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Obituaries for Wednesday, January 13, 2010

LaNelle Middleton Fortenberry

Services for LaNelle Middleton Fortenberry, of Monticello, are11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, at Monticello Baptist Church inMonticello with burial in Hollywood Cemetery in McComb.

Visitation is Wednesday from 4 until 7:30 p.m. at Wilson FuneralHome.

Mrs. Fortenberry, 93, died Jan. 11, 2010, at Lawrence CountyHospital. She was born in McComb on Dec. 8, 1916, to George ErenstMiddleton and Leta McPhail Middleton.

She was a retired teacher having taught at Monticello ElementarySchool. She was a member of Monticello Baptist Church. Mrs.Fortenberry was also a charter member of the Monticello Women’sClub, a member of the Riverside Garden Club and COTRIE Club. Shealso was a longtime teacher of a primary Sunday school class andVacation Bible School at Monticello Baptist Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Harold C.Fortenberry; and a brother, Glynn Middleton.

Survivors are her daughters, Janice Dear and husband, Butch, ofMonticello, and Lynn Mayfield and husband, Billy, of Fort WaltonBeach, Fla.; her three grandchildren, David Mayfield, Kristi Delzerand Laura Mayfield; and her five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Monticello Baptist Church TVMinistry.

Robert H. Guess

Robert H. Guess, 86, died peacefully with family at his side inhis home in Schenectady, N.Y., on Jan. 7.

Robert (Bob) was born to Louise and Earl Guess on Sept. 5, 1923.Reared in Brookhaven, he attended Copiah-Lincoln Junior College andreceived a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineeringfrom Tulane University.

During World War II, Bob served as an ensign in the Pacificaboard the USS Pine Island and retired from the Naval Reserves as alieutenant junior grade. He then taught at Mississippi StateUniversity where he met the love of his life, his bride, Martha N.Newton.

His engineering career took him to Boeing Corp. in Seattle,Wash., and on to the Arnold Research Organization in Tennessee. In1960, he moved his family to Schenectady where he worked at theGeneral Electric Research and Development lab, located in Building37, for the next 24 years. He particularly enjoyed his last majorproject, working on the GE 100 electric car that is now on displayat the Schenectady Museum.

Bob was always a loving, generous and supportive son, brother,husband, father, grandfather and son-in-law who always put hisfamily first.

He lived by his values. His kindness, ethics and hard work werean example to all who knew him as a leader, colleague, neighbor andfriend.

In Schenectady, he was a member of the Elfun Society, served onthe consistory of the Cobblestone Church, as a committeeman of BoyScout Troop 54 and volunteered for the Schonowe Fire Department.Upon retirement, Bob and Martha returned to Mississippi for severalyears, where, together, they worked on many community projects.They settled in Wytheville, Va., in 2000 and became active membersof St. John’s Episcopal Church.

In 2007, Martha, his beloved wife of 57 years, predeceased Bob.At that time, he went back to Schenectady to be near his childrenand grandchildren.

He is survived by his sister, Louise Guess, of Brookhaven; adaughter, Susan (Bruce) Blander; a son, Dwight (Linda) Guess; adaughter, Cindy (Dino) Santuccione; his grandchildren, David andDevlin Guess, Melissa and Rebecca Thompson, Eric Blander; andgreat-grandchildren, Arianna and Chase, all of the New York capitaldistrict. His nephew Bryan Guess, and family, of Winchester, Tenn.,also survive him.

The family would like to thank the staff of Parkland Gardens andDr. Catherine Smitas for their kind support during the past twoyears and Schenectady Community Hospice for their invaluable care.In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in memory ofBob be directed to the Edison Exploratorium, 132 Broadway,Schenectady, N.Y. 12305, or Community Hospice of Schenectady, 1411Union St., Schenectady, N.Y. 12308.

Friends and loved ones are invited to attend a memorial servicewith military honors at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church inSchenectady on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 11 a.m.

J.P. Lambert

Services for J.P. Lambert, of West Monroe, La., are 1 p.m.Friday, Jan. 15, at Riverwood Family Funeral Service Chapel inBrookhaven with burial in Union Baptist Church Cemetery inBrookhaven.

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

Mr. Lambert, 71, died Jan. 12, 2010, at Southwest MississippiRegional Medical Center in McComb. He was born on Nov. 24, 1938, toTom Lambert and Addie Mae King Lambert.

He was a retired painter. He was of Pentecostal faith.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Tom Lambert and AddieMae King Lambert; a brother; and a sister.

Survivors are his wife, Shirley Sykes Lambert; his sons, WendellR. Lambert Sykes and Travis Jones Lambert; a daughter, Brenda AnnLambert; his brothers, Ford Lambert, Jewel Lambert and DonaldLambert; and his sisters, Charlene Kent, Odean Shoemaker and ElmerLambert; his seven grandchildren, Felicia Sykes, Darren Lambert,Ashley Sykes, Dylan Lewis, Devin Lewis, Tiffany Sykes and DeAnnLewis; a great-grandchild, Blake Browder.

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Joseph M. Rector III

Services for Joseph M. Rector III, of Brookhaven, will be heldat a later date. Riverwood Family Funeral Service is in charge ofarrangements.

Mr. Rector, 74, died Jan. 7, 2010, at his residence. He was bornon March 26, 1935, to Joseph M. Rector Jr. and Emma JonesRector.

He was a truck driver. Mr. Rector served with the U.S. Air Forceduring the Korean War. He was a member of the Episcopal Church ofthe Redeemer in Brookhaven. Mr. Rector was also a member of theBrookhaven Lions Club and the American Legion.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Joseph M. Rector Jr.and Emma Jones Rector; a sister, Ann Fossa; and a nephew.

Survivors are his wife, Sarah A. Rector; his sons, Joseph M.Rector IV and wife, Gina, of Midland Park, N.J., Donald C. Rectorand wife, Rhonda, of Charlotte, N.C., and John M. Rector and wife,Robin, of Petal; his six grandchildren, Joey Rector, Justin Rector,Michael Rector, Kara Rector, Jonathon Rector and Sarah Rector; anda niece.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the HospiceMinistries or the Evening Lions Club of Brookhaven.

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