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OBITUARIES FOR WEDNESDAY, DEC. 20, 2000

By Staff
PFC. MATTHEW DAVID BUFKIN
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. Services for Pfc. Matthew David Bufkin were held Monday, Dec. 11, 2000, at Mayes Mortuary. Military graveside services were held Tuesday, Dec. 12, at Hamblen Memory Gardens.
Mr. Bufkin, 22, died Saturday, Dec. 3, 2000, in Germany.
Survivors include his wife, Kacee Cunningham Bufkin, his parents, Gary and Jan Bufkin, two brothers, Grant and Kent Bufkin, his mother and father-in-law, Kara and Allan Cunningham, all of Morristown; his grandparents, Jack and Elizabeth Boulton of Rose Hill, Miss., and Buddy and Mary Margaret Bufkin of Sylvarena, Miss.; his uncle and aunt, Michael Bufkin of Atlanta and Jackie and Debra Boulton of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; two cousins, Taryn and Brittany Boulton of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and many special friends.
TOMMIE JEAN MCNAIR
Retired teacher
UNION Services for Tommie Jean McNair were held Monday at Milling Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. John Adams and Greg Renfrow officiating. Burial was in Greenland Cemetery.
Mrs. McNair, 54, of Carthage, died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
She was an active member of Freeney Baptist Church and the Gideons Auxiliary of Leake County. She taught adult education at ECCC at night. Her life was spent teaching elementary and special education in the Newton County School System, Meridian Public Schools, Leake County School Systems and in Fairbanks, Alaska. A graduate of ECCC and Mississippi State University she served as a Girl Scout leader and Mission Friends teacher.
Survivors include her husband, Jim McNair of Carthage; three daughters, Debbie Payne and Angela Reeves, both of Decatur, and Deanne Moore of Union; four sons, David McNair of Livermore, Calif., Dale McNair of Newton, Jimmy Dale McElhenney of Knoxville, Tenn., John Thomas McNair of Carthage; a sister, Betty Russell of Union; a brother, Ellis Earl Smith of Union; 18 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents.
The family requests memorials be made to Gideons International.
Pallbearers were Olin Thomas, Olin Gary Thomas, Cory Moorehead, Phillip Pinter, Greg Parker and Jason Jones.
Honorary pallbearers were members of the Leake County Gideons.
EDWARD H. STREBECK
Retired from General Box Company
NEWTON Services for Edward H. "Shorty" Strebeck were to be held today at 10 a.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. James McMillian and Jackie Strebeck officiating. Burial will be in Lebanon Cemetery.
Mr. Strebeck, 73, of Hickory, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, at Mississippi State Veterans Home of Kosciusko. He was retired from General Box Company after serving 30 years with the company. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and in the Mississippi National Guard for 35 years.
Survivors include two sons, Edward Ray Strebeck and Scottie Strebeck, a daughter-in-law, Sara Savell Strebeck, two sisters, Sarah Buckley and Audi Thrash and a brother, O.W. Strebeck, all of Hickory; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard N. and Sallie McKee Strebeck.
GRACE BRACKEN
Cook at Arkansas State Hospital
NEWTON Services for Grace Bracken were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Atkinson Funeral Home in Malvern, Ark., with the Rev. Brad Warren officiating. Burial will be in Chunky City Cemetery on Thursday at 11 a.m. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.
Mrs. Bracken, 79, of Malvern, died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2000, at St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include a son, Billy Joe Bailey of Montgomery, Ill.; and a sister, Hattie ward of Belleville, Ill.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cletus Bracken.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association.
OUVA T. GREEN
Retired service representative with South Central Bell
Services for Ouva T. Green will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Dr. Danny Chisholm officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Quitman.
Miss Green, 87, of Meridian, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000, at Rush Foundation Hospital. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church, Telephone Pioneers of America and past worthy matron of the Meridian Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Survivors include two nieces, Nita Jay and Anne Cobb, and a nephew, Morris Poythress.
Visitation will be today from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
HELEN E. TEW
Retired public school teacher
Services for Helen E. Tew will be held Thursday at 10:30 a.m. at Poplar Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. James A. Ruffin officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Tew, 89, of Oxford, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, in Oxford.
Survivors include a son, Mark Tew and his wife, Linda Boulton, of Oxford; a daughter, Carol Sumner and her husband, Bill, of Plano, Texas; a brother, Capt. J.H. Etter, Ret. of Miami, Fla.; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard Tew.
The family requests memorials be made to Poplar Springs Baptist Church Building Fund or to a local hospice.
Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home and 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.
DR. REGINALD P. WHITE
Services for Dr. Reginald P. White will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Dr. White, 73, of Bailey, died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000, at Riley Hospital.
Visitation will be today from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
JAMES T. SPEED
Chairman of the board at Great Southern National Bank
Services for James T. Speed will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church, with the Revs. Nick Nicholson and Jack Loftin officiating. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery in Quitman. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Speed, 61, of Meridian, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2000, in his home.
Survivors include two daughters, Celia Speed Boisfontaine of Dallas, Texas, and Margaret Speed of Meridian; two sons, James Thomas Speed Jr. of New Orleans and Carter Speed of Memphis, Tenn.; a brother, Marvin Bennett Speed of Enterprise; his stepmother, Ann Bennett Speed of Meridian; two grandchildren, Mary Terrell Boisfontaine and Carter Rich Boisfontaine, both of Dallas.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Heart Association or a favorite charity.
Pallbearers will be Jake Gibbs, Frank Freeman, Dr. Bill Hand, Dr. Bob Hand, Lamar Gatewood, Bob Wilkerson, Dr. Charlie Wilkerson, Leroy Francis, Carroll Kemp and Billy Haney.
Honorary pallbearers will be the directors of Great Southern National Bank.
Visitation will be today from 6-9 p.m. at the funeral home.

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