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Thompson, John Richard “John T” -- 1935 – 29 Mar 2013

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

John "John T." Thompson, 77, of Petal, died March 29, 2013, at his home.


Visitation will be Monday, April 1, 2013 at the Salvation Army Church from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with services immediately following. Burial will be in Carterville Cemetery.


John T retired from Corner Market in Petal after a long career in the grocery business. He was a member of the Salvation Army Church.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Hardy D. and Edna Thompson; two brothers, Dr. William Thompson and Dr. Robert Thompson; and a granddaughter, Macey Schoedel.


Survivors include his wife, Irma Thompson of Petal; two sons, Gary Ray Miller and David R. Bennett both of Petal; four daughters, Carolyn (Robert) Colvin of High Point, NC, Catherine Evelyn (Tommy) Roberts of Seminar y, Roxanne (Gerald) Turan of Saucier and Renae (Dan) Schoedel of Shrewsbury, PA; 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.


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Tingle, Amos E. -- 24 Apr 1916 – 16 Jan 1969

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Services were at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hulett Chapel for Amos E. Tingle, 52, of Brooklyn, who died Thursday at Methodist Hospital.


Rev. Kenneth Wardle and Rev. Grady H. Smith officiated. Burial was in Brooklyn Cemetery. Pallbearers were Allen and Huel Walters, Gary Tingle, Billy Brooks, Wyatt Walley, and George Lord.


Survivors are his wife, three sons, his mother, his father, two sisters, three brothers and several nieces and nephews.


Hattiesburg American
Jan. 20, 1969


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Tingle, John W. -- 22 Aug 1927 – 18 Apr 2010

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

HATTIESBURG - Graveside services are 2 p.m. Thursday at Brooklyn Cemetery with military honors performed by the VFW Post 3036 Honor Guard for John W. Tingle, 82, of Hattiesburg, who died April 19, 2010, at Covington County Hospital.


Mr. Tingle retired from the newspaper industry as a pressman, served two years in the Coast Guard and enlisted in the Army. He was a Baptist.


Survivors include a son, Gary Tingle of Mobile, Ala.; a daughter, Karen Tingle of Mobile; two sisters, Pearl T. Christian of Hattiesburg and Maudie Hill of Wiggins; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.


He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Virgie Kirkland Tingle.


Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home is handling arrangements.


Hattiesburg American
April 21, 2010


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Tingle, Mary Edna Walters -- 10 Oct 1916 – 11 Feb 2013

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mary Edna Walters Tingle, affectionately known as "Miss Edna", "Aunt Edna" and "Grandma Tingle" was born October 10, 1916 in Brooklyn, MS and passed away February 11, 2013 in Pascagoula, MS surrounded by her loving family. Mrs. Tingle was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Brooklyn, MS and will have an Eastern Star funeral. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Brooklyn for 81 years where she served as church secretary. She was an avid sports fan who loved to watch her beloved FCAHS teams as often as possible. She also stayed busy watching her sons, grandchildren and great grandchildren participate in collegiate, high school and recreational sports, dance, and cheer.


She was preceded in death by her husband; Amos E. Tingle, her parents; Joseph Ellis Walters and Emma Carmila Shattles Walters; two sisters, Bessie Marie Lee and Ruby Ardell McCardle Ladner; five brothers, Jeff, Lee Roy, Curtis, James and Wilson Edmard Walters.


Mrs. Tingle is survived by three sons: Donald Wayne Tingle, Leon (Brenda) Tingle and Mike (Tina) Tingle all of Pascagoula, Ms.; 6 grandchildren, Lee (Melissa) Tingle and Greg (Billie Jean) Tingle of Pascagoula, Chris (Michelle) Tingle of Los Angeles, Ca, Brian (Autumn) Tingle of Houston, Tx., Jenna (Shane) Baber and Micah Torjusen of Pascagoula, Ms.; 12 great grandchildren, Tayler, McCullough, Ty, Cole, Trace and Jack Christian Tingle and Addison & Emery Paige Baber all of Pascagoula, Ms. and Noah, Roman, Caroline and Josiah Tingle of Houston,Tx., as well as numerous nieces, nephews and her church family at FBC of Brooklyn.


The family would like to send a special thank you to Singing River Hospital One East nurses and staff in her final days, Singing River Hospice of Light, Singing River Rehabilitation and Nursing Center (Barbara, Doris and Ken) and caregivers Patt Watts, Linda Broom, Tressler Davis and Sharon Guyton. To her nieces and nephews who never failed to write, call or come to see her; Jean Bustin, Jeffrey Bustin, Allen Walters, Paul Walters and Lee Roy Walters.


A celebration in her honor will be on Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 3:00 pm at FBC of Brooklyn with visitation beginning at 1:00 PM. Burial will be in Brooklyn Cemetery. The family request memorials to be made to FBC Family Center in her memory.


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Wahnetah, Linda Carrol Pearson -- 27 Nov 1943 – 17 May 2012

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Monday at Old Carterville Cemetery for Mrs. Linda Pearson Wahnetah, 68, of Hattiesburg.


She died Thursday, May 17, 2012 at residence.


Mrs. Wahnetah was a private sitter and a member of the Baptist faith.


She was preceded in death by her father, Charles Pearson and mother, Clotee Guthrie Pearson, and one brother, Thomas H. Pearson, Sr.


She is survived by a nephew, Thomas "Bubba" Pearson of Hattiesburg and life-companion, Isaac Reno Gatwood of Hattiesburg.


Visitation will be 12:00 noon at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.


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Walker, Clara Pauline “Boots” Anderson -- 27 Mar 1930 – 22 Apr 2017

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Purvis, MS - Services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home for Mrs. Pauline "Boots" Walker, 87, of Purvis, MS, who passed away, Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Forrest General Hospital. Interment will be in Mineral Springs Cemetery.


Mrs. Walker was a homemaker and a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church.


She was preceded in death by her husband, W.H. "Bill" Walker of Purvis, MS; three brothers, Earl, William and Ed Anderson; a sister, Bobbie Joe Fillingame and her parents, Walter and Grace Anderson.


Mrs. Walker is survived by her son, Dr. Eddie Walker (Leah) of Hattiesburg, MS; her daughter, Brenda King (Wayne) of Purvis, MS; her sister, Bernice Lott of Hattiesburg, MS; five grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.


Visitation will begin at 12 Noon until service time Tuesday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home.


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Walker, William Henry “Bill” -- 14 Dec 1922 – 05 Jun 2012

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Services will be held at 1:00 PM Friday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home Chapel for Mr. W. H. (Bill) Walker, 89, of Purvis. He died Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at Forrest General Hospital. Interment will be in Mineral Springs Cemetery.


Mr. Walker was retired from Western Oceanic, a member of the Baptist faith, and an U.S. Navy Veteran of WW II.


He is survived by his wife, Pauline (Boots) Walker of Purvis; a daughter, Brenda King of Purvis; a son, Dr. Eddie Walker of Seminary; two sisters, Addie Morgan of McLaurin and Lottie Snowden of Gulfport; five grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.


Visitation will begin at 11:00 AM Friday at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.


Hattiesburg American
June 07, 2012


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Wall, William Ernest “Bill” -- 15 Aug 1930 – 28 Dec 2005

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Brooklyn Cemetery for Bill Wall, 75, of Hattiesburg, who died Dec. 28, 2005, at Forrest General Hospital.


Mr. Wall was manager of Jet Finance. He was a member of Grace Temple.


Survivors include a sister, Irma L. Walker of Hattiesburg; and a number of nieces and nephews.


Moore Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Hattiesburg American
December 30, 2005


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Walters, James Allen -- 29 Nov 1938 – 29 May 2020

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

James Allen Walters lost a courageous battle with cancer on Friday, May 29, 2020, at his home in Wiggins. A visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and the celebration of his life will be held Sunday, May 31. 2020, at 3:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church of Wiggins. He was 81.


Many of us see a need and think "somebody ought to do something about that" and for Allen, he was the "somebody". He made such a difference for his adopted city of Wiggins that the city proclaimed "Allen Walters Day" on November 14, 2008. His community impact can still be seen today: the development of Blaylock Park downtown; refurbishing, replacing and updating the city's street signs; creating the Pine Hill Clock; a founder of Pine Hill Day and establishing the first chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous in 1981. He was also honored as the recipient of the Stone County EDP's Citizen of the Year where he previously served as Chairman. He enjoyed his longtime membership in the Wiggins Rotary Club (where he was a Paul Harris Fellow and served a term as president) and was appointed to the Pat Harrison Waterway District Board by Governor Kirk Fordice. A longtime member of First Baptist Church of Wiggins, he served as Deacon particularly enjoyed his service as Mr. Allen the Check In guy for Wednesday night Awana Club.


Allen was always a "Bulldog" as a graduate of Forrest County Agricultural High School, MGCCC, and Mississippi State. After his graduation from Mississippi State he joined the US Army and served for a time in Korea. He then began a career in sales for Armstrong Tire Company in Natchez which took him to Mobile and eventually Indianapolis, Indiana. After three winters he decided it was time to come home and his then-mother-in-law, Viva Davis, gave him a building on Highway 49 that was once a chinchilla ranch owned by her late husband, Nick. Again, seeing a need and acting on it, he established The Ranch Building Supply in 1975 until he began a career in real estate in 1982. But Allen's greatest title and joy was being PawPaw to his grandchildren. He became PawPaw (or "P2") to many over the years.


Born on November 29, 1938, in New Augusta, Allen was preceded in death by his parents James Porter Walters and Allie Maudie Tingle Walters. He is survived by his wife Mary Jo Walters and his first wife and mother of his children Jill Davis Holleman. He had two brothers Chester Huel Walters and Glennis Paul Walters.


He is also survived by his children: Nick (Lisa) Walters; Jamie Allyn Walters Tice; Carmen Miller (David) Brown; Julia Beth (Jeffrey Broussard) Miller; and Gerald Lynn (Gwen) Miller. His grandchildren were James Porter Walters II; Allyn Elizabeth Tice (fiance' Thomas Hamrick); John Garrett Walters; Richard Campbell (Camp) Tice II; Mary Elizabeth (Betsy) Walters; Earl Preston (Trey) Reeves III; Gerald Brandon Miller (Blake); Coley Daughdrill Reeves; William Jared (Emily) Miller; Dylan Wayne Hughes; Logan Joseph Hughes; and Joley Elizabeth Hughes.


He had many nieces and nephews and a host of people who called him friend.


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


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Watson, Virginia Nell Reid -- 21 Nov 1939 – 05 Feb 2020

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Virginia Nell Reid Watson, 80, of the Carnes Community, passed away February 5, 2020 at Asbury House of Hospice in Hattiesburg, Ms. following an 18-Year battle from complications of cancer.


She was preceded in death by her husband of 42 years, William B. “Bill” Watson, and her parents, Hubert Reid, Sr. and Delphia Lott Reid. She was also preceded in death by her brothers, E. W. Davis and Johnny Reid, and her sister Betty Smith (Buford). Her step-son, Major General Billy Watson of Huntsville, Ala., also preceded her in death.


She is survived by her brothers, Hubert Reid, Jr. and Dr. James G. Reid, both of the Carnes Community. She is also survived by her sisters, Peggy O’Neal (Don, deceased) of Saucier, Ms., Linda Stringfellow (Darryl) of Wiggins, Ms. and Sherry Herwick (Larry, deceased) of Maxie, Ms. She is also survived by her step-daughter, Karen Thomas (John, deceased) of Birmingham, Al. and a step-son, Byron Watson (Jean) of Newburn, Al. She is also survived by 5 step grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins, a host of friends.


She was a native of the Carnes Community in southern Forrest County and was a graduate of Forrest County Agricultural High School. After graduation from high school, she worked in Pensacola, Fl. where she met her husband of 42 years, William “Bill” Watson. They settled in his home town of Atmore, Al. where they remained until his death in 2002. Virginia was employed there with the Vanity Fair Corporation for 40 years. She and her husband were also owners of VW Finance Company for several years. While in Atmore, she became an avid Alabama football fan.


She then returned to Carnes in 2002 to live with her brother, James, and to be in the home with their bedridden mother. She was a member of Carnes Missionary Baptist where she accepted Christ as a teenager. While living in Atmore, she was a member of Brooks Memorial Baptist Church.


Virginia was known for her pleasing, easy going personality, and she loved and was loved everyone; her family, her step-children and step-grandchildren very much as her own, her co-workers, friends and neighbors. In particular, at the numerous medical facilities where she was a patient and with home health in the home during the past 18 years, workers would continually remark about what a pleasing patient she was.


Services will be 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at Carnes Missionary Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. at Carnes Missionary Baptist Church. Moore Funeral Service in Wiggins is in charge of the arrangements.


Moore Funeral Home
Wiggins, MS


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Wheat, Zannie Vesta McGee -- 21 Nov 1885 – 05 Jul 1963

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Mrs. J. P. Wheat funeral services held on Sunday


Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Grace Chapel Baptist Church for Mrs. J. P. Wheat, 77, who died Friday at Methodist Hospital in Hattiesburg after an illness of several months. Rev. C. O. Creel and Rev. Chester Moore officiated.


A native of Ft. Worth, Tex., Mrs. Wheat had lived in Forrest County for 30 years. She was a charter member of Grace Chapel Baptist Church and active as long as her health permitted.


Burial was in Brooklyn Cemetery with Quigley's Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. S. C. Humphries of Route 6, Hattiesburg; Mrs. J. E. Essary of Route 1, Brooklyn; Mrs. W. W. Green, Jr. of Hattiesburg; si sons, W. H. Wheat of Little Rock, Ark.; Fred Wheat of Route 2, Purvis; E. H. Wheat of Memphis, Tenn.; B. B. Wheat of Route 2, Wiggins; R. C. Wheat of Route 6, Hattiesburg; and J. V. Wheat of Dallas, Tex.; one brother, O. W. McGee of Northport, Ala.; 33 grandchildren, 28 great grandchildren, a number of nieces and nephews.


Grandsons served as pallbearers. They were Leon Essary, Howard Wheat, Richard Wheat, Tillman Wheat, Bill Miller and Johnny Humphries.


Lamar County News
July 12, 1963


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Wigransky, Abe Julius -- 22 Oct 1872 – 25 Oct 1947

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

A. J. Wigransky Is Death Victim On Saturday


Death claimed A. Julius Wigransky, 75, a well known Columbia resident, at his home on second street on, Saturday afternoon, October 25, at three-thirty o'clock Mr. Wigransky, had been in poor health for several years and recently his condition had grown worse, resulting in his death.


A native of Poland he was born in Losday in that country on October 22,1872, and was the son of Isaac and Gettie Zolloman Wigransky. He came to the United States in 1882,and came to Columbia about the turn of the century. He entered the mercantile business here at that time and continued actively in business until his retirement several years ago. He was a member of Temple Beth-Israel in New Orleans, St. Alban's Lodge No.60, F & A. M. and of the Odd Fellows Lodge No.144, Meridian.


Last rites were conducted by Rabbi David Shor at the Colonial Funeral Home Chapel here Monday afternoon at two o'clock and interment was in the B'nal Israel cemetery in Hattiesburg. Serving as pallbearers were Toxey Hall,Sr. Lee Hall, Marvin Graham, Claude Connor, N. H. McCord and N. P. Miller, Masonic rites were held at the graveside.


Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Fannie Wigransky, one daughter Mrs. Gussie Reese, Ada Okla: one son Joe Wigransky, Chicago; three sisters Mrs. Rosa Cohen, Mrs. Lilly Dub, Cincinati, Ohio, and Mrs. Fannie Moonsnich, Los Angeles, Calif, three stepsons, Dave and Robert Singerman of New Orleans and Morris Singerman of New Orleans City, and several nieces and nephews.


Out-of-town friends attending the Sunday services were Mr. and Mrs. M. Strug and daughter, Florence, and Sol Kerney of Bogalusa.


Columbian Progress
Oct. 30, 1947


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Williams, Gladys Voncile Evans -- 22 Oct 1872 – 25 Oct 1947

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Gladys Voncile Williams, 89, of Petal, died November 19, 2015, at Merit Health Wesley.


Visitation will be Saturday, November 21, 2015, at Lynn Ray Road Baptist church from 9:30 a.m. until the service at 11:30 a.m. Burial will follow in Carter Cemetery.


Mrs. Williams was a member of Lynn Ray Road Baptist Church and former sales rep for Hub City Feed and Seed.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Benard Williams; one daughter, Sherry Ivy; one sister, Ethel Yvonne Evans; two brothers, Roy Evans and Ray Evans; and her parents, Roy and Gladys Evans.


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Williams, Theresa F. -- 02 Sep 1927 – 09 Feb 2004

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

PETAL - Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Moore Funeral Home in Petal for Theresa Faye Williams, 76, of Petal, who died Feb. 9, 2004, at her residence. Burial will be in Carter Cemetery.


Mrs. Williams was a former aide with Forrest County home economics department of the state of Mississippi and a member of Batson Methodist Church.


She was preceded in death by her husband, Chester Williams.


Survivors include a son, Bill Williams of Petal; a daughter, Onita F. Norris of Petal; six sisters, Arnnett Cowart of Ocean Springs, Myrtle Rayburn of Purvis, Laquita Beasley, LaFern Bolton, Jerry Roberts and Darnell Hill, all of New Augusta; a brother, Wayne Merrill of Petal; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.


Visitation will be 5:30-9 p.m. today at the funeral home in Petal.


Hattiesburg American
Wednesday, February 11, 2004


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Zimmerman, Jerome Herbert “Jerry” -- 05 Aug 1931 – 25 Oct 1947

(submitted by Gerald & Tammy Westmoreland)

Jerry Zimmerman, age 83, died Friday, February 20th, 2015. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Zimmerman graduated from Washington University in 1953 and then served during the Korean Conflict as a Hungarian language specialist in the United States Air Force. Subsequently, he obtained a Master's degree in Social Work at Washington University and worked in mental health services.


In 1968, Dr. Zimmerman relocated to New Orleans, LA, where he received his PhD and was a Professor of Social Work at Tulane University. In 1980, he accepted a position as a Professor of Social Work at the University of Southern Mississippi where he taught until he retired as a Professor Emeritus in 1998.


Jerry especially enjoyed pipes and cigars, jazz and classical music, World War II history, W.C. Fields, basset hounds, and dark humor.


He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Rosalie Zimmerman, son David Zimmerman (Kelly) of Springfield, MO, daughter Susan Zimmerman, of Chicago, IL, and his first cousin Ed Cohen (Sheilah), of St. Louis, MO.


Services will be held at 2 P.M. Sunday at Hulett Winstead Funeral Home with the visitation beginning at 12:30. Interment will be in B'nai Israel Cemetery.


Memorials may be made to the Hub City Humane Society or the Soputhern Pines Animal Shelter.


Hattiesburg American


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