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Obituaries for Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2002

By Staff
ELVA N. LAGRONE
Homemaker
Services for Elva N. Lagrone will be held today at 11:30 a.m. at Toomsuba Baptist Church with the Revs. Ben James, Jay Cook and Ernie Nelson officiating. Burial will be in Toomsuba Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Lagrone, 91, of Toomsuba, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, at Riley Hospital. She was a longtime member of Toomsuba Baptist Church. She spent several years in Birmingham, Ala., but returned to the Toomsuba area in 1957.
Survivors include a son, Jimmy Wayne Lagrone and his wife, Elizabeth Ann, two grandchildren, Jennifer and Daniel, and a sister, Gussie Coker, all of Toomsuba; a brother, T.S. Pigford of Collinsville. During her final few months Mrs. Lagrone was cared for by three very special people, Dwayne and Cathy Fisher, and Elaine Malone.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Julia Butler; a brother, Leland Pigford; and her husband, Emmett.
The family requests memorials be made to Toomsuba Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Swain, James Coulliette, Mark Conn, Ed Moore, Jimmy Roberson and Tommy Snell.
JOHNNIE DERMONTE IRBY SR.
QUITMAN Services for Johnnie Dermonte Irby Sr. will be held today at 2 p.m. at Pine Hill Baptist Church in Enterprise with the Revs. Buster Killian, Taylor Wallace and Gary Kelly officiating. Burial will be in Pine Hill Cemetery with Wright's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Irby, 77, of Enterprise, died Friday, Jan. 11, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Irby of Enterprise; three sons, Johnnie D. Irby Jr. of Kilgore, Texas, James R. Irby and David Lee Irby, both of Enterprise; two daughters, Teresa Robinson and Donna McKenzie, both of Quitman; a brother, D.C. Irby of Stonewall; two sisters, Bobbie Jean Parker of Decatur, Ala., and Karleen Lohfink of Moss Point; 20 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Gorge K. Irby and Delvin P. Irby.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, John Irby III, Ben Robinson, Jason Irby, Art Irby, Jeremy Irby and Kyle Irby.
Visitation will be today one hour prior to the service at the church.
LOUISE DANIEL HAYES
MACON Services for Louise Daniel Hayes will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Macon. Burial will be in Shuqualak Cemetery with Cockrell Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Hayes, 76, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at Baptist Memorial Golden Triangle.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
COVE HODGES
Retired master mechanic
Services for Cove Hodges will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Curtis Dyer and Kenney Pouge officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Hodges, 78, of Brandon, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center. He was a master mechanic for Owens Corning Co. and a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Willie Mae Hodges of Brandon; two daughters, Rita Dollar of Brandon and Sheila Pinyan and her husband, Tom, of Douglasville, Ga.; five grandchildren, Jeff Dollar, Kristy Bridgers, Morgan Dollar, Amanda Pinyan and Kelly Pinyan and seven great-grandchildren; four brothers, Malcom Hodges of Collinsville, James Hodges of Gulfport, Frank Hodges of Florida and Max Hodges of Brandon.
He was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Stanley Dollar.
The family requests memorials be made to the Alzheimer's Society.
Pallbearers will be Arnold, Landis, Mike, Rusty and Raymond Culpepper, Neil McKeithen, Bill Branch, Alan Cross and Jimmy Keenan.
Honorary pallbearers will be his nephews.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
MAVIS GORDON
Retired school teacher
PHILADELPHIA Services for Mavis Gordon will be held Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Pine Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. John Stephens and Edward McKeithen officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with John E. Stephens Funeral Services in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Gordon, 93, of Philadelphia, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, in her family home.
Survivors include a daughter, Lydia Watkins and a sister, Myrtice Cutrer, both of Philadelphia; a son, Charles S. Gordon of Atwater, Calif.; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Elby Oscar Gordon.
Visitation will be today beginning at 5 p.m. at the funeral home.
T.W. WOODY MOFFETT
Retired from Southern Railroad
Services for T.W. Woody Moffett will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home with the Revs. Mike Russell and Dr. Marcus Finch officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Mr. Moffett, 85, of Meridian, died Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was a member of Oakland Heights Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and Sunday school teacher. He served as a United Transportation Union officer and member for more than 50 years. He was a local and general chairman of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He served as the Mississippi State director of Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen and was also a Gideon.
Survivors include his wife, Doris Moffett of Meridian; two daughters, Sandra Gail Bryan and her husband, Curt, of Enum Claw, Wash., and Marilyn Ann Scott and her husband, Buddy, of Meridian; sons, Ted Woody Moffett Jr. and his wife, Sharon, of Spanish Fort, Ala., and David Rushton Moffett and his wife, Jan, of Atlanta; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Louie C. and Laura V. Moffett.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Slay, Greg Slay, Phillip Slay, C.L. Clayton, Charlie Smith and James Craven.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
RAY DYKES
Self-employed mechanic and welder
BUTLER, Ala. Services for Ray Dykes will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Bumpers Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Hurricane Cemetery.
Mr. Dykes, 76, of Butler, died Monday, Jan. 14, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include a daughter, Brenda K. Crum of Hattiesburg; three sons, Randall R. Dykes of Fayetteville, N.C., Gregory A. Dykes of Oxford and William D. Dykes of Butler; a brother, David H. Dykes and two sisters, Cora Lee Young and Vernelle Tatum, all of Butler; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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