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Obituaries for Friday, Dec. 26, 2003

Published 8:40pm Friday, December 26, 2003

By Staff
Retired librarian
JACKSON Mass services for Elizabeth McCarthy Duggan will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Richard of Chichester Catholic Church in Jackson. Burial will be in Lakewood Memorial Park Cemetery. Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Duggan, 71, of Meridian, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, at Riley Hospital. She was a native of Hattiesburg and a longtime resident of Jackson. She retired as a librarian with St. Richard Catholic School.
Survivors include her sons, Jim Duggan and his wife, Suzi, of Huntsville, Ala., Richard Duggan and his wife, Patricia, of Ft. Walton Beach, Fla., Dr. Fred Duggan and his wife, Melissa, of Meridian, and Jack Duggan and his wife, Hilary, of New Orleans; brothers, George W. McCarthy of Madison and Richard McCarthy and his wife, Katherine, of Hattiesburg; grandchildren, Mickey and Jimmy Duggan of Huntsville, Malia Duggan, Laurel Duggan, Pierce Duggan and Samuel Duggan, all of Fort Walton Beach, Gane Duggan, Clancy Duggan and Brady Duggan, all of Meridian.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James J. Duggan Jr. in 1981; and her parents, Frederick and Katherine Mary O'Connor McCarthy.
Memorials may be made to Hope Village for Children in Meridian or St. Richard Catholic School in Jackson.
Visitation will be today at one hour prior to the service at the church.
Homemaker
PHILADELPHIA Services for Regina Rodgers will be held today at 3 p.m. at McClain-Hays Funeral Service Chapel with the Revs. Randy Caldwell and Michael Ainsworth officiating. Burial will be in Cedarlawn Cemetery in Philadelphia.
Mrs. Rodgers, 44, of Collinsville, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, at Alliance-Laird Hospital in Union.
Survivors include her husband, Johnny Rodgers of Collinsville; daughters, Kristel Johnson of Luling, La., Janet Blalock and Ayla Rodgers, both of Collinsville; a son, Kenneth Johnson of Collinsville; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Martha Dunn of Collinsville.
Visitation will be today beginning at 8 a.m. until service time at the funeral home.
Retired owner of Hudson's Grocery
UNION Services for M.G. Hudson will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Ron Spivey officiating. Burial will be in Union City Cemetery.
Mr. Hudson, 91, of Gladewater, Texas, formerly of Union, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003, in Gladewater.
Survivors include his wife, Hazel Chamblee Hudson of Gladewater; daughters, Betty Cooksey and her husband, Eugene, and Glenda Griffin and her husband, Steve, all of White Oak, Texas; a sister, Martha Nell White of Killen, Ala.; seven grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be today 5 p.m.-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired
PHILADELPHIA Services for Joseph Lavelle Knight will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Louisville with the Revs. Dr. Don Boone and Dr. Jimmy Porter officiating. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. at Pine Grove Cemetery in the House Community. McClain-Hays Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Knight, 89, of Louisville, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003.
He was born on June 19, 1914, in the House Community of Neshoba County and lived in Louisville most of his life. He received his education from East Central Junior College in Decatur, the University of Southern Mississippi, and East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tenn.
After teaching school for six years, he was employed by the Mississippi State Board of Health where he retired after more than 40 years. He had the honor of serving two terms as president of the Mississippi Public Health Association.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Louisville, where he served as a deacon for 25 years and was named lifetime deacon. He enjoyed singing in the choir and the Louisville Quartet. He was an avid quail and dove hunter.
Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Faithy Reynolds Knight; a daughter, Faye Fancher and her husband, Emmett, of Houston, Texas; a son, Jeff Knight and his wife, Marcella, of Davenport, Okla.; grandchildren, Don Fancher and his wife, Tess, of Atlanta, Jeff Fancher and his wife, Linda, of San Antonio, Texas, Jeff Knight Jr. of San Francisco, Joseph "Joey" Knight and his wife, Ashley, of Blackwell, Okla., and Maranda Knight of Oklahoma City; great-grandchildren, Andrew Fancher, Will Fancher, Tate Fancher, Lauren Fancher and Lindsey Fancher; sisters, Opel Bryant of Starkville and Juanita Herrington of Philadelphia.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph Jefferson Knight and Sudie Knight; four sisters and two brothers.
Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired City of Meridian employee
Services for Lamar Edwards Jr. will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Berry and Gardner Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Samuel Alford officiating. Burial will be in New Hope Cemetery in Toomsuba.
Mr. Edwards, 56, of Meridian, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, in Meridian.
Survivors include his sisters, Mary Little of Chicago, Nell Nunaley of Antioch, Calif., and Pearlie Mae Cooper of Detroit; and a brother, James William Edwards of Meridian.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be today 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired
Services for John D. Phillips will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church with the Rev. Zachery Finley officiating. Burial will be in Sunset Cemetery. Hampton Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Phillips, 69, of Meridian, died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at Guardian Angel Hospice.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Eason Phillips of Meridian; children, Terrance Eason, John Eason, Louis Eason, Mark Eason, Calos Eason and Monique Eason, all of Meridian, Rosie Phillips, Nicole Phillips and Ann Phillips, all of Montgomery, Ala., Richard Phillips and John Phillips Jr., both of Marlon, Texas; a brother, Moody Phillips of Meridian; sisters, Annie McShan, Joyce Phillips, Lucy Phillips, Fannie Phillips and Ellen Watson, all of Meridian, and Bernell Phillips of Moss Point.
Visitation will be Saturday 11 a.m. to service time at the funeral home.
Services for Robert Clayton will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. Mark Methodist Church in Daleville with the Rev. Theodore Cole officiating. Burial will be in the Daleville Cemetery. Berry and Gardner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Clayton, 61, of Bailey, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at Guardian Angel Hospice.
Survivors include his daughter, Annette James of Jackson; sisters, Ruth Bailey of Bailey, Bobbie Oliver of Jacksonville, Fla., Corene Wilburn and Naomi Rush, both of Cleveland, Ohio; brothers, Madison Clayton Jr. and Lamar Clayton, both of Cleveland, and James Clayton of St. Louis.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be today 6 p.m.-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Retired
Memorial services for Sharon Lanell Zurn will be held Saturday at 5 p.m. at Naval Air Station Meridian Chapel with Chaplain Lt. Cmdr. Melvin Hendricks officiating. Barham Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Mrs. Zurn, 54, of DeKalb, died Monday, Dec. 22, 2003, in Kemper County. She was retired with full honors from the U.S. Navy at rate of YNCS and worked as a civil service NTTC administration officer.

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