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Obituaries for Friday, May 31, 2002

By Staff
BETTY JEAN WILLIS
Assembly worker
SEBASTOPOL Services for Betty Jean Willis will be held today at 2 p.m. at Pearl River Mennonite Church with the Revs. Glen Myers and Ethan Goode officiating. Burial will be in Nanih Waiya Mennonite Church Cemetery. Milling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Willis, 66, of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, May 28, 2002, at Choctaw Health Center. She was an assembly worker at Choctaw Greeting.
Survivors include her husband, Nephus Willis, of Philadelphia; four daughters, Sally Jim, Annette McMillan, Dina Jimmie, and Beverly Willis, all of Philadelphia; a step-daughter, Brenda Harrison, of Alabama; two brothers, Archie Hickman and Russell Hickman, both of Philadelphia; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Henry Willis, father, Wallce Hickman, her mother, Lonie Frazier Hickman; sisters, Pearl Willis and Bessie Willis and two brothers, Robinson Hickman and Ellis Hickman.
SAMUEL R. STOKES
Retired forest ranger
CUBA, Ala. Services for Samuel R. Stokes will be held today at 3 p.m. at Church of God Holiness in Cuba with the Revs. Don Wedgeworth, James Kimbrough and Coy Miller officiating. Burial will be in Clay Memorial in Cuba with Kidd-Robbins Funeral Directors of Demopolis in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Stokes, 69, of Cuba, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at his home. He was a member of the Church of God Holiness and worked as a forest ranger in Alabama for 17 years. He also was a U.S. Army veteran of the Army National Guard.
Survivors include his wife, Geraldine H. Stokes of Cuba; two daughters, Angela McGilberry of Demopolis; and Melissa S. Pike of Cuba; three sisters, June Culpepper of Cuba; Jane Sciple of DeKalb; and Kathy Luke of Preston, Miss.; four grandsons, four step-grandchildren and one great-step-grandson.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Ashe, Jack Hewitt, Cecil Radcliffe, Charles Richardson, W.L. Seale and Ed Stallings.
Visitation will be from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. at the church.
LOIS H. STEWART
Retired from Burnley Shirt Factory
Services for Lois H. Stewart will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Center Grove Baptist Church with the Revs. Jack Giles, Leon Williams, Wiston Burnside and James Hagwood officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Stewart, 84, of Meridian, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, at Riley Hospital. She was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, Gerald Roberson of the Causeyville Community; a sister, Lula Daniels, and her husband, Warren, of the Zero Community; a brother, Reid Hagwood of Meridian; two sisters-in-law, Jane Hagwood of Zero; and Susie Hagwood of Causeyville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Grady Roberson, her second husband, Johnny Stewart, her brothers, Horace, Earnest, Ray and Morris Hagwood, and her parents, Moody and Mellie Hagwood.
Pallbearers will be J.D. Neal, Johnny Mac Booker, Wayne Goodman, Marvin Hagwood, Bennie Hagwood, Alford Ford and Lynn Culpepper. Honorary pallbearers will be Ina Mae Hagwood, Girlee Reed and Louise Scott.
Visitation will be today from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the funeral home and 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.
AGNES DELORIS COX
Seamstress
BUTLER Services for Agnes Deloris "Lois" Cox will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Bumpers Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Jeff McGee and Randall Jackson officiating. Burial will be in Gilbertown City Cemetery.
Mrs. Cox, 63, of Gilbertown, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002, in her home. She was a seamstress with Soloman Brothers Sewing Plant.
Survivors include her husband, J.E. Cox of Gilbertown; a son, James Cox and his wife, Pam, of Butler; a daughter, Carol Grantham and her husband, Donald, of Butler; sisters, Sadie Carlisle, Glendean Mazingo, Martha Mosley and Glovene Skinner, all of Gilbertown.; and two grandchildren.
Visitation will be today from 6 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
CELESTE BROACH STRICKLER
Homemaker
Services for Celeste Broach Strickler will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Rev. Merrill Wade officiating. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Strickler, 93, of Meridian, died Thursday, May 30, 2002, at her home.
Survivors include her son, Sam Strickler of Meridian; a daughter, Sally Strickler Sullivan and her husband, Garland, of Hattiesburg; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dudley George Strickler.
The family requests memorials be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the American Heart Association.
Visitation will be Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the church.
LINDA BROWN
Retired veteran administration counselor
Services for Linda Brown will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Enterprise with the Rev. Harriet Simmon officiating. Burial will be in Enterprise Cemetery with James F. Webb Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Miss Brown, 66, of Rose Hill, died Wednesday, May 29, 2002. She was a retired Veteran Administration counselor and real estate broker. She was a member of St. Mary's Episcopal Church and a member of the Women's Air Corps.
Survivors include her sister, Pat Etheridge of Rose Hill; a brother, John Alston Brown of Arlington, Va.; nieces and nephews, Scott Etheridge, Gretchen McDonald, Michael Brown and Virginia Powell.
Visitation will be Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.

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