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Obituaries for Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003

By Staff
Retired Atlas Roofing employee
Services for Johnny Lee "Pocketbook" Hearn will be held today at 11 a.m. at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Willie D. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Cages Cemetery in Cuba, Ala.
Mr. Hearn, 63, of Meridian, died Saturday, Oct. 18, 2003, in his home.
Survivors include his fiance, Glenda Faye Talbert of Meridian; sisters, Annie Hare and her husband, John Willie, Jessie Ruffin and her husband, Marvell, Corrine Hearn, all of Meridian, Della Sturdivant and her husband, James, of York, Ala.; brothers, Willie Hearn and his wife, Debra, of Southfield, Mich., Cleveland Hearn and his wife, Corrine, and Billy Ray Hearn, all of Meridian, and Bobby Hearn of Detroit.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Bernice Hearn and five siblings.
Burlington Textile employee
QUITMAN Services for J.P. Richardson Sr. will be held today at 2 p.m. at Wright's Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Rickey Carlisle and Johnny Mosley officiating. Burial will be in Pachuta Cemetery.
Mr. Richardson, 85, of Pachuta, died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003, at Lakeside Living Center in Quitman.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Richardson; sons, J.P. Richardson Jr. and his wife, Edith, and Ronald Richardson, all of Pachuta; a brother, X.L. Richardson of Stonewall; a sister, Dorothy Touchstone of Contonment, Fla.; three grandchildren, Teresa Webb of Princeton, N.C., Pam Phillips of Pine Level, N.C. and Terry Davis of Fayetteville, N.C.; four great-grandchildren, Terrie Thornton of Princeton, N.C., Julie Dorman, Trey Dorman and John Tyler Phillips, all of Pine Level; several nieces and nephews.
Farmer
LOUISVILLE Services for Grady P. Reed will be held today at 2 p.m. at Harmony Baptist Church with the Revs. Tommy Jones and Jerry Lundy officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Nowell-Tilghman Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Reed, 85, of Louisville, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, in his home.
Survivors include his sons, Jimmy Reed and Mitchell Reed, both of Louisville; a sister, Thelma Ruth Slawson of Louisville; and two grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Natherin Reed.
Retired
Services for Alton L. "Cat-eye" Cavenaugh will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Chunky Baptist Church with the Revs. Adrian Cavenaugh and Curtis Guess officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Cavenaugh, 72, of Chunky, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, in his home. He retired after more than 30 years of service at Roadway Express. He was a veteran of the National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a member of Chunky Baptist Church and Chunky Masonic Lodge. He will be missed and loved by all who knew him.
Survivors include his daughters, Heather Wright and her husband, Jamie, of Chunky and Shirley Gardner and her husband, Jimmy, of Meridian; sons, Rick Cavenaugh and his wife, Linda, and Joseph Cavenaugh, all of Chunky, and Adrian Cavenaugh and his wife, Marva, of Meridian; nine grandchildren, Adam Cavenaugh and his wife, Donna, Krishna Joyner and her husband, Daniel, Joy Cavenaugh, Josh Cavenaugh, Jared Cavenaugh, Tim Burke, John Cavenaugh, Michael Wright and Makenlee Wright; two great-grandchildren, Ellafaith Joyner and Tyler Adam Cavenaugh; sisters, Rholetta Faircloth and her husband, R.B., of Whiteville, N.C. and Sudie Mae Jones of Warsaw, N.C.; and a brother, Robert "Jack" Cavenaugh of Warsaw.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Alonzo L. and Bessie Wood Cavenaugh; brothers, Jessie Jenkins, Dan Jenkins, Jerry Jenkins and William Jenkins.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons, Adam Cavenaugh, Jared Cavenaugh, Josh Cavenaugh and Tim Burke; son-in-law, Jamie Wright; friends, Roger Shirley, Frog Roberts and Leon Minter.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home and 30 minutes prior to the service at the church.
Retired
PHILADELPHIA Services for Nancy Eldridge will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with Eastern Star Rites. The Revs. Ronald Dearman and Warren Hedgepeth will officiate. Burial will be in Golden Grove Cemetery in Neshoba County.
Mrs. Eldridge, 74, of Union, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. She was retired from Midland Shirt Factory in Union. She was born and raised in the Union Community of Neshoba County. She was a member of Liberty Baptist Church in Little Rock and attended Crossroads Baptist Church in Neshoba County. She adored the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 65 in Newton and Chapter No. 93 in Philadelphia and served as Worthy Matron, Grand Representative and page to two Worthy Grand Officers. She had friends throughout the state in the Eastern Star.
She loved doing for others and always loved everyone. She was known for her brilliant smile and sweet spirit.
Survivors include her husband, George L. Eldridge of Union; daughters, Carol Jean Ridgon of Brandon and Sherry Diane Brantley of Clinton; a son, Phillip Dale Eldridge of Union; grandchildren, Sarah Elizabeth Ridgon and Anthony Dwight Rigdon, both of Brandon; sisters, Sue Frasier of Philadelphia and Jerri Stribling of Brandon; brothers, A. Wayne Kelly and Claude Kelly, both of Jackson, and F.H. "Jack" Kelly Jr. of Philadelphia; several nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers will be Donald Godwin, Kenneth Madison, Will Massey, Larry Rickles, Mark Rickles, and Larry Pearson.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services for Columbus E. "Gene" Smith will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. George Pugh officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.
Mr. Smith, 72, of Meridian, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include his wife, Annie Smith of Meridian; sons, John E. Smith and his wife, Dory, of Meridian, Columbus Lee Smith and his wife, Cecil, of Collinsville, Ind., and William L. Smith and his wife, Tiffany, of Columbus; a daughter, Gwendolyn Hawkins of Mobile, Ala.; step-daughters, Melissa Lashare and her husband, Charles, and Angela Bowman and her husband, Dale, all of Meridian; step-sons, Bo Boutwell and his wife, Sabrina, and Wade Boutwell and his wife, Lucy, all of Meridian, and Michael Boutwell and his wife, Betty of Quitman; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, 13 step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren; his mother, Ruth Smith of Meridian; and a brother, Dennis Smith and his wife, Charie, of Vicksburg.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leslie E. Smith.
Visitation will be Friday 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired pest control
Private memorial services were held Saturday for George W. Weldon. Mississippi Mortuary Services was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Weldon, 71, of Meridian, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at Heartfelt Hospice.
Survivors include his wife, Liz Weldon; sons, Wayne Weldon of Shapleigh, Maine, George Weldon Jr. of Lamar and Guy Weldon of Tupelo; daughters, Jeannette Weldon Powell of Raleigh, Tina Weldon Dunn, Tammy Weldon Rogers and Kim Weldon, all of Meridian; and a brother, Cleveland Weldon of Cedartown, Ga.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Judd and Naomi Weldon; and a brother, Robert Weldon.
Arrangements were incomplete at James F. Webb Funeral Home of Newton for Donna Gibbon of Newton, who died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003, at St. Dominic's Hospital in Jackson.
Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Virgie Holton of Meridian, who died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, in her home.

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