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Simmons, Geraldine Hart  
Geraldine Hart Simmons Hattiesburg, MS Geraldine Hart Simmons was born June 29, 1938 in Wiggins, MS to Gerald and Sara Hart. The family later moved to Hattiesburg where Geraldine continued to live until her death on December 16, 2014. Geraldine was a graduate of Hattiesburg High School. During her career, she worked at Forrest General Hospital in insurance claims before securing a position at South Central Bell where she worked for 30 years until her retirement. Geraldine and her family grew up attending Broad Street United Methodist Church and when it relocated, the family moved their memberships to Parkway Heights United Methodist Church. Geraldine was an active member of the music ministry for many years, singing in the choir and playing handbells. Geraldine was an excellent seamstress, sewing clothing and eventually taking an interest in quilting. As a member of the quilt guild in Hattiesburg, Geraldine shared her talent with others, making quilts for special occasions and as gifts for her grandnieces and nephews. Geraldine's pastime in retirement was genealogical research, traveling to cemeteries and county seats to discover new branches of the family tree. Geraldine loved her family dearly and is survived by her son, Jerry Clifton (Jay) Simmons, Jr. of Hattiesburg; her "baby" brother, Herbert Allen Hart (Jennifer) of Petal ; her niece, Ann Hart Laughlin (Ned, Edwin, Harris, and Nealy) of Memphis, and nephew, John Gerald Hart (Nikki, Ryder and Allie) of Petal. Services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday with visitation beginning at 12:00 noon at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will be at Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg. Memorials may be made to Edwards Street Fellowship Center, 1919 Edwards Street, P.O. Box 17532, Hattiesburg, MS 39404, www.esfcntr.org
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Dec. 18, 2014
Smith, Bobby  
Bobby Smith Huntsville, AL Bobby has gone home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Bobby was born in Chamblee, Georgia to M.E. and Inez Smith in 1929. He went to the Citadel at the age of 16 and following graduation served in the Air Force for 35 years retiring as a Colonel. He was initially assigned to Keesler Air Force Base and later to various bases around the world. His final assignment was Commander, Defense Communications Agency at Scott AFB, Illinois. Following his retirement from the Air Force in 1985, Bobby served 15 years as the Dyncorps Corporation lead for communication services for the Department of the Treasury. He was married for 63 years to "His darling" Joan Anderson Smith. They were both professional water skiers in the 1950s. Bobby was a consummate communicator and an old school gentleman who served the nation and his family with both grace and wit. Bobby earned his black belt in karate in his sixties along with his grandson Bryan. He also taught Tai Chi for two decades up to 12 times a week at various churches and the Balance Center in Huntsville, helping those with mobility problems improve their quality of life. He gave up this passion only six months ago due to declining health. His son, Matthew Eliot Smith, preceded him in death. His wife, Joan Anderson Smith and his daughter, Phala Lea Patton-Reed and her husband Joe and his daughter in law, Shana Smith, survive him. He is also survived by his grandchildren, who were the light of his life: Bryan James Patton and fiancée Taylor Waters, Kelsey Joan Stenberg and husband Jacob, Eryn Elizabeth Patton and fiancé Donnie Decker, Phala Grace Reed, Kirsten Failing, Mason Smith, Ian Brunson Reed, and Keith Long. Also cherishing his memory are Peggy and Jack Weldy, Wilma and Ray Anderson, Brenda Rhodes, and a host of friends and extended family. In lieu of flowers the family ask that contributions be made in Bobby's name to either Samaritan's Purse or the charity of your choice. A celebration of his life will be held at Whitesburg Baptist Church South Campus on Friday, December 19, 2014 at 10:00am. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Dec. 17, 2014
Smith, Mary B.  
Mary B. Smith Petal Mary B. Smith, 69, of Petal, died December 16, 2014, at Perry County Nursing Center. Visitation will be Thursday, December 18, 2014, at Moore Funeral Home in Petal, from 11 a.m. until the service at 3 p.m. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery. Mrs. Smith worked in food services with the Petal School District and was a member of Ovett United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald D. Smith; a son, David Allen Smith; a grandson, Christopher Allen Smith; her parents, Rev. L. B. Robinson, Sr. and Mary Farmer; and five brothers, L.B. Robinson, Jr., Bobby Robinson, Gene Robinson, James Robinson and Jerry Robinson. She is survived by three sons, Timothy Dale Smith, Billy Wayne Smith and Stephen Smith all of Petal; four sisters, Ann Blair and Nema Kirk both of Petal, Peggy Lewis of Ovett and Janet Holmes of Foxworth; one brother, Timothy Robinson; five grandsons, Timothy, David, Dusty, Caden and Jared; two great-grandchildren, Christopher Dale and Kensley Grace; and numerous nieces and nephews.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Dec. 18, 2014
Snider, Thomas  
Mr. Thomas Esmond Snider Hattiesburg, MS Mr. Thomas Esmond Snider, 83, of Hattiesburg, passed away on Friday, December 12, 2014. The only son of Herbert Thomas Snider, a Louisiana Tugboat Captain and Sarah Brook Shill Snider. Tom was born in Slidell, Louisiana on November 29, 1931 and grew up, explored and embraced the culture of Southern Louisiana in his early years. His Cajun heritage remained a great point of pride with him throughout his life for all who knew him. His family moved north to Mississippi, and after graduating from Lumberton High School, his analytical, technical and mechanical aptitude landed him a job with Brown and Root in southeastern Texas and the Atomic Energy Commission in Dallas, Texas. There he remained until returning to Mississippi and joining the team of Hercules, Incorporated, where he worked first as a mechanical engineer then ultimately as Maintenance Shop Supervisor. Tom was active in his community and served in numerous organizations and capacities, including President of the Forrest County School Board and the North Forrest Fire Protection District. His career at Hercules spanned forty years and upon retirement from Hercules, he turned his attention to what was close to his heart, his family, his home and his hobbies, which were, horticulture and gardening, woodworking, fishing and working on all things mechanical. Tom was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter, Grahame Brooke Snider. He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Joann "Boots" Travis Snider; three sons, Monroe Snider of Hattiesburg, Mickey Snider of Haughton, LA and Tommy Snider, Jr. of Shreveport, LA; three daughters, Jacque Childs of Waveland, Diann Burnside of Hattiesburg and Tammy Buchanan of Hattiesburg; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg on Sunday, December 14, 2014 beginning at 12:30 P.M. prior to the formal services will be held at 2:00 P.M. Interment will be in Quick Cemetery on Monroe Road. Memorials may be made in his memory to Glendale United Methodist Church 2215 Glendale Ave. Hattiesburg, MS 39401.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Dec. 13, 2014
Street, John  
John Robert Street Gulfport On May 11, 1990, God blessed this world with the presence of John Robert Street "John John". John grew to be a boy with more energy than most had seen. As a child he loved cartoons, strawberry milk, and television. He loved his stuffed bunny. He always had a smile and blared cartoons at two am. He grew to be a fine athlete and son. He attended Perry Central High School and graduated from the National Guard Youth Challenge Academy. Within 24 hours of his graduation and after six months of being away from his family, he began his Training with the United States Marine Corps at Parris Island, SC. During his tenure in boot camp he sustained a severe injury to his foot but refused to quit. His drive and determination led to his meritorious promotion upon graduation. Between his deployments with the USMC, he worked commercial construction. He worked so hard, his fellow workers took his hard hat from him and wrote with a Sharpie "I'm a real go-getter". He began working at the Stone County Sheriff's Department Regional Correctional Facility. Then, when the opportunity presented itself, he attended the Southern Regional Public Safety Institute. He was hired by the Wiggins Police Department at the age of 20. He attended Harrison County Police Academy where he successfully graduated. John continued his duties as a Wiggins Police Officer until he became a patrol officer with Lucedale Police Department. He joined the George County Sheriff's Office as a part-time officer as well. He was proud to be associated with his superiors and fellow officers in the police and sheriff's departments. After six years with the USMC, John transferred to the Mississippi Army National Guard, where he served among his fellow soldiers with pride. John continued his education with Liberty University and was near to his goal of being an ordained minister to share his love of Christ with everyone. There is no single word which can be used to describe John. However, there are a few pieced together that begin to give a picture of John such as humble, strong, caring, generous, unconditional love, trustworthy, Disciple of Christ, Soulmate, and Hero. He was a traveling man who loved many and hated none. On Tuesday, December 16th, 2014, John was called home to The Lord while in the line of duty with the George County Sheriff's Department. John leaves behind a four year old boy who has as much or more energy as John did as a child, is his spitting image and has his daddy's heart. He has a sweet four month old boy who will only quit crying at the sound of his daddy's voice and a loving wife who he claimed made the best brownies in God's creation. He loved his little brothers unconditionally, and would protect them at any cost. His brothers saw him as their hero. Those who were there to meet John in Heaven, after he touched the face of the Lord, include his grandfather, Harold C. Street, Jr. Those who remain and grieving include his wife, Donielle Trees Street, his oldest son, Michael Andrew Street, and his youngest child, Logan James Street. Those who support them include his brothers, Ryan C. Street (Lindsey) of Petal, Adam L. Street of Wiggins, his parents, Adam R. Street (Jennifer) of Wiggins, and Cheryl Akins (Tracy) of Pass Christian, his mother-in-law, Laurie Trees (Stephen Bishop) of Gulfport, and his brother-in-law, Steven Trees. Other family who will continue to keep his memory alive include great-grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and nieces. The entire family will continue to think of John John as Superman and through the grace of God, there is no Kryptonite. He was a proud father, a rocking husband, and a superhero to his parents and siblings. John is known to have scores of friends of which he called each and every one family. Visitation will be held on Friday, December 19, 2014, from 5pm until 8pm at First Baptist Church in Gulfport, 12190 Highway 605. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, December 20, 2014, at 10am at First Baptist Church in Gulfport, where family and friends may visit one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow at Floral Hills Cemetery in Gulfport. RIEMANN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 11280 Three Rivers Road in Gulfport, served the family. Tributes may be offered at www.riemannfamily.com
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Dec. 18, 2014
Sumrall, Martha Nell Ford  
Martha Nell Ford Sumrall Sumrall, MS Services will be held at 11:00 AM Thursday at Hulett-Winstead Sumrall Chapel for Mrs. Martha Nell Ford Sumrall, 87, of Sumrall. She died Monday, December 15, 2014 at Forrest General Hospital. Interment will be in Military Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Surmall retired after 45 years with Big Yank Corp. and former employee of Reliance Manufacturing Co. She was a member of Military Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, R.E. Sumrall, Jr.; one son, R.E. Sumrall, III and one daughter, Barbara Hall. She is survived by two daughters, Dianne Helton (George) of Seminary and Linda Downing (Joe) of Ovett; three sisters, Sarah Sullivan of Bassfield, Mary Alice Broom of Columbia, and Inez Keen of Hattiesburg; two brothers, Willie "Bill" Ford of Hattiesburg and Reggie Ford of Hattiesburg; four grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Military Baptist Church Building Fund, 1520 Oloh Road, Sumrall, MS 39482. Visitation will be 5:00-9:00 PM Wednesday at Hulett-Winstead Sumrall Chapel.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Dec. 17, 2014
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