May 10, 2003

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 12, 2003

Willie Mae Lumpkin

Willie Mae Lumpkin died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. She was 85.

Mrs. Lumpkin, a resident of Shady Lawn Nursing Home, was born in Warren County. She was a homemaker and a member of Mother of Cool Springs Baptist Church.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Terrell Lumpkin; two sons, Jessie Lumpkin Sr. and Allen Lumpkin; and one brother, Okay Berry.

She is survived by four sons, L.C. Lumpkin, Aarion Lumpkin, Jerry Lumpkin and Sylvester Lumpkin, all of Vicksburg; two daughters, Catherine Gleese and Carolyn Irene Johnson, both of Vicksburg; a brother, Claude Berry of Vicksburg; and 30 grandchildren.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Robert Ray Smith

JACKSON Robert Ray Smith died Thursday, May 8, 2003, at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was 70.

Dr. Smith, a neurosurgeon and former chief of staff of University Medical Center, was born in Vicksburg.

He also served as chairman of the department of neurosurgery and professor of neurosurgery at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. He authored several medical textbooks, and served as president of the Society of University Neurosurgeons, the Mississippi Neurological Society and Sigma Xi. He was also an active member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Committee for International Exchange.

He graduated from Mississippi State University, where he was a member of Sigma Chi fraternity, and the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, where he also received postgraduate training. He received additional postgraduate training at Brooke General Hospital at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He served as a captain in the Air National Guard as a clinical lab director.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Felder and Zaidee Smith; and two brothers, Randolph Huelon Smith and James Felder Smith Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Helen Harris Smith; one daughter, Laura Smith Carroll of Madison; and three grandchildren, Benjamin Carroll, Kathryn Carroll and Mary Evelyn Carroll.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church in Jackson. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home.