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Obituaries for Wednesday, May 29, 2002

By Staff
MELBOURNE L. BRUMFIELD
Retired accountant
LAUREL Services for Melbourne L. Brumfield will be held today at 2 p.m. at Memory Chapel Funeral Home with the Rev. Ken Regan officiating. Burial will be in Crestview Cemetery.
Mr. Brumfield, 82, of Laurel, died Monday, May 27, 2002, at South Central Regional Medical Center in Laurel. He was retired a first lieutenant with the 82nd Airborne, serving in World War II. He received the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star and the Oak Leaf Cluster.
He was a member of Highland Baptist Church in Laurel. He was past commander of the American Legion, a member of the V.F.W. and the 40et8. He was a Mason and a Shriner.
Survivors include his wife, Dean Brumfield of Laurel; a son, Mel L. Brumfield of Meridian; a daughter, Martha Roth of Clinton; three brothers, Lacy Brumfield of Tylertown, Wyatt Brumfield of Laurel and O.L. Brumfield of Anderson, S.C.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Otis L. and Annie Hall Brumfield; and a brother, Hall Brumfield.
Memorials may be made to a charity of choice.
Pallbearers will be Chad Brumfield, David Belk, Jason Roth, Mickey Roth, David Poythress and Walt Leggett.
Honorary pallbearers will be the McDonald's Coffee Buddies.
Visitation will begin today at noon at the funeral home.
BURNESTINE TANKSLEY FOX
Services for Burnestine Tanksley Fox will be held today at 2 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. S.B. Tyner officiating. Burial will be in Little Zion Cemetery with Latimer Metropolitan Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Fox, 73, of Meridian, died Friday, May 24, 2002, in Meridian.
Survivors include her daughters, Ruby Harris, Brenda Gay Fox and Glenda Faye Deans; sons, Dennis Levell Fox and Percy Fox Jr., all of Meridian; sisters, Abbie Dean Kelly of Meridian, Tena Hampton of Chicago and Ella Edmonson of Detroit; a brother, James Tanksley of Meridian; 17 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
AUBREY W. PULLIAM
Retired painter
Graveside services for Aubrey W. Pulliam will be held today at 3 p.m. at Graham Cemetery with the Rev. Melvin Boles officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Pulliam, 88, of Meridian, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, in his home.
Survivors include a daughter, Sheryl Lee of Gautier; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Sandra Lockear Hagwood.
WAYNE CUMBERLAND
Retired oil field yard foreman
PHILADELPHIA Services for Wayne Cumberland will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel, with the Rev. Hubert Yates officiating. Burial will be in Bond Baptist Cemetery in Philadelphia.
Mr. Cumberland, 71, of Laurel, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Covington County Hospital in Collins. He was a veteran and served in the Korean Conflict.
Survivors include his sons, Kirk Cumberland of Waynesboro and Kimble Cumberland of Laurel; one grandson; a brother, Bob R. Cumberland of Philadelphia; sisters, Martha Thompson of Philadelphia and Judy Holmes of Vicksburg.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Cumberland.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
JAMES TODD
Retired
Services for James Todd will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Calvary Tabernacle with the Revs. Chuck Overby and Danny Bishop officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Pisque Baptist Church Cemetery in Clarke County. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Todd, 54, of Meridian, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, in his home. He was a member of Word of Life Church and was a retired mobile home repairman.
Survivors include his wife, Liz Todd of Meridian; daughters, Gayle McGuire and her husband, James, of Collinsville, Kay Nemeth and Patricia Todd, both of Meridian; sons, James Todd and Brad Baker of Meridian; his mother, Aree Presley of Choctaw County, Ala.; a sister, Gertie Keene of Toomsuba; brothers, Bennie Todd, Lamar Todd, Roger Todd, Jackie Presley and William Presley, all of Choctaw County; and nine grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, Marvin Todd.
Pallbearers will be Billy Baker, Billy Joe Baker, Mike Baker, Steve Duncan, James McGuire and Harvey Speed.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
HUBERT I. ETHRIDGE
Retired
Services for Hubert I. Ethridge will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Bill Webb and Bob Followell officiating. Burial will be in Pine Grove Church Cemetery.
Mr. Ethridge, 83, of Meridian, died Friday, May 24, 2002, in Covington, La. He was retired from the railroad as an engineer having worked for more than 46 years with Norfolk Southern Railroad.
He was born in Kemper County on May 31, 1918. He began his adult life as a sharecropper but after two rained-out cotton crops, moved to Meridian and went to work for the Southern Railroad as a fireman in 1940. He was promoted to engineer in early 1941. He was a well respected engineer until his retirement in 1987. He also ran a small farm for more than 30 years.
He was a veteran of World War II, and a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers for 50 years. His co-workers affectionately called him "Scrap Iron" because of his aggressive freight yard couplings.
He traveled extensively after retirement and loved to tell stories. He loved life, his family, and his friends.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Langhauser Ethridge of Meridian; sons, Wayne Ethridge of Aspen, Colo., and Gary Ethridge of Baton Rouge, La.; stepsons, Raymond Langhauser of Amite, La., Michael Langhauser of Ponchatoula, La.; a granddaughter, Leigh Ethridge; three step-grandchildren and one step great-grandchild; and a brother, Bill Ethridge of Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, two brothers and a grandson, David Wayne Ethridge.
Pallbearers will be his stepsons and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers will be Norfolk Southern Railroad employees.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
BERNICE WILLIAMS BRADFORD
Homemaker
LAUREL Services for Bernice Williams Bradford will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Park Haven Baptist Church in Laurel with the Rev. Jim Balliet officiating. Burial will be in Hickory Grove Cemetery. Memory Chapel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Bradford, 74, of Laurel, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. She was a charter member of Park Haven Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, Rusty Bradford and his wife, Charlotte, of Waynesboro; a daughter, Diane Delk and her husband, Robert, of Meridian; a grandson, Jim Bradford of Waynesboro; three brothers, Roy Williams and James Williams, both of Laurel, and Lester Williams of Ellisville; and a sister, Ernestine Gaskin of Laurel.
She was preceded in death by her husband, J.H. "Skinnie" Bradford, two sisters, Irma McCurdy and Margaret Warren; and a brother, T.J. Williams.
Pallbearers will be her nephews.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
CLIFFORD KELLY
Arrangements were incomplete at Stephens Funeral Home for Clifford Kelly, 88, who died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, in Demopolis, Ala.
ANNIE LOU CRAWFORD
Arrangements were incomplete at E.E. McDonald Funeral Home for Annie Lou Crawford, 85, of Staten Island, N.Y., who died Monday, May 27, 2002, at St. Vincent Hospital in Staten Island.

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