Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 6, 2002


FULTON Maxine Roberts Smith died Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at her home in Fulton. She was 80.

Born in Itawamba County, Mrs. Smith was the daughter of the late William Denson Roberts and Bonnie Gray Roberts. She was a member of the Fulton Church of Christ. She was a retired school teacher for Itawamba County and Franklin County, Ala. She was a reading specialist, a genealogist and an author.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, G.W. Smith; and two brothers, Marlin Roberts and Phillip Roberts.

She is survived by a daughter, Georgia Griggs of Vicksburg; a son, Terry D. Smith of Fulton; a sister, Louise Bethay of Memphis; four grandchildren, Stacy Smith, Charolette Johnson, Sean Griggs and Shea Griggs; three great-grandchildren; and other relatives, including Frankie Griggs of Vicksburg.

Services were Feb. 21 at Fulton Church of Christ with Russ Crosswhite and Delbert Turner officiating. Burial was at Hillcrest Cemetery under the direction of Senter Funeral Home.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the American Legion Post 51 and Auxiliary, Itawamba County Retired School Teachers and the Itawamba Historical Society.


SANDY HOOK Robert E. Thompson Jr. died Sunday, March 3, 2002, at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. He was 58.

Mr. Thompson was a sawyer for Lincoln Lumber Co. in Brookhaven. He was reared in the Sandy Hook community and graduated in 1963 from J.J. Gulledge Memorial High School in Tylertown, where he played basketball. He as a member of Mount Bethel Baptist Church in Sandy Hook where he was on the Deacon Board.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert E. Thompson Sr., and two sisters, Mary Alice Thompson and Bobbie Thompson Gamble.

Survivors include his wife, Annie M. Lewis Thompson; two daughters, Brenda T. Stiggers of Dallas and Patrice T. Anderson of Sandy Hook; one son, Technical Sgt. Michael Thompson of Valdosta, Ga.; his mother, Lizzie M. Thompson of Tylertown; a brother, Clarence Thompson of Vicksburg; two sisters, Clotea T. Hargrove and Rozellar T. Lewis, both of Sandy Hook; eight grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mount Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Hivey Carson officiating.

Visitation will be from 7 until 9 p.m. Friday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Paul Cooley, Andy May, Reginald Thompson, Rodney Thompson, Kelcey Buckhaulter, Brenton Abram, Barry McDonald, Koury Hargrove, Nick Gamble and Shad Gamble.

Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of the church.

Richmond-Washington Funeral Home of Tylertown has charge of arrangements.


Services for Wallace Williams Sr. will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Grove M.B. Church. Burial will be at Gracelawn Cemetery in New Castle, Del.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Williams Funeral Service.

Mr. Williams died Monday, March 4, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. He was 72.

Mr. Williams was retired from the Chrysler Corporation in Newark, Del. He was an Army veteran of World War II. He was a member of Morning Star M.B. Church where he was a deacon, trustee and Sunday school superintendent. He was a former member of New Calvary Baptist Church in Wilmington, Del., where he was a deacon, trustee, Sunday school superintendent and a teacher.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth W. Williams; a daughter, Celeste L. Young; his parents, Charlie Williams Sr. and Arilla Miller Williams; five brothers, George Williams, Graham Williams, Charlie Williams Jr., Amos Williams and Harden Williams; and three sisters, Lizzette W. Walker, Rutha Mae Jefferson and Ida Bell Stewart.

He is survived by four sons, Wallace Williams Jr. of New Castle, Del., Richard Williams Sr. of Newark, John Henry Giles of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Perry Fields of Seattle, Wash.; two daughters, Janet Williams Coger of Newark and Betty L. Williams of Wilmington; his brother, John L. Williams of Vicksburg; three sisters, Clara Thomas of Denver, Colo., and Jim Ella Williams and Hazel Hatchett, both of Vicksburg; 14 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives, including Michelle Renee Gasby of Wilmington.