Obituaries for Dec. 29, 1999

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 28, 1999

Obituaries published in The Natchez Democrat


Paul T. Huddleston

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Oct. 23, 1931 — Dec. 28, 1999

HEIDELBERG — Graveside services for Paul T. Huddleston,68, of Perkinston, who died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at the V.A. Hospital in Biloxi, will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Heidelberg Cemetery with the Rev. John Smith officiating.

Visitation will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Memory Chapel Funeral Home in Laurel.

Mr. Heidelberg was a retired oil field worker with Masonite Corportion and served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Opal Huddleston.

Survivors include two brothers, Dr. Harvey T. Huddleston of Shreveport, La., and Jerry E. Huddleston of Natchez; a sister, Gwenda Cooley of Natchez; and a number of neices and nephews.

Walter E. Joy

July 5, 1918 — Dec. 28, 1999

Services for Walter E. Joy, 81, of Natchez, who died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999, at Natchez Regional Medical Center, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at First United Pentecostal Church.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at Laird Funeral Home. Arrangements are incomplete at Laird Funeral Home.

W.L. Crum

March 29, 1925 — Dec. 27, 1999

FERRIDAY, La. — Services for W.L. &uot;Dub&uot; Crum, 74, of Ridgecrest, who died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, in Madison, will be at 2 p.m. today at Young’s Funeral Home with the Rev. Bobby Cruse officiating.

Burial will follow at Tiffee Family Cmeetery.

Mr. Crum was born March 29, 1925, in Clayton, the son of Basker and Bessie Crum. He was retired from Ashland Oil Co. He was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran of World War II, an avid sportsman and baseball coach, and a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Dixie Crum of Ridegcrest; a son, Ronnie Crum of Ridgecrest; two daughters, Linda C. Payne and Kim C. Brasher of Madison; two brothers, Russell Crum of Monterey and Ernest Crum of Ferriday; two sisters, Melanie Sibley of Ferriday and Jeanie Hale of Kerrville, Texas; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Rusty Crum, Jimmy Dinger, Tommy Tiffee, Norman Ray Pecanty, Jay Tiffee and Terry Tiffee. Honorary pallbearers will be Oscar McNeeley, Vic Mahoney, Buck Morgan, George Perry, Van Osbourn, E.W. Horton and Dennis Thomas.

Marjorie Dickerson Williams

Jan. 9, 1917 — Dec. 27, 1999

Services for Marjorie Dickerson Williams, 82, of Natchez, who died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at Natchez Regional Medical Center, will be at 11 a.m., Thursday Dec. 30, at Laird Funeral Home, with the Revs. Tony Mullins and Rusty Bowlin officiating.

Burial will be at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Cemetery in Eddiceton. Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Mrs. Williams was born Jan. 9 ,1917, in Kola, the daughter of Guy D. and Juanita Todd Dickerson.

She was a member of Cranfield Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her first husband, Ernest Scott; one daughter, Joan Sandra Scott, one brother, Guy Dickerson and one sister Mildred Motley.

Survivors include her husband, Ira Williams of Natchez; one stepdaughter, Irene Smith of Roxie; one stepson, Carroll Williams, Roxie; two sisters, Cecile Herring of McCall Creek and Doris Snipes of Tuscaloosa, Ala; one brother, Ralph Dickerson of Laurel; five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Glenn Arnold, Ronnie Douglas, Chadwick Scott, William J. Scott, William E. Scott, Jimmy Jones, Raymond Scott and Larry Dickerson.

The family requests memorials be made to a charity of one’s choosing.

James Ross

FERRIDAY, La. — Funeral arrangements for James Ross, 63, of Ferriday, who died Monday, Dec. 27, 1999, at the Veterans Medical Center in Alexandria, are incomplete at Concordia Funeral Home of Ferriday.

Patricia Wilds Myers

June 27, 1924 — Dec. 28, 1999

ST. JOSEPH, La. — Services for Patricia Wilds Myers, 75, of St. Joseph, who died Tuesday, Dec. 28, 1999 at St. Francis Cabrini Medical Center in Alexandria, will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father John Cunningham and Father Antony Aelavanthara officiating.

Burial will be in Natchez City Cemetery under the direction of Laird Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today and a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. today at the funeral home in Natchez.

Mrs. Myers was born June 27, 1924, in Natchez to Oliver Newton and Alice Robinson Wilds Sr. She was a member of the Tensas Development Board, Tensas Garden Club, Natchez Garden Club, St. Joseph Cosmopolitan Club and Lake Bruin Country Club.

She was on the advisory council of the Tensas Plantation Museum and Wildlife Museum and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution. She was recently appointed to the Louisiana State Park Foundation and was instrumental in the reopening of Winter Quarters, a state commemorative park.

She had served as an official hostess at The Briars during Pilgrimage for many years.

She and her husband, Paul Alexander Myers, brought the Tensas Gazette in 1953. After his death in 1964, she became publisher and editor. She retired in 1988.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was on the Ecumenical Council.

A graduate of J.M. Davidson High School in St. Joseph and attended Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans and Louisiana Tech in Ruston. She graduated from the University of Alabama.

Survivors include two sons, Paul A. &uot;Andy&uot;&160;Myers III of Gulf Breeze, Fla., and Morris Newton Myers of Temecula, Calif.; two daughters, Laura LaRue Myers Cooper of Dry Prong and Alice Robinson &uot;Robin&uot;&160;Myers of St. Joseph; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one brother, Newton Wilds of Natchez.

Pallbearers will be Allen Morse, John Crigler, Sidney Lee, Steven Green, James Payton, Richard Netterville, Paul Walker and Britt Keaney. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeremy Crigler, Robert James Lancaster, Oliver Berry, Freddy Baragona, Sean Bagwell, Jack Grace Jr., Phil Watson and William W. Watson.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Alice M. Devalt

Nov. 20, 1955 — Dec. 23, 1999

FAYETTE — Services for Alice M. Devalt, 44, of Fayette, who died Thursday, Dec. 23, 1999 at Meadville Hospital, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Rose Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Wilson Ford Sr. officiating.

Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery under the direction of West Funeral Home of Natchez.

Visitation will be from 3 to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

Mrs. Devalt was born Nov. 20, 1955 to Dessie Allen and Otis Edwards. She was a past matron of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 9.

Survivors include her husband, Michael Devalt Sr.; one son, Michael Devalt Jr.; two daughters, Michelle Devalt and April Devalt; her parents; and four sisters, Vera Edwards, Renee Edwards, Cherri Edwards and Maranda Simpson.

Pallbearers will be Gary Hall, Shelby Hall, A.J. Wyatt Jr., Franklin Jackson, Isaac Colenburg, Errol Pierce, Carl Pierce and Tony Simpson.