Obituaries for Wednesday, March 7, 2002
JAMES LEWIS DEWITT
SHERIDAN, Ark. Graveside services for James "Jim" Lewis DeWitt will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Arkansas State Veteran's Cemetery in North Little Rock with full military honors. Buie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. DeWitt, 80, died Sunday, March 3, 2002. He was born in Tulsa, Okla., on Sept. 18, 1921, and moved to Meridian, Miss., during his youth before entering the U.S. Army in 1942. Mr. DeWitt retired from the U.S. Army with more than 20 years of service as a sergeant first class (P) and 10 years of federal service as a Department of Defense civilian at Ft. Bliss, Texas.
During his tenure with the military, Mr. DeWitt served in World War II and the Korean Conflict and was awarded the World War II Victory Medal, World War II Occupation Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Korean Service Medal with seven Bronze Service Stars, Good Conduct Medal 4th Award and the National Defense Service Medal.
After his retirement from the government, Mr. DeWitt was employed by the Western Technical Institute of El Paso, Texas, where he retired in 1991 as an automotive technical instructor. Mr. DeWitt was a longtime resident of El Paso, before he retired and moved to Sheridan in 1994. He accepted Christ in January 1959 at Calvary Baptist Church in Ft. Smith, Ark.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Dorothy DeWitt of Sheridan; a son, George DeWitt and his wife, Rachel, of El Paso; a daughter, Cyndi DeWitt of Hensley, Ark.; three grandchildren, Nicole and Chad Stewart of Hensley and Cory James DeWitt of El Paso; and many relatives in the surrounding communities of Tulsa, Oklahoma and Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lewis and Norma DeWitt; and a brother and sister, Clyde and Lucille DeWitt of Meridian.
Mr. DeWitt will always be remembered as a loving and caring husband, father and Papaw. Jim will be deeply missed by his family and friends, who all know, that Jim has passed on to a much better place where he is free of pain, where he can now enjoy the things he loved to do.
Floral tributes may be sent to Buie Funeral Home Sheridan.
BAY SPRINGS Services for Luna Reynolds were to be held today at 10:30 a.m. at Pleasant Grove Methodist Church. Burial was to be in the church cemetery with Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Reynolds, 90, of Rose Hill, died Monday, March 4, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital.
Survivors include a son, Harold Reynolds of Rose Hill; daughters, Marie Boyette of Jackson, Johnnie Ruth Patterson of Alaska and Margaret Murry of Meridian; 20 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and 16 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John H. Reynolds; a son, Ben H. Reynolds; and a grandson, Jimmy Boyette.
VICKY SISSON BURTON
PHILADELPHIA Services for Vicky Sisson Burton will be held today at 11 a.m. at Spring Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Randy Boatner and Wayne King officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with McClain-Hays Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Burton, 47, of Philadelphia, died Monday, March 4, 2002, at Laird Hospital in Union.
Survivors include her husband, Scotty Burton and a daughter, Brittany Murphy of Philadelphia; sons, Phillip Griffith of Meridian and Samuel Murphy of Columbus; a stepson, Cory Adam Burton, her mother and stepfather, Jean and Roy Aycox and a brother, Randall Sisson, all of Philadelphia; and four grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her father, Raymon Sisson.
PHILADELPHIA Services for W.G. "Dub" Smith will be held today at 2 p.m. at Tucker Community Church with the Revs. Dwight Fleming and Steve Craft officiating. Burial will be in Tucker Cemetery in DeKalb with McClain-Hays Funeral Service in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Smith, 85, of DeKalb, died Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at Neshoba County General Hospital.
Survivors include two daughters, Pat McKee of DeKalb and Bobbie Jenkins of Philadelphia; a son, James Smith of DeKalb; five grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Corene Elizabeth Smith.
MINOR VERNETTE KUEHN
UNION Services for Minor Vernette Kuehn will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. at Sand Springs Baptist Church in Hickory with the Revs. David Airhart and T.J. Archie officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Milling Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Kuehn, 77, of Decatur, died Monday, March 4, 2002, in her home.
Survivors include her husband, Robert Kuehn of Decatur; sons, Donald Keith Jenkins of Houston, Texas, Herbert Andy Jenkins of Meridian and William Wayne Jenkins of Little Rock; a daughter, Ramona LaVoie of Wallingford, Conn.; stepdaughters, Nancy Ellen Hadden of Bristol, Conn., and Mary Beth Kuehn of Rochester, N.Y.; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Doyle Jenkins.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired cattle farmer
PHILADELPHIA Services for L.E. "Jake" Gully will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Revs. Charles Robbins and Steve Lampkin officiating. Burial will be in Salem Cemetery in Kemper county.
Mr. Gully, 85, of Preston, died Monday, March 4, 2002, at Montfort Jones Memorial Hospital in Kosciusko. He was a native and lifelong resident of the Lynville Community of Kemper County. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in World War II. He was a member of Lynville United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Rufina Gully of Preston; a daughter, Ruth Miller of Drew; sons, Roy Gully of Arlington, Texas, and Mike Gully of Scooba; five grandchildren, Jud Gully, Herbert Miller, Morgan Gully, Sarah Gully and Emily Miller; a sister, Madge VanDevender of Denver, Colo.; and a brother, Arnold Gully of Nacagdoches, Texas.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Jason Gully; three brothers, Lamar Gully, Durward Gully and John Thomas Gully.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Graveside services for Pauline Gressett will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Gressett, 85, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., died Sunday, March 3, 2002, in Tuscaloosa.
Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
PEGGY JENE SHAW
UNION Services for Peggy Jene Shaw will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Reid Chapel Church of God in Conehatta with the Revs. H.L. Rhodes and Hulon Evans officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Shaw, 63, of Prospect Community of Conehatta, died Tuesday, March 5, 2002, at University Medical Center in Jackson.
Survivors include a daughter, Wanda Nance of Forest; three grandchildren, Ashley Tune of Winona, Amanda Shoemaker of Edinburg and Austin Nance of Forest; four sisters, Margie Evans and Mary Shaw of Conehatta, Bobby Tarvin of Lake and Shirley Comans of Union.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Delbert and Winfred Tune; and two brothers, Dalton and Melvin Shaw.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.