Obituaries for Sunday, July 18, 2004

By Staff
PHILADELPHIA Services for Ronnie Guthrie Jr. will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel, with the Revs. Wayne Crenshaw and Jeff Mann officiating. Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.
Mr. Guthrie, 61, of Pearl, died Friday, July 16, 2004, at his home. He was a retired inspector with the Mississippi Public Service Commission.
Survivors include his wife, Norine Guthrie of Pearl; a daughter, Cindy Travis of Mandeville, La.; sons, Mark Guthrie of Mandeville and Jason Guthrie of Jackson; five grandchildren; his parents, Reg and Mary Lee Guthrie of Union and his sisters, Glenda Russell of Little Rock and Barbara McMillan of Philadelphia.
Graveside services for William J. "Joey" Morgan will be held Monday at 10:30 a.m. at Oak Grove Cemetery in the Bonita community with the Rev. Steve Pouncey officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Morgan, 30, of Meridian, died Friday, July 16, 2004.
Survivors include his father, William T. Morgan of Meridian; his mother, Doris Morgan Clark and stepfather, Mike, both of Chunky; a sister, Amy Griffin and her husband, Jeff, of Newton, a nephew, Justin Griffin and a niece, Dakota Griffin.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, William and Elah Morgan, maternal grandparents, Herbert and Ludie Morris; and an aunt, Maryann Blakeney.
Visitation will be Monday from 9 a.m.-10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Retired school teacher
Services for Adine Clarke Townsend will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Church of the Mediator. Burial will be at Magnolia Cemetery. James F. Webb Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Ms. Townsend, 96, of Meridian, died Friday, July 16, 2004. She was a school teacher at Kate Griffin Junior High for 40 years, and was a graduate of MSCW and a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa sorority, the Church of the Mediator altar guild and St. Anne's Guild. She was also a member of King Alford Garden Club.
Survivors include her niece, Reba Boykin, and nephew, Eugene Clarke, both of Hollandale.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene Clarke and Nannie Norman.
Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.
Services for Lytle Clark Stewart will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at Barham Funeral Home Chapel, with the Revs. Davey Wilkinson and Jimmy Harrison officiating. Burial will be in Oak Grove Cemetery.
Mr. Stewart, 77, of Meridian, died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center. He retired in 1982 after 35 years of service to Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Co. Mr. Stewart was a lifelong resident of Lauderdale County. After graduating from Meridian High School, class of 1944, he served in the U.S. Navy until August 1946. He later served in the Marine Corps Reserve until April 1951. He was a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America, the American Legion Post 0021, Sons of Confederate Veterans and a member of Jones Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include his wife, Edna E. Lindley Stewart of Meridian; daughters, Teresa Stewart Whitehurst and her spouse of Peachtree City, Ga., and Marsha Stewart Suire and her spouse of Meridian; grandchildren, Kelly Holcomb, Mariposa Fields and Samantha Suire, all of Meridian, Rob Whitehurst of Marietta, Ga., and Capt. Scott Whitehurst USAF of Peachtree City; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Mrs. Mildred Nelson of Meridian and Mrs. Gloria Wilkerson of the Klondike community, and a brother, Warren Stewart of Columbus.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Visitation will be today from 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
RIDGELAND Services for Matthew Stinson "Matt" Loper will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at St. James' Episcopal Church. Burial will be in Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Loper, 17, of Madison, died Friday, July 16, 2004, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident in Scott County.
A native of Meridian, he moved to Jackson at age 6 and attended Northwest Elementary School, Rosa Scott Middle School and was looking forward to starting his senior year at Madison Central High School. Matt worked part time for the Two Rivers Restaurant in Canton and Hollister &Co. in Ridgeland. He was a member of Boy Scout Troop 500, and recently earned his Star rank. Matt was a communicant of St. James' Episcopal Church and attended EYC at the Chapel of the Cross Episcopal Church. A loving son, brother and friend, Matt will be remembered by his family as a happy young man who never met a stranger, who loved cars and his friends.
Survivors include his mother, Linda Webb Prisock and stepfather Bob of Madison; his father, Leigh Stinson Loper of Meridian; a sister, Heather Michelle Riemann and her husband Chad of Biloxi; a stepbrother, Robert Evan Prisock of Madison; a niece and nephew, Sadie and John David Riemann; a grandmother, Katie A. "Sadie" Webb of Madison; an uncle, Mark E. Loper of Perdido Key, Fla.; and great aunts, Margaret Torrey of New Orleans, and Margaret Baty of Demopolis, Ala.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Thomas Earl Webb of Meridian, Otho Belton Loper of York, Ala., and Genevive "Tootie" Stinson of York.
Visitation will be today from 3 p.m.-6 p.m. at the funeral home and Monday at 2 p.m. in the Guild Parlor of St. James' Episcopal Church.
Arrangements were incomplete at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home for La Belle Jones, 95, of Meridian, who died Friday, July 16, 2004, in Washington, D.C.
Arrangements were incomplete at James F. Webb Funeral Home for Rudolph Bonner, 75, of Meridian, who died Saturday, July 17, 2004, at his home.

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