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Obituaries for Saturday, June 8, 2002

By Staff
ELTON MONROE SNOWDEN
Retired service station owner
Services for Elton Monroe Snowden will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home with the Rev. Jason Bird officiating. Burial will be in Meridian Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Snowden, 92, of Meridian, died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
E.M. Snowden was born at Center Hill on Feb. 21, 1910. A graduate of Center Hill High School, Mr. Snowden attended Mississippi Southern College in Hattiesburg before beginning his working life as a taxicab driver in depression-era Meridian. In 1937 he opened E.M. Snowden's Shell Service Station at the corner of Sixth Street and 19th Avenue in downtown Meridian, which he operated for 49 years until his retirement in 1986 at the age of 76. Snowden, one of Meridian's last "old time" service station men, was renowned for his work ethic and for the care and attention he gave to his customers. Children, especially, loved a trip to the service station because Mr. Snowden always would give them a free piece of bubble gum.
Mr. Snowden was a faithful Christian, a Mason and a Shriner and for decades he was a loyal member of the Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church where he taught Sunday School and served as a Deacon. An avid sportsman, Snowden enjoyed bird hunting and fishing and in his later years came to love the game of golf. One of the earliest members of Briarwood Country Club, Mr. Snowden scored a hole-in-one at that course at the age of 82.
Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Almeta Covington Snowden of Meridian; two daughters, Dr. Gail Snowden Hasson and her husband, John, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Gloria Snowden Hilliard and her husband, Michael, of Agoura Hills, Calif.; a son, State Rep. Greg Snowden and his wife, Renee, of Meridian; two brothers, J.W. "Wilbur" Snowden of Center Hill and Tommy Snowden of Columbus, Ga.; six grandchildren, Dr. Holly Hasson-Griswold of Cumming, Ga., Alicia Hasson Parr of Olive Branch, Amber Christine Hilliard of Simi Valley, Calif., Aaron Paul Hilliard of Playa del Rey, Calif., and Emily Gay Snowden and Katharine Covington Snowden, both of Meridian; and five great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Johnathan and Anna Claire Parr, all of Olive Branch and Sharayah and Madison Griswold, both of Cumming, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John W. "Buddy" Snowden and Emily Moore "Bird" Snowden of the Center Hill community in Lauderdale County and by two sisters and six brothers.
Serving as pallbearers will be John Chaney, Steve Chaney, Rick Snowden, Tim Snowden, Jim Stephens and Mark Parr.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charlie Bancroft, Heyward Dillard and E.D. "Red" McKinney.
The family requests any memorials be made to the Fifteenth Avenue Baptist Church.
Visitation will be Monday from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
IZOLA BETTS
Homemaker
STARKVILLE Services for Izola Betts will be held today at 10 a.m. at Welch Funeral Home Chapel with burial in McClelland Cemetery.
Mrs. Betts, 84, of Meridian, died Tuesday, June 4, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include her daughter, Dorothy Ann Jones of Portage, Ind.; a son, Davis "Butch" G. Smith, of Meridian; two sisters, Dora Edmonds of Sardis, Ga., and Billie Fay Pomier of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; two brothers, W.T. Whatley of Indianola and James Doyle Whatley of Sturgis; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
GLORIA B. NUCKOLLS
Homemaker
Services for Gloria B. Nuckolls will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with the Revs. Wade Merrill, Edward O' Conner and Harriett Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Nuckolls, 71, of Meridian, died Sunday, June 2, 2002, in London, England. She was a homemaker and member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Survivors include her husband, Paul Nuckolls of Meridian; three daughters, Connie Howle and her husband, Bob, and Julie Wells and her husband, Jeff, all of Jackson and Lisa Love and her husband, Larry, of Meridian; a brother, Jay Brown of Chattanooga, Tenn.; an aunt, Elizabeth Rogers of Chattanooga; and seven grandchildren, Melissa Love, Sara Love, Mary Lawrence Love, Allison Wells, Jason Wells, Charles Ruckstuhl and Ellie Metz.
The family requests memorials be made to St. Paul's Episcopal Church or the American Heart Association.
Pallbearers will be the Vestry of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
Visitation will be today from 9:30 a.m. until service time at St. Paul's Parish Hall.
CLAYTON ELLEN LAMBERT REED
MILLRY, Ala. Services for Clayton Ellen Lambert Reed will be held today at 11 a.m. at Millry Baptist Church. Burial will be in Kimbrough Cemetery. Phillips Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Reed, 85, of Millry, died Thursday, June 6, 2002, at Washington County Infirmary.
Survivors include a son, James Willard Reed of Palatka, Fla.; a daughter, Janet Reed Dixon of Millry; a sister, Jean Lambert Lassiter of Cullomburg, Ala.; three grandchildren; three step grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and seven step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willard H. Reed.
The family requests memorials be made to Kimbrough Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 318, Millry, AL 36558.
Visitation will be today from 9:30 a.m. until service time at the church.

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