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Will Norris, Sr.
Mr. Everette "Will" Norris, 85, of Madison , passed away on September 22, 2016. Mr. Norris, or Big Will as he was known by family and friends, was born on December 10, 1930 to E.J. and Katie Hunt Norris in Attala County, MS. A farmer from Attala County, he served in the U.S. Army before becoming self employed as a dry wall contractor for over 30 years before retiring in 2007. He was a member of Colonial Heights Baptist Church.
Dr. Albert Jacques Wahba
Dr. Albert Jacques Wahba, 88, of Ridgeland, Mississippi died on September 19, 2016. Graveside services were held on Wednesday, September 21 at Beth Israel Cemetary. Albert was born on February 27, 1928 to the late, Jacques and Camille Wahba in Alexandria, Egypt. Albert came to the United States on his own to study at the University of California at Berkeley at the age of 16 and eventually became a world renown scientist.
Elizabeth Tillman Dean
Elizabeth Anne Tillman Dean, of Madison, was born in Monroe, Louisiana to Theodore David Tillman and Zelma Inez Minor on March 2, 1931. She attended Barkdull Faulk Elementary School and then Ouachita Parish High School, graduating in 1948. She attended Louisiana Tech University and graduated in 1952 with a B.A. in Elementary Education.
Ruby Bond Noblitt Allen
Mrs. Ruby Bond Noblitt Allen, 84, of Madison died on September 14, 2016. Mrs. Allen was born in the Mississippi Delta in 1931 and shortly thereafter moved to the Rocky Branch community in rural Lamar County, MS.
George LeBlanc, age 91, of Sevierville, Tennessee, passed away, Thursday, September 15, 2016. George was a member of First Baptist Church, Sevierville, Tennessee.
Janet Gray Knellinger
Janet Gray Knellinger, 88, of Ridgeland, died Saturday, September 10, 2016. A funeral service was held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Highland Colony Baptist Church followed by burial in Parkway Cemetery Ridgeland, MS.
Janet was born in Chenango, Texas to Allie Lee and Alan Gray on February 11, 1928.
Mary J. Hannah
Mrs. Mary J. Hannah, of Canton passed away September 15, 2016. Mrs. Hannah was born on February 11, 1926, in Greene County, Alabama.
She was raised in Farmhaven, MS and was a resident of Canton, MS for the last 58 years of her life. "Ms. Mary", as she was known by many, was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Canton.
Connie Jenkins Moody
Connie Jenkins Moody, 81, went to be with her heavenly father on September 9, 2016. Mrs. Moody retired from the Kroger Company after 38 years of faithful and loyal service.
Mary Bea McArdle
Mary Beatrice Brunini McArdle,78, died on Sept. 4, 2016, in Madison, Ala., after a year-long battle with breast cancer. Mary Bea was born in Vicksburg, Miss., on March 1, 1938, and moved to Jackson with her family in her 20's.
She studied History at the University of Dallas. She was employed first at the Mississippi Natural Science Center as a science educator in Jackson, followed by a tenure at the Madison branch of the library.
Betty Jo Simon Thomas
Betty Jo Simon Thomas, 79, died on Sept. 4, 2016. Betty Jo Thomas was born on September 29, 1936 in Jackson, Miss., to Bill and Katherine Simon. She attended Clinton High School where she was elected Homecoming Queen in 1954.
On April 25, 1954, she married the love of her life, Elliott Frank Thomas, Sr. They spent 62 happy years together.
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