Meridian Star


December 22, 2013

Obituaries for Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013

MERIDIAN — Ruby Pearl Graham Sims

    OCEAN SPRINGS – Services for Ruby Pearl Graham Sims will be held Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church, followed by internment at 12:30 p.m. in Biloxi National Cemetery. Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home, Ocean Springs Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.

    Mrs. Sims, 86, of Ocean Springs, died Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013. Ruby – beloved wife, mother and teacher – was born in Decatur (Newton County) on April 11, 1927, and lived in Ocean Springs since 1968. She received a master’s degree in dducation from the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Ruby attended First Baptist Church of Ocean Springs, where she was a Sunday School teacher and director. She also volunteered in other areas such as the Red Cross. She also loved to garden and cook for others. In her youth, she was a star basketball player.

    She is survived by her daughters, Gloria Jean (Jim) McCarthy, Judy Ann MacInnis and Janet Lea (Ellis) Phifer; grandchildren, Margaret, Tom and Edward McCarthy, J.J. Cleveland, Candice Lehman, Tracie Bruni, and Lauren and Aaron Phifer; and great-grandchildren, Thomas, Timothy and Camille Cleveland, Mackenzie and Samantha Lehman, and Colton, Cooper, Lexi and Cohen Bruni.

    Mrs. Sims was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas A. Sims; her parents, Charlie and Lillie Graham; a son-in-law, Robert MacInnis; and 11 brothers and sisters.

    Charitable donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or First Baptist Church of Ocean Springs.    

    Visitation will be on the day of services, from 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., at the church.

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Billy Owen Ford

U.S. Army (Retired)

    QUITMAN – Services for Billy O. Ford will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the Mississippi National Guard Armory, with the Revs. Ray Stokes and Mark Covington officiating. Wright's Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

    Mr. Ford, 83, of Quitman passed away on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at his residence. He was born Dec. 26, 1929, to Clayton and Maxine Ford in Greenwood Springs.

    Billy moved to Quitman on March 24, 1955, after active duty in the Mississippi State Guard and the U. S. Army.  With the help of then Mayor Robert (Bob) Covington, he was instrumental in establishing the Mississippi National Guard Unit in Quitman. Billy operated the National Guard Armory in Quitman until 1977, when he retired as Warrant Officer 4.

    Billy was a was a brigadier general in the Mississippi State Guard; served as fire chief for the Quitman Volunteer Fire Department; was a member of the Veterans Affairs Board in Jackson, and was instrumental in the planning and construction of the first Veterans Nursing Home in Jackson during his seven-year term. He also served as Clarke County Emergency Management director, as vice president of the Mississippi Jaycees, and was active in Family Support and Soldiers Group for the 786th Transportation Unit in 1990.

    Billy was a member of First United Methodist Church of Quitman, where he was a certified Lay Speaker and served as lay speaker for several churches in the area. He, at one time, taught and served as president of the Adult Sunday School Class. He helped his wife, Mary, teach God and Country Camp at FUMC for 10 years, as well helped with Kids Camp at Camp Shelby in Hattiesburg one week each summer for two summers. He was an avid supporter of his children’s athletic and band events, and cooked many meals for family, friends and school booster clubs.

    Survivors include: wife, Mary Eifling Ford; sons, Bill Ford Jr. (Christie) and R. Chris Ford; daughters, Leslie Snowden (Billy), Liz Hachmeister (John), Katherine Moore and Alison Young (Richard); grandchildren, Carmen Ford Davis, Mary Beth Parton Jones (Timmy), Curt Ford, Leah Moore, Zach Ford, Dallas Ford, Taylor Ford, Larson Ford, Madison Ford, Laura McDonal (Wes), Danielle Hachmeister, B.J. Snowden and Colby Snowden; great-grandchildren, Ford Davis, Banks Davis, Cameron Dennison, Lizzie Jones, Penny Laine McDonald, Kylie Ford, Dexter Jones, Dylan Jones and Dayton Jones; one brother, H.C. Ford of Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., and nieces Claudia Ford Hardcastle of Tennessee and Janie Ford Meyer of Homewood. Ala.

    Billy was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Carol Maxine Ford; and a son, Michael (Mickey) Hamilton Ford.

    Pallbearers will be Bill Ford, Chris Ford, John Hachmeister, Billy Snowden, Richard Young, Timmy Jones, Curt Ford, Zach Ford, Larson Ford, Ford Davis, Banks Davis, Dexter Jones, Dylan Jones and Dayton Jones.

    Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Ray Evans, Harlon Long, Mickey Long, D. L. Beckman, John David Williams, Ray Smith, Billy Wayne Mosley, Jackie Moore, Tina Estes, Stanley Herrington, Happy Lucas, Mack Loper, Robert Earl Evans, Joe Poythress, Ron Sykes, Fred Hills, D. B. Hardee, Steve Watkins, Buddy Manasco and Don Herbert.

    Memorials can be made to First United Methodist Church, Quitman, (Wounded Warrior Fund).

    Visitation will be held on the day of services after 10 a.m. at the Mississippi National Guard Armory in Quitman.

    Online condolences may be posted at

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