furr simply as “Neenee.”

She was a member of Wesson Baptist Church her entire adult life,serving in many different capacities through the years. She servedas organist, pianist, church secretary, choir member and Sundayschool teacher to name just a few. She was a true child of God andwas unafraid of proclaiming her love of Jesus Christ, her Saviorand Lord.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Lester R.Furr Sr.; her son, Lester R. (Randy) Furr Jr.; her brother, WadeKennedy; and her sister, Martha Green.

She is survived by her son, Richard Kennedy Furr and wife,Robin, of Wesson; and her granddaughters, Abby Furr Garcia, ofBrookhaven, and Perry Katherine Furr, of Wesson.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be madeto the Lester R. (Randy) Furr Jr. Memorial Band Scholarship atCopiah-Lincoln Community College.


Services for Mildred McCaffery Leggett, of Brookhaven, formerlyof Bogue Chitto, are 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Calvary BaptistChurch in Bogue Chitto with burial in the church cemetery.Brookhaven Funeral Home on Natchez Drive is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation was 5 p.m. Friday at the church.

Mrs. Leggett, 80, died Oct. 29, 2009, at Haven Hall Health CareCenter in Brookhaven. She was born in Bogue Chitto on Aug. 19,1929, to Benny McCaffery and Lula Wallace McCaffery.

She was a homemaker and former factory worker. She was a memberof Calvary Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, BarneyLeggett; her brothers, R.E. Russell, Homer and Jewell McCaffery; asister, Mary White; and a grandson, Shane Case.

Survivors are her sons, Jimmy Leggett and Johnny Leggett, bothof Bogue Chitto; a daughter, Brenda Case, of Bogue Chitto; herbrothers, Houston “Skeet” McCaffery, of Bogue Chitto, and Robert”Snow” McCaffery, of Wesson; a sister, Geraldine McCaffery, ofBogue Chitto; her four grandsons; and her sixgreat-grandchildren.