Obituaries for March 4, 2010

Published 7:30 pm Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mary Ellen Case

Mary Ellen Case

Services for Mary Ellen Case, of Brookhaven, are 10 a.m. Friday,March 5, at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Brookhaven,with burial in the Catholic Cemetery. Celebrant will be FatherMatthew Simmons. Brookhaven Funeral Home on Natchez Drive is incharge of arrangements.

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Visitation is Thursday from 5 until 8 p.m., with a rosary at 7 the funeral home.

Mrs. Case, 90, died March 2, 2010, at the University of MississippiMedical Center in Jackson. She was born in Brookhaven on Feb. 13,1920, to Robert Francis Aylward and Bertha Massey Aylward.

She was retired from her job as a clerk with the Mississippi StateHealth Department, and also former society editor with The DAILYLEADER newspaper. She was a very active member of St. Francis ofAssisi Catholic Church, and was a former Girl Scout leader. She wasa recipient of the Brookhaven Exchange Club Golden DeedsAward.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, WilliamHarrison Case Sr.; her sons, William Harrison Case Jr. andChristopher M. Case; and her grandson, Brian Patrick Case.

Survivors are her sons, Francis A. Case, of Natchez, and Mike J.Case, of Brookhaven; her daughters, Linda Peaster, of Flora,Jennifer Munson, of Ponchatoula, La., and Mary Jane Oglesby, ofLakeland, Fla.; her 12 grandchildren and eightgreat-grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Scott Munson, Tim Case, Nick Oglesby, JoshuaMullins, Matthew Emmons and Jeremiah Davis. Honorary pallbearersare Geoff Hambach, Bruce Lambert, Keith Munson, Tommy Peaster, RonEngel and David Lofton.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the NatchezChildren’s Home in Natchez.

Robert Ewell Cooper

Robert Ewell Cooper, 68, of Pearl, died Feb. 28, 2010, at hisresidence. A private family service will be held at a later date,with burial at Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland.

Mr. Cooper was born in Macon, on July 27, 1941. He was a longtimeresident of Pearl, but did spend a great deal of time inBrookhaven. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Millsaps College,and his master’s degree and specialist training from MississippiCollege. Mr. Cooper taught English at Chastain Middle School formore than 30 years until his retirement in 1995.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ewell Joseph and LeliaAnnette Brashears Cooper.

He is survived by his brothers, Edwin Cooper and wife Kathy, ofTupelo, and George Cooper and wife Becky, of Jackson; and numerousnieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Animal Rescue League, 5221Greenway Drive Ext., Jackson, MS 39204-3212; phone,601-969-1631.

Marvin Godbold

Services for Marvin Godbold, of McComb, are 11 a.m. Saturday, March6, at Central Baptist Church in McComb, with burial in HollywoodCemetery. Hartman-Sharkey Funeral Home in McComb is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 5 until 8 p.m. at the church, and onSaturday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service.

Mr. Godbold, 73, died March 2, 2010. He was born in Pike County onOct. 14, 1936, to the late Sherall M. Godbold Sr. and Frances KyzarGodbold Boyd.

He served the City of McComb Police Department for more than 20years and was a retired funeral director. He was the former managerof Hartman Funeral Home in Crystal Springs and Tylertown, andCatchings Funeral Home in McComb. He was elected as a McComb CitySelectman and served four terms as selectman at large. He was amember of Central Baptist Church in McComb. He was a 50-year memberof McComb City Lodge No. 382 F&AM, and was a member of theWahabi Shriners Temple.

He is preceded in death by his parents, and stepfather, MertonBoyd.

Survivors are his wife of 54 years, Dorothy “Dot” Sanders Godbold,of McComb; a daughter and son-in-law, Darlene and Mitch O’Quin, ofMandeville, La.; his brothers and sisters-in-law, Bob and JanGodbold, of Bogue Chitto, and Don and Sue Godbold, of Brookhaven;his sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and K.C. Avery, ofSpringfield, Va.; and his grandchildren, Corey O’Quin and wife,Megan, of Jonesboro, Ark., and Katie O’Quin, of Mandeville.

Pallbearers are Mitch O’Quin, Corey O’Quin, Sidney Adams, DennisWhite, Sammy Williams and Joe Magee. Honorary pallbearers areelected and former elected officials of the City of McComb andformer McComb Police officers who served with Mr. Godbold.

The family requests memorials be sent to Mississippi ArthritisFoundation, 1060 East County Line Road, Ridgeland, MS 39157, orCentral Baptist Church, 719 3rd Street, McComb, MS 39648.

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Mynell Blackwell Holmes

Services for Mynell Blackwell Holmes, of Bogue Chitto, are 3 p.m.Saturday, March 6, at New Zion Union Missionary Baptist Church inBogue Chitto, with burial in Bogue Chitto/Norfield Cemetery.Williams Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Holmes, 84, died March 2, 2010, at her residence. She was bornin Lincoln County on Dec. 19, 1925, to J.C. Blackwell and MinetteMcGee Blackwell.

She was retired. She was a member of New Zion Union M.B.Church.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her first husband, AltonNelson Sr.; her second husband, Robert Dorsey; her third husband,Sammy Holmes; her sons, Alton Nelson Jr. and Robert Dorsey; herdaughter, Jena Kaye Bullock; her brothers, Ganner Blackwell, JamesBlackwell and William Blackwell; her sisters, Mary Lou Brown, NelmaEdwards and Hilda Montgomery; and her grandchildren, Victor Nelsonand Dexter Turner.

Survivors are her daughters, Deborah Turner and husband Benton,Lorraine Lewis and husband Rufus, and Sally Godbolt, all of BogueChitto; her brothers, Levan Blackwell and wife Grace, of BogueChitto, Matthew Blackwell and wife Bess, of Jackson, WesleyBlackwell and wife Jessie Mae, of Springfield, Mass., Murry LeeBlackwell and wife Phyllis, of Atlanta, Ga. and James Blackwell andwife Evelyn, of Houston, Texas; her sisters, Velvelyn Foster andhusband E.C., of Jackson, and Elnora Dorsey, of Dallas, Texas; her15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 10great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, otherrelatives and friends.

Elise ‘Lisa’ May Marshall

Services for Elise “Lisa” May Marshall, of Houston, Texas, andformerly of Bogue Chitto, are 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6 at WilliamsMortuary Chapel in Brookhaven, with burial in Topisaw/MarshillCemetery in Ruth.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Marshall, 53, died Feb. 23, 2010, at Cypress Fairbanks MedicalCenter in Houston. She was born in Lincoln County on July 21, 1956,to Sammie May and Lillie Tolliver May.

She attended Lincoln County Training School, and was a graduate ofJohn McDonough High School in New Orleans, La.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her brother, Richard May;and three grandchildren.

Survivors are her husband, Wilfe Marshall, of Houston; herchildren, Christopher May, Mona Lisa Rovaris, Shandrick May,Jessica May and Gaberiel May, all of Baton Rouge, La. and JonathanMay, of Houston; her brothers, James May, of Brookhaven, T.L. Mayand wife Rosalind, of New Orleans, La., and Harold May, ofLouisville, Ky.; her sisters, Doris May, Charlesten McKenzie andhusband Billy, and Stella May, all of New Orleans, Bessie Evans andhusband Willie, and Effie Poole and husband Joe, all of Brookhaven,and Elizabeth Fortenberry, of Little Rock, Ark.; her stepmother,Linda Ruth May, of Bogue Chitto; her stepbrothers, Anthony May, ofRuth, Ricky Dell May, of San Antonio, Texas, and Michael May,Derrick May and Darrell May, all of Brookhaven; and her stepsister,Amanda May, of Brookhaven.

Versie Ratcliff

Services for Versie Ratcliff, of Brookhaven, are 11 a.m. Saturday,March 6, at the Brookhaven branch of the Church of Jesus Christ ofLatter-day Saints, with burial in the Red Star Ward Cemetery.Brookhaven Funeral Home on Natchez Drive is in charge ofarrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 5 until 7 p.m. at the funeral home, andon Saturday at 10 a.m. at the church until the time of theservice.

Mr. Ratcliff, 93, died March 3, 2010, at Hospice Ministries inRidgeland. He was born in Lincoln County on July 25, 1916, to JohnRichard Ratcliff and Ida Smith Ratcliff.

He was a farmer, and worked in the oil field industry, and with thehighway department. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and servedduring World War II. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christof Latter-day Saints, Brookhaven branch.

Preceding him in death were his parents; his wife, Donis LouiseRatcliff; his brothers, Carlos, Rance, Sidney, Percy and AlibyRatcliff; his sisters, Beatrice Leggett and Nellie Ward.

Survivors are his sons, John “Jimmy” Ratcliff, of Skipwith, Va.,Gregory Ratcliff, of Brookhaven, and Russell Rushing, ofPennsylvania; his daughters, Betty Thompson and Robin Jackson, bothof Brookhaven; and his 13 grandchildren and numerousgreat-grandchildren.

Thelma Louise Scarborough Smith

Services for Thelma Louise Scarborough Smith, of Brookhaven, are 11a.m. Saturday, March 6, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church inBrookhaven, with burial in the church cemetery. Williams Mortuaryis in charge of arrangements.

Visitation is Friday from 1 until 6 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mrs. Smith, 85, died Feb. 28, 2010, at King’s Daughters MedicalCenter in Brookhaven. She was born in Lincoln County on Feb. 27,1925, to Hiram Jenkins and Lenteal Rosetta.

She was retired. She was a member of Macedonia M.B. Church, andserved on the Motherboard and was head of the dining hallcommittee.

Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Essex “Hop”Smith; her brothers, Ernest Scarborough Jr. and Johnny Hawkins; andher sister, Ernestine Bell Singleton.

She leaves to cherish in her memory her godchildren, Sabena Allen,of Brookhaven, and B.J. Franklin, of New Holland, Pa.; a specialson, Louis Wilson, of Brookhaven; and other godchildren,grandgodchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.