Obituaries for Wednesday, July 14, 2004

By Staff
Services for Frank "Lyle" Harper II will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Dr. Malcom Lewis and Paul Early officiating. Burial will be in Freedom Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Harper, 24, of Meridian, died Sunday,July 11, 2004, in Meridian. He will be remembered as a loving son, brother and uncle.
Survivors include his parents, Frank "Bud" and Sue Harper of Meridian; sisters, Tami McManus and her husband, Todd, and Brandi Perkins and her husband, David, all of Meridian; nieces and nephews, Zac, Brandon, Kaley, Katelyn, Malerie, Madison, Coleman, Cole and Cody; aunts, Kathy Holloman and her husband, Terry, Lynn Frazier, and her husband, John Watson and Nell Harper and her husband, Don, all of Meridian; uncles, Jackie Hinson and his wife, Donna and Terry Harper and his wife, Cindy, all of Meridian and several cousins.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Frank and Hazel Harper, Mammie Hinson and G.W. Hinson and a loving aunt, Eula Britt.
Pallbearers will be Ryan Farr, Ryan "COD" Scott, Patrick Martin, Eric Dear, Trey Barton, Ron Wagner, Jody Minchew, Ruben Dennison, Matt Mathis, Kyle "Bobo" Harper. Honorary pallbearers will be Dusty Holloman, Berry Holloman, Jackie Hinson, Terry Harper, Terry Holloman and Don Harper.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
PRENTISS Services for Bessie Joy Steverson Langston will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Saulters-Moore Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be in Society Hill Cemetery in Oakvale.
Mrs. Langston, 60, of Oakvale, died Monday, July 12, 2004, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. She "served" as a U.S. Army wife, alongside her husband, for 27 years. She retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and worked most recently at the USDA Rural Development office in Monticello. She is a native of Starkville, and graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor's degree in business education. She was a member of Goss Baptist Church and a member of the Auxiliary of the Gideon's International.
Survivors include her husband of 38 years, Carlos Langston of Oakvale; children, Steven C. Langston and his wife, Kathryn of Cape Coral, Fla. and Cynthia Janell Langston of Long Beach; grandsons, Matthew R. Langston and Timothy S. Langston of Cape Coral; her mother, Maude Steverson of Ripley; a sister, Patricia J. Ethridge and her husband, Billy Wayne, of Collinsville; brothers, F.E. Steverson Jr. and his wife, Barbara, of Ripley and Wayne G. Steverson and his wife, Deborah, of Ripley.
She was preceded in death by her father, F.E. Steverson of Starkville.
Memorials may be made to The Gideon's International, P.O. Box 1524, Prentiss, MS 39474.
Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services for Margarette Nell Stanton will be held Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Jim Meadows and Roy Dabbs officiating. Burial will be in Long Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Stanton, 71, of Meridian, died Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center.
Survivors include her husband, James E. Stanton of Meridian; children, Carolyn Malone and her husband, Don, James A. Stanton and his wife, Sarah, and Norma George and her friend, Jeff Kelly, all of Meridian; eight grandchildren, Joseph Malone, Christy Malone, Rebecca Cornea, Jimmy George Jr., Joshua George, Skye Yates, Jessica Stanton and James A. Stanton II; 10 great-grandchildren; 10 brothers and sisters, Dot James of Jacksonville, Fla., Ethel Lee and Earleen Lee, both of Stonewall, Marie Ethridge of Pachuta, Alice Cato, Bonnie Price, Gene Weaver and Arthur Weaver, all of Meridian and Bill Weaver and Robert Weaver, both of Jacksonville; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Yealous and Lillie Weaver.
Pallbearers will be James A. Stanton, Joshua George, Jimmy Earl George Jr., J.W. James, Harold Green, Jerry Carney and Joseph Malone.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
MACON Services for Dan Whitsett will be held Friday at noon at St. Luke Primitive Baptist Church in Porterville with the Rev. Greg Watkins officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Lee-Sykes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Whitsett, 100, of Porterville, died Saturday, July 10, 2004, at Rush Foundation Hospital.
Survivors include his daughter, Claudie Mae Naylor of Porterville; a son, John L. Whitsett, of Porterville; an adopted son, Jessie James Whitsett of Lauderdale and five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Thursday noon-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services for Thelma D. Scott will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. David Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Cemetery.
Mrs. Scott, 73, of Meridian, died Thursday, July 8, 2004, in her home.
Survivors include her husband, Luther Earl Scott of Meridian; a son, Robert L. Moton; a step-son, Robert Moton of Meridian; a daughter, Betty Scott of Meridian and a step-sister, Cynthia Colvert of Detroit; 12 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Lewis and Hattie Phillips.
Visitation will be Friday 4 p.m.-5 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services for George Johnson Sr. will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Randolph Brown officiating. Burial will be Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Johnson, 59, of Meridian, died Monday, July 12, 2004, at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Johnson of Meridian; sons, Darryl Lassiter of Meridian and George Johnson and his wife, Sherry, of Atlanta; daughters, Angela Johnson and Lisa Williams and her husband, Jarvis, all of Meridian; brothers, Willie Johnson, Reo Johnson and his wife, Mary; sisters, Lottie McCullum of Meridian and Ilean Johnson of Minnesota and his mother, Willie Ida Cooper Brown of Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Johnson.
Visitation will be Friday 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Services for Josie Steele will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Clark's Memorial Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Odell Hopkins officiating. Burial will be in Daleville Cemetery.
Mrs. Steele, 85, of Meridian, died Sunday, July 11, 2004, at Riley Hospital.
Survivors include her sisters, Ruth Leggett, Lillie B. Boston, Earline Davis, Annie Lois Wells, and Lessie Mae Greer and a brother, Felix Boston, all of Meridian.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Lillie Boston.
Visitation will be Saturday, 4 p.m.-6 p.m. at the funeral home.

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