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Obituaries for Saturday, May 11, 2002

By Staff
Services for Jackie Ray Gibson Jr. were held Thursday at McNeece-Morris Funeral Home Chapel in Fulton with Bro. Lewis Bridges officiating. Burial was in New Salem Cemetery.
Mr. Gibson, 46, died Sunday, May 5, 2002, after a sudden illness. He was self-employed as a painter before becoming disabled and was a Baptist. He enjoyed fishing and gardening.
Survivors include his mother Faye Ellen Booker Yarbrough of Tupelo; a step-father, Bill Yarbrough of Tupelo; father, Jackie Ray Gibson Sr. of Meridian; a son, Joshua Houston Gibson of Tupelo; a daughter, Danielle Gibson; a sister, Julie Coleman of Tupelo; a half-brother, Benjamin Gibson of Meridian; an aunt, Carrie Ann Booker Harris and her husband Donnie of Tupelo; four uncles, Thomas Sidney Booker and his wife, Jenny, of Fulton, Glenn and Buddy Gibson, both of Meridian, and Billy Gibson of Lake Charles, La.; a niece, Amy Lyle and her husband Phillip of Saltillo; a nephew, Matthew Coleman of Tupelo; a great-niece, Anna Claire Lyle of Saltillo; and a special friend, Stephanie Kelly of Marietta.
Pallbearers were Matthew Coleman, Phillip Lyle, Tommy Roberts, Alan Childers, Henry Jenkins, Mark Henderson and Jason Morrow.
Services for Kenneth L. Brown will be held today at 10 a.m. at Stephens Chapel with the Rev. Hal Bates officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Brown, 69, of Meridian, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Brown was the former owner of Brown Welding Service. In the U.S. Navy, he served on board the USS Iowa and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a Mason and member of St. John Lodge 507 and a member of the Silver Star Hunting Club.
Survivors include his two daughters, Vicki Mowdy and her husband Tim of Meridian, and Linda Shirley and her husband Jimmy D. of Heidelberg; three grandchildren, Marie and Hanna Shirley, both of Heidelberg, and Jason Mowdy of Meridian; three sisters, Ida Vick and her husband Irvin, Edna Earl Moore, Juanice Evans and her husband Sam, all of Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his parents, R.L. (Bud) Brown Sr. and Vivian Coker Brown; his brother, R.L. Brown Jr.; and twin sisters, Annette and Jeanette Brown.
Pallbearers will be Greg Freeman, Marcus Herrington Jr., David Case, Rusty Hanna, Wendall Hostetler, Greg Donald and Jason Mowdy.
Honorary pallbearers will be Ronnie Slay, Gene Jay, Marcus Herrington Sr., Lee Shumate, Ray Swann, James Hanna and Buddy Rainer.
Services for Jerry Gaines will be held today at 11 a.m. at Liberty Temple of Deliverance Church with the Rev. C.L. Walk officiating. Burial will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery in Toomsuba with Berry and Gardner Funeral Home in Charge of arrangements.
Mr. Gaines, 36, of Jackson, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, in Morton. He was a self-employed beautician.
Survivors include his parents Willie E. and Christine Gaines of Meridian; four brothers, Cleo Gaines and his wife Tammy and Ralph Gaines, all of Meridian, Jerome Gaines and his wife Lisa and Willie Gaines Jr. and his wife Renee, all of Birmingham; several nieces, nephews and a paternal grandfather.
Graveside services for Mary Rainer Priester will be held today at 1 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Danny Chisolm officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Priester, 88, of Jackson and Meridian, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Bell Haven Nursing Home.
Survivors include two sons, William C. Priester of Mobile, Ala., and Alan C. Priester of Jackson; a daughter, Rosemary Priester Bomar of Brentwood, Tenn.; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one sister, Sue Wright of Meridian.
She was preceded in death by her husband James C. Priester.
Visitation will be today one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Graveside services for Edith Minega McLeod will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at Wood Cemetery in Birmingham, Ala., with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. McLeod, 91, of Meridian, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at King's Daughters Nursing Home. She was a Baptist.
Survivors include her two sisters, Judy Housman of DeKalb and Wista Parsons of Hot Springs, Ark.; a niece, Judy Lacy and her husband David of Quitman; three great-nieces, Angela Harris of Mandaville, La., Suzanne Young of Pulaski, and Laurie Hunt of Jackson; three great-great-nieces and one great-great-nephew.
She was preceded in death by her husband Alex McLeod.
Visitation will be today from 4 p.m.-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services for Wilma "Kitty" Brown will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with burial in Woodlawn Garden of Memories. Woodlawn Funeral Home of Houston, Texas, is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Brown, 69, of Houston, Texas, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, in Houston.
Survivors include her three daughters, Kathleen Moore and her husband Martin, Julie Garcia and her husband Roy and Debra Rash and her husband George; two sons, Roy Cato and his wife, Frankie, and Joseph Brown; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the funeral home.
Graveside services for Charles H. Birdsong will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with Stephens Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Birdsong, 84, of Meridian, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Rush Foundation Hospital.
He was a retired U.S. Navy commander and retired Federal Aviation Administration inspector.
The family requests memorials be made to Hope Village for Children, Love's Kitchen or the organization of choice.
Arrangements were incomplete at Stephens Funeral Home for Dorothy M. Davidson, of Suqualena, who died Friday, May 10, 2002, at her residence.