Obituaries for Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Published 6:00 am Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Zadie Lou Gilmore Barner

Services for Zadie Lou Gilmore Barner, of Wesson, are 11 a.m.Thursday, Dec. 24, at Pleasant Grove M.B. Church in Wesson withburial in the church cemetery.

Visitation is Wednesday from 1 until 7 p.m. at Williams Mortuaryin Brookhaven with family present from 6 until 7 p.m.

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Mrs. Barner, 90, died Dec. 20, 2009, at her residence. She wasborn in Lincoln County on Nov. 1, 1919, to Parker Gilmore andJessie Thrasher Gilmore.

She was a retired cafeteria employee who worked for the CopiahCounty Public School System at Wesson Attendance Center. She was amember Pleasant Grove M.B. Church where she served on the Mother’sBoard, as a Sunday school teacher and in the mission ministry.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, OrangeBarner; her sons, Cecil Barner and Edward Barner; her four sisters;her six brothers; her two sons-in-law; her three grandchildren; anda grandson-in-law.

Survivors are her daughters, Allene Hicks and husband, Willie,of Chicago, Ill., Maxine McGee, of Sontag, Charlene Franklin, ofHawthorne, Calif., and Mary L. Barner, of Wesson; her sons, JamesBarner and wife, Lillie, of Indianola, Ben Barner and wife, Mary,of Wesson, and Shelly Barner and wife, Glenda, of Jackson; abrother, James P. Gilmore and wife, Mary, of Hazlehurst; adaughter-in-law, Lorraine Barner, of Jackson; a sister-in-law,Agnes Barner, of Hazlehurst; her 18 grandchildren; her 23great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relativesand friends.

Mary Hellon Byrd

Services for Mary Hellon Byrd, of the Auburn community, are 2p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 23, at Gum Grove Baptist Church in LincolnCounty with burial in Ramah Cemetery in Franklin County. The Rev.James Sanders will officiate.

Visitation is Tuesday from 5 until 8 p.m. at Hartman-SharkeyFuneral Home in McComb and Wednesday from 1 until 2 p.m. at thechurch.

Mrs. Byrd, 77, died Dec. 20, 2009, at her residence. She wasborn in Amite County on Oct. 14, 1932, to Thomas Ray Wilson andRuby Dell Bales Wilson.

She was a homemaker and a member of Gum Grove Baptist Church andwas a 20-year member of TOPS.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Bobby JoeByrd; and a brother, Ray G. Wilson.

Survivors are her sons, Joe W. Byrd and wife, Debra, and JimByrd and wife, Nicole, all of Brookhaven; her daughters, CarolynWilliams and husband, Ricky, of Smithdale, Mary Lofton and husband,Mike, of Brookhaven, Bobbie Felder, of Smithdale, and Jeannie K.Holmes and husband, Mark, of Mobile, Ala.; a brother, David Wilsonand wife, Eleanor, of Summit; her sisters, Martha Jordan andhusband, Moody, of Pelahatchie, and Susan Berryhill, of Magnolia;and her grandchildren, Steve Lofton, Dan Lofton, both ofBrookhaven, Sarah Wilson and husband, Robert, of Smithdale, JoeyByrd and wife, Lauren, and Crystal Byrd, all of Brookhaven, andThomas Urban, of Smithdale.

Pallbearers are the deacons of Gum Grove Baptist Church.

Honorary pallbearers are Steve Lofton, Dan Lofton, Joey Byrd,Mark Holmes, Robert Wilson, Thomas Urban and Todd Allred.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gum Grove BaptistChurch, 1233 Gum Grove Road, Brookhaven, MS 39601.

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Larry Lynn ‘Skeeter’ Halford

Services for Larry Lynn “Skeeter” Halford, of Meadville, were 11a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at Bude First Baptist Church with burial inMidway Cemetery in Meadville. Franklin Funeral Home was in chargeof arrangements.

Mr. Halford, 62, died Dec. 16, 2009, at Natchez CommunityHospital. He was born in Natchez on Sept. 2, 1947, to Aaron ThomasHalford Jr. and Grace Helen Bonds Halford.

He was a gas salesman for Herring Gas Co. Mr. Halford alsoserved in the Vietnam War. He was a member of Bude First BaptistChurch.

Preceding him in death was his father, Aaron Thomas HalfordJr.

Survivors are his mother; his wife, Debbie Bankston Halford; hisdaughters, Kristi Hester, of Meadville, and Brandi Hollingsworth,of Florence; his brothers, Bud Halford, of Pearl, and JohnnyHalford, of Meadville; his sisters, Alma Cochran, of Pearl, MarthaOakman, of Clinton, and Debbie Adams, of Brookhaven; and his twograndchildren.

James Wilmer Howell

Services for James Wilmer Howell, of Monticello, were 11 a.m.Tuesday, Dec. 22, at Monticello Methodist Protestant Church withburial in Bethshan Cemetery in Monticello. Wilson Funeral Home inMonticello was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Howell, 83, died Dec. 20, 2009, at Lawrence County Hospitalin Monticello. He was born in Lawrence County on Feb. 25, 1926, toPercy W. Howell and Mary Edna Hall Howell.

He was a retired diesel mechanic and truck driver. Mr. Howellserved in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member ofMonticello Methodist Protestant Church. He was also a member of theMonticello Masonic and Shriner Lodge.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his first wife, MaryNell Peavey Howell; and his three brothers.

Survivors are his wife, Earleen Buchanan Reid Howell; his sons,Bill Howell, Dale Howell, Lynn Howell, David Howell, all ofMonticello, Russ Howell, of Sontag, Randy Howell, of Monticello,and Bobby Don Miller, of Brandon; his daughters, Annelle Young, ofMonticello, Kay Mullens, of Booneville, Brenda Stormo, ofMonticello, Sandra Nations, of Gentry, Ark., and Rose Davis, ofMonticello; his brothers, Buel Howell, of Brookhaven, Dewey Howell,of Jayess, and Donald Howell, of Monticello; his sisters, LouiseWalker, of Brookhaven, and Vonice Thompson, of Center; his 28grandchildren; his 43 great-grandchildren; and his 19great-great-grandchildren.