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Ladner, Hilda J. Seal -- 1927 – 25 Sep 2010

(submitted by Hubert Howard)

HATTIESBURG — Services are 10 a.m. Monday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home for Hilda J. Ladner, 83, of Hattiesburg, who died Sept. 25, 2010, at Wesley Medical Center.


Burial is in Carnes Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery.


Mrs. Ladner was a retired seamstress for Dillard's Department Store and a member of Main Street Baptist Church.


Survivors include a son, Thomas C. Ladner of Madison; a daughter, Janet L. Ladner of Hattiesburg; a sister, Mary E. Hickman of Saucier; a brother, Richard Seal of Wiggins; and a granddaughter.


She was preceded in death by her husband, W.C. Ladner; a daughter, Martha Jean Ladner; and her parents, Eli and Julie Blackwell Seal.


Visitation is 4-6 p.m. today at the funeral home.


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Ladnier, Donzie Mae Seal -- 07 Jul 1936 – 29 Oct 2016

(submitted by Hubert Howard)

Carnes Community - Mrs. Donzie Mae Seal Ladnier, 80, of Carnes, died October 29, 2016, at her residence surrounded by her family.


She was a member of Carnes Missionary Baptist Church and was a homemaker.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Lindy Royce Ladnier; her parents, Elder Thomas Alton "T. A." Seal and Claudie Mae Slade Seal; son, Thomas Matthew "Tommy" Ladnier; three brothers, Robert Durwood Seal, Tommie Dedo Seal and Gerald Eugene Seal.


She is survived by her daughter, Donna Fairley (Luther) of Carnes; daughter-in-law, Beth (Ladnier) Flowers (Allen) of Brooklyn; brother, J. M. Seal (Joyce) of Carnes; seven grandchildren, Matt Ladnier(Gisselle), Josh Ladnier (Rachel), Bryan Fairley (Candice), Lyndee Tyler (Ricky) and Laura Fairley; great grandchildren Camryn Nicole Tyler, Taylor Elijah Ladnier, Brindyl Clay Fairley, Kaylee Ladnier, Kyle Ladnier, Charlie Flowers and Joseph Flowers and many numerous loving nieces and nephews.


Services will be held 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 2, 2016 at Carnes Missionary Baptist Church in Carnes with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, November 1, 2016 at the church.


Moore Funeral Service in Wiggins is in charge of the arrangements.


Hattiesburg American
November 1, 2016


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Lambert, Henry Robert “Bobby” -- 1940 – 20 May 2019

(submitted by Melissa M. Lambert)

HENRY ROBERT (BOBBY) LAMBERT, 78, of Brooklyn, MS. He died Monday, May 20, 2019 at Forrest General Hospital.


Interment will be in Brooklyn Cemetery.


Services will be held at 4:00 PM Friday at Grace Chapel Baptist Church. Lambert retired from Forrest General Hospital and was a member of Grace Chapel Baptist Church.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Eva and Floyd Lambert.


He is survived by one sister, Ann Shirley Dennis of Las Vegas, NV; two nieces, JoAnn Bressler of Kewanee, IL and Renee Esparza of Las Vegas, NV; four great-nieces and one great-nephew.


Visitation will begin at 3:00 PM Friday at Grace Chapel Baptist Church.


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Lambert, Mack C. -- 25 Sep 1909 – 28 Sep 1976

(submitted by Melissa M. Lambert)

Rites held for Mack Lambert


Services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brooklyn First Baptist Church for Mack Lambert, 67, of Brooklyn, who died Tuesday at Methodist Hospital following a lengthy illness.


The Rev. A.T. Walker, the Rev. Kenneth Shoemake and the Rev. Robert Lambert officiated. Interment was in Brooklyn Cemetery.


Pallbearers were G.O. Essary, Billy Burt, Boyd Dennis, C.A.Fillingame, Leon Essary, Joe Bob Essary and Jimmy McCardle.


Survivors include his wife, a son, his mother, a brother, two sisters, and a number of nieces and nephews.


Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


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Lee, Lillie Catherine Townley -- 08 Oct 1937 – 02 Nov 2010

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. Catherine Townley Lee, 73, died November 2, 2010 in the Carnes Community.


She was a faithful member of Carnes Landmark Missionary Baptist Church where she played the organ and piano. She was a homemaker.


Mrs. Lee is preceded in death by her husband of 39 years Thornton Lee, her parents, J.L. Townley and Ethel McCormick Townley and her son-in-law, Mitchell Johnson.


She is survived by her daughters, Debbie (Eric) Ladner of Carnes Community, Cindy (Charlie) Silkwood of Batesville, Pam (Wes) Oppel of Gulfport, Susie (Win) DeLancey of Vancleave, MS. Also survived by her grandchildren; Jayme (Kara) Dronet, Jamie Lynn Ladner, Lee Case, Dakota Silkwood, Sarah Silkwood, Blaine Johnson, Brett Johnson, Jason DeLancey, Megan DeLancey. Great-Grandchildren, Bryce, Aidan, Madilyn Dronet, and her christian friend, Willie Ray Lee and sisters Carol Giardina and Linda Jacobs of Gulfport, MS.


Services will be held Saturday, November 6, 2010 at Carnes Landmark Missionary Baptist Church at 10:30am. The visitation will be from 9:00am until service time at the church.


Burial will be in the church cemetery.


Moore Funeral Service, Wiggins is in charge of the arrangements.


Moore Funeral Home
Wiggins, MS


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Lee, Ruth Marcella Maloy -- 19 Mar 1910 – 09 Oct 2004

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

CARNES - Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Carnes Missionary Baptist Church for Mrs. Ruth M. Lee, 94, of Carnes, who died Oct. 10, 2004, in Richton.


Burial will be in Carnes Cemetery.


Mrs. Lee was a homemaker and a member of Carnes Missionary Baptist Church.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Aldon "Bunt" Lee.


Survivors include two sons, Bunnie Lee of Carnes and Billy J. Lee of Brooklyn; a daughter, Betty Jeffrey of Gulfport; two sisters, Chris Carrone of Slidell, La., and Mary "Snoots" Kennedy of Quitman; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins.


Hattiesburg American
October 12, 2004


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Lee, William Jarvis “Billy” -- 10 Jun 1941 – 21 Jan 2013

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mr. Billy J. Lee, 71, of Brooklyn, died January 21, 2013 at Forrest General Hospital.


He was a member of First Baptist Church of Brooklyn and retired machine operator for Anchor Glass.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Aldon and Ruth Lee.


He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Lee of Brooklyn; two children, Angie Lee and Billy Lee both of Brooklyn; four grandchildren, Brannan Keith, William Lee, Bria Keith and Marissa Lee; brother, Bunnie Lee of Carnes; sister, Betty Ruth Jeffrey of Gulfport.


Services will be at 1:00 p.m., Friday, January 25, 2013, at First Baptist Church of Brooklyn, with burial to follow in Carnes Cemetery [sic - He was not buried in the Carnes Cemetery as his obituary says, but in the Brooklyn Cemetery]. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, January 24, 2013, at Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins.


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Levine, Dora Shor -- 1940 – 20 May 2019

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at B'Nai Israel Cemetery for Mrs. David Lavine, 74, of Hattiesburg, who died Saturday morning at Forrest General Hospital.


Rabbi David Ostrich will officiate.


Mrs. Levine was a native of Baltimore, MD, and had been a resident of Hattiesburg for the past 60 years. She was a member of the B'Nai Israel Congregation.


Pallbearers will be Milton Waldoff, Ben Waldoff, Marvin Shemper, Herbert Ginsberg, Maury Gerwitch, and David Adler. Honorary pallbearers will be Sollie Pevsner, A.D. Katz, Jerome Ryan and Dr. Fred Tatum.


Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Frances Warren of Hattiesburg; three sons, Murray, Harold and Michael Levine, all of San Antonio; seven grandchildren; a great-granchild; and a sister, Mrs. Sylia Briet of San Antonio.


Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday at Moore Funeral Home.


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Little, Rhonda -- 10 Jan 1956 – 21 Sep 2006

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. Rhonda Marie Little, 50, of Pascagoula, Miss., died Sept. 21, 2006, in Pascagoula, Miss. She was born Jan. 10, 1956, in Pensacola, Fla.


Mrs. Little was a homemaker.


She was preceded in death by her father, Rayford Gates.


Survivors include her husband, Lavelle Little of Pascagoula, son, Howard Paul Little of Pascagoula; daughters, Kaysha Little of Pascagoula and Nina Jeanette (Russell) Braden of Moss Point; mother, Bobbye Gates of Brooklyn, Miss.; six grandchildren, Dustin Little, Tyler Little, Kolby Gamble, Payton Braden, Madyson Braden and Konner Braden; sister, Greta (Steven Todd) Adams; and nephew, Davis Adams, all of Ocean Springs; other relatives and friends.


Visitation will be Saturday, Sept. 23, 2006, from 6 until 8 p.m. at Holder-Wells Funeral Home in Moss Point, Miss. Graveside funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2006, at Brooklyn City Cemetery in Brooklyn.


Arrangements by Holder-Wells Funeral Home, Moss Point, Miss.


The Mississippi Press
22 Sep 2006


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Maloy, Gwendolyn Brunett Seal -- 20 Jul 1912 – 20 Feb 2007

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Gwendolyn Brunett Maloy 94, of Gautier, died Feb 20, in Gautier.


She was a member of The Order of Eastern Star Vancleave Chapter, a member of the Vancleave Garden Club, The Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, and retired as floor supervisor at Movie Star in Purvis.


She was preceded in death by her parents; James L. and Nora Seal; brother James O. Seal; two sisters, Pauline Reynolds and Joyce Seal; husband O.E. Maloy; two sons, Herman and James Edward Maloy; daughter-in-law, Sarah Maloy; three grandchildren, Clyde Wallace Walker, Katherine Walker and Sheila Faggard; one great-grandson, Brad Faggard.


She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law; Bonnie and Tim Hoadley of Gulfport, and Ann and Clyde Walker of Vancleave; four grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren; 18 great-great-grandchildren.


Visitation is Thursday, Feb 22, from 6-9 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins. Service will be held Friday, Feb 23, at 11 a.m. at Carnes Missionary Baptist Church. Body will be at church at 10 a.m. Friday. Burial will be in Carnes Cemetery, Carnes MS.


Moore Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


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Maloy, James Edward “Jim" Sr. -- 21 Apr 1935 – 27 Aug 2005

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

LUMBERTON - Services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins for James E. Maloy Sr., 70, of Lumberton, who died Aug. 27, 2005, in Magee.


Burial will be in Carnes Cemetery in the Carnes community.


Mr. Maloy was a retired electrician and served in the U.S. Marines. He was member of Carnes Missionary Baptist Church.


He was preceded in death by his wife, Sara Maloy, and a grandson, Brad Faggard.


Survivors include two daughters, Paulette Brown of Magee and Shelia Faggard of Carnes; a son, James Edward Maloy Jr. of Boise, Idaho; his mother, Brunett Maloy of Vancleave; two sisters, Sarah Ann Walker of Vancleave and Bonnie Jo Hoadley of Lyman; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.


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


Hattiesburg American
September 7, 2005


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Maloy, Leona Elizabeth McLendon -- 22 Mar 1888 – 03 Nov 1973

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

LUMBERTON - Services were to be at 2 p.m. today at Carnes Baptist Church for Mrs. Leona Maloy, 85, of Rt. 1, who died Saturday night at Stone County Hospital in Wiggins.


Elder Fred Smith and Elder Elmer Scarbrough are the Ministers. Burial is to follow in the church cemetery with Bounds Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Mrs. Maloy was a life-long resident of Forrest County. Her husband, W.E. Maloy died in 1969. She was a member of Carnes Baptist Churcjh.


Survivors are six daughters, Mrs. Ruth Lee and Mrs. Lizzie Rawls of Carnes, Mr.s Agnes Cantrell and Mrs Christine Carrone and Mrs. Billie O'Neal all of New Orleans and Mrs. Mary Kennedy of Quitman; a son, Edward Maloy of Carnes; a sister, Mrs. Celina Maloy of Carnes; three half-sisters, Mrs. Julie Anderson and Mrs. Tisha Anderson of Brooklyn and Mrs. Ida Belle Clayton of Wiggins; two half-brothers, Marvin and Otis McLendon of Brooklyn; 21 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


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Mangum, Mildred Davis -- 05 May 1931 – 24 Apr 2014

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Graveside services will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday at Brooklyn Cemetery for Mrs. Mildred D. Mangum, 82, of Brooklyn.


She died Thursday, April 24, 2014 at her residence.


Mrs. Mangum retired manager of Mill Creek Facility Children's Hospital in Magee, MS and was a member of Brooklyn Baptist Church.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Dewitt Mangum; parents, Luther and Noma Davis and grandson, Brandon Dru Stringfellow.


She is survived by one daughter, Gilda Stringfellow (Julius) of Lucedale; one sister, Carolyn Yeager of Wiggins; one brother, Roland Davis (Kay) of Hattiesburg; two grandchildren, Ryan Stringfellow (Meredith) and Blair Rushing (Wade); two great-grandchildren, Johnson Dru Stringfellow and Audrey Elizabeth Rushing.


Visitation will begin at 9:30 AM Saturday at Brooklyn Cemetery.


Hattiesburg American
Apr. 25, 2014


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Martin, Acker Bunyon -- 04 Feb 1905 – 27 Apr 1998

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mr. Acker B. Martin, 93, died Monday, April 27, 1998, in Brooklyn.


Mr. Martin was a native of Brooklyn. He was employed for a number of years by the United States Forestry Service at Paret Tower and was a charter member of Clear Creek Methodist/Protestant Church in Brooklyn.


Survivors include his wife, Iva S. Martin of Brooklyn; two daughters, Syble Breland of Brooklyn and Edith Gould of Petal; three sons, Willard Dale Martin of Pasadena, Texas, Glen Wood Martin of Biloxi and Willie Frank Martin of Poplarville; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be from 5 to 9 tonight at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Brooklyn Cemetery in Brooklyn, Miss.


The Sun Herald
April 28, 1998


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Martin, William Frank -- 21 Nov 1881 – 14 May 1941

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. at the Clear Creek Methodist Church near Brooklyn for William Frank Morris, 57, who died suddenly at his home on Route One, Brooklyn, Wednesday afternoon.


The Rev. C.F. Gerald will officiate. Interment will be in the Brooklyn Cemetery with Hulett Funeral Home in charge.


Mr. Martin, an active church and community leader, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ella Shattles Martin; one daughter Mrs. Charles Sellers of Brooklyn; three sons, I.R. Martin and T.Y. Martin of Whitwell, TN, A.B. and T.Y. Martin of Brooklyn; his father Edward Martin of Brooklyn; two sisters, Mrs. W.M. Broadus and Mrs. J.W. Steele of Brooklyn; a brother, Victor Martin of Toro, LA; a foster brother, J.E. Sims of New Augusta; and 15 grandchildren.


Active Pallbearers will be Archie Sims, Bealus Shattles, Marvin Mixon, Clarence Walley, Marvin Breland, and Vaster Sellers Honorary Pallbearers include J.w. Steele, R.W., J.R., and G.M. Shattles, W.M. Broadus, and J.B. Walters.


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Maxwell, Sarah Bessie Nelson -- 24 Dec 1894 – 06 Dec 1969

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Rites Tuesday at Brooklyn for Mrs. Maxwell


Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Brooklyn Baptist Church for Mrs. Bessie Maxwell, 75, of Brooklyn, who died Saturday at Methodist Hospital.


Rev. Ken Wardell will officiate. Burial will be in Brooklyn Cemetery with Hulett Funeral Home in charge.


The body will be placed in state at the church at 1 p.m. Tuesday.


Mrs. Maxwell was a life long resident of Brooklyn and a member of the Brooklyn Methodist Church.


Survivors are three sons, Karl of Antioch, CA, Charles of Vicksburg and Albert of Brooklyn; eight grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Lily Blanks of Hattiesburg, Mrs. Kate gibson of Vicksburg, and Mrs. Janie Robertson of Brooklyn; a brother, E.A. Nelson of Brooklyn; and a number of nieces and nephews.


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McBerry, Jane L. -- 09 Sep 1881 – 11 Feb 1953

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. McBerry Services Set For Thursday


Death claimed Mrs. Jane McBerry, widow of the Rev. C.L. McBerry, at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning at the Baptist Hospital in Jackson.


Mrs. McBerry had lived the greater part of the past twenty-three years in Columbia, going with her daughter, Mrs. G.L.Carpenter, from Columbia to Jackson in December. Two sons J.L. and Bill McBerry reside here.


The body will lie in State at Hulett Funeral Home in Hattiesburg until services sometimes Thursday. The last rites will be held from the Clear Creek Methodist Methodist Church four miles east of Brooklyn Cemetery.


In addition to the two sons here and Mrs. Carpenter, she is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. J.W. Sandoz of New Orleans and Mrs. C.R. McCardle of the Clear Creek community, and three other sons, A.W., C.H. and Floyd McBerry, all of Atlanta, GA.


The Columbian Progress
Feb.12, 1953


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McCardle, Alice Marie -- 14 Jul 1941 – 25 Mar 2010

(submitted by Janet Callaway)

BROOKLYN - Services are 2 p.m. Sunday at Brooklyn United Methodist Church for Alice Marie McCardle, 68, of Brooklyn, who died March 25, 2010, at Forrest General Hospital.


Burial is in Brooklyn Cemetery.


Ms. McCardle was a retired executive secretary for the Mississippi Public Service Commission. She was a member of Brooklyn United Methodist Church.


Survivors include a brother, James C. "Buster" McCardle of Moss Point; two nieces, Debbie Gray of Spring City, Tenn., and Becky Taylor of Meadowview, Va.; and three nephews, Kris McCardle of Petal, Philip McCardle of Hattiesburg and Bubba McCardle of Moss Point.


She was preceded in death by her parents, James "J.C." and Hazel McCardle.


Hattiesburg American
March 27, 2010


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McCardle, Willie Charles “Buck” -- 31 Jul 1930 – 30 Mar 2014

(submitted by Janet Callaway)

Mr. Willie "Buck" Charles McCardle, age 83, died at his home in Brooklyn, MS, on Sunday, March 30, 2014. Services will be Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Brooklyn with burial following in Brooklyn Cemetery.


Born July 31, 1930, in Oloh, MS; lived in Janice, MS, before settling in Brooklyn, MS in the 1950's. He retired from Forrest General Hospital in 1992 from the remodeling department.


Buck McCardle was preceded in death by his wife, Ruby Pettit McCardle; one daughter, Judy Lynn Mc-Cardle; two sons, Eddie Dunn and James Dunn; his father, Charlie McCardle; his mother, Amy McBerr y McCardle; and one brother, Stanley McCardle.


Survivors include one son, Kenneth McCardle of Madison, MS; three daughters, Teressa Manes of Brooklyn, MS, Sue Boyte of Maxie, MS and Linda Farrar of Baldwyn, MS; three sisters, Carol Kellar of Carriere, MS, Betty Morgan of Jackson, MS, and Mildred Boyd of Gulfport, MS; one brother, Richard McCardle of Brooklyn, MS; and many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren.


Visitation will be Monday, March 31, 2014 from 5 – 8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg and Tuesday, at the church, starting at 10:30 a.m. until ser vice time.


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McLendon, Marvin Daniel -- 14 Feb 1911 – 16 Aug 1985

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

BROOKLYN - Marvin Daniel McLendon, 74, of Brooklyn died Friday in Picayune.


Mr. McLendon was a member of Grace Chapel Baptist Church in Brooklyn. He was self-employed.


Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Martha Davis of Picayune and Mrs. Jo Ann Simmons of Wiggins; five sons, Jimmy McLendon of Picayune, Jerry McLendon of Summerville, SC, Marcus McLendon of Brooklyn, Louis McLendon of Hattiesburg, and William McLendon of Rota, Spain; three sisters, Mrs. Alice Anderson and Mrs. Julie Anderson, both of Brooklyn, and Mrs. Ida Bell Clayton of Wiggins; a brother, Ottis McLendon of Brooklyn; 18 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.


Services will be conducted today at 2 p.m. at Grace Chapel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Brooklyn Cemetery.


Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins is in charge of arrangements.


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McLendon, William Clifton -- 21 Mar 1914 – 28 Feb 1933

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Brooklyn Man Slain in Row Over Cowbell


Clifton McLendon Killed and Father Wounded in Shooting Affray; Jim Byrd Is in Jail.


Hattiesburg, MS, Feb 28, 1933 - One man was slain, another seriously wounded and a third was arrested on a first degree murder charge today as a result of a quarrel over a cow bell at Brooklyn, MS.


William Clifton McLendon, 19 year-old school bus driver, was shot to death and his father, Joe McLendon, was wounded in the chest in the shooting affray in front of the post office building. Jim Byrd, 41, a neighbor, surrendered to officers immediately afterwards, and was brought to the county jail here.


County attorney William Haralson said Byrd told him he had had trouble with the McLendon's for some time after moving to a farm near their place. Last night, Byrd was quoted as saying he placed his cow in a pasture and this morning found the cow's bell missing. Hes said he met the McLendon's and asked what they knew about it. Byrd said a quarrel followed and he fired when the others made motions toward their pockets. The county attorney said Byrd admitted all three had been drinking.


Byrd, a disabled war veteran, has a wife and several children. The elder McLendon is also the head of a large family.


The Leader Call
Tuesday, February 28, 1933


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McRee, Alma Laverne Archer -- 02 Jan 1936 – 27 Mar 2018

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Alma Laverne Archer McRee, 82, of Brooklyn, died March 27, 2018, at Merit Health Wesley.


Services will be at 11:30 a.m., Friday, March 30, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Brooklyn followed by burial in Brooklyn Cemetery.


Laverne was a long time member of First Baptist Church in Brooklyn. She was a MOCA with the VFW and a volunteer with the Salvation Army. She was the “Mother of the Century” and beloved Nanny to many.


Laverne was preceded in death by two infant sons, Christopher McRee and Stacey McRee; her parents, Carness and Beulah Archer; and three sisters, Mary Rose Burch, Jean Bond and Faye Crawford.




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Mercier, Albert Charles -- 18 May 1897 – 25 Jun 1990

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Albert Charles Mercier was born May 18, 1897. Albert Charles Mercier served in the army during World War I. Albert was stationed at Camp Shelby, Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Albert met Ella Mae McGinley at a Nights of Columbus dance. After the service, Albert attended Pio Nono College.


Albert returned to Wisconsin but his heart remained in Mississippi. He returned to Hattiesburg, Mississippi and married Ella Mae McGinley on June 26, 1922. They had 7 sons and 2 daughters: Albert Lucian, Patrick Bernard, Joseph Clement, Agnes Therese, Mary Claire, Adrian Gabriel, Damian Francis, Delphinis Francis and Michael James Joseph.


rom June of 1937 to June of 1942 the Mercier family lived in St. Paul, Minnesota. The family lived in Hattiesburg, Mississippi until 1960. Then, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, became home to Albert and Ella Mae. Their home was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina 29 August 2005.


Albert Charles worked for the Postal Service and was a salesman for the National Catholic Extension Society, a Catholic magazine. He was a member of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus.


Albert and Ella Mae lived at 115 Bay Oaks Drive, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi in their later years. Albert and his sons enjoyed fishing and cooking their catch.


Albert died on June 25, 1990, at Hancock Medical Center in Hancock County, at 93 years of age. At the end he suffered from bone cancer.


Services were held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. The Reverend John Scanlon and Monsignor Joseph C. Mercier officiated. Albert and Ella Mae McGinley Mercier are buried at Highland Cemetery, Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


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Mercier, Ella Mae McGinley -- 02 Apr 1901 – 18 Feb 1993

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Ella Mae McGinley had two brothers, Patrick and Bernard McGinley and one sister, Annie McGinley, who married Warner Ray Lawson. Bernard died in 1944.


Ella Mae was baptised, went to high school and married at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.


She died of pneumonia at the age of 92, at Garden Park Hospital, Gulfport, Harrison, Mississippi.


On August 29, 2005, Albert and Ella Mae's home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi was completely distroyed except for their grotto and a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary.


This home was a place that held so many memories; family gatherings, fishing, I remember giving Ella Mae a hair perm in this house, my dad, Albert Lucian Mercier died in this house. It was a place where children and grandchildren found comfort. To visit this home was to reconnect with the past.





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Moore, Emma Randall -- 04 May 1916 – 30 Dec 2004

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Emma Randall Moore Emma Randall Moore, age 88 and a resident of Gulfport, died Thursday, December 30, 2004, in Gulfport.


Mrs. Moore was a native and lifelong resident of the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and was a member of Burton Memorial United Methodist Church in Gulfport. She retired after 25 years of service as a dental hygienist.


Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. and Mrs. W. T. Randall; husband, Levis Moore; sisters, Doris Robinson, Lois Hayes, and Jean Puckett; and brothers, James E. Randall, M. J. Randall, and W. M. Randall.




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Morris, Arlene Janice Cooper -- 15 Jul 1936 – 18 Sep 2020

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. Arlene Morris, 84, of Purvis, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on September 18, 2020, at Forrest General Hospital. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Purvis and was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, and a friend to all that knew her.


She was preceded in death by her first husband, Mitchell Morris; her second husband, Leo Morris; her parents, Chester Cooper and Mary Morgan Hart and her brother, Ed McBride.


Mrs. Morris leaves behind her six children, David Morris (Charla) of Carnes, Robert Morris (Freda) of Carnes, Mary Eaton (Larry) of Rockhill Community, Eddie Joe Morris (Barbara) of Carnes, Karen Ford (James) of Purvis and John Wayne Morris (Fonda) of Wiggins; seventeen grandchildren, thirty-six great-grandchildren; one sister, Connie Bourne of Wiggins; one brother, Ken McBride of Coopersville, MI and a host of nieces and nephews.


Services will be 10:00 a.m., Monday, September 21, 2020, at Carnes Missionary Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. until services time Monday, September 21, 2020, at Carnes Missionary Baptist Church. Moore Funeral Services in Wiggins is in charge of the arrangements.


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Morris, Eldon -- 22 Jun 1932 – 13 Apr 2012

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Eldon Morris was born June 22, 1932 in Forrest County and died April 13, 2012 in Wiggins. He was a member of Carnes Missionary Baptist church and a professional truck driver for West Bros. and Roadway Express where he drove for 32 years.


He was preceded in death by his parents John and Thelma Morris, sister; Mary Ruth Lee and two brothers; Mitchell and Olan Morris.


He is survived by his wife of 59 years Genecia Morris of Carnes Community, four sons; Ralph (Jean) Morris of Dixie, Randy (Jeannie) Morris of Carnes Community, Douglas (Debbie) Morris of Sumrall and Donald Ray Morris of Carnes Community, five grandchildren; Jason (Tia) Morris, Hollie (Jason) Hession, Amber (Brian) Childs, Jeff (Treva) Morris and Josh Morris, six great grandchildren; brother; Alton Morris of Neely; two sisters; Helen Brooks of Huntsville, Ala and Johnnie Lou Davis of Wiggins, aunt; Ione Lee of Carnes and a host of nephews and nieces.


Visitation will be from 10-11 a.m. Monday at Carnes Missionary Baptist Church with services to follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial in the church cemetery. Moore Funeral Service in Wiggins is in charge of the arrangements. You may sign the guest book at www.moorefuneralservices.com.


Hattiesburg American
April 15, 2012


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Morris, Martha M. -- 1946 – 28 Jan 2008

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Ms. Martha M. Morris, 62, Kansas City, Mo., passed away Jan. 28, 2008.


Memorial services 1 p.m. Thurs., Jan. 31 at Lawrence A. Jones & Sons Funeral Chapel. Funeral services in Hattiesburg, MS.


Burial will be at Brooklyn Cemetery, Brooklyn, MS.


Arrangements by Lawrence A. Jones & Sons and Halls-Fairley Mortuary, Hattiesburg)


Kansas City Star
January 31, 2008


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Morris, Mitchell Cooper -- 03 Sep 1925 – 09 May 2000

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mitchell Morris, 74, of the Carnes Community, died Tuesday, May 9, 2000, in Lumberton.


Mr. Morris was retired from the Mississippi State Highway Department and was a member of Carnes Missionary Baptist Church.


He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Thelma Morris; and a brother, Olan Morris.


Survivors include his wife, Arlene Cooper Morris of the Carnes Community; four sons, David E. Morris, Robert M. Morris and Eddie J. Morris, all of the Carnes Community, and John W. Morris of Wiggins; two daughters, Mary Eaton of the Rock Hill Community and Karen Ford of Purvis; three sisters, Helen Brooks and Mary Ruth Lee, both of the Carnes Community, and Johnny Lou Davis of Wiggins; two brothers, Eldon Morris of the Carnes Community and Alton Morris of Leakesville; and 16 grandchildren.


A service will be at 1 p.m. today at Carnes Missionary Baptist Church where friends may call from oon until service time. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


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Morris, Robert Lee -- 1942 – 05 Feb 1994

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday at Morning Star Baptist Church in McLaurin for Robert Lee Morris, 52, of Hattiesburg, who died Feb. 5, 1994, at Forrest General Hospital.


The Rev. Johnson Bland will officiate. Interment will be in the Brooklyn Cemetery.


Survivors include his wife, Henrietta Morris of Hattiesburg; one son, Joe Ward of Hattiesburg; three daughters, Faye Lott and Teresa Jenkins, both of Hattiesburg, and Dora Morris of Gulfport; three brothers, George Allen Morris and James E. Morris, both of Hattiesburg, and Phillip A. Morris of New Orleans; four sisters, Betty Mae Hardy of Hattiesburg, Loretta V. Brown and Martha Maxine Morris, both of Kansas City, MO, and Lucy J. Vaughn of Fort Wayne, IN; seven grandchildren and one great-granchild.


Visitation will be 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Hall's-Fairley Mortuary Chapel in Hattiesburg.


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Morris, Bonnie Slade -- 16 Aug 1934 – 15 Nov 2018

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. Bonnie Slade Murphy, 84, of Carriere, passed away November 15, 2018 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg.


She was a member of Word Alive Revival Center and was a homemaker.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry Murphy; her parents, Albert and Ava Reid Slade; her sisters, Bennie Lawler and Donnie Smith and one brother, Bud Slade.


She is survived by her children, Twyla Taylor, of Lumberton, Troy Rushing of Biloxi, Timmy Murphy of Lumberton, Terri Powers of Louisville, Traci Ladner of Collins and Ava Murphy of Carriere; nine grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one great-great granddaughter siblings, Gene Slade of Vancleave, Billy Slade of Hamilton, Dwight Slade of McHenry, Bobbie Duncan of Purvis.


Services will be 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Moore Funeral Service in Wiggins with burial to follow in Carnes Cemetery.


Visitation will be from 5-9 Monday, November 19, 2018 at Moore Funeral Service in Wiggins.


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