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Obituaries for Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003

By Staff
Services for Richard Batte McMullan will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Church of the Mediator with the Rev. Mike Dobrosky officiating. Burial will be in Columbarium with Barham Funeral in charge of arrangements.
Mr. McMullan, 59, of Meridian, died Monday, Aug. 4, 2003, in his home. He was director of Architecture at AES, Ltd. He was a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Meridian Building Codes Board of Appeals, Meridian Mainstreet, Meridian-Lauderdale County Keep America Beautiful Commission, American Institute of Architects and Meridian Chamber of Commerce. He served as chairman of the Meridian Historic Preservation Commission.
He served as a combat engineer platoon leader in the U.S. Army in Europe from 1967-1969.
He was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, where he was a member of the Vestry, past director of Acolytes and the St. Francis Committee.
Survivors include his wife, Judi McMullan of Meridian; a son, Scot McMullan of Starkville; a sister, Shellye McMullan of Jackson; a brother, Bart McMullan of Portland Ore.; and his mother and father-in-law, Mildred and John Kubilis of Brandon.
He was preceded in death by daughters, Kristan McMullan and Jamie Blair McMullan.
The family requests memorials be made to Church of the Mediator or the A.L.S. Foundation.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at church parish hall.
PHILADELPHIA Graveside services for Eunice C. Allen will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Cemetery with the Rev. Kermit Sharp officiating. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Allen, 88, of Philadelphia, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. She was a lifelong resident of Neshoba County and had lived in Philadelphia for the past 35 years. She was a member of North Calvary Baptist Church, where she was a teacher in Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and the Training Union.
Until her health began to fail, she regularly attended church services and activities. Her love and loyalty to not only her children and grandchildren, but to other children as well, was unbounded.
She was an advocated for public schools, libraries and parks for the young. She loved the outdoors and her great passions, other than her family, were vegetable gardening, flower gardening, preserving food and cooking all of which she pursued until the end of her life.
One of her greatest joys was her plant and flower filled yard. She was an avid reader, followed politics with interest, and quilted. She will be remembered with love and admiration for her strength of character and the joy she found in life.
Survivors include her daughter, Nell Allen Rogers; a son, Scott Allen and his wife, Laura; grandchildren, Amanda Nell Allen and Matthew Allen, all of Philadelphia; and a brother, V.B. Shepherd and his wife, Kate, of Union.
Visitation will be today 4 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired from Meridian Machine Works
Services for William Thedford will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Tamola Church of God in Lauderdale with the Rev. Willie Jefferson officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Hebron Cemetery. Berry and Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Thedford, 46, of Lauderdale, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Brenda Thedford of Lauderdale; daughters, Deborah Overstreet of Meridian and Kimberly Matthews of Lauderdale; sons, William Thedford and Cordell Thedford, both of Lauderdale; his mother, Annie Mag Thedford of Lauderdale; sisters, Bernice Campbell and Barbara Smith, both of Meridian; and a brother, Eugene Thedford of Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his father.
Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired hospital and nursing home administrator
MACON Graveside services for Robert H. Boone will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Heritage Memorial Gardens in Fayette, Ala., with the Rev. Allen Mapp officiating. Cockrell Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Boone, 79, of Macon, died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at Noxubee County General Hospital. He served in the U.S. Medical Corps aboard the USS Boyd (DD544) in the Pacific theater, during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Trudy Boone of Macon; a daughter, Ann B. Mitchener of Macon; a sister, Myrtle Cason of Montgomery, Ala.; a brother, Ledford L. Boone of Letohatchie, Ala.; one granddaughter and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Nellie Raye Edge; and four brothers, Troy Bailey, O'Neal Boone, Phillip Boone and Marshall Boone.
Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Arrangements were incomplete at Wright's Funeral Home of Quitman for Pauline Buckalew Rathbun of Enterprise, who died Wednesday, Aug. 6, 2003, at McNeil Personal Care in Enterprise.