Obituaries for Thursday, March 21, 2002

By Staff
JOSEPH LEWIS BAIER SR.
Services for Joseph Lewis Baier Sr. will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church with the Rev. Edwin Sunds officiating. Burial will be in Semmes Cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Baier died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at the Mississippi State Veterans Home. He was a captain in the Army Air Corps during World War II and received the Purple Heart for the injuries he received when his plane was destroyed by enemy fire over the Tyrrhenian Sea (part of the Mediterranean Sea). He also received the EAME Ribbon, with three stars, Air Medal with five Oak Silver Leaf Clusters, American Defense Ribbon, World War II Victory Medal and the American Theater Ribbon. He was a "Gold Fish" member of an international group after swimming to safety in a sea battle.
He was president of Bear Manufacturing Company and an Equitable Life Agent until his retirement.
Survivors include his wife, "Jerry" Moore Baier; sons, Joseph L. Baier Jr. and his wife, Dr. Christine Mroz Baier, and Michael M. Baier and his wife, Carol Anne; daughters, Katherine Baier Nelson and her husband, M. Patrick, Helen Claire Quarles and her husband, Tynes; sisters, Mary Baier Romen and Agnes Wadman; grandchildren, Allison Baier Totaro and her husband, Ron, Anna Katherine Ray and her husband, Doug, Amy Baier Batson and her husband, Dr. Bryan Batson, Ashley Baier, Joseph L. Baier III, Matt Baker, Claire Nelson and Julie Nelson.
The family requests memorials be made to a favorite charity or church.
HERBERT HARTLEY OLIVER
Self-employed
UNION Services for Herbert Hartley Oliver were to be held today at 10 a.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church in Little Rock with the Rev. Jimmy McDill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Milling Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Oliver, 69, of Union, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital. He was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
Survivors include three sisters, Sue Baskin and Lena Butler of Decatur, and Sadie M. Hall of Little Rock; brothers, Bobby Lynn Oliver, Fred F. Oliver and Hugh Q. Oliver, all of Little Rock, and Lee Phaban Oliver of Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Erie Girley Oliver; his father, Hugh Curry Oliver; sisters, Juanita Hattaway and Essie Faye Oliver; brothers, Dorsey L. Oliver and Daniel Wayne Oliver.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Butler, Reginald Oliver, James Smith, Craig Jenkins, Allen Oliver, Brian Oliver, David Oliver and Michael Oliver.
ZADA BRAND WILLIS
Retired secretary
NEWTON Services for Zada Brand Willis will be held today at 2 p.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Brian Pennington and Dr. Charles Douglas officiating. Burial will be in Decatur Cemetery.
Mrs. Willis, 85, of Newton, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Woodland Court in Newton. She was a retired secretary for the East Central Planning and Development and a member of First Methodist Protestant Church of Newton.
Survivors include two daughters, Shirley Cardwell and her husband, Mickey, of Sylacuga, Ala., and Vicki Bounds and her husband, Buster, of Newton; sons, Charles Brand and his wife, Pat, of Germantown, Tenn., and Tommy Brand and his wife, Sue, of Pineland, Texas; a sister, Agnes Ethridge of Newton; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husbands, Charles H. Brand and Elbert Willis; four sisters and four brothers.
Pallbearers will be Paul Cardwell, Jon Cardwell, Eric Brand, Larry Ray Brand, Jeremy Bounds and Chris Bounds.
Honorary pallbearers will be Stan Cardwell, Jim Cardwell, Tim Cardwell, Jeff Brand and Monte Brand.
Visitation will be today beginning at 8 a.m. until service time.
SUDIE MAE POPE
Homemaker
PHILADELPHIA Services for Sudie Mae Pope will be held today at 4 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Revs. Greg Fortenberry and Robert Allen officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mrs. Pope, 79, of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Choctaw Health Center.
Survivors include three sons, Lynn Pope, Eldon Pope and Johnny Pope, all of Philadelphia; sisters, Ruby Pearl Agent, Jessie Myrt Agent and Mary Lou Agent, all of Gretna, La.; a brother, Willis Earl Ferguson of Philadelphia; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper W. "Fat Tom" Pope; and a son, Rayburn Pope.
JACK R. MUNN
Retired BellSouth supervisor
Services for Jack R. Munn will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Albert Bartlett officiating. Burial will be in Friendship Cemetery in Newton at 11:30 a.m. There will not be a procession.
Mr. Munn, 68, of Meridian, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, in his home. He was a member of the Baptist faith, the BellSouth Telephone Pioneers, a mason and avid fisherman. He was the former owner of D&N Curb Market.
Mr. Munn served two years in the Navy during the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his mother, Thellis Munn of Meridian; a daughter, Starla Brown and her husband, Mark, of Palm Beach, Fla.; and a son, Jeffrey R. Munn of Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his father, Edward Munn.
Pallbearers will be Edwin Purvis, Mike Harris, Ricky Blocker, Chuck Shephard, Lindsey Gabriel and Randy Gabriel.
Honorary pallbearers will be all the people that participated on the D&N Fishing Trip.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
MATTIE EMMA RILEY
Homemaker
DEKALB Services for Mattie Emma Riley will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Hew Hope United Methodist Church with the Revs. Joe Landrum and Sam Hull officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Riley, 81, of DeKalb, died Tuesday, March 19, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. She was a lifelong member of New Hope United Methodist Church.
Survivors include her husband, Webb Riley of DeKalb; daughters, Sherry Riley of Ocean Springs, Sandra Purnell and her husband, Ronald, of DeKalb and Jackie Scheffler and her husband, Bruno, of Borger, Texas; a son, John W. Riley of DeKalb; five sisters, Agnes Sciples of Macon, Edna Dacus of Noxapater, Christine Pickett of Louisville, Ruth Erhardt of Fairoak, Calif., and Carolyn Edwards of Semmes, Ala.; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home and 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.
VIRGIE BLACKBURN EVANS
Homemaker
QUITMAN Services for Virgie Blackburn Evans will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Revs. Alfred Evans and Eddie Evans officiating. Burial will be in Old Pleasant Hill Cemetery with Wright's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Evans, 89, of Quitman, died Wednesday, March 20, 2002, at H.C. Watkins Memorial Hospital.
Survivors include three sons, James K. Evans of Quitman, Alfred Evans of Melbourne, Fla., and Robert "Bo" Evans of Shubuta; daughters, Wilma D. Martin of Elizabethtown, Tenn., Joye Combest, Toye Smith, Diane Wright and Linda Turner, all of Quitman, and Frances Wilemon of Atlanta; sisters, Mamie Burkett and Madie Hood of Georgiana, Ala., Myra Dell Gordon of Mobile, Ala., and Carolyn Lynch of Lynette, Ala.; 40 grandchildren, 49 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.

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