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Obituaries for Saturday, Aug. 23, 2003

By Staff
Wackenhut employee
Services for Scott Harold Hubert will be held today at 9:30 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church with the Revs. Dr. Rhett Payne and Dr. David Wood officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Hubert, 54, of Meridian, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2003, in his home. He was a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church and the Meridian Little Theatre.
Survivors include his father, Scott F. Hubert of Meridian and sisters, Edwinna Hubert and Robin Hubert, both of Albuquerque, N.M.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Edwinna Cunningham Hubert.
Visitation will be 30 minutes prior to the services at the church.
Retired bricklayer
PHILADELPHIA Services for Sammie Lee Cumberland will be held today at 11 a.m. at McClain-Hays Chapel with the Rev. Chris Wells officiating. Burial will be in Cedarlawn Cemetery in Philadelphia.
Mr. Cumberland, 65, of Philadelphia, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, in his home.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Cumberland of Philadelphia; sons, Sam Cumberland of Magnolia, Ark., Pete Cumberland and Terry Cumberland, both of Philadelphia; two grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Willingham and a brother, Joe Cumberland, both of Philadelphia.
Retired registered nurse
Graveside services for June Agusta O'Donald Thornton will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at Magnolia Cemetery with the Revs. Dr. Raymon Leake and Dr. Tom Sykes officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Thornton, 80, of Meridian, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at Kings Daughters and Sons Rest Home. She was a member of First Christian Church and taught Women's Bible Study for many years. She was born in Altoona, Pa. in 1922. She graduated from Hannaman School of Nursing in Philadelphia, Pa.
She and her husband of more than 46 years, the late Dr. Dan R. Thornton Jr., moved to Meridian in 1948 after Dr. Thornton completed Medical School in Philadelphia and Medical Regency in New Orleans. Mrs. Thornton was a Registered Nurse while in New Orleans.
Mrs. Thornton was known throughout Meridian for her needlework contributions and her volunteer work with various schools, Girl Scouts, Junior Auxiliary and her much loved church.
Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Thornton Coffey of Hurst, Texas; her son, Dr. Dan R. Thornton III and his wife, Judy, of Meridian; grandchildren, Renee Joiner and Michelle Coffey, both of Hurst, Texas; Jennifer Hopkins of Orlando; Clay Thornton and his wife, Cara, of Denver, Colo.; Jennifer Thornton of New Orleans; and Lance Haguewood and Katie Thames, both of Meridian; and two great-grandchildren, Keith Hopkins of Orlando; and Peyton Thames of Meridian.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Daniel R. Thornton Jr.
Memorials may be made to First Christian Church Missions Fund or to the Dr. Dan R. Thornton Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund for Nursing Students at Meridian Community College.
Homemaker
SEBASTOPOL Service for Ina T. Morris will be held Sunday at 10 a.m. at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church with the Rev. Doby Henry officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Milling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ms. Morris, 80, of Philadelphia, died Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003, at The Choctaw Residential Center.
Survivors include her son, Dewey Morris of Pearl River Community; daughters, Elizabeth Williams of Bogue Chitto, Josephine Thompson, Mary Jane Butler,and Christine Thomas, all of Pearl River and Eleanor Torralba of Westville, Okla.; a brother, Hector Thompson of Bogue Chitto; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Bethany Morris and three children.
Sitter for hospitals and private homes
Services for Mattie J. Thompson will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at James F. Webb Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Thad Moore officiating. Burial will be in Stonewall Cemetery.
Mrs. Thompson, 88, of Meridian, died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at Rush Foundation Hospital. She was a member of Poplar Springs Drive Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, Phillip Thompson of Meridian; and a brother, Gaines Mosley of Mobile, Ala.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Curtis Lamar Thompson.
Visitation will be Sunday from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Dairy farmer
PHILADELPHIA Services for Odie B. Smith will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Bethsaida Baptist Church with the Revs. Billy James and Kermit Sharp officiating. Burial will be in Bethsaida Cemetery in Philadelphia. McClain-Hayes Funeral Service, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Smith, 94, of Philadelphia, died Friday, August 22, 2003 at Neshoba County General Hospital. He served in the Army in World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Hester Lundy Smith, of Philadelphia; sons, Bunkie Smith and Kinsey Smith, both of Philadelphia; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; seven sisters, Myrtice Skinner, of Philadelphia, Wynell Ward, of Collins, Ruth Chapin, of Starkville, Thellis Winstead, Bonnie Joyner, Patsy Holloway and Hildred Matkosky, all of Meridian.
Visitation will be held today from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired dentist
Services for Dr. John R. "Jack" Berney will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick Catholic Church, with Father Matthew Simmons officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery with Barham Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Dr. Berney, 78, of Meridian, died Friday, August 22, 2003 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Dental Corp. He was a member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and a graduate of the University of Southern California and Loyola of New Orleans Dental School.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Montgomery Berney of Meridian; and numerous cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond L. Berney and Loretta Fleming Berney.
Visitation will be Sunday from 5 p.m. -7 p.m. and a prayer service from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services for Marlon Maurice "Rob" Davis will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Clark's Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kevin Grace officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Mr. Davis, 45, of Meridian, died Sunday, Aug. 17, 2003, at Rush Foundation Hospital.
Survivors include five sisters, Lorraine Waterford and her husband Dewayne, of Chicago, Angela Mosley and her husband, Jerry, of Gautier, Kimberly Hailey and her husband, Peter, Veronica Williams and Kiesha McCray, all of Meridian; two brothers, Darrell Rush and Steven Rush and his wife, Glenda, all of Meridian; two step-children, Marites O'Hara and Tony O'Hara, both of Meridian; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Annie Davis.
Visitation will be Sunday from 6 p.m.-7p.m. at the funeral home.
Services were incomplete for Lillie M. Hampton, 90, of Preston, who died Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at her home.

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