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Obituaries for Sunday, Oct. 26, 2003

By Staff
Homemaker
PHILADELPHIA Services for Nellie K. Joiner will be held today at 2 p.m. at McClain-Hayes Funeral Service Chapel with the Revs. Bobby Joe Butler and Mike Ingram officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Noxapater.
Mrs. Joiner, 87, of Noxapater died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include her daughters, Iva Nell Atkinson, of Philadelphia and Charlene Joiner Shumaker, of Canton; sons, Travis Joiner, Wayne Joiner and Bennie Mac Joiner, all of Louisville, and Alvis Joiner and Charles "Bo" Joiner, both of Philadelphia; 15 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Odean Moore Jones, of Noxapater.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie L. Joiner and her son, Terry Lee Joiner.
Homemaker
Graveside services for Mary Helen Parker will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Fellowship Cemetery in Bailey with the Rev. Howard McKee officiating. Stephens Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Parker, 81, of Meridian, died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 in Meridian. She was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.
Survivors include her sons, Kells Parker and his wife Ginny and Chester Parker Jr. and his wife Dianne; a brother, Chestine Snowden, all of Meridian; four grandchildren, Dawn Lucky, Chester Parker III, Tommy Parker and David Parker; five great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Cathy Ware.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Parker; brother, Malcolm Snowden; and her parents, Thomas and Lottie Estelle Snowden.
Pallbearers will be Chester Parker Jr., Kells Parker, Chet Parker, Tommy Parker, Michael Lucky and David Parker.
Visitation will be today from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
MOSS POINT Services for Edna Earline Keene will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Hopewell Baptist Church in Newton County with the Rev. Jimmy McDill officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Holder-Wells Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Keene, 90, of Moss Point, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003. She was born May 28, 1913 to Leslie and Sena Freeman. She was a native of Newton County and was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.
Survivors include her daughters, Frances Dean and her husband Bill, of Lucedale, Lorene Furby and her husband, Leroy, and Beverly Jones and her husband, Kenneth, all of Moss Point; sons, James E. Keene and his wife Mary, of Enid, Okla. and Tommy Keene, of Newton County; 21 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; a special friend, Bill; and several nieces, nephews and friends.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Lloyd Keene; parents; a son, Raymond Keene; and four grandsons, Richard Leon Dean, Frankis Leroy Furby, Tony Furby and Gary Paul Keene.
Visitation will be held Sunday from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the funeral home and two hours prior to the service at the church.
Graveside services for Frances Willard Godwin will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at Ebeneezer Baptist Church Cemetery near Pennington, Ala. with the Rev. Steve Bruce officiating. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Godwin, 84, of Meridian, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at Heartfelt Hospice. She was a member and volunteer with the Salvation Army.
Survivors include a daughter, Betty Horner and her husband Randy, of Meridian; grandchildren, Randall Grey Horner and his wife, Rachel and Kimberly Carol Culpepper and her husband, David; and great-grandchildren, James Grey Horner, Brooks David Culpepper and Dylan Randall Culpepper.
Memorials may be made to Heartfelt Hospice, 5000 Highway 39 North, Meridian, Ms. 39305.
Honorary pallbearers will be Randall Grey Horner, David Culpepper, James Grey Horner, Brooks David Culpepper and Dylan Randall Culpepper.
Retired retail grocer
MACON Services for John Al Wootten Sr. will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Cockrell Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Byron Pickering officiating. Burial will be in Soule Chapel Cemetery near Brooksville.
Mr. Wootten, 80, of Macon, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at Baptist Memorial Golden Triangle in Columbus. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Macon where he served as a deacon. He was a native of St. Louis, Mo. and moved to Noxubee County at age 2. He graduated from Brooksville High School and Draughn's Business College. He served as an electrician in the U.S. Air Force in Italy for four years. He was discharged as a Staff Sergeant. He was a retail grocery store owner for 40 years.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Wootten of Macon; a daughter, Patricia Strickland, of Hamilton; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Lillian Ann and Samuel Allen Wootten; and sons, Johnny and Richard Wootten.
Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.
Visitation will be held Monday from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
employee of Hudspeth Group Homes
Services for James V. "J.J." Johnson will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at Dowdle Funeral Home Chapel in Millport, Ala. with the Revs. J.C. Rushing and Jim Rickles officiating. Burial will be in Meadow Branch Cemetery. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Johnson, 62, of Meridian, died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at his residence. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was a musician with Kelley and Company that played at the Meridian Veterans of Foreign Wars and he was a member of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Virginia S. Johnson, of Meridian; daughters, Donya LaRue and DeAnna Throwbridge; son, David Johnson, all of Columbia City, Ind.; step-daughters, Cynthia Morris and Kimberly Yates; a step-son, Christopher Boswell, all of Meridian; six grandchildren that loved him and called him "Paw-Paw"; a brother, Larry Johnson and his wife, Mattie Lou, of Columbus; a sister, Brenda Murray, of Jasper, Ala.; and his parents, Russell and Hortense Gilliam Johnson.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Ramus Johnson; and a step-daughter, Katherine Boswell.
Memorials may be made to Cancer Therapy and Research Center, Attention: Donations, P.O. Box 1657 San Antonio, Texas 78296.
Visitation will be today from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home and Monday three hours prior to the service at Dowdle Funeral Home.
Arrangements were incomplete at Barham Funeral Home for Susan Weaver, 51, of Toomsuba, who died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 in Lauderdale County.
Survivors include her mother, Opal Jennings, of Meridian.
Arrangements were incomplete at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home for J.P. Eubanks, 93, of Forest, who died Saturday, Oct. 25, 2003 at Rush Foundation Hospital.
Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for Leroy Alfred, 55, of Meridian, who died Friday, Oct. 24, 2003 at University Medical Center in Jackson.
Arrangements were incomplete at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home for Master Sergeant Kate Jones, 50, of Meridian, who died Monday, Oct. 20, 2003 at Picatinny Arsonold Army Base in Picatinny Arnold, New Jersey.

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