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Evans, Dorothy Mae -- 28 Jun 1921 – 06 Jan 2004

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

WIGGINS - Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins for Dorothy Mae Evans, 82, of Wiggins, who died Jan. 6, 2004, in Wiggins.


Burial will be in Brooklyn Cemetery.


Mrs. Evans was a retired lunchroom worker at Stone High School and a member of Vardaman Street Baptist Church.


Survivors include a daughter, Betty Whittington of Wiggins; a son, Robert D. Evans of Tollsburg, Ky.; two sisters, Mary Wyatt of Wiggins and Phylis Campbell of Purvis; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two step grandchildren and a step great-grandchild.


Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.


Hattiesburg American
08 Jan 2004


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Evans, Isaac David -- 11 Sep 1865 – 28 Dec 1951

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Isaac David Evans, resident of the Carterville community for 26 years, died ag 9 p.m. Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. H.B. Van Slyke, Carterville, following a lengthy illness. He was 86 years of age.


The body will remain at Mrs. Van Slyke's home until time for services. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Carterville Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Carterville Cemetery.


Officiating ministers will be Rev. W.L. Yeatman, Rev. E.M. Bilbo, Rev. Garland McInnis, Rev. W.M. Smith and Rev. L.P. Petty.


Mr. Evans is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Van Slyke and Mrs. W.M. Wilson of Hattisburg; three sons, Buford, Claude and Roy, all of Hattisburg; four sisters, Mrs. W.C. Milstead, Mrs. Mike Courtney, Mrs. M.E. Cuvies and Mrs. W.M. Miller; one brother, Print Evans; 25 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.


Hulett Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.




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Fitzgerald, James H. “Jimmy” -- 06 Oct 1930 – 06 Oct 2001

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

WIGGINS --- James H. "Jimmy" Fitzgerald, 71, died Saturday, Oct. 6, 2001, in Wiggins.


Mr. Fitzgerald was a member of First United Pentecostal Church in Wiggins. He was a retired plant manager from Desoto Timber and was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War.


Survivors include his wife, Ada Fitzgerald; a son, Nick Marine; four daughters, Thelma Lumpkin, Patricia Fitzgerald and Gail Fitzgerald, all of Carnes, and Linda Hays of Bond; a brother, David Fitzgerald of Ramsey Springs; and three grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins. Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the funeral home with burial in Carnes Cemetery in Carnes.


The Sun Herald
October 7, 2001


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Ford, Fern Holliman Ladner -- 27 Jun 1927 – 13 Mar 2010

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. Fern Holliman Ladner Ford, age 82 and a resident of Wiggins, died on Saturday, March 13, 2010, in Wiggins.


Mrs. Ford was a native and lifelong resident of the MS Gulf Coast. She was a member of Crossroads Mennonite Church, and attended Temple Baptist Church in Gulfport. Mrs. Ford was owner/operator of several businesses in Gulfport over the years, including the Three Rivers Quick Stop in Gulfport. She was currently employed as a real estate agent with Bonnie Broadus in Saucier. The family wishes to express a special thank you to the doctors, nurses, and staff of the Hattiesburg Hematology and Oncology Clinic, Wesley Home Health, and Forest General Hospice.


Mrs. Ford is preceded in death by her parents, Loren and Bessie Davis Holliman; her first husband of 37 years, Pascal "Pat" Ladner, and her granddaughter, Angel Renee Ladner.


She is survived by her daughters, Gina (Donald) Ladner of Pass Christian and Tracy Ladner (Michael) Hurt of Gulfport; her brother, Charles Edward (Rebecca) Holliman of Hattiesburg; her grandchildren, John A. (Brynia) Ladner of Necaise, Penni A. Ladner of Pass Christian, Ashly Hurt and Bryan Hurt both of Gulfport; her great grandchild, Branyn Waltman of Necaise; her nephew, Clay Holliman of Hattiesburg; her niece, Denise Crosby of Welling, OK and her feline companion, Coco.


A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, March 17, 2010, at 11:00 a.m. at the Riemann Family Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Road in Gulfport, where friends may visit one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Carnes Cemetery in Carnes, MS. The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Pink Heart Funds / Ponytail Kids Club, P.O. Box 1047, Long Beach, MS 39560.


The Sun Herald
March 16, 2010


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Ford, Flay E. Mason -- 30 Jun 1921 – 17 May 1998

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

BROOKLYN, Miss. -- Mrs. Flay E. Ford, 76, died Sunday, May 17, 1998, in Wiggins.


Mrs. Ford was a housewife and a Methodist.


Survivors include a daughter, Mary Pettis of Wiggins; two sons, Charles Sullivan of Brooklyn, Miss., and Robert Sullivan of Wagram, N.C.; four sisters, June Grubbs and Marion Wade, both of Jackson, Ann Walker of McGee and Ida Sue White of New Hebron; five brothers, Luke Mason and Newt Mason, both of Jackson, John Mason of Brandon, Jimmy Mason of McGee and Homer Mason of Ark.; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.


A service will be at 2 p.m. today at Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Wiggins, where friends may call two hours and 30 minutes before service time. Burial will be in Brooklyn Cemetery in Brooklyn, Miss.


The Sun Herald
May 19, 1998


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Gandy, Juanita Carter -- 29 Apr 1924 – 14 Nov 2010

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Juanita Carter Gandy, 86, of Petal, died November 14, 2010 at Forrest General Hospital. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at Carter Cemetery.


Mrs. Gandy was co-owner of Gandy Transfer and Storage and of the Baptist faith.


She was preceded in death by her husband, C.W. Gandy and a sister, Octavia Collier.


She is survived by her daughter, Dr. Juanita Gandy of Morro Bay, Calif.; a sister, Virginia Carter Rogers of Biloxi; and a grandson, Taylor Gandy of Morro Bay, Calif.


Visitation will be Wednesday at 1 p.m. at the cemetery.


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Garraway, Melissa Jane Hinton -- 1867 – 1943

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Funeral Rites Are Held for Mrs. Garraway


Funeral services for Mrs. Melissa J. Garraway, 75, Route 2, who died Friday afternoon at the Methodist hospital, were held at 3 p. m. today.


Mrs. Garraway was the widow of J. P. Garraway. Services were held at the Zion Hill Baptist church with Rev. J. H. Cothern and Dr. W. H. Mcintosh officiating. Interment followed in the Sunrise Cemetery.


Mrs. Garraway is survived by three sons, G. R. Garraway. Brooklyn; J. S. Garraway. Hattiesburg and H. P. Garraway, New Augusta; one daughter, Mrs. Marcus Harwell. Route 2; three sisters, Mrs. Bessie McDonald, Beaumont; Mrs. W. W. Green, Hattiesburg; Mrs. J. S. Vereen, Mobile; one brother, M. M. Hinton, New Augusta; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Nonnie Garraway, Route 6; and eight grandchildren.


Pallbearers were F. M. Morris, J. F. Brown, Estus Hudson, B. L. Golden, G. C. Hawkins, E. A. Kernagnan.


Hulett Funeral home was in charge of arrangements.


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Gates, Bobbye Jeanette Walley -- 27 Oct 1932 – 31 Jul 2013

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday at Clear Creek Methodist Protestant Church for Bobbye Walley Gates, 80, of Brooklyn (formerly of Pascagoula).


She died Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at Forrest General Hospital.


Burial will be in Brooklyn Cemetery.


Mrs. Gates was a retired elementary teacher with Pascagoula School District and a member of Clear Creek Methodist Protestant Church.


She was preceded in death by her husband, James Rayford Gates; a daughter, Rhonda Little; her parents, Clarence & Iduma Holder Walley; a brother, Wayne Walley and a sister, Wilma Walley McMillen.


She is survived by a daughter, Greta Adams (Todd) of Gautier; a brother, C.W. Walley of Brooklyn; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Visitation will begin at 2:00 PM Sunday at the church.


Hattiesburg American
03 Aug 2013


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Goldin, Jerome I. “Jerry” -- 11 May 1924 – 17 Nov 2013

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Today we celebrate the life and mourn the loss of Mr. Jerome I. "Jerry" Goldin, husband of the late Mrs. Patricia Vera Goldin. Mr. Goldin passed away after a battle with pneumonia at Covington County Hospital in Collins, Mississippi the evening of Sunday, 17 November 2013 at the age of 89.


Born Sunday, 11 May 1924 as the second child of Mr. Samuel Goldin and Mrs. Pauline Goldin of Brooklyn, New York; Jerry began working to assist in the support of his family at a young age. Mr. Goldin served in the US Army Medical Corps where he was stationed in the Philippines during the Second World War. Upon his return, he attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri receiving a BS in Biological Sciences, while also teaching ballroom dance at the Arthur Murry Dance Studios. After trying his hand at laboratory-based research during his studies, he instead found his talents best suited for medical supply sales. In his role as a sales representative, he continued to travel extensively, and it was through this path that he came to meet his wife and home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


Mr. Goldin found success as the proprietor of the Hattiesburg Typewriter Company (Also known as HTC Office Supply) for over twenty of his years, still selling printing equipment and accessories to loyal customers into the final months of his life. He was ver y active in the Hattiesburg community, holding the position of President of the local Lions Club, Rotary Club, Toastmasters, and the Sales and Marketing Executives International (SMEI) association. He was also a member of the Hattiesburg Chamber of Commerce and performed in the Hattiesburg Little Theatre. He was a member of the congregation of Temple B'nai Israel of Hattiesburg.


Jerry was known to all as a quick wit, always ready with a good-natured joke. He was a man who could not be categorized, with interests lying in everything from black holes and cosmological questions all the way down to televised wrestling. A man who had seen three continents and over twenty of their countries and municipalities, he was curious and kind. He was a man for whom his family's happiness, health, and well-being were never far from his mind nor from his purpose. He was a brother, a medic, a dancer, a scientist, a salesman, a leader, an entrepreneur, a family man, and a granddad.


Mr. Goldin is survived by his daughter, Mrs. Patricia Anne Goldin-Rayborn of Hattiesburg; his stepson, Mr. Ian Edward Hubbard of Petal; his grandson, Mr. Michael Anthony Samel; as well as by his sister, Mrs. Sherri Kraft of Houston, Texas; and by his brother, Mr. Frederick Goldin of Poughkeepsie, New York. He is also survived by four step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.


Mr. Goldin is preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Patricia Vera Goldin, as well as by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Samuel and Pauline Goldin.


Visitation will be held Wednesday, 20 November 2013 from 5-8pm at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg with a graveside service to be held at the B'nai Israel Cemetery in Hattiesburg the following day at 11:30 am.


Hattiesburg American
20 November 2013


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Greene, Bruce Terry -- 18 Apr 1954 – 05 Jul 2004

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

BROOKLYN - Graveside services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday at Brooklyn Cemetery for Bruce Terry Greene, 50, of Brooklyn, who died July 5, 2004, at his home.


Mr. Greene worked in the automobile collections and repossessions business. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a member of St. John Lutheran Church.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Silas and Ruby Cooley Greene.


Survivors include his wife, Jennifer Salvail Greene of Brooklyn; a son, Richard Levi Greene of Brooklyn; four sisters, Ladean Woods of Carnes, Melba Collier of Lyman, Melba Kearley and Jean Breland, both of Dixie; and two brothers, Wayne Bounds of Brooklyn and Greg Bounds of Oxford.


Hattiesburg American
08 July 2004


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