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Obituaries for Thursday, Sept. 18, 2003

By Staff
Farmer
DEKALB Services for Johnny Barlow will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Cuba, Ala., with the Rev. Howard Thomas officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. E.E. McDonald Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Barlow, 84, of Bastrop, La., died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at Hillview Nursing Home.
Survivors include his daughter, Sarah Johnson of California; sisters, Luvenia Walker of Cuba, Ala., and Flora Dixon of St. Louis, Mo.; brothers, Willie Barlow of Cuba, Stanford Barlow of St. Louis and Cleophus Barlow of York, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings.
Visitation will be Friday noon-1 p.m. at the church.
Retired
Services for J.C. Cole will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Richard Parker officiating. Burial will be in Barker Cemetery in Marion.
Mr. Cole, 72, of Meridian, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Lakeside Living Center in Quitman.
Survivors include his sons, Gregory Cole of Austin, Texas, Richard Cole, Ronald C. Cole, Donald L. Cole and Johnson B. Cole, all of Meridian; daughters, Mary L. Akins, Mattie Johnson, Annie C. Cole, Linda Clark, Shirley Key, Bobbie Chapman, Amanda Brooks and Jennifer Triplet, all of Meridian; a sister, Mattie Heidelburg of Meridian; 29 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father, George Cole; and his mother, Bula Boston.
Visitation will be Friday 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired from Drassco Oil Ridge Company
Services for Vincent A. Lewis will be held Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at Mt. Horem Baptist Church with the Rev. Samuel Alford officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Berry and Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Lewis, 51, of Meridian, died Monday, Sept. 15, 2003, at Heartfelt Hospice.
Survivors include his wife, Deborah Lewis of Meridian; a step-daughter, Aarnetta King of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; a son, Vincent Lewis Jr. and a step-son, Demetrius Landrum, both of Meridian; sisters, Virginia Gordon of Grand Rapids, Mich., and Coretta Price of Jackson; brothers, Jerome Lewis and Greg Lewis, both of Grand Rapids.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be Friday 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Physician
PHILADELPHIA Services for Dr. Jasper M. Blount Jr. were held Friday at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Jerry Beam officiating. Burial was in Cedarlawn Cemetery.
Dr. Blount, 82, of Philadelphia, died Thursday, Sept. 4, 2003, at Neshoba County General Hospital.
He was described as a compassionate doctor whose practice helped the county hospital grow. Dr. Blount was born and raised in Newton County. He was a graduate of Newton County Agricultural High School, East Central Junior College, the University of Mississippi and George Washington University School of Medicine.
He joined the medical staff at Neshoba General in 1953, just days before registered nurses, Chris Fulton and Katie Kemp began their careers at the same hospital when it was on Center Avenue.
Kemp remembered how patients flocked to the hospital to see the new doctor. "He brought a lot of patients in with him and the hospital began to grow and started to become a really good community hospital," Kemp said.
Dr. Blount delivered Kemp's first child and the now retired nurse said Dr. Blount marked each baby he delivered by tying the umbilical cord in a unique way at birth.
Fulton remembers assisting Dr. Blount in the delivery room and she said, "He was such a good doctor, a compassionate doctor. He just loved the children."
Dr. Blount never turned a patient away because of a lack of money or any other reasons.
Blount suffered many years with arthritis. Fulton remembered many nurses would have two pans of water for him to soak his feet in after surgery before going to his office. He did a lot of research on arthritis.
Dr. Blount was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and was a member of First United Methodist Church.
In 1978, he donated two new buses to the Neshoba County and Philadelphia school systems to be used for sporting events and band festivals and contests.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Blount of Philadelphia; sons, Jerry Blount of Huntsville, Ala., and Jackie W. Morrow of Philadelphia; a foster son, Ronnie Willis of Philadelphia; a daughter, Dr. Jo Jo Harbour of Madison; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a sister, Betty Wall of Meridian; and a brother, Benny Joe Blount of Orange Grove, Ala.
Pallbearers were Gene Brown, Kinsey Smith, B.J. Morrow, Cody Morrow, H.N. "Buck" Carl and Skeeter Wall.
Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Betty Jean Gaddis, 66, of Meridian, who died Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2003, in her home.
Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Katie M. Manning, 51, of Meridian, who died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Clarence W. Zachry, 80, of Meridian, who died Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2003, at Rush Foundation Hospital.

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