Obituaries for Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Published 6:00 am Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Willie Dan Burton

Services for Willie Dan Burton, of Brookhaven, are 1 p.m.Friday, Jan. 8, at Greenwood M.B. Church in Brookhaven with burialin Gibbs Cemetery in Cuba, Ala., Saturday, Jan. 9 at 1 p.m.

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

Mr. Burton, 77, died Dec. 31, 2009, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center in McComb. He was born in Sumter County,Ala., on Feb. 8, 1932, to Deboy Burton and Annie L. Graham BurtonRucker.

He attended and received a certificate of certification in automechanics from the Manpower Development of Training Programsponsored by McComb Public Schools. He was employed with BurnhamChevrolet for 15 years and retired from the City of Brookhaven withmore than 20 years of service. Mr. Burton was a member of GreenwoodM.B. Church.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and a brother, SepherBurton.

Survivors are his wife, Lillie Burton, of Brookhaven; his sons,Dr. Willie C. Burton and wife, Alberta, of Zachary, La., EddieBurton and wife, Wanda, of Montgomery, Ala., Johnny Burton andwife, Denise, of Houston, Texas, Larry Burton, of Gautier, Jessieand Willie G., both of Brookhaven, and Jerry Burton, of Meridian;his daughters, Mable Burton, of Ridgeland, and Mary Blair andhusband, Robert, of Birmingham, Ala.; his six grandchildren,Jarius, Keturah, Devan, Shenna, Shaquille and Allison; and agreat-grandchild, Jakalya.

Carline Sumrall Greer

Services for Carline Sumrall Greer, of Bogue Chitto, are 2 p.m.Thursday, Jan. 7, at Topisaw Baptist Church in Bogue Chitto withburial in the church cemetery.

Visitation is Wednesday from 5 until 9 p.m. at Riverwood FamilyFuneral Service in Brookhaven and Thursday from noon until 2 p.m.at the church.

Mrs. Greer, 72, died Jan. 5, 2010, at Walthall County GeneralHospital. She was born on Oct. 10, 1937, to Willis Leon “Ted”Sumrall and Ruby Polk Sumrall.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Topisaw Baptist Churchwhere she served as a Bible drill coordinator and church trainingdirector for many years.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Willis Leon “Ted” andRuby Polk Sumrall; her husband, Jesse Collins “J.C.” Greer; aninfant son; her two infant sisters; and a sister-in-law, AliceElizabeth Batte.

Survivors are a son, Jess Greer and wife, Stephanie, of Jayess;her daughters, Carolyn Welch and husband, Chris, of Bogue Chitto,and Pam Young and husband, Mark, of Laurel; her sisters, Ruby NellBoyd and husband, Dewitt, of Monticello, and Willie Dean Martin andhusband, Darrell, of Gulfport; a brother-in-law, David C. Batte Jr.and wife, Eudora; her eight grandchildren, Courtney and ColtonWelch, Ariel, Damien and Dakota Young, and Sydney, Lyndey andCarley Greer; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews andloving friends.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to GideonInternational, P.O. Box 2596, Laurel, MS 39442 or Callie’s Mission,P.O. Box 108, Bogue Chitto, MS 39629.

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John Dickson ‘Dick’ Jordan

Mr. John Dickson “Dick” Jordan, of Bermuda Run, N.C., passedaway Jan. 2, 2010, at Bermuda Village.

Dick was born Dec. 13, 1922, in McCall Creek. He was the son ofthe late Robert Burton and Bessie Steward Jordan.

Dick was a graduate of the University of Tennessee where heplayed football. He played in the Sugar Bowl in 1943. He thenserved in World War II as a bomber pilot in the 391st BombardmentGroup. Dick returned to the University of Tennessee after the warto finish his education and played in the Orange Bowl in 1947.

He was called back into service during the Korean War and was ina MASH unit. After discharge from the Army, he worked for 25 yearsfor Ralston Purina as a district manager.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Frances Wesley Jordan;his children, Cheryl Marshbanks (John), of Boone, N.C., Julee Rose(Bill), of Winston-Salem, N.C., John Jordan, of Carrboro, N.C., andBurt Jordan, of Winston-Salem; 12 grandchildren and 13great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or toEbenezer United Methodist Church, Rt. 2 Box 126-A, McCall Creek,MS, 39647.

Online condolences may be made to www.hayworth-miller.com.

Annie Ruth Laird

Services for Annie Ruth Laird, of Brookhaven, are 2 p.m. Friday,Jan. 8, at Brookhaven Funeral Home Chapel on North Jackson Streetwith burial in Mt. Zion Church of Christ Cemetery.

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

Mrs. Laird, 92, died Jan. 5, 2010, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter in Brookhaven. She was born in Lincoln County on Dec. 3,1917, to Will Franklin and Minnie Nettles Franklin.

She was a certified nurse’s assistant and retired from HavenHall Health Care Center in Brookhaven. She was a member of CentralBaptist Church, where she was also a Sunday school member.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Jim Laird;her sons, Claude, Frank D., Alfred, Bill A., Paul, Barnett and JimLaird Jr.; her brothers, Jim Franklin, Joe Franklin and BenFranklin; and her sisters, Rae Lewis, Veda Furr and LillieSmith;

Survivors are a son, Herbert Laird, of Brookhaven; herdaughters, Jimmie Ahrend and Diane Laird, both of Brookhaven; her12 grandchildren; and her 17 great-grandchildren.

Gladys W. Lowery

Services for Gladys W. Lowery, of Brookhaven, are being handledby Riverwood Family Funeral Service in Brookhaven.

Mrs. Lowery, 68, died Jan. 4, 2010, at her residence. She wasborn on July 11, 1941, to Earl Edwards Weimer and Marie KeeferWeimer.

She retired from Delphi Packard Electric. She was a member ofHeuck’s Retreat Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents, Earl and Marie Weimer;her husband, Charles W. Hathaway; and a sister, Zelna Weimer.

Survivors are a son, Randy Bosley, of Atlanta, Ga.; herdaughters, Kim Bosley Cummins and husband, Ed, of Brandon; herbrothers, Lee Weimer and Ray Weimer, both of Ohio, and GrantWeimer, of Florida; her sisters, Wilma Brinsky, of Ohio, RuthWhite, Laura Johnson, both of Florida, Connie Caraway, of Ohio,Shirley Stragg, of West Virginia, and Donna Crawford, ofPennsylvania; her two grandchildren, Christian Bosley and SeanCummins; her companion, Fred “Dude” Lowery; and her numerousnieces, nephews, and other family members.

Memorials may be made to Brookhaven Animal and Rescue League,5221 Greenway Drive Extension, Jackson, MS 39204.

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Freddie R. Miller

Services for Freddie R. Miller, of Ruth, are 2 p.m. Friday, Jan.8, at Harrigill Funeral Home Chapel in Brookhaven with burial inRuth Cemetery in Ruth.

Visitation is Thursday from 5 until 8 p.m. and Friday from 9a.m. until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Miller, 79, died Jan. 3, 2010, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter in Brookhaven. He was born on March 18, 1930, to John W.Miller and May Smith.

He was a machinist and general foreman with Illinois CentralRailroad. Mr. Miller was a veteran of the Korean conflict havingserved in the U.S. Army.

Preceding him in death were his parents; a son, Keith AllenMiller; and his five brothers.

Survivors are his wife, Susie Greer Miller; his sons, KennethRay Miller, of Stillwater, Okla., and Kevin Lee Miller, of BatonRouge, La.; a daughter, Susan Miller Halford, of Ruth; hisbrothers, Edgar Lee Miller, of Jayess, and James Earl Miller, ofChicago, Ill.; a sister, Marie M. Smith, of Dallas, Texas; hisseven grandchildren; and his four great-grandchildren.

Dorthy R. Wilson

Services for Dorthy R. Wilson, of Meadville, are 2 p.m.Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Bude Baptist Church with burial in MidwayCemetery in Meadville. Franklin Funeral Home is in charge ofarrangements.

Mrs. Wilson, 84, died Jan. 4, 2010, at Meadville ConvalescentHome. She was born in Adams County on June 26, 1925, to Frank Rushand Willie Campbell Rush.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Meadville BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, BryanWilson; a son, Billy Wilson; her two brothers; and a sister.

Survivors are her daughters, Melba Ezell and husband, Donald,and Judy Priest and husband, Jimmie, all of Bude; hersisters-in-law, Maxine Watts and Jackie Wilson; her fourgrandchildren; and her six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Mark Van Norman, Tanner Van Norman, HunterEzell, Brock Ezell, Dunc McCormick and Preston LeMoine.