Maurice Lamar “Sockeye” McDonald Jr.
Retired, James River Company
Services for Maurice Lamar “Sockeye” McDonald Jr. will be held today at 2 p.m. at Coker’s Chapel, with the Revs. Davey Wilkinson and Phillip Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. McDonald, 65, of Meridian, died Saturday, May 6, 2006, in his home. He retired from James River Company in Pennington, Ala. and loved to travel. Mr. McDonald was a member of Coker’s Chapel and Lauderdale United Methodist Church. He was a former member of the Hamasa Shrine and a member of Russell Masonic Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Ruby McDonald of Meridian; three children, Kathi Barnard and her husband, Kenny, Tina Matthews and her husband, Dan, and Jerrel Rigdon, all of Meridian; seven grandchildren, Becky Berry and her husband, Harvey, Michael Barnard and his wife, Casey, Bridget Cole and her husband, Jason, Leigha Barnard, Anna Marie Matthews, Dalton Matthews and Dustin Matthews; three great-grandchildren, Peyton Barnard, Addison Barnard and Maddie Berry; a sister, Patricia Shelton and her husband, Jerold, of Meridian; a brother, Larry McDonald and his wife, Shirley, of Jacksonville, Fla.; his mother-in-law, Dorothy Allen of Meridian; a sister-in-law, Sue Bigelow and her husband, Ben, of Wisconsin; and two brothers-in-law, Tony Partrige and his wife Shelby, of Illinois., and Gene Partrige of Alabama.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Karen Minor; two sisters, Sharon Sturdivant and Bonnie Beckham; previous wife, Carolyn McDonald; a brother, Buck McDonald; his parents, Maurice and Pansy McDonald; a sister-in-law, Barbara Boss; and mother-in-law, Lillian Partrige.
Pallbearers will be Mitch McDonald, Mike McDonald, Mark McDonald Lincoln Cook, Jonathan Wells and Bobby Ramage. Honorary pallbearers will be Alton Pardon, Raymond Brewster, Jerry Smith, Buddy Murphy, Hewitt Stoddard, Darrell Stodard, Bill Smith, Johnny Clyde Coker, Jack Coker, Billy Downey, Eddie Jones, Buster Pace, Jimbo Wilson, and Pete Furline.
UNION — Services for Dorothy “Drew” Johnson will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Suqualena United Methodist Church with the Revs. James M. Harrison and Jimmy Gunn officiating. Burial will be in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ms. Johnson, 85, died Sunday, May 7, 2006, at Poplar Springs Nursing Center in Meridian. She was a retired school teacher in the Hattiesburg Education System.
Survivors include her brother, Joe Drew of Cordova, Tenn.; a sister, Paula Crawford of Pittsburgh.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter M. Johnson; a daughter, Marsha Kay Bryant; brothers, Bryan Drew, Oliver Drew and Pat Drew.
Visitation will be Wednesday 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.
DEKALB — Services for Melvin Avery will be held Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Union Baptist Church in Scooba with the Rev. Marcus Lawrence officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. E.E. McDonald Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Avery, 63, of Scooba, died Friday, May 5, 2006, at Riley Hospital.
He was preceded in death by his wife and a son.
Visitation will be today from noon- 5 p.m. at the funeral home in DeKalb.
Lee Velma Thames
Services for Lee Velma Thames will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Midway Baptist Church in Decatur with the Rev. Ruby N. Thames officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. E.E. McDonald Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements. Hooper Memorial Funeral Home in Harrisburg, is in charge of other arrangements.
Mrs. Thames, 91, of Harrisburg, Pa., formerly of Decatur, died Thursday, May 4, 2006, at Carolyn Croxton Slane Hospice in Harrisburg.
She was a member of North 17th Street Church of God, where she was a deaconess, usher and started the noon day prayer group at the church. She had recently become a member of the Peoples Community Baptist Church. She was known by all who knew her as a woman of a strong faith in God, a kind heart, loved gardening, cooking and a great love of family. She will be missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her children, John W., Erven, Kermit and Martha Thames, Katie Hickman, Laura Stevens, Geraldine Steele, Pearl Bryant, Lessie White and Mary Hearn; brothers, Wilson and Fennie Lewis; sisters, Roberta Daniels and Juanita Waters; 27 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren; several other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Wesley Thames; daughters, Cynthia Thames and Essie Smith.
Memorials may be made to Peoples Community Baptist Church Building Fund, 2001 Chestnut Street, Harrisburg, Pa. 17104.
John Wayne Smith
UNION — Services for John Wayne “Pee Wee” Smith will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Milling Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Good Hope Cemetery.
Mr. Smith, 40, of Saint George, Utah, died Sunday, May 7, 2006, in Utah.
Survivors include his mother, Margene Smith; daughters, Madison Smith and Tiffany Smith; two sisters; two brothers and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Hickman Smith.
Visitation will be Thursday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Vivian Hurt Sartin
OCEAN SPRINGS — Graveside services for Vivian Hurt Sartin were held Monday at 9 a.m. at Crestlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Bradford O’Keefe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Sartin, 74, of Ocean Springs, died Thursday, May 4, 2006, at Ocean Springs Hospital. She was born on Dec. 2, 1931. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church in Ocean Springs. She will be remembered as one whose joy of life was spending time with her family, her friends, including those at the Villa Maria. She enjoyed her genealogy group and her her two cats, Vashti and Sweetie. She will be remembered as a wonderful mother, kind grandmother and a trusted friend to many.
Survivors include her daughter, Joy Hurt Johnson of Bradenton, Fla.; sons, John Hurt, Ed Hurt and Stan Hurt, all of Ocean Springs; a sister-in-law, Becky Taylor, of Meridian; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Norman Sartin; her parents, Ted and Vashti Talbert; a brother, Don Taylor and a sister, Donnell Taylor.
You may view and sign an online register book at www.bradfordokeefe.com
Martha Jane Christopher Harrison
Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Martha Jane Christopher Harrison, 82, of Meridian, who died Sunday, May 7, 2006, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Maurice Lamar “Sockeye” McDonald Jr.