2006-10-19 / Obituaries

Area Obituaries

Presnall

Booker T. Presnall, 84, of Grove Hill died Oct. 9, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary Medical Center.

He was born June 18, 1922 in Grove Hill. He was a member of Orange Hill Baptist Church where he served faithfully as a deacon until his health failed. He was retired from Scotch Lumber Company in Fulton after many years of employment.

Survivors include his step-daughter, Irma Love, Mobile; one brother, James Presnall, Flint, Mich.; eight sisters, Mary (Willie James) Sails and Inez Hill, both of Detroit, Mich., Delois Robinson, Marguerite Lewis and Eunice Mathews, all of Grove Hill, Annie Ruth Edgar, Ann Hampton, both of Flint, Mich., Corain McCall, Springfield, Mass.; five grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; eight great-great-grandchildren; a devoted nephew, Walldell Presnall, Grove Hill; a devoted friend, Kristie Mays, Grove Hill; a host of nephews, nieces, and friends.

The service was Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Orange Hill Baptist Church with Rev. James Barron officiating. Burial was in the Orange Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. Andrews Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Campbell

Geraldine Bailey Campbell, 78, of Leroy died Oct. 11, 2006 at her residence.

She was born Dec. 16, 1927. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband, Herbert P. Campbell, Leroy; two sons, Louis A. Rhodes, Helena, Thomas O. Campbell, Mobile; one daughter, Theresa Elaine Leech, Clifton, Va.; six grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Rebecca Anne Rhodes.

A graveside service was Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. in the New Leroy Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. James Watkins officiating. Lathan Funeral Home of Jackson directed.

Active pallbearers were Elaine Leech, John Leech, Tommy Campbell, Louis Rhodes, Ben Rhodes, Amy Rhodes, Elizabeth Rhodes and Ashley Leech.

Bennett

Warren Neal Bennett, 48, of Thomasville died Oct. 13, 2006 at Providence Hospital in Mobile.

He was born Sept. 12, 1958 in Grove Hill. He was a member of the Dickinson Baptist Church. He was employed at Weyerhaeuser where he worked as a millwright.

Survivors include his wife, Debbie Bennett, Thomasville; his mother, Shirley Ann Epperson, Marion; two sons, Keith Bennett, Marc Bennett, both of Fulton; one daughter, Rhonda Flowers, Fulton; two brothers, Eddie Bennett, Dickinson, Mike Bennett, Marion; two grandmothers, Naomi Madison, Marion, Azalea Bennett, Thomasville; two grandchildren.

A graveside service was Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. in the Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery with Revs. Billy Cardwell, Bill Faircloth and Mark Lambert officiating. O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home of Thomasville directed.

Active pallbearers were Tommy Walker, Kyle Patton, Perry McKinley, Terry McKinley, Randy Garrick and Dean Garrick.

Eames

Minnie Lucille Eames, 91 of Grove Hill died Oct. 13, 2006 at her residence.

She was born March 14, 1915 in Fayette County. She was a member of the Okalona Methodist Protestant Church. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Terry Leevon Stephens, Toxey; one daughter, Ida Baker, Grove Hill; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

The service was Oct. 16 at 11 a.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Revs. David Guy and Ronnie Giles officiating. Burial was in the Henley Cemetery in Fulton.

Active pallbearers were Buck Loftis, Harold Smith, Virgil Goodman, Bruce Phillips, Perry Calloway and Elga Goodman.

Honorary pallbearer was Eudell Dungan.

Smith

Evie Mae Smith, 86, of Chickasaw died Oct. 9, 2006 at Mobile Infirmary.

She was born April 30, 1920 in Chilton. She was a faithful member of College Park Baptist Church and the BYKOTA Sunday School Class. She was a homemaker. Her hobbies included gardening and needlework.

Survivors include one sister, Sudie (Oliver) O'Neal, Mobile; one nephew, Kenneth Walker Smith, Gulf Breeze, Fla.; four nieces, Janice (Greg) Beck, Cantonment, Fla., Theresa (Philip) Friday, Pensacola, Fla., Dr. Colleen (Dr. Paul W.) Sanders, Vestavia Hills, Lisa (Michael) Lyons, Fairhope; three great-nephews; five great-nieces; two great-great-nieces.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Lula Cassity Smith and her brother, Walter Gray Smith.

The service was Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. at the chapel of O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home with Rev. Michael R. Bedford officiating. Burial was in the Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Thomasville.

Active pallbearers were Paul Sanders, Gaines Smith, Gray Smith, Lloyd Gaddy and Monroe Smith.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the BYKOTA Sunday School Class of College Park Baptist Church.

Cleveland

James Mason Cleveland, 68, of Thomasville died Sept. 30, 2006 at a Mobile hospital.

He was born June 9, 1938. He was a United States Army Veteran and member of the Fairmont Hall Lodge #92 Free and Accepted Masons. He was retired from the Department of Defense as a computer analyst at the Pentagon.

Survivors include three daughters, Cheryl (Alvin) Tucker Sr., Cynthia (Roger) Fields, Crystal Ansar, all of Maryland; one sister, Cynthia Glenn; his former wife and caregiver, Mildred Cleveland Kennedy, Thomasville; five grandchildren.

The service was Oct. 7 at 12 noon at the Thomasville Church of God in Christ with Bishop Peter Wren officiating. Burial was in the New Hope Cemetery in Thomasville. Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home directed.

Davis

Susie Pruitt Davis, 94, of Thomasville died Oct. 9, 2006 at the Thomasville Nursing Facility.

She was born June 12, 1912. She was a member of Williams Temple C.M.E. Church of Thomasville. She was a retired homemaker.

Survivors include one son, Archie (Evelyn) Pruitt; one daughter, Shelly (Leslie) Jackson; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

The service was Oct. 14 at 12 noon at Williams Temple C.M.E. Church with Rev. Tommie L. Jackson officiating. Burial was in the Miles Chapel/Williams Temple Cemetery in Thomasville. Thomasville Memorial Funeral Home directed.

Martin

Bernard Martin Sr., was born on July 21, 1933, to the late Boise and Alice Martin in Grove Hill, AL. He was the youngest of 13 children, eleven of whom preceded him in death. He grew up in the Mt. Zion Community where he worshipped at the Mt. Zion #2 Baptist Church. Bernard Martin passed away Wednesday, October 4, 2006 in Gautier, MS at the age of 73.

Bernard attended Barnette Institute, Wilson Hall High School, and Alabama A & M University. He was known for his athleticism, scholarship, and quick wit. After serving in the U.S. Military, 143rd Airborne Division, he moved to Trenton, NJ in 1957, where he worked for the State of New Jersey for 36 years, retiring in 1993. In 1996, Bernard reunited with Irma Deese West, a long-time friend. They were married on October 24, 1997, and relocated to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and presently, Gautier, Mississippi in 1999.

Bernard leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Irma; a sister, Clara Bell Pugh, Grove Hill, AL; a son, Bernard Martin, Jr., Las Vegas, NV; and a daughter, Debra Martin, Piscataway, NJ. He will be fondly remembered by Irma's children, Ida (Riccardo) Patterson, and Dorsey West, East Hazel Crest, IL and Charles (Jeaneen) West, Pembroke Pines, FL; and grandchildren, Charles and Nicolas. He will be dearly missed by his many nieces, nephews, and dear friends from coast to coast.

In his career with the State of New Jersey, Bernard was actively involved in leadership with the Communications Workers of America, Local 1040, The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and the Coalition of Black Trades Unions. He received numerous awards and commendations for his service to the state of NJ as well as the unions.

Upon relocating to Mississippi, Bernard united with First M.B. Church Handsboro, Gulfport, MS, while actively supporting his home church, Mt. Zion #2 Baptist Church, Grove Hill.

A visitation was held 6-8 PM Friday, October 13, 2006, at First Missionary Baptist Church of Handsboro, 1100 East Pass Road, Gulfport, MS.

Funeral services were noon, Saturday, October 14, 2006, at Mt. Zion #2 Baptist Church, 2930 Mt. Zion Rd. in Grove Hill, AL, where the pastor, Rev. Corey Pruitt officiated. Rev. S. V. Adolph, pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church of Handsboro in Gulfport, MS delivered the eulogy. Visitation was at Mt. Zion one hour prior to the funeral. Burial was at Magnolia Lawn Cemetery in Grove Hill.

Care of my husband is entrusted only to the professionalism of Marshall Funeral Home.

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