OBITUARIES FOR FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2001
GORDON ELIJAH GREENWOOD
Services for Gordon Elijah Greenwood will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church with the Rev. Philip Heidelberg officiating. Burial will be in Meridian Memorial Cemetery with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Greenwood, 68, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2001, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was born on May 5, 1933, to the late Mr. Rutherford B. Greenwood and Lela Gordon Greenwood in Bailey. He attended Pine Grove School in Bailey and united with Pine Grove Baptist Church at an early age. He later joined St. Paul United Methodist Church in Meridian and remained a very active and dedicated member until his death.
As a young man, Mr. Greenwood married Mary Edna Cole and to this union was born four children, one daughter and three sons. He was an industrious man who took delight in working and accomplishing his goals. He was never at a loss for words in extolling his accomplishments. He worked hard in many capacities throughout his life.
Mr. Greenwood worked as a school bus driver, a carpet and tile installer, bartender, and manager of the Esperanza Lounge and Elks Metropolitan Lodge. He also worked for Berry and Gardner Funeral Home and was an avid gardener.
Mr. Greenwood served in the armed forces during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts and was a member of the Army Reserves for 30 years. He was the very first civilian hired at the Naval Air Station Meridian.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Greenwood of Meridian; his daughter, Patrice Greenwood of Kokomo, Ind.; three sons, Gordon D. Greenwood and his wife, Nina, of Oakland, Calif., Eric Greenwood and his wife, Vickie, and Shawn Greenwood, all of Atlanta; three sisters, Johnnie Stancil of Meridian, Dorothy Cook and her husband, Grady, of Vallejo, Calif., and Leanna Lay of St. Louis; two brothers, Bennie Greenwood and his wife, Diane, and Willie Greenwood, all of Vallejo; seven grandchildren, Azzleeta Bynum, Patrick Bynum, Elijah Greenwood, Davida Bynum, Kenneth Greenwood, Velecity Greenwood and Jamaica Greenwood; the Gordon family matriarch and very special aunt, Janie Gordon Snowden; and several other relatives and friends.
MARK MASON JR.
Retired U.S. Air Force
QUITMAN Services for Mark Mason Jr. will be held today at 10 a.m. at Shubuta Baptist Church, with the Rev. Gene Higgenbotham officiating. Burial will be in Hepzibah Cemetery in Clarke County with Wright's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Mason, 72, of Shubuta, died Monday, Oct. 1, 2001, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was a deacon at Shubuta Baptist Church, former assistant administrator at H.C. Watkins Memorial Hospital and retired after 24 years with the U.S. Air Force. He was active in the community and civic affairs. He was a member of Shubuta Improvement Association, a member of Disabled American Veterans and a former alderman for the town of Shubuta.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Mason of Shubuta; three sons, Randall Mason and his wife, Kaye, of Slidell, La., Tony Mason of Hattiesburg and Jerry D. Mason of Shubuta; a daughter, Sharon D. Waller and her husband, Ronny, of Hattiesburg; a brother, Robert Louis Mason Sr. of Tampa, Fla.; a sister, Lucille Brashier of Shubuta; and 12 grandchildren, Kelly Scheetz, Erica Waller, Cristal Mason and Michelle Mason, all of Hattiesburg, Brandi Mason of Oxford, Christopher Mason, Julie Mason, Jenni Mason and Leah Mason, all of Hurlock, Md., Stephanie Mason of Shubuta, and Kathryn Mason and Mark Mason III, both of Slidell.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Mark Mason Sr. and Janie Evelyn Stallings Mason; his brothers, James Mason, Leroy Mason and Otis Mason; and his sisters, Evelyn McCoy and Kathryn Murrah.
The family requests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society or to a favorite charity.
HELEN CARLEEN GRIFFIN
Services for Helen Carleen Griffin will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Highland Baptist Church with the Revs. Dr. Carl White and Clay Chancelor officiating. Burial will be at 2:30 p.m. at Fuston Cemetery in Walnut Grove with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Griffin, 61, of Meridian, died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, in her home.
Survivors include her husband, Bobby Joe Griffin, her daughter, Tammy Jo Jones, two grandchildren, Brice and Devin Jones, all of Meridian; her mother, Aileen Starling, and her brother, Thomas Starling, both of Walnut Grove.
She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Starling.
There will be commitial service Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the cemetery. Visitation is today from 5 p.m.8 p.m. at the funeral home and Saturday from 9 a.m.10 a.m. at the church.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy McCay, Doug Neal, Elwood Vick, Tony Mills, Raymond McKinnon and Jerry Townsend.
Arrangements were incomplete at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home for infant Jaryonna Nolan, who died Thursday, Oct. 4, 2001, at University Medical Center in Jackson.