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Hardy, Judge William H. -- 12 Feb 1837 – 17 Feb 1917

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Judge William H. Hardy founded the cities of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Laurel, Mississippi, and Gulfport, Mississippi.

Born to Robert W. and Temperance L. (Toney) Hardy in Todds Hill (in Lowndes County, Alabama) on 12 February 1837, William Harris Hardy attended country schools and eventually Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee for three years, withdrawing before graduation due to contraction of pneumonia. Following his convalescence, Hardy agreed to a cousin's proposal to start Sylvarena Academy, a boys' primary school affiliated with the Methodist Church. During his year at Sylvarena in Flowers, Mississippi, Hardy read law, and when he departed the Academy in 1856 for Raleigh, Mississippi, was able to easily pass the Bar. In 1858, he opened his own law practice. In 1859, he met, and in 1860, he married Sallie Ann Johnson, with whom he had six children (Mattie, Willie, Ellen, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Jefferson Davis) before her death in 1872.

In 1861, Hardy raised Company H of the 16th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, of which he was elected Captain. He served with this unit until October 1862, when illness forced his resignation. In April 1864 he was appointed an Aide de Camp by General Argyle Smith, in which capacity he served until the end of the war.

In 1868, Hardy became involved in a plan to build a railroad from Meridian, Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana: the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad (NO&NERR). He later became General Counsel for the company, although his legacy with that railroad centers on two things in particular: Hardy's engineering work to construct the bridge spanning Lake Ponchartrain and his efforts to secure funding once the road went into receivership during the economic Panic of 1873.

In 1870, Hardy worked sporadically with his brother-in-law and board of directors member, Milton Lott, on the narrow-gauge Alabama Southern Railroad. Hardy's work there ended in much the same way as his involvement in the NO&NERR, he eventually secured partial funding from the British banking house of May before departing the railroad and ending his official involvement in 1873.

Hardy's increasing involvement in the day-to-day operations of the NO&NERR, eventually as that road's General Counsel, necessitated a move to Meridian, Mississippi in 1873. While on a business trip to Mobile he met Hattie Lott, and they married in 1874. Hattie moved to Meridian soon after; she had three children (Lena Mai, Lamar, and Toney) with Hardy before her death in 1895.

The coup Hardy achieved in overseeing completion of the Ponchartrain Bridge and securing funding to complete the NO&NERR brought a measure of regional fame. Railroad men (and those who wanted to be) throughout The Magnolia State courted him for their boards of directors. In 1880, Hardy joined longtime railroad financiers and fellow Confederate veterans, William Clark Falkner and William Wirt Adams, to revive and revise the lapsed charter for the narrow gauge Ship Island, Ripley, and Kentucky Railroad. With Fallkner's support, Hardy accepted the presidency of the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad in 1887, pending revision of that road's line to "some point on the Gulf of Mexico", and its change to standard gauge. An apocryphal tale says that while involved in surveys for the New Orleans and Northeastern Railroad, Hardy came up with the idea of a north-south railroad from the Mississippi Gulf Coast to Jackson, Tennessee. While Hardy did not devise the entire railroad route on his own, he did make several important modifications to the lay of the line by changing the coast terminus and the route to cross his NO&NERR at a point he named "Hattiesburg," in honor of his wife, Hattie. Hardy determined Mississippi City, the county seat, was too far east of the natural deep-water harbor protected by Ship Island and proposed a new city, Gulfport, as the revised terminus.

Throughout his long involvement with the Gulf and Ship Island, Hardy lobbied investors and financiers throughout the north, west, and Europe to bring their capital to his project; eventually, the reality of Reconstruction economics got the best of him. Hardy's questionable use of the state's convicts, under the lease of Jones S. Hamilton, brought his first dose of bad press when a state commission, tasked with investigation of the convict lease system, revoked the company's lease in 1888. Also in that year, two of the railroad's most vocal supporters (William Falkner and Jones Hamilton) were involved in politically motivated assassinations. The final blow came with a financial collapse; Hardy's efforts to secure financing could not counter a wholesale panic, and the Gulf and Ship Island went into receivership in 1896.

Although the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad changed hands to Joseph T. Jones, Hardy remained involved as a board member until 1899. His election to the Mississippi State Legislature in 1895 kept him at the State Capital in Jackson enough to make involvement with the railroad less possible. While in Jackson, Hardy met and married his third wife, Ida V. May, with whom he had three children, William H., Jr., Hamilton Lee, and James Hutchins. In 1905, Hardy served as circuit court judge for the second district (covering south-central Mississippi). When the district split in 1906, Hardy remained as judge for the newly created coastal district until his semi-retirement in 1909. For the next eight years, Hardy maintained law offices in Gulfport, Mississippi with his son Toney.

Hardy died of a heart attack at his home in Gulfport, Mississippi on 17 February 1917.

William Harris Hardy is memorialised in at least two Mississippi sites: a state historical marker in Hattiesburg mentions his involvement in creating that city, and, a 1929 bronze bust stands near City Hall in Gulfport, Mississippi. As late as 2002, a marble bust and life-size portrait of Hardy were on display in the Gulfport Courthouse. Hardy founded and named three Mississippi cities: Gulfport, Hattiesburg, and Laurel. In his capacity as railroad president, Hardy was involved in platting all three of those cities, and roads are named for members of his family: Hardy Street, Toney Lane, and Mattie Street in Hattiesburg, and Toney Drive in Laurel.

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Herrington, Grady -- 27 May 1903 – 02 May 1977

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home chapel for Grady Herrington, 73, of Rt. 3, who died early today at Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Graham Hales will officiate. Internment will be in the Barlow Cemetery.

Mr. Herrington was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Iva Pierce Herrington; two sons, Jack Herrington of Hattiesburg and James Grady Herrington of Memphis; a daughter, Mrs. Frances Causey of Hattiesburg; two grandchildren; four brothers, Selby of McComb, Ralph and Harry, both of Newton, and Reid Herrington of Jackson; and two sister; Miss. Myrtle Herrington and Miss. Irma Herrington, both of Petal.

Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. today.

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Herrington, William Houston -- 18 May 1930 – 20 Aug 1932

(submitted by Anthony W. Everett)

Herrington Baby Dies, Funeral Services Held

Funeral services for William Houston Herrington, two-year-old sone of Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Herrington of Route 5 who died Saturday morning at 11:20 o'clock were held Sunday morning at 11 o'clock from Green's Creek church with the Rev. S. S. Berry, paster of Hickory Grove church officiating.

Internment was in Green's Creek Cemetery under the direction of the Hattiesburg Undertaking company.

Surviving are his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. B. Herrington and one brother, Junior Byther of Route 5, and the grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. B. H. Herrington, also of Route 5.

Hattiesburg American
23 Aug 1932

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Hill, Willie C. -- 28 Mar 1931 – 27 Nov 2013

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Willie C. Hill, 82, of Carnes, died Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at Stone County Hospital.

Services will be Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at Shepherd's Flock Church, 922 Hwy. 13 in Carnes, followed by burial in Willie Hill, Jr. Memorial Cemetery on Carnes Rd.

Mr. Hill was a member of Shepherd's Flock Church. He was also a carpenter, a Mason, and he served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, two sons, one granddaughter, and two great granddaughters.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Hill of Carnes; one son, Willie D. Hill of Brooklyn; four daughters, Linda Draughn, of Brooklyn, Becky (Mike) Butler of Perkinston, Betty (William) Ford of Carnes, and Tiffany Hill of Carnes; two grandchildren that he raised, David Smith of McLaurin and Ruthie Hill of Carnes, and nine other grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren, and three great great grandchildren.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg from 5 - 9 p.m.

Hattiesburg American
Nov. 30, 2013

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Hoadley, Timothy S. Jr. -- 10 Jan 1929 – 24 Apr 2012

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Timothy S. Hoadley Jr., 83, of Gulfport, died April 24, 2012 in Gulfport.

Mr. Hoadley was a member of First Baptist Church of Lyman, retired from Keesler and was an Air Force Veteran during the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Timothy Sherd and Fannie (Simmons) Hoadley Sr. and step-mother, Wilma Hoadley.

He is survived by his wife, Bonnie (Maloy) Hoadley; son, Kent (Carol) Hoadley of New Orleans, Louisiana; three grandchildren, Melissa Hoadley, Allison Hoadley and John Hoadley all of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Services will be Friday, April 27, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Moore Funeral Home Chapel with burial to follow in Carnes Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10:00 a.m. until services at the funeral home.

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Hoadley, Wilma Havard -- 01 Dec 1916 – 03 Mar 2012

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Carnes Community - Mrs. Wilma Hoadley went to meet her Lord on Saturday, March 3, at the age of 95, after a brief illness. She was a lifelong resident of Carnes, Mississippi. She graduated from Forrest County Agricultural High School.

She was married to Timothy Hoadley, for fifty-two wonderful years. Together they raised one son, T.S. Hoadley.

Mrs. Hoadley was an employee of South Forrest Attendance Center where she retired with over 30 years of service at the age of 85. There she raised literally generations of children in South Forrest County. She was known to many as, "MiMi," "Aunt Wilmie," "MawMaw," "Granny," no matter what you called her, she was there when needed. Many may remember seeing her in her little red truck which she dearly loved. She instilled manners, conscience, courage and self worth into children and adults each and every day. She loved all, with all her heart.

Mrs. Wilma was a lifelong member of Carnes Missionary Baptist Church. She is survived by one sister, Ione Lee; one son Timothy S. Hoadley Jr.; one grandson Kent Hoadley (wife Carol) and three great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her parents William and Leona Havard, her husband, Timothy Hoadley, her brother Nolan, three sisters Thelma Morris, Merley Landrum, Lessie Simmons.

Services will be held 2:00pm Tuesday, March 6th at Carnes Missionary Baptist Church. Visitation will be 11:00 - 2:00pm at the church. Interment will be in Carnes Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Donations can be made in memory of Wilma to the South Forrest Attendance Center.

Moore Funeral Home-Wiggins is in charge of the arrangements.

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Hodges, Charles Lavon “Tince” -- 07 Jul 1922 – 24 Jan 2009

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Charles Lavon Hodges was preceded in death by 1 child, 2 wives and his parents.

He is survived by a daughter, Donna Hodges Little of Sulpher, LA, 4 grandchildrem and 1 great-grandchild.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time.

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Holder, Dock Wiley -- 09 Mar 1903 – 19 Mar 1969

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Dock W. Holder dies at age of 66; rites Friday

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Clear Creek Methodist Church for Dock Wiley Holder, 66, of Brooklyn, who died Wednesday night at his home.

Rev. Elbert Sellers and Rev. Ralph Gerald will officiate. Burial will be Brooklyn Cemetery with Quigley-Moore Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Holder was a member of Clear Creek Church.

Survivors are his wife, a daughter, Mrs. Edna Jean Johnson of Blytheville, AR; two sons, Donndle D. and Thomas Loyall, both of Brooklyn; two granchildren; four sisters, Mrs. C.F. Gerald, Miss. Carrie Holder and Mrs. Wyatt Walley, all of Brooklyn, and Mrs. C.W. Walley of Waynesboro; a brother, E.S. Holder of Brooklyn; and several nieces and nephews.

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Holder, James Sylvester -- 17 Apr 1923 – 10 Feb 1987

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Blaze at boarding house kills 2 in Hattiesburg; 13 others escape

HATTIESBURG - Two Hattiesburg men died Tuesday when fire swept through a boarding house, authorities said.

Hattiesburg Fire Chief Wayne Lee said 13 other residents in the two-story, wood structure escaped the blaze, which was reported about 4:15 a.m.

Authorities identified the victims as James S. Holder, 63, and Jesse Woodrow Miller, whose age was unknown. There bodies were found in a rear area of the home after the blaze was brought under control.

Fire Marshal George Walker said Holder and Miller apparently died of smoke inhalation.

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Hornsby, John Paul -- 15 Jan 1948 – 07 Jan 2020

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Poplarville, MS - John Paul Hornsby, 71, of Poplarville, Mississippi entered into Eternal Life on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at his residence.

Mr. Hornsby was born January 15, 1948 in Lumberton to Benny and Hilda Bounds Hornsby. He was retired from Cooper Power Systems in Lumberton and was previously employed with Movie Star, Incorporated. He was of the Baptist faith.

His parents precede him in death. Family members include his wife of 43 years, Cynthia Abbott Hornsby; one brother, Ben (June) Hornsby; several nieces, nephews, and extended family.

White Funeral Home

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Ivy, Sherry Lynette Williams -- 18 Feb 1943 – 26 Dec 2012

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

PETAL - Sherry Lynette Ivy, 69, of Petal, died December 26, 2012 at her home. Visitation will be Friday, December 28, 2012 at Lynn Ray Road Baptist Church from 12:30 until 3 p.m. with services immediately following. Burial will be in Carter Cemetery.

Mrs. Ivy was a homemaker and a member of Lynn Ray Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Ivy and her father, Ben Williams.

She is survived by four sons, Jimmy Casey (Ethel) Ivy of Poplarville, Robert Wayne (Julie) Ivy of, Keller, Tex., Danny Ray (Rae-leigh) Ivy of Petal and Richard Leroy Ivy of Columbia; two daughters, Debra Lynn (Jody) Schwan of the Myrick Community and Tammy Ann (Rickey) Hulsey of Petal; her mother, Gladys Voncile Williams of Petal; a sister, Mary E. (Daniel) Warren of Petal; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren; and two nephews, John (Cheri) Wedgeworth and Tim Wedgeworth, both of Petal.

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Jackson, Frozena McCullum -- 1881 – 14 Jun 1953

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Services for Frozena McCullum Jackson, 73, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at St. John Methodist Church at Palmer's Crossing.

She was a missionary as a young woman for a number of years and was a senior teacher in Sunday School. She was born in Jasoer County and later moved to Forrest County where she made her home until her death last Sunday.

Rev. G.D. Dodds will conduct the services Sunday, with burial in Burkett Cemetery. The body will remain at Clark Funeral Service until time for the rites.

Survivors are a son, Mack Jackson; three daughters, Addie Mae Pittman, Elnora Knight and Almer Woullard, all of Hattiesburg; two step-daughters, Vlema Hayes of Detroit and Lurlee Huff of Canton, OH; two grandsons; one granddaughter; five great granchildren; and three brothers, Earson McCullum, Tommie McCullum and Leroy McCullum, all of Hattiesburg

Hattiesburg American
June 19, 1963

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Jones, Mary Evans Cuevas -- 26 Jan 1879 – 25 Mar 1962

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Rites Today for Mrs. Mary Jones

Mrs. Mary Cuevas Jones, 83, of 101 Florence St., died Sunday Morning at Methodist Hospital. Services were to be held at 4 p.m. today at Quicley's Chapel with Rev. Q.C. Barrett, Rev. Garland MCInnis and Dr. John Barnes officiating. Burial was to be in Carterville Cemetery.

Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Barney Ethridge of Hattiesburg, Mrs. MAbel Cuevas Nichols of Hattiesburg, Mrs. Irma Manet Johnson of Hattiesburg, and MRs. John D. Allison of Petal; one son, R.J. Cuevas of Rt 2; two sisters, Mrs. Mack Courtney of Runnelstown and MRs. Coley Milstead of Rt 1; 18 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren; and several step-children, and nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Jerry Cueves, Robby Cuevas, Robert Johnson, David Allison, Charles Nichols and Kenneth Nichols.

A native of Forrest County, Mrs. Jones was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

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Kendrick, Betty Jean Taylor Reuben -- 18 Dec 1926 – 15 Feb 2014

(submitted by Brian McNatt)

Services for Betty Reuben Kendrick, age 87, of Hattiesburg will be held on Monday, February 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at Hulett - Winstead Funeral Home, 205 Bay Street in Hattiesburg.

Mrs. Kendrick passed away at home on February 15th after a lengthy illness.

Betty Jean Taylor was born on December 18, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio to Lillian and Henry Taylor and spent her childhood in Cleveland. She graduated with honors from Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, and after graduation she met and married Marvin Reuben. They lived in Cleveland for a short while, until Marvin began working in radio and eventually moving into the television business. They lived in Birmingham, Alabama; Alexandria, Louisiana; and Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

Betty was active in Temple B'nai Israel and the Temple Sisterhood. In the Sisterhood, she served as President, and held many other positions. She was also a very active duplicate bridge player and was the first female Life Master in Hattiesburg. Betty and Marvin Reuben were amazing philanthropists. Some of their many charities included Temple B'nai Israel, The University of Southern Mississippi, the United Way and the Pine Belt Family Y. She later became involved with OLLI at the University of Southern Mississippi and was an active participant and supporter.

Betty was preceded in death by her first husband, Marvin Reuben.

She is survived by her loving family, husband Wilmer Marvin Kendrick,; children, Suzye Reuben Doblin and husband, Steve, of Beaumont, Texas and Steve Reuben and wife, Joan, of Flushing, New York; grandchildren, Jeff Doblin and wife, Amanda, of Wilmette, Illinois, Michael Reuben of New York, and Lindsey Reuben of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and great grandchildren, Evan, Avery and Cady Doblin of Wilmette, Illinois.

Visitation will be at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home on Monday, February 16th from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 4:00 p.m., with burial to follow at B'nai Israel Cemetery. Memorials in memory of Betty Reuben Kendrick may be made to Temple B'nai Israel.

Hattiesburg American
Feb. 16, 2014

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Kimbrell, Mildred Gibson -- 17 Jan 1934 – 25 Dec 2012

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. Mildred Gibson Kimbrell, age 78, a native of Carnes, Mississippi and a resident of Mobile, Alabama died Tuesday, December 25, 2012.

She was a Charter member of Snow Road Missionary Baptist Church and worked as a Food Service Manager with the Mobile County School System.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Glenn A. "Bill" Kimbrell and parents, Oscar and Grace Gibson.

She is survived by her children, Karen Lenn (Donnie) Smith and Greg (Tammy) Kimbrell; brother, William Fate (Ann) Gibson; sisters-in-law, Glenda Kimbrell and Virgie Kimbrell; brothers-in-law, John Lewis (Carolyn) Kimbrell, Floyd (Carolyn) Kimbrell, Dick (Eunice) Kimbrell, Paul (Mary) Earnest; three grandchildren, Amanda (Ricky) Kelly, Steven Smith and Cody Thompson; three great grandchildren, Jackson Glenn Kelly, Madison Kelly and Easton Cole Talbot.

uneral services will be held Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:00 AM from Snow Road Missionary Baptist Church. Graveside services and interment will be held Saturday at 1:00 PM in Carnes Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mobile Press
December 26, 2012

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King, Leigh Walker -- unknown – 29 Jul 2020

(submitted by Fred King)

Graveside Services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, August 1, 2020 at Anderson Cemetery at Mineral Springs Baptist Church for Mr. Leigh Walker King, 50, of Purvis, MS. Serving as pallbearers will be, Wayne King, Garland King, Kameron King, Shane Langston, Perry Hollingsworth, Haden Bounds, Eddie Walker, and Jimmy Humphrey.

Leigh passed away on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at his home.

Leigh was a 1988 graduate of Petal High School and attended Pearl River Community College. He enjoyed sports, hunting, and fishing. Leigh retired from Reintjes Services of Mobile, AL as a Refractory Supervisor and was of the Baptist faith. Leigh was a fun loving family man who was loved by all.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Bob and Noilette King and his maternal grandparents, Bill and Pauline "Boots" Walker; an uncle, Robert King, Jr. and a niece, Alexandria Leighton King.

Leigh is survived by his parents, Wayne and Brenda King of Purvis, MS; one son, Kameron King; two daughters, Jayleigh and Makena King; one sister, Renda Bounds (Shane) and one brother, Garland King (Alissa) all of Purvis, MS; two nieces, Victoria King of Hattiesburg, MS and Marisa Bounds of Philadelphia, MS and one nephew, Haden Bounds of Purvis, MS.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made in Leigh's name to the American Diabetes Association, 2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900, Arlington, VA 22202.

Hulett~Winstead Funeral Home
Hattiesburg, MS

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Kirkman, Gloria V. Daughdrill -- 10 Sep 1942 – 22 May 2019

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Gloria V. Kirkman, age 76, of Gulfport and formerly of Pascagoula passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 at Gulfport Memorial Hospital.

She was born September 10, 1942 in New Orleans, Louisiana to Hersel Monroe and Louise Strahan Daughdrill. She graduated in 1959 from Forest County Agricultural High School. Gloria received her education from Pearl River Community College and later at University of South Mississippi in Hattiesburg graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education.

She taught 9th grade Math and Science at a High School in New Orleans for one year and was employed at Boing Corp, a company that built fuel tanks for the rocket sections in the space program. When that job phased out, she returned to U.S.M. to pursue a Master’s Degree in Library Science. Gloria returned to teaching as a librarian working at Jackson Elementary School in Pascagoula for 25 years until she retired in 1990.

She met and married Ira James Kirkman on August 6, 1977 and together they enjoyed 41 years of marriage.

Gloria was a charter member of the Psi Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa and remained a member for 30 years. Here she served as president and vice-president. She also worked as a volunteer through the Singing River Hospital Auxiliary where she served as president and chairman. In 2014, they moved to Lizana, Mississippi to be closer to family and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hershel Daughdrill of Poplarville, MS; two brothers, James Glyndol and Harlan Daughdrill; a baby sister, Margaret Ann Daughdrill and sister, Nelda Jean Mills of Poplarville.

Gloria is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Ira James Kirkman; two brothers, Ronald Edwin Daughdrill (Joane) of Long Beach, MS and Don Daughdrill (Diane) of Brooklyn, MS, brother in law, Ricky Mills and sister in law Linda Daughdrill as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 10:00-12:00 at Campground Baptist Church in Gulfport, MS. Funeral Service will follow at 12 noon with burial at Carnes Landmark Missionary Baptist Church in Wiggins, MS at 3:30pm.

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Kirkman, Ira James, Jr. -- 10 Jul 1943 – 05 Mar 2020

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Ira J. Kirkman, Jr. passed away March 5, 2020, at St. Joseph’s Hospice in Gulfport, MS.

Ira was born on July 10, 1943, in Aruba to Ira J. Kirkman, Sr. and Marjorie Sniffen Kirkman where he spent his childhood, later settling in Pascagoula, MS. He met and married Gloria Daughdrill in 1976. Ira worked at Ingalls Shipbuilding until 1982, then he went to work at Chevron Refinery, retiring in 2009, after 26 years.

He and Gloria were long time members of Arlington Heights Baptist Church, now Arlington Baptist Church. Five years ago, Ira and Gloria moved to Lizana, MS, to live closer to family and friends. They became active members of Campground Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving and devoted wife of 43 years, Gloria Kirkman; brother and sister-in-law, Nelda and Ricky Mills and brother-in-law, Harlan Daughdrill.

He is survived by his brother, David Kirkman; brothers-in-law, Ronald Edwin Daughdrill (Joane), Donald Wayne Daughdrill (Diane); sister-in-law, Linda Daughdrill, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Service will be held Sunday, March 15, 2020, at 2:00 pm at Carnes Landmark Missionary Church in Wiggins, MS. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations in his memory be made to the Alzheimer Foundation.

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Kmetz, Josh -- 20 Jan 1993 – 20 Sep 2013

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Josh Kmetz, 20, of Petal, died September 20, 2013. Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at Immanuel Baptist Church, followed by burial in Chambliss Cemetery [his tombstone is in Brown Cemetery].

Josh worked at Action Party Rentals for the past three years and had just started at Shadow Ridge Golf Club. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and having a heart for missions had gone on three trips to Honduras.

He is survived by his parents, Anthony and Barb Chambliss of Petal; a sister and brother-in-law, Kayla and Josh Deese of Waynesboro; and grandparents, Anthony and Betty Travirca of Kiln.

Visitation will be Tuesday from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Hattiesburg American
Sept. 24, 2013

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Knight, Charles Wayne -- 12 May 1937 – 25 Feb 2003

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Petal - Services were held Friday, February 28, 2003, at Moore Funeral Home for retired polic Sgt. Charles Wayne Knight, 65, of Petal, who died February 25 at his residence.

Burial was in Carnes Cemetery.

Mr. Knight was a retired 20-year police officer from the Hattiesburg Police Department and worked 15 years for Miller Transport. He worked at the Forrest County Beat Three Barn for seven years.

Survivors include his wife, Sulvia Knight of Petal; three sons, Thomas Wayne Knight, Charles David Knight, and William Jeffrey Knight, all of Petal; a daughter, Stephanie Lucas of Sumrall; two sisters, Grace Dickerson of Petal and Kathy Knight of Carnes; four brothers, Robert Knight of Columbus, GA, Shelton Knight of Kiln, Jack Knight of Carnes; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

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Knight, Jack Benny -- 23 Apr 1938 – 12 Feb 2010

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

LUMBERTON - Services are 11 a.m. Monday at White Funeral Home for Jack B. Knight, 72, of Lumberton, who died Feb. 12, 2010, at his home.

Burial is in Carnes Cemetery in Carnes.

Mr. Knight was a retired truck driver with Miller Transport and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Deborah Easley Knight of Lumberton; three sons, Howard Knight and Jackie Ray Knight, both of Wiggins, and Jeremy Kirkland of Alexandria, Va.; five daughters, Jeannie Sumrall of Petal, Lynn Brady of Moselle, Cindy Bankston and Lisa Williams, both of Wiggins, and Misty Ladner of Lumberton; a brother, Tommy Knight of Carnes; two sisters, Cathy Knight of Carnes and Grace Dickinson of Petal; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Jesse Mae Tulley-Knight.

Visitation is 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Hattiesburg American
February 14, 2010

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Knight, Tommy -- 04 Jan 1949 – 09 Mar 2010

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

LUMBERTON - Services are 1 p.m. Saturday at Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins for Tommy Knight, 61, of Lumberton, who died March 9, 2010, at Forrest General Hospital.

Burial is in Carnes Cemetery.

Mr. Knight was an equipment operator and a Baptist.

Survivors include two sisters, Cathy Knight of Lumberton and Grace Dickinson of Petal.

Visitation is 4:30-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Hattiesburg American
March 10, 2010

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