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Survivors include his wife, Annie L. Waller; his sons Earl Waller Jr. and his wife, Phyllis, and Tommy Waller, all of Quitman; a daughter, Janet Hartin and her husband, George, of Ridgeland; two brothers, Nelson Waller and Conrade Waller, both of Shubuta; a sister, Pat Hayes of Quitman; three grandchildren, Shonda Renee Gardner and her husband, Steven, of Jacksonville, Fla., Nikkie Hartin of Ridgeland and Jennifer Waller of Quitman.

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THOMAS MELVIN SANDERFORD
Retired
Services for Thomas Melvin Sanderford will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Steve Jordan, John Allen Little and Dr. Richard Short officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Mr. Sanderford, 75, of Meridian, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He is the retired City of Meridian Fire Captain. He was the former Fire Chief for Waterways Experimental Station in Vicksburg. He was a retired Master Sergeant with the 186th Air National Guard and was a member of Jones Memorial Presbyterian Church and attended First Baptist Church in Marion and was a member of Faith Sunday School Class.
Survivors include his wife Bobbie Tidwell Sanderford; a daughter, Dianne Shannon and her husband, Butch, all of Meridian; a son, Thomas Sanderford Jr. of Dalewood; a step-son Phil Smith of Meridian; grandchildren April Luke and her husband, Cary, of Collinsville, Amber Shannon of Jackson, and Allison Shannon of Starkville; one great-grandchild, Braden Luke of Collinsville and a brother, James Howard Sanderford and his wife, Dot, of Huntsville, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jean Martin Sanderford, his parents, Fred and Exie Sanderford; a sister, Margaret Sanderford Short and a brother, R.F. Sanderford Jr.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Marion, Jones Memorial Presbyterian Church or a favorite charity.
Pallbearers will be Keith Hales, Randy Touchton, R.W. Williams, Gayle Boyd, Sonny McCarra, R. C. McCary, Pat Kidd, Franklin Crawford. Honorary pallbearers will be City of Meridian Firemen, the 186 ANG Firemen and all retired firemen.
Visitation will be today from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. and Saturday one hour before the service at the funeral home.
CATHERINE DAY BUFFINGTON
Homemaker
STARKVILLE Services for Catherine Day Buffington will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Jones Chapel Church of God in Meridian with the Rev. Roy Dabbs officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Welch Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Buffinton, 83, of Starkville, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at O'Brian's Personal Care Home.
Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Buffington Eades of Long Beach; a son, Rex G. Buffington II of Starkville; a sister, Marge Conner of Mobile, Ala.; brothers, John Day of Quitman, and Cronfield Day of Houston, Texas; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Baptist Memorial Hospice, P.O. Box 1307, Columbus, Miss. 39703.
Visitation will be today from 5 p.m.- 8 p.m. at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church.
CLARA W. LANG
UNION Services for Clara W. Lang will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Milling Chapel of Union with the Rev. David Hardy officiating. Milling Funeral Home of Union is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Lang, 57, of Union, died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at Laird Alliance Hospital of Union.
Survivors include a daughter, Lynn Moore; a son, William Moore; two grandchildren; a brother, W.R. Lang, all of Union; and a sister, Elizabeth Alford, of Hattiesburg.
Visitation will be held Friday from 5 p.m. -9 p.m. at the funeral home.
RITA NELL PATTERSON
Homemaker
BILOXI Graveside services for Rita Nell Patterson will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at D'Iberville Memorial Park following a procession from Howard Avenue Chapel of Bradford-O'Keefe Funeral Homes, Inc., in Biloxi.
Mrs. Patterson, 82, of North Biloxi, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, in Ocean Springs. She was born in Meridian and moved to the coast in 1954. She was a homemaker and a Presbyterian.
Survivors include her husband, Woodrow Wilson Patterson, of North Biloxi; a son, David Wilson Patterson, of St. Martin Community; two sisters, Emma Frances Ford, of Commachi, New York, and Johnnie Pauline Reece, of Meridian; one granddaughter and one great-granddaughter.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John W. and Pauline Landrum; and three sisters, Maurine Jeanette Murphy, Pinkie Elizabeth Landrum and MayDelle Lance.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 1 p.m.-2 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.
SHERRY ANN WOOD JONES
Services for Sherry Ann Wood Jones will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel.
Mrs. Jones, 54, of Meridian, died Thursday, Aug. 22, at University Hospital in Jackson.
Visitation will be held Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until the service.
RUTH ARLENE MONK
SEBASTOPOL Services for Ruth Arlene Monk were held Thursday at 1:30 p.m. at Crossroads Church of God with the Revs. Larry Melton, Kenneth Johnson and Bob Smith officiating. Burial was in Damascus Cemetery in Walnut Grove.
Mrs. Monk, 80, of Forest, died Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2002, at Lackey Memorial Hospital in Forest.
Survivors include her husband, Billy Monk of Forest; daughters, Helen Luke of Walnut Grove, Ann King of Lake, Jo Windham, Etoile Smith and Deanie Elmore and Rachel Brooks, all of Forest; sons, Herman Monk of Forest and Floyd Monk of Lake; sisters, Alene Maxey of Lake, Rena Mae Hill of Forest; and a brother, Harvey Sistrunk of Forest; 26 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Billy Wayne Monk; a daughter, Mary Ladd, one brother and one sister.
MYRTLE DEAR
Services for Myrtle Dear are incomplete at James F. Webb Funeral Home. Ms. Dear, of Grenada, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002.
WALTER P. MCDUFFIE
Services for Walter P. McDuffie are incomplete at James F. Webb Funeral Home.
Mr. McDuffie, 73, of Meridian, died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002 at Riley Memorial Hospital.

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