Obituaries

Mr. Rodney Lawrence Copeland Funeral services for Mr. Rodney Lawrence Copeland were held at 10 AM Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012 from North Bend United Pentecostal Church with Rev. Nathan Moore and Rev. Bennie Alford officiating. Interment was in the Church Cemetery. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Copeland, 80, passed away on Thursday, September 20, 2012 at his residence. He retired from the Forestry Commission. He was an avidhunter and fisherman. Mr. Copeland enjoyed raising cattle, which he didfulltime after retirement. He was a member of North Bend United Pentecostal Church.

Mr. Copeland is survived by his wife, Opal Copeland; daughters, Debby Alfordand Diane Alford; son, Ronald Joe Copeland ; sisters,Tommie Ruthvens and Charlotte Burton; a sister-in-law; brothers, Larry Copeland, all of Phila, MS and Stanley Copeland of Hernando, MS; (9) grandchildren; (16) great-grandchildren; host of nieces & nephews.

Pallbearers was Rodney Eric Copeland, Robby Alford, Kevin Alford, Dylan Alford, Thomas Cameron and Drew Jones.

Mr. Woody Elwood Graveside services for Mr. Woody Elwood were held at 2 pm Tuesday, September 25, 2012 from Cedarlawn Cemetery with Rev. Zachary Kilpatrick officiating. John E. Stephens Chapel Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Elwood, 69, passed away on Saturday, September 22, 2012 at AndersonRegional Medical Center in Meridian, MS. He was born and reared in Philadelphia, MS. Mr. Elwood operated his own transportation company. He wasa member of Southside United Methodist Church.

Mr. Elwood is survived by his wife of 49 years, Judy Willingham Elwood of Phila, MS; Paula Elwood Boatner of Phila, MS and Amanda Elwood Beckham, Shannon of Phila, MS; son, Mike Elwood of Meridian, MS; (4) grandchildren, Pallbearers are Michael Alexander, David Ray, David White, Dewayne Davis, Billy Harbour and Danny Davis.

Mr. John Lewis Holmes Mr. John Lewis Holmes 78, passed away in Detorit MI Wednesday, September 12, 2012. He was born in Winston County, MS on May 9, 1933 and was retired from General Motors.

Mr. Holmes funeral was held at New Zion M. B. Church Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. with burial following in the church cemetery with Rev. Donald Bryant officiating

Mr. Holmes is survived by one daughter Linda Faye Allen; one son John Lewis Holmes Jr. both of Omaha, Nebraska; four sisters, Ida Mae Miller and Jessie Mae Streety both of Louisville, MS, Margaret Stubbs of Jackson, MS, and Sarah Mayfield of TN, also three special nieces.

William & Hampton Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Minnie Bell Blake Mrs. Minnie Bell Blake 74, passed at Pioneer Community Hospital in Ackerman Thursday, September 20, 2012. Mrs. Blake funeral was held at Center Grove Baptist Church Saturday, September 22, 2012 at 11:00 A.M. with burial following in the Center Grove Cemetery with Revs. Joel Hudson and Eddie Dodd officiating.

She was a member of Center Grove Baptist Church.

Mrs Blake is survived by her husband Joe Ray Blake of Ackerman,MS; two daughters, Jerry Jackson of Ackerman, MS and JoAnn King of Water Valley, MS ; five grandsons and one great-grandson; two sisters Louise Cooper of Eupora, MS and Addie Shepherd of Mathiston, MS

Coleman Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Lora Ann Goodin

Mrs. Lora Ann Goodin, 80, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012, at her residence in the Nanih Waiya community. Funeral services were held at 11:00 A.M. on Friday, September 21, 2012 at Porter Funeral Home, with Rev. Jason Gross, Rev. Mike Ingram, Rev. Bobby Joe Butler, and Rev. Gerald Butler officiating. Interment was in Good Hope Cemetery.

Mrs. Goodin was born August 25, 1932, in Winston County, Mississippi. She was a homemaker and a member of Good Hope Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mattie P. and A. B. Moody; brothers, Cloyse (Thelma) Moody, Forest (Sallie) Moody, Edmond (Mildred) Moody, Bobbie (Jessie) Moody; a sister, Myrrha (Lester) Jarvis; and a brother-in-law, Vance Boyles.

She is survived by her husband, Robert C. “Bob” Goodin, Sr. of Louisville; a daughter, Rhonda (James) Hunt of Louisville; a son, Robert C. Goodin, Jr. of Louisville; three grandchildren, Dawn Hunt, Caleb Hunt, and Bridget Hunt; two great grandchildren, Gracie Perkins and Carter Hunt; a sister, Inez Boyles of Louisville; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers were Caleb Hunt, Ronnie Boyles, Wayne Moody, Woody Moody, John Moody, Gerald Ray Goodin, Chuck Goodin, John Catt, Ellis Houston, Christopher Moody, and Billy Moody. Memorials may be made to the Good Hope Cemetery Fund, c/o Billy Moody, 11766 Hwy 490, Louisville, MS 39339.

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Louise Smith Jones March 3, 1933 – August 28, 2012

Memorial services were held at 11:00 a.m Saturday, September 8, 2012 at Jones & Son Funeral Home Chapel in Hattiesburg, for Mrs. Louise Smith Jones, 79, of Hattiesburg who died August 28, 2012 at her residence. Burial was in the Corinth Baptist Church Cemetery in Purvis with Rev. Brian Williamson officiating.

Louise was a member of the Hattiesburg Women’s Bowling Association Hall of Fame at Southern Lanes. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Nathan and Lily Mae (Sullivan) Smith; a daughter, Donna Jones Herrin; son-in-law, Jimmy Hodges; one brother and three sisters.

She is survived by her husband, Charlie Dean Jones of Hattiesburg; two daughters, Charlene (Donald) Bennett of Sumrall and Eva Dell Hodges of Purvis; two sisters, Lucille Garrard and Dora Mae Wedaman, both of Louisville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

When I’m Gone When I come to the end of my journey And I travel my last weary mile, Just forget if you can, that I ever frowned And only remember the smile. Forget unkind words I have spoken; Remember some good I have done. Forget that I ever had heartache And remember I’ve had loads of fun. Forget that I’ve stumbled and blundered And sometimes fell by the way. Remember I have fought some hard battles And won, ere the close of the day. Then forget to grieve for my going, I would not have you sad for a day. But in summer just gather some flowers And remember the place where I lay, And come in the shade of evening When the sun paints the sky in the west. Stand for a few moments beside me And remember only my best.

Mrs. Catherine Slawson Vaughn

Mrs. Catherine Slawson Vaughn, 74, entered the Greater Life on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at her residence in Union, Mississippi. Visitation was Monday, September 24, 2012, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Nowell-Massey Funeral Home in Louisville, Mississippi. Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 25, 2012, in the Nowell-Massey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Jerry Lundy, Rev. Wayne Hill, and Rev. Johnny Collins officiating. Interment will be in Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Vaughn was born on October 23, 1937. She lived in the Nanih Waiya area for 50 years and was a member of Harmony Baptist Church. She was also a member of Neshoba Baptist Church. Special thanks to Quality Hospice for their special care.

Mrs. Vaughn is survived by three sons, Randy Slawson of Hendersonville, Tennessee, Paul Slawson and wife, Jessica, of Henderson, Kentucky, and Wayne Slawson and wife, Jennifer of Ashland City, Tennessee; daughter, Vicky Higginbotham of Noxapater, Mississippi; two step-daughters, Janice Usry (Ernest) and Brenda McRorey both of Union, Mississippi; one sister, Lexie Barnes Craft of Raleigh, Mississippi; and three brothers, John Barnes of Chicago, Illinois, Robert Barnes and wife, Loretta, of Langley, Oklahoma, and Eddie Barnes of Ackerman, Mississippi. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Marvin Slawson and Fred Vaughn; her parents, Bill and Ethel Fortenberry Barnes; a son, Michael R. “Mike” Slawson; and her brother, Hulon “Pete” Barnes.

Pallbearers were Billy Charles Stokes, Lavern Green, Justin Kitchens, Carl Noel Stokes, David Foster, and Charles Henry Stokes.

Memorials may be given to American Cancer Society, 532 E. Main Street, Louisville, Mississippi, 39339.

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

Mr. Richard L. “Dick” Still

Mr. Richard L. “Dick” Still, 84, died Thursday, September 20, 2012, at his home in Jackson, MS. Funeral services were held Sunday, September 23rd, at 3:00 P.M. at First Presbyterian Church in Louisville, with Dr. Bob Schwanebeck and Rev. Scott Phillips officiating. Interment was in Masonic Cemetery in Louisville. Porter Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Still was born July 9, 1928, in Rhode Island. He attended Annapolis, Maryland High School, where he was class Valedictorian. He received his B.S. degree in EE from the U. S. Naval Academy. He then received his law degree from George Washington Law School. He was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corp, 1st 90 AA Gun Battalion. He served during the Korean War and was shot down in 1951 on a mission for the Air Corps. He was held as a POW under the North Koreans and Chinese. He served in the Honor Guard under the U. S. Navy. He was a Lt. Colonel in the U. S. Marine Corp. From 1971 to 1988, he served as the General Counsel for the Banking Commission in the U. S. House of Representatives, as well as other Congressional posts. He and his wife, Ann, moved to Louisville, MS, and he was an Asst. Professor of Business Law at Mississippi State University from 1988 to 2008. Upon retirement from Mississippi State University, he and his wife, Ann, moved to Jackson, MS. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Louisville.

Mr. Still is survived by his wife, Ann McIntyre Still of Jackson, MS; five daughters, Sally Sciacca of Alexandria, VA, Susan Protich of Newport News, VA, Elizabeth Rives of Arlington, VA, Molly Venezia of Piscataway, NJ, and Mary Still of Reston, VA; a step-daughter, Ruth Ryder of Alexandria, VA; a sister, Jackie Lithgow of Virginia; seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren. Pallbearers were Niles McNeel, Jason McNeel, Taylor McNeel, Dr. Glen Peters, John Sharp, Phil Cook, and Dr. J. E. Calloway.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, Louisville, MS.

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