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Lee Jr., Perry (Buddy)  
Perry (Buddy) Lee, Jr. Lumberton, MS Services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday at Greenville Baptist Church for Mr. Perry (Buddy) Lee, Jr., 86, of Lumberton, MS. He died Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at Forrest General Hospital. Interment will be in Greenville Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Lee was a retired carpenter and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church on Highway 11 out from Purvis. He is survived by his wife, Evone Lee of Lumberton; three sons, Leroy Lee, Perry Lee, III, and Troy Lee all of Lumberton; one daughter, Debra Nightingale of Lumberton; one sister, Marcella Sistrunk of Columbia; three brothers, Marshall Lee, Billy Joe Lee, and Jimmy Dale Lee all of Lumberton; eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Visitation will begin at 5:00 PM Thursday at Greenville Bapitst Church.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Apr. 30, 2015
Livingston, Lois  
Mrs. Lois Marie Livingston Hattiesburg Lois Marie Livingston, 88, of Hattiesburg, died April 29, 2015 at Bedford Care. Mrs. Livingston was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church in Federalway Wash. She was a member of the Pine Belt Quilters, and the Petal YMCA Swim Group. She is preceded in death by her husband, James R. Livingston. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy (Rob) Robinson of Bellevue, Wash.; three sons, Dennis (Hyun) Livingston of Edgewood, Wash., Barry Livingston of Edmonds, Wash., and Kelly (Marilyn) Livingston of Hattiesburg; her brother, Robert Brandeberry of Marietta, Cal.; seven grandchildren; and three great grandchildren. A memorial Service will be held at a later date.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on May 3, 2015
Minter, Amy Bennett  
Amy Bennett Minter Petal, MS Amy Bennett Minter, 48, of Petal passed away peacefully at home on Monday, April 27, 2015. Amy was a graduate of Petal High School and Jones County Junior College. She was a member of Petal United Methodist Church and a former member of the Petal Moose Lodge. She was employed as a logistic specialist. Amy was preceded in death by her parents, Robert P. "Bob" and Carolyn June Bennett. She is survived by her loving husband, Toby Minter; their daughter, Cassidy Minter; her twin brother, Michael R. "Mike" Bennett; her sister, Angel Bennett all of Petal; Aunts, Marilyn Kinney (Charlie) and Elizabeth "Liz" Bennett of Houston, TX; mother-in-law, Jackie Pitts (J.B.) Pitts of Petal. "Her smile would light up the darkest night and warm up the coldest day." A celebration of life service will be held at 5:00 PM Wednesday with visitation beginning at 3:30 PM at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on May 3, 2015
Murphy, Mary G.  
Mary G. Murphy Hattiesburg Mary G. Murphy, 69, of Hattiesburg, died April 24, 2015, at Stone County Nursing Home. Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Monday, April 27, 2015, at Moore Funeral Chapel in Hattiesburg, followed by burial in Old Fellowship Cemetery in Jones County. Mrs. Murphy was a cashier for 27 years and of the Baptist faith. She loved to cook, meet people and window shop and she never met a stranger. Mrs. Murphy was preceded in death by her parents, Claud and Nettie Higginbotham. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy R. Murphy, Sr. of Hattiesburg; son, Jimmy R. Murphy, Jr. of Hattiesburg; sister, Wanda Faye Fullen of Ocean Springs; brothers, Timothy Higginbotham of Hattiesburg, Roy Martin Higginbotham of Oak Grove, Claudie Lavern Higginbotham of Biloxi and Henry Allen Higginbotham of Prattville, AL; sisters-in-law, Brenda Gale Williams of Denim Springs and Francis Bruce of Colorado Springs; brother-in-law, Danny Murphy (Kwuan) of Killeen, TX; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visitation will be Sunday from 5-8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Apr. 26, 2015
Nowell, Bobby Joe  
Bobby Joe Nowell Brooklyn Bobby Joe Nowell, 72, of Brooklyn, died April 30, 2015, at Wesley Medical Center. Services will be at 10 a.m., Monday, May 4, 2015, at First Baptist Church of Brooklyn followed by burial in Brooklyn Cemetery. Mr. Nowell was the owner of a small engine repair shop in Brooklyn for 20 years where he was known as the "Lawnmower Man" and "Rabbit Man". He was a member of First Baptist Church of Brooklyn and served National Guard for six years. Mr. Nowell is survived by his wife Joan "JoMama"Nowell of Brooklyn; four sons, Robby Nowell of Laurel, Tra Nowell of Brooklyn, Raymond Herrin (Rhonda) of Bakersville, CA and Ricky Herrin (Lisa) of Lumberton; three daughters, Renea Bailey (Mike) of Laurel, Rhonda Kelley (Sydney) of Carnes and Reba Taylor (Oscar) of Janice; three sisters, Barbara Byrd and Nina Craddock both of Laurel and Martha Nowell of Houston, TX; one brother, Jerry Nowell of Stockbridge, GA; 15 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and seven adopted grandchildren. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at Moore Funeral Home in Hattiesburg.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on May 3, 2015
Owen, Dr. David McIntosh  
Dr. David McIntosh Owen Hattiesburg, MS Dr. David McIntosh Owen, 79, a man of God, loving husband, father and grandfather, died unexpectedly on a trip to the Great Smoky Mountains on Monday, April 27, 2015. He left doing what he loved -- traveling with friends and photographing God's beautiful creation. Visitation will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 1, and again at 12 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home in Hattiesburg. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Hulett-Winstead with a graveside service to follow. Dr. Owen was committed to the service of Christ and the healing of man. A man of few words, he preferred doing to talking about his work and service, especially to the Hattiesburg community in the practice of internal medicine and oncology for 35 years. He was the first medical oncologist in Mississippi in private practice outside of Jackson. An avid world traveler, Dr. Owen was devoted to his wife of 52 years, Sara Ann. Known locally for his passion for growing and collecting orchids, Dr. Owen also enjoyed photographing the scenes he and Sara Ann visited in their many overseas excursions. He was born in Gulfport, MS, on Oct. 6, 1935. The son of the late Nat and Evelyn Owen, he was an Eagle Scout and a 1953 graduate of Gulfport High School. In 1957, he graduated from the University of Mississippi where he was president of the Baptist Student Union. A 1960 graduate of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Dr. Owen completed his residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in Hematology and Oncology. He and Sara Ann moved to Hattiesburg in 1966 where he joined the Hattiesburg Clinic and practiced medicine at both Forrest General Hospital and Methodist Hospital. He was board certified in Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr. Owen was Hattiesburg's first hematologist-oncologist and pioneered cancer treatment at Forrest General Hospital. He was responsible for setting up Forrest General's cancer registry, serving as its chairman from creation until his retirement in 2000. He was a founding member of the Ochsner Community Clinical Oncology Program and was actively involved in cancer clinical research. He was the longtime chairman of the local blood bank, helping to change it from a physician owned blood bank to United Blood Services. He served as president of the South Mississippi Medical Society. He also served on numerous medical boards including as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Mississippi State Medical Association and President of the Mississippi division of the American Cancer Society. Dr. Owen had been a member of First Baptist Church since his arrival in Hattiesburg. He was a devout Christian and was active in his faith. His many years of service included serving as a deacon, Church Training Director, finance committee, and as the church treasurer for several years. He was also active in the mission field leading youth trips to Belize and The Cayman Islands and three medical mission trips to Kenya. He served Mississippi Baptists on the Christian Action Commission as well as serving on the First Baptist Church Foundation for a number of years. He was past president of the Rotary Club and served in the National Guard for 10 years. Dr. Owen was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn and Nat Owen, and his sister, Gayle Owen Frank. He is survived by his wife, Sara Ann, daughter Susan Draughn (Max) of Madison, son David of Treasure Island, Florida, and son Robert (Laura) of Hattiesburg. He was blessed with eight grandchildren, Owen, Case, and Stephen Draughn of Madison; McKenzie Owen of Treasure Island, Florida; and Thomas, Logan, Brooks, and Anna Laura Owen of Hattiesburg. He is also survived by his sister, Lin Owen Jackson (Jerald) as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the University of Southern Mississippi Baptist Student Union, 118 College Drive, #5185, Hattiesburg, MS 39406, or The International Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention in care of Venture Church (First Baptist Church), 4142 Lincoln Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39402.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American from Apr. 30 to May 2, 2015
Pierce, Ouida V.  
Ouida V. Pierce Hattiesburg, MS Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday at Highland Cemetery for Mrs. Ouida V. Pierce, 91, of Hattiesburg. She died Thursday, April 23, 2015. Mrs. Pierce was preceded in death by her husband, Jack J. Pierce, Sr. She is survived by three daughters, Sandra M. Greer of Hattiesburg, Cindy Kropff of Kennesaw, GA and Kathleen Birdsong of Springfield, MO; one step-daughter, Brenda P. Kruse of Mobile, AL; one step-son, Jimmy Pierce of Hattiesburg; one sister, Rae Helveston of Gulfport; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The family wishes to extend special recognition to Valerie House and Agnes Dearman.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Apr. 26, 2015
Pulliam, Rev. Willie H.  
Rev. Willie H. Pulliam New Augusta Rev. Willie H. Pulliam, 73, of New Augusta, died April 26, 2015, at his home. Services will be at 1:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at Victory Baptist Church followed by burial in Union Cemetery. Bro. Pulliam was the pastor of Barrontown Community Church. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Cindy Pulliam; a sister, Allie Jane Loper; a brother, A.J. Pulliam; and a grandson, Jeff Granberry. He is survived by his wife, Shirley Pulliam of New Augusta; two daughters, Helen Hendry of Gatlinburg, TN and Margie Davis of Hattiesburg; two sons, Dale Pulliam and Bill Pulliam both of Hattiesburg; one sister, Minnie Robnett of Hattiesburg; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-9 p.m. at Victory Baptist Church.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American on Apr. 28, 2015
Regan, Debbie Sinopoli  
Debbie Sinopoli Regan A Memorial service celebrating the life of Debbie Sinopoli Regan will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Hattiesburg, MS on April 30 at 4:00 p.m. Debbie died March 30, and a Mass of Christian Burial was help April 2, at St. James Catholic Church in Gulfport. Interment followed at Southern Memorial Park in Biloxi. The family requests that any memorials be made to the Debbie Sinopoli Regan/Breleigh Wheat account at any branch of The First.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American from Apr. 29 to Apr. 30, 2015
Rodgers, Eddie  
Eddie W. "Coach" Rodgers Hattiesburg, MS Eddie "Coach" Rodgers, 78, of Hattiesburg, MS passed away on April 25, 2015. Eddie was born in Riderwood, Alabama on August 11, 1936 to the late Gladys Lewis and Roland Rodgers. He was also preceded in death by his foster parents Odell and Almeadie Miller, and sister Laura Adams. Eddie was in Public Education for 42 years. He was a teacher and football coach for ten years and a school administrator for twenty-two years. He coached football in Sumrall and Seminary and was an administrator in Clayton County Public Schools in GA. He is survived by Lana Rodgers, his wife of 47 years, a sister Nancy Pylant, and several cousins. Visitation will be from 9:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, April 29,2015 at Temple Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 11 o'clock. Interment will be in Coaltown Cemetery in Purvis. For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church Missions Program, 5520 Old Highway 11, Hattiesburg, MS 39402 or the Alzheimer's Association, PO Box 96673, Washington D.C. 20090-6673.
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Published in the Hattiesburg American from Apr. 27 to Apr. 29, 2015
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