Obituaries

Mr. Robert Evans Weed, Sr. Saturday, July 14, 2012 Funeral services for Mr. Robert Evans Weed, Sr., 85, were held at 11 a.m., July 17, 2012 at Coleman Funeral Home in a Ackerman. Rev. Danny Irvin officiated. Burial followed in Greenwood Cemetery in West Point.

A resident of Ackerman, Mr. Weed was a retired sergeant in the U.S. Army. He was also a member of Ackerman Baptist Church. Mr. Weed died Saturday, July 14, 2012 at his residence in Ackerman.

He is survived by his sons James V. Weed of Marrero, La., William H. Weed of Mansfield, OH, Robert E. Weed, Jr. of Ackerman, Miss., daughter Marjorie Fletcher of Mathiston, Miss., eight grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Memorials may be sent to Ackerman Baptist Church.

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. To visit the family registry, visit www.colemanfuneral.com.

Mr. Donald Lamar Ray July 2, 2012 Funeral services for Mr. Donald Lamar Ray, 60, were held at Weir United Methodist Church in Weir on Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 2 p.m. Rev. Jack Smith officiated. Burial at Weir Cemetery.

Mr. Ray was a retired hospital administrator. Mr. Ray was a member of Columbus First United Methodist Church. Mr. Ray died on Monday, July 2, 2012 at his residence in Columbus.

Survivors include mother, Virginia Woodward Ray of Sandy, UT; son, Patrick L. Ray of Grenada; daughter, Katy Murphy of Chelsea, AL; sister, Betty Ray-Wycoff of Sandy, UT; 2 grandchildren.

Family suggests memorials to Weir United Methodist Church and/or The Salvation Army.

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. J. Harold Willis July 11, 2012 Funeral services for Mr. J. Harold Willis, 88, were held at Macedonia Revival Center in Philadelphia on Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 3 p.m. Rev. Leslie Courtney and Rev. Lloyd Adcock officiated.

Mr. Willis lived in the Arlington Community. Mr. Willis was a member of Macedonia Revival Center. Mr. Willis died on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at Neshoba County Nursing Home in Philadelphia.

Survivors include wife, Hazel Willis of Philadelphia; daughters, Linda Collins, Janie Lovern, Sylvia Pope, Joyce Willis, Shelia Lovern, all of Philadelphia; son, Phillip H. Willis of Philadelphia; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Brian Willis, Allan Lovern, Chad Lovern, Jase Lovern, Casey Pope, Jody Pope, Dustin Pope and Corey Willis.

John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Martha Easom/Flake

Mrs. Martha Easom/Flake, 61, of Macon, MS, died Thursday, July 12, 2012, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Funeral services were held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, July 14th, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Mike Childs officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mrs. Easom was born February 22, 1951, in Louisville, MS. She was a retired school teacher, and a member of Greenwood Methodist Church in Greenwood, MS.

She is survived by her daughters, Misty Roberts of Chesterfield, MO, and Michelle Bosarge of Mobile, AL; sisters, Alice Gully of Louisville, Sandra Partridge of Philadelphia, MS, and Mary Ann Gregg; a half-sister, Frances Gail “Billie” Taylor of Brooksville; brothers, George Eddie Mullinax and Jimmy Wilder; 10 grandchildren; and her life mate, Bobby Flake.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Renee Roberts; and a brother, Thomas Parrott.

Memorials may be made to the Winston County Office of Veterans Affairs, 690 Old Robinson Rd, Louisville, MS 39339. To sign the guest register, go to www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY

Mr. Harry B. Woodruff

Mr. Harry B. Woodruff, Jr., 68, passed away on Monday, July 9, 2012, at Winston Medical Center in Louisville, Mississippi. Visitation was at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi, on Thursday , July 12, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2012, in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Haggard and Rev. Scarlet Shepperd officiating. Interment will be in Flower Ridge United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Woodruff was born May 31, 1944. He was a member of Flower Ridge United Methodist Church in Louisville. Mr. Woodruff retired after serving 18 years as a recruiter for the United States Army; he was also a retired diary farmer and a volunteer fireman. He was a member of the Noxapater Lodge 536; a Mason and a Shriner; as well as, a member of the Mid-South Fly Wheelers Antique Tractor Club.

Mr. Woodruff is survived by his wife, Glenda Woodruff of Louisville. He is also survived by two sons, Steve Woodruff and wife, Susan, and Mike Woodruff all of Louisville. Mr. Woodruff has two sisters, Joyce Barnett of Madison, Mississippi, and Jan Sloan and husband, Tony, of Louisville; one brother, Pat Woodruff and wife, Dot, also of Louisville. He has two grandchildren, Josh Fisher and wife, Chasatie, and Jessie Fisher; as well as, two great- grandchildren, Caylee Fisher and Levi Tanksley.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Eva Elizabeth Woodruff; his brother, Gene Woodruff; and his parents, Harry B. Woodruff, Sr. and Pauline Covington Woodruff.

Pallbearers were Steve Hollingsworth, David Covington, Lynn Cornelius, Don Greenwood, Charles Covington, Mark Covington, and Deacon Jones. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Albert Glass, Marshall Beck, Billy Charles Stokes, and Charles Clark.

Memorials may be given to Flower Ridge United Methodist Church, c/o Linda Reed, 1841 Enon Road, Louisville, MS 39339 or to the Gideon’s at Winston-Choctaw Gideon Camp, P. O. Box 556, Louisville, MS 39339 or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements were under the direction of Nowell-Massey Funeral Home, 724 North Columbus Avenue, Louisville, MS. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family by signing the guest register at www.nowellmasseyfuneralhome.com. PAID OBITUARY

Mr. John A. Milde

Mr. John A. Milde, 36, died Monday, July 9, 2012, at Winston County Nursing Home in Louisville. Funeral services were held at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, July 13, at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Kerry Collins officiating. Interment was in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Mr. Milde was born July 31, 1975, in Indiana. He was a 1994 graduate of Nanih Waiya High School, and was in the construction business. He was an avid outdoorsman, and loved gardening, hunting, and fishing. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Ann McQuillen.

He is survived by his sister, Tracy (Michael) Mullins of Eupora, MS; three nephews, Darrian, Dillon, and Devin Reed; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Pallbearers were Darrian Reed, Dillon Reed, Michael Mullins, Heath Scroggins, Donovan Dempsey, and Craig Nichols. To sign the guest register, go to www.porterfuneralhome.net. PAID OBITUARY

Inez Strickland Chittom

Inez Strickland Chittom died on Sunday, July 15, 2012, at the age of 95 in Athens, Georgia. She was born on September 6, 1916, in Holcut, MS, to Andrew and Ludie Lambert Strickland. One of 9 children, she was raised in Tishomingo, MS, and worked as a social worker before her marriage to John R. Chittom. Until his death in 1974, she spent many years working faithfully alongside her husband, who was the pastor of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Lake, MS, Calvary Baptist in Belzoni, MS, Murphy Creek Baptist Church in Louisville, MS, and Glendale Baptist Church in Leland, MS.

Long after his death, she continued to minister to others and particularly enjoyed working with children. Throughout her life, she taught Sunday School and other children’s programs, and for a time, she was an assistant teacher in a public school working with children with disabilities. She was a voracious reader and mesmerizing storyteller who frequently entertained family and friends with poems and songs she memorized as a child. Always quick with a word of comfort and advice, she left her children and grandchildren with wise words to live by: “Take what life gives you, and make the most of it. Love God. Be kind to others. Lend a hand and share. Avoid anger and unkind thoughts, and give others the benefit of the doubt—most people are well meaning and good. Be happy, and remember happiness comes from within, not from outside influences. Keep your head up. Look and plan ahead, and expect great things. Above all, remember who you are, stay busy, and pray constantly.”

She was preceded in death by her husband, John R. Chittom; her twin, Montez Trimm; sisters, Quay Rushing, Vera Parnell, and Ruth Jenkins; and brothers, Waymon Strickland, R. C. Strickland, and Eural Wayne Strickland.

She is survived by a sister, Mildred Strickland McMillion, and three children, Tommye Chittom O’Brien and her husband Jim of Watkinsville, GA, Jim Chittom and his wife Ellen of Watkinsville, GA, and Patsy Chittom Sullivan and her husband Paul of Hattiesburg, MS. She was a proud grandmother of seven grandchildren, Jim Chittom, Jr. of Rome, GA, John Charles Chittom, and Shannon O’Brien Wilder of Athens, GA, Sharon Chittom Synan of Jefferson, GA, Paul David Sullivan II of Philadelphia, MS, and Casey Adele Sullivan, and Christy Sullivan Moorehead of Hattiesburg, MS. She is also survived by 13 great- grandchildren.

The family is grateful for the loving care provided by Alice Daniels, Tammy Muckle, Gwen Dalton, and Mia Daniels whose companionship brought comfort to Inez over the last 7 years. The family is also thankful for the tender service provided by the staff of Odyssey Hospice.

The family will received visitors from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Monday, July 16, at Lord and Stephens West. She will be laid to rest alongside her husband on Wednesday, July 18, at 9:40 AM, at Lakewood Memorial Park Cemetery at 6000 Clinton Blvd., Jackson, MS 39209.

The family requests that any memorials be made to The Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, P O Box 48857, Athens, GA 30604. Lord and Stephens Funeral Home West is in charge of the arrangements. www.lordandstephens.com. PAID OBITUARY