September 8th 2010
Debra Jean Gary, 51, died Saturday, Sept. 4, 2010 at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson after a long and brave battle with brain cancer.
Visitation is today from 1-2 p.m. at Stricklin-King Funeral Home.
Funeral services will follow at the Stricklin-King Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ken Lynch and Dr. Ruth Frederick officiating. Burial will follow at Fletcher's Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Ms. Gary was born August 23, 1959 in Yazoo City. She graduated with honors from Yazoo City High School in 1977 before earning a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Environmental Science in 1983 and a Masters of Science degree in Natural Sciences in 1984 at Delta State University.
After graduation, Debra lived in Greenville and worked at the Stoneville Research Center in Leland until her retirement in 2000. She later moved to Brandon and did office work for her dear friend and physician, Dr. Ruth Frederick from 2002 until 2010.
Debra was a dedicated sponsor with Children International and was very proud of Elaine P. Silagon of the Philippines, who she sponsored for over 10 years. She was also a "Partner in Hope" with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and a member of Short Creek Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her father, J.B. Gary; her maternal grandparents, John and Lerlean Wigley; and her paternal grandparents, A. B. and Jennie Gary, all of Yazoo City.
Survivors include her mother, May W. Gary of Brandon; her brother, Ben Gary (Glenda) of Yazoo City; her sister, Patsy Gary (Mike) of Florence; her nephew, Brian Gary (Gabriel); and great-nephew Andrew Gary of Yazoo City.
Serving as pallbearers are Melinda Bingham, Joanna Taylor and Karen Wallace.
Debra's family would like to express their deepest appreciation to Rev. Ken Lynch, Dr. Ruth Frederick and her staff, as well as the staff at St. Dominic Hospital and Hospice Ministries for the excellent and loving care given to them and their beloved family member.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital at 501 St. Jude Place in Memphis, TN 38105.
Sarah Cooper Lear Morrisette died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2010 at home in Yazoo City.
A graveside service celebrating her was held Monday at Glenwood Cemetery. Sebrell Funeral Home in Ridgeland was entrusted with arrangements.
Mrs. Morrisette was born January 10, 1919, in Yazoo City to John and Sallie Lear. She attended Yazoo Elementary School and graduated from Yazoo City High School in 1936. She enjoyed two years of college at Sophie Newcomb in New Orleans and graduated from Ole Miss in 1940. She was a Chi Omega.
The bright lights, fashion industry and excitement of New York City during World War II attracted her there after her college education. It was there, while working as a designer model for Claire McCardell, that she was introduced to Lieutenant Ronald A. Morrisette, who was a filmmaker with the Signal Corps in the U.S. Army.
They fell in love and were married in New York, before returning to Yazoo City to live. Later on, after several years in New Orleans, Sarah and Ron traveled throughout the Caribbean on a tramp steamer. They bought land on beautiful St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, created a West Indian style home from an old Danish ruin and raised their two sons there. Over the years, may spiritual kindred friends composed of writers, artists, actors and other creative types were entertained at Sarah’s hillside home overlooking Cruz Bay and Pillsbury Sound. She loved the sunsets from the gallery and the moon rises seen from her kitchen’s back door. She was a lover of jazz and was an excellent dancer. She was a unique and beautiful human being who was at peace when she transcended from this physical world.
Sara was preceded in death in 1970 by her husband, Ron.
Survivors include two sons and two granddaughters, Ron Morrisette of Sarasota, Fla. and Yazoo City, and Brian Morrisette and his daughters of St. John, V.I.
The family is extremely grateful to Frankie Brown for his warm, loving and compassionate care for the last year of her unique life.
She was interested in the preservation of the environment for future generations and in caring for humane treatment of homeless animals and people.
Memorials may made to organizations such as ASPCA, the Humane Society, Defenders of Wildlife Society or the Animal Rescue League, 4395 South Drive, Jackson, MS 39209.
Rebecca Ann Pigg Smith, 73, died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2010 after a lengthy illness.
Visitation is today from 9-11 a.m. at Stricklin-King Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services will follow at Bethlehem Cemetery.
Mrs. Smith was born and raised in Yazoo County and was employed for many years by the Yazoo City Public Schools and First Methodist Day Care. Ann recently had moved to Jackson to be near her son and his family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward “G.B.” Lewis Smith; her son, Eddie; and her daughter, Debbie; as well as several siblings.
Survivors include her son, Ricky Smith (Sharon); her granddaughters, Sarah Elizabeth and McKenzie Grace Smith; her brother, Clifton Pigg (Carrie May); her sister, Eugenia Parker; her sister-in-law, Bertha Pigg; and many nieces and nephews.
The family wishes to express special appreciation to Ann’s niece, Brenda Martin, for her loving and devoted care. Memorials may be made in Ann’s name to the giver’s favorite charity.
EARL TAYLOR Sr.
Earl Taylor Sr., 56, died Thursday, Aug. 26, 2010.
Funeral services were Sept. 2 at the St. James Church of God in Christ in Como with Elder Jonathan Wiley officiating. Burial followed at the Mt. Level M.B. Church Cemetery under the direction of Scott Funeral Home.
Mr. Taylor was born January 20, 1954 in Tate County to the late Meriweather Sr. and Arrie Mae Herron-Taylor.
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Jackie Taylor and Brenda Taylor.
Survivors include his wife, Juster Mae Taylor; three daughters, Shirley Taylor of Senatobia, and Teresa and Alexis Taylor, both of Como; two sons, Earl Taylor and Jackie Taylor, both of Como; two brothers, Meriweather Taylor Jr. (Ruby) of Como and Johnny Taylor of Orange Park, Fla.; five sisters, Dorothy Taylor-Hall (Rainy) of Chicago, Ethel Jackson of Senatobia, Marianne Jackson-Moss of Memphis, Tenn., and Rosie and Jean Hemphill, both of Minneapolis, Minn.; 10 grandchildren; and a host of other friends and relatives.
Serving as pallbearers were Earl Taylor Jr., Rickie Taylor, Meriweather Taylor and Manuel Taylor.