December 19, 2005

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 19, 2005

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Terrell Wayne Akin

JACKSON – Terrell Wayne &#8220Terry” Akin, 40, of Jackson, went home to celebrate Christmas with his Savior on Dec. 16, 2005.

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Visitation is 5-8 tonight at Wright & Ferguson, Jackson, as well as 10-11 a.m. Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church, Jackson.

Services are at 11 Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church with burial to follow at Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson.

Terry was born on June 6, 1965, in Jackson on the birthday of his favorite uncle, Carl Ray Furr. Terry attended Little Red Schoolhouse, Brinkley Middle School and graduated from Callaway High School in 1986. He worked at Willowood Developmental Center. Terry’s life was a miracle and he met no stranger.

Terry was a very active member of Calvary Baptist Church, where he frequently sang in and &#8220directed” the choir. Terry was an avid fan of Mississippi State University and his favorite pastime was attending any Mississippi State sporting event. He cheered for the Bulldogs through every season, it didn’t matter if they were winning or losing – the Bulldogs were &#8220his team.” He was recognized by Mississippi State for his devotion and dedication to the Bulldogs when he was presented with an award for overall spirit. In 1996 Terry was honored by being selected as an Olympic Torch Bearer. His uncle, Carl Ray, saw to it that he completed the journey by attending the 1996 Olympics held in Atlanta, Ga. Terry was loved by all, but especially by his friends, co-workers, fellow church members, and his &#8220Honey.”

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Carl Rowan and Mary Furr; his paternal grandfather, Clyde Akin; and paternal aunt Betty Ann Warren.

Terry is survived by his parents, James T. &#8220Tommy” (who grew up in Vicksburg) and Sandra &#8220Mama Dear” Akin; a sister and brother-in-law, Vicki and Mark Page of Hernando; a brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Susan Akin of Madison; four nieces, Reagan and Caroline Page and Avy and Katy Akin (Katy is expected to be born in April); and his paternal grandmother, Essie Akin of Jackson.

Terry is also survived by his uncle Carl Ray Furr and his wife, Gail; his aunt Jo Campbell and her husband, Joe; his uncle Jerry Warren; three great-aunts and numerous cousins.

Terry fought a good fight, he finished his course, he kept his faith.

Donations may be made to the Terry Akin Memorial Fund at one of the following organizations: Calvary Baptist Church, 1300 W. Capitol St., Jackson, 39209; Willowood Developmental Center, 1635 Boling St., Jackson, 39213; or Baptist Homes Inc., Son Valley, P.O. Box 406, Canton, 39046.

Byron Herrington

TYLERTOWN – Byron Herrington of Tylertown died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, in Hattiesburg. He was the son of the late Homer and Hallie Herrington of Ellisville. He was 64.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Robert Herrington, and one son, Robert Byron Herrington.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Herrington of Tylertown; three daughters and their husbands: Phyllis and Rick Smith of Vicksburg, Connie and Johnnie Copeland of Columbia, and Sharon and Lance Hillman of Richton; six grandchildren: Jordan and Jake Smith of Vicksburg, Ashley Haddox and Guy Copeland of Columbia, and Cade and Garrett Hillman of Richton; and one great-grandchild, Hallie Haddox of Columbia.

Services will be at Capps Funeral Home in Tylertown at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005.

Visitation will be from 5-9 tonight at Capps Funeral Home.

Doris W. McKellar

Doris W. McKellar died Sunday, Dec. 18, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. She was 84.

Born in Vicksburg, she was the daughter of the late Walter Joseph and Martha Ellen Emfinger Williams and the widow of Cody D. McKellar Jr.

Mrs. McKellar was a graduate of Culkin Academy and a former employee of the Vicksburg School District and Mercy Regional Medical Center, where she worked in the Food Services Departments.

Mrs. McKellar was a past president of the Mississippi School Food Service Association. She was a member of First Baptist Church and a former Sunday School teacher in the 6-year-old class.

She is survived by a son, Cody D. McKellar III and his wife, Joan, of Vicksburg; three grandsons, Jason McKellar and his wife, Kiely, and John Joseph McKellar, both of Vicksburg, and Brady McKellar of River Ridge, La.; two great-granddaughters, Anna-Claire McKellar and Sara-Beth McKellar, both of Vicksburg; a sister, Mrs. Natalie W. Santangelo of Jackson; a brother, Bobby Williams of Atlanta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005, at Riles Funeral Home with Dr. Matt Buckles, pastor of First Baptist Church, and Dr. John G. McCall, pastor emeritus of First Baptist Church, officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Riles Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jason McKellar, Brady McKellar, John Joseph McKellar, Jim Hess, Don McAuley and Hollis Allen.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 1607 Cherry St., Vicksburg, MS 39180 or to favorite charities.