From March 6, 2001

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 6, 2001

IRENE BEARD

Irene Beard died Sunday, March 4, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 81.

Born in Rosedale, Mrs. Beard was a resident of Vicksburg most of her life. She was a retired nurse and a graduate of Culkin Academy. She was a former president of the Mississippi State L.P.N. Association.

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She was preceded in death by her mother, Nettie Luten; her stepfather, John Luten; a sister, Anna Katherine Sickmiller; and a brother, Emmett McLeod.

She is survived by a son, Mike Beard of Vicksburg; two daughters, Pat Dodson and Joni Matthews, both of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Dale Burroughs officiating. Burial will follow at St. Alban’s Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be John Beard, Mike Beard, Patrick Beard, Rusty Gardner, Mickey Manuel, Michael Manuel, Donnie Gardner, Ken Matthews and Travis Wade.

WILLIAM T. BENNETT

ROLLING FORK William T. “Pee Wee” Bennett died Monday, March 5, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 56.

Mr. Bennett was a native of Mayersville and had lived in Rolling Fork most of his life. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

He is survived by a sister, Linda Lawrence of Clinton; and a nephew, Michael J. Lawrence of Austin, Texas.

Glenwood Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

MURRY MILES SR.

ROLLING FORK Murry “Junior” Miles Sr. died Sunday, March 5, 2001, at his home in Rolling Fork. He was 71.

A native of Ackerman, Mr. Miles lived in Rolling Fork most of his life. He retired as a road foreman with Sharkey County after 37 years.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Billings Miles of Rolling Fork; three sons, Jimmy Miles of Pascagoula, Ernie Miles of Indianola and Paul Miles of Morton; two brothers, Paul Miles of Pearl and J.H. Miles of Rolling Fork; three sisters, Earline Dennis of Delta, La., Adel Boykin of Rolling Fork and Mary Vinning Kirkley of Chicago; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Rolling Fork with the Rev. Millard L. Caulder officiating. Burial followed at Mound Cemetery in Rolling Fork under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

ROSS E. MURPHY JR.

TALLULAH Ross E. Murphy Jr. died Sunday, March 4, 2001, at Richardson Medical Center in Rayville. He was 38.

Mr. Murphy was born in Tallulah and had lived in Crowville for six years. He was employed in an upholstery shop in Crowville.

He is survived by his wife, Michelle Hutto Murphy of Crowville; two daughters, Ashley Murphy and Kelly Murphy, both of Crowville; an uncle, Tommy Dunning of Tallulah; an aunt, Carol Dunning of Tallulah; a niece, Heather Goulette of Tallulah; and a nephew, Vincent Goulette of Tallulah.

Services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah with the Rev. John Rushing officiating. Burial followed at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tallulah.

Pallbearers were Dale Martin, Michael Cummins, Jeff Barfield, P.J. Day, Vincent Goulette and Kevin Murry.

RUBYE NICHOLS WOODS

Rubye Nichols Woods died Monday, March 5, 2001, at Sharkey-Issaquena Hospital. She was 87.

Born in Morton, Mrs. Woods was a resident of Delta City for a number of years. She had lived in Vicksburg for the past 18 years. She was employed as a nurse at Rolling Fork, Belzoni, Hollandale and Vicksburg hospitals. She was a member of Church of God of Prophecy in Delta City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Bradford Nichols; and a son, Wayne Woods.

She is survived by two sons, Edwin Woods and Joe Woods, both of Vicksburg; two sisters, Ella Ward of Rolling Fork and Gladys Wilson of Coulterville, Ill.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Rolling Fork with the Rev. Ricky Dorrell officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Green Acres Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Leon Wilson, Hal Wilson, Chuck Woods, Kelly Woods, Sammy Woods, Jimmy Woods, Richey Woods, Eddie Woods and John Chaney.