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Obituaries for Sunday, January 10, 2010

Etta Ruth Smith Burke

Services for Etta Ruth Smith Burke, of Wesson, are 11 a.m.Monday, Jan. 11, at Clear Branch Baptist Church with burial in thechurch cemetery. Riverwood Family Funeral Service is in charge ofarrangements.

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

Mrs. Burke, 73, died Jan. 8, 2010, at her residence. She wasborn on Sept. 9, 1936, to John Emerson Smith and Mamie StanleySmith.

She was a homemaker. She was a member of Clear Branch BaptistChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her sister, EdwinaCrouch.

Survivors are her husband, Gerald Scott Burke; her sons, ScottBurke and wife, Marie, Chris Burke and wife, Lynn, Brian Burke andwife, Gabe, Kyle Burke and wife, Charissa, and Mark Burke; herdaughter, Leslie Burke Smith; her brothers, John Paul Smith andwife, Bessie, and Russell Smith and wife, Jo, of Austin, Texas; 16grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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Thelma Mae Bryant

Services for Thelma Mae Bryant, of Oakvale, are 2 p.m. Sunday,Jan. 10, at Wilson Funeral Home with burial in Society HillCemetery.

Visitation is Sunday from 8 a.m. until the time of the serviceat the funeral home.

Miss Bryant, 89, died Jan. 8, 2010. She was born on Feb. 20,1920, to Frank Stamps and Mae White.

She was a seamstress.

Preceding her in death were her parents; nine brothers; and onesister.

Survivors are her daughters, Janie Magee, of Monticello, OraBallard, of Oakvale, and Virginia Lambert, of Monticello; herbrother, Lloyd Stamps, of Omaha, Neb.; her sister, MerleFortenberry, of Hathorne; eight grandchildren; and 11great-grandchildren.

Ruth Elizabeth Lee Gorton

Services for Ruth Elizabeth Lee Gorton, of Wesson, are 2 p.m.Sunday, Jan. 10, at Heucks Retreat Baptist Church with burial inthe church cemetery. Riverwood Family Funeral Service is in chargeof arrangements.

Mrs. Gorton, 79, died Jan. 7, 2010, at her residence. She wasborn on April 10, 1930, to Frank Marion Lee and Ruby ElizabethBardwell Lee.

She was a member of Heucks Retreat Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her sister, EvelynLee Duff.

Survivors are her husband, Lee Gorton; her son, Freddie LeeGorton, of Wesson; her daughter, Elizabeth Cheryl Gorton Scott andhusband, David Michael, of Lafayette, La.; her brother, ClarenceEugene Lee, of Wesson; her grandson, Lt. Col. Christopher LeeLucas; her great-grandson, Benjamin Lee; and many nieces andnephews.

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Mary Ida Hoffman

Graveside services for Mary Ida Hoffman, of Brookhaven, are 2p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at Rosehill Cemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Homeon North Jackson Street is in charge of arrangements.

Miss Hoffman, 90, died Jan. 8, 2010, at Rush Memorial Hospitalin Meridian. She was born in Memphis, Tenn., on Oct. 15, 1919, toGarnett Andrew Hoffman and Ruth Hunter Estes Hoffman.

She was a graduate of Brookhaven Public Schools, Copiah-LincolnCommunity College, the University of Southern Mississippi and theUniversity of Tennessee. She was a retired home economics teacherwho taught at Amory City Schools and Meridian Public Schools. Shealso was a volunteer for Mike Parker’s campaign for Congress. Shewas a member of First United Methodist Church.

Miss Hoffman was also a member of the Mississippi Retired PublicEmployees Association, American Vocational Association and theMississippi Association of Vocational Educators.

Preceding her in death were her parents; and her sister, Ruth H.Carleton.

Survivors are her nephews, Kenneth Carleton, of Forrest, and G.Eugene Carleton, of Nashville, Tenn.; her niece, Marsha RuthFrederick, of Carthage; three great-nieces; and onegreat-nephew.

Memorials or gifts may be made to one’s favorite charity.

Eula Rushing Smith

Graveside services for Eula Rushing Smith, of Bogue Chitto, are1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, at Rawls Cemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Homeon North Jackson Street is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Sunday from 5 until 9 p.m. and Monday from 10 a.m.until noon. Both visitation services will be held at the funeralhome.

Mrs. Smith, 82, died Jan. 8, 2010, at her residence. She wasborn in Lawrence County on Jan. 27, 1927, to Jack Rushing and EulaSmith Rushing.

She was a housewife. She was a member of Faith PentecostalChurch.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, J.P.Smith; and several brothers and sisters.

Survivors are her sons, Mervin Smith and Edward Smith, both ofBogue Chitto; her daughter, Brenda Prather, of Bogue Chitto; hersister, Myrtle White, of Brookhaven; nine grandchildren; 14great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Perry Allen Smith

Services for Perry Allen Smith, of Utica, are 3 p.m. Tuesday,Jan. 12, at Sylvarena Baptist Church in Wesson with burial in thechurch cemetery. Brookhaven Funeral Home on North Jackson Street isin charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the time of the serviceat the church.

Mr. Smith, 75, died Jan. 8, 2010, at Central Mississippi MedicalCenter in Jackson. He was born in Wesson on July 24, 1934, toJessie Allen Smith and Ruby Roberts Smith.

He was a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College andMississippi College. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force. Heretired in 1989 as a research physicist at Waterways ExperimentStation in Vicksburg. He was a member of Sylvarena BaptistChurch.

Preceding him in death were his parents; and his sister, Jan, ofWesson.

Survivors are his wife of 53 years, Janice Countryman Smith, ofUtica; his sons, Allen Dale Smith and wife, Ann, of Gloucester,Va., and Kirk Smith, of Utica; his daughters, Ann Smith-Rinehart,of Utica, and Renee Gray Murphy and husband, John, of Apopka, Fla.;seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his home church,Sylvarena Baptist Church Building Fund, the Alzheimer’sAssociation, or a favorite charity.