Obituaries for Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Claudia Golay Darden

Claudia Golay Darden, 53, departed this life on Dec. 10, 2009,after a brief illness.

Claudia was born in Sherman, Texas, and spent her childhood inBrookhaven, after which she moved with her family to New Orleans,La. Claudia was a 1976 graduate of Louisiana State University whereshe obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in social work.Immediately upon graduation, she worked for the State of LouisianaDepartment of Health and Human Resources as a social worker inBelle Chasse, La., New Orleans and Gretna, La. She retired fromsocial work upon the birth of her son, Brandon, and devoted thebalance of her life to the love and care of her son andhusband.

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She is survived by her beloved husband of nearly 32 years,Marshall Taylor Darden; her son, Brandon Taylor Darden, whom sheloved with all her heart and soul; her sister, Debra Golay Edwards;and her brother-in-law, Larry Edwards, both of Houston, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Lorene BrowerGolay; and her father, Claude Evans Golay.

She will be forever missed by her mother-in-law, Marian Darden,of New Orleans, with whom she had the most special and lovingrelationship. She is also survived by her brothers-in-law, ArthurD. Darden of Gretna, and Robert G. Darden, of Plano, Texas, andtheir wives, Gina Darden and Sheri Darden. She is further survivedby her nephews, Lance Edwards, Christopher Darden and AndrewDarden; and her niece, Ashley Darden. She will also be missed bythe many friends she made throughout her life.

The family especially wishes to thank the medical staff at WestJefferson Hospital, who did everything possible to make her lastdays and hours comfortable.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral servicesat Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home Chapel, 5100 Pontchartrain Blvd.(in Metairie Cemetery) on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009, at 2 p.m.Interment will follow in All Saints Mausoleum.

Visitation will be from noon until service time.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be madein her name to the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans or St.Philips Episcopal Church of New Orleans.

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James ‘Jay’ Davis Jr.

Memorial services for James “Jay” Davis Jr., of Tylertown, are 2p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at Hartman-Hughes Funeral Home Chapel inTylertown. The Revs. Dan Perry and Mike Evans will officiate.

Mr. Davis, 69, died Dec. 13, 2009, at his residence. He was bornin Lincoln County on July 23, 1940, to James Chesterfield and LuraBeeson Davis.

He was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church inBrookhaven, a longtime Mason, and served in the U.S. Army. Mr.Davis was also a retired garment industry manager of 40 years. Hewas an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed woodworking. Mr. Daviswas a wonderful family man and was loved by every life andindividual he touched.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his sisters, LavonSeals and Fannie Chesser.

Survivors are his wife, Judy Holmes Davis, of Tylertown; hissons, Keith Davis and wife, Leanne, and Wayne Baughman and wife,Tammy, all of Tylertown; his daughters, Cindy Gerber and husband,the Rev. Fred Gerber, of Morton, and Donna Fortenberry Brister, ofTylertown; his brothers, Johnnie Davis, of Brookhaven, and ManonDavis, of Tylertown; his sisters, Ann Rushing, of Tylertown, ElaineCude, of Bulverde, Texas, and Margie Calcote, of Brookhaven; his 11grandchildren; and a host of nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pleasant GroveUnited Methodist Church in Brookhaven or New Zion Baptist Church inTylertown.

Charles B. ‘C.B.’ Shannon

Services for Charles B. “C.B.” Shannon, of Wesson, were 11 a.m.Saturday, Dec. 12, at Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home Chapel withburial in Mt. Shady Grove M.B. Church Cemetery in Wesson.

Mr. Shannon, 85, died Dec. 7, 2009, at Hardy Wilson MemorialHospital in Hazlehurst. He was born in Copiah County on Aug. 10,1924, to Mary Shannon and Phin Shannon.

Mr. Shannon was a member of Mt. Shady Grove M.B. Church inWesson where he served as deacon for many years.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his brothers, X.L.Shannon, J.C. Shannon and Jimmie Shepard Sr.; and his sisters, CoraLee Webb, Elsie Ruth Byther, Dora Mae Brown, Mattie Mae Overton,Rosie Mae Durr and Sally Shannon.

Survivors are his wife of 64 years, Elma Lee Shannon; his sons,Gil Shannon Sr., of Calumet City, Ill., Otha Shannon, of GlendaleHeights, Ill., Argusta Shannon, of Wesson, and Charles W. Shannon,of Bogue Chitto; his daughters, Mary Shannon-Smith, of Brookhaven,and Betsy A. Shannon, of Byram; a brother, Eddie Frank Shannon, ofDetroit, Mich.; a sister, Climerteen Lyles, of Jackson; his sevengrandchildren; his three great-grandchildren; his threegodchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives andfriends.