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Page 2 The Woodville Republican, Thursday, March 14, 2013 € I 000oi}0000epnblican Woodville, Mississippi 39669 Andrew J. Lewis ........................................ Publisher/Editor Lili R. Lewis ....................... Associate Editor/Adv. Manager Frances C. Devening ......................................... Typesetter Kathleen Geter Daly ........................................ Bookkeeper THE WOODVILLE REPUBLICAN (USPS No. 462-260) is published weekly on Thursdays. Subscriptions: $28.00 per year in Wilkinson County, $30.00 per year outside Wilkinson County & in Miss., and $32.00 per year outside Mississippi. 50’ per copy. Office located 425 Depot Street, Woodville, MS 39669. Telephone (601) 888-4293, FAX (601) 888- 6156. Email: wrepublican@bellsouth.net. Periodicals Postage Paid at Woodville, MS 39669. POSTMASTER: Send all address changes to THE WOODVILLE REPUBLI- CAN, P.O. Box 696, Woodville, MS 39669-0696. A column by Rev. Bobby Thornhill, Pastor Centreville & Whlte's Chapel United Methodist Churches "And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him." Luke 15:20 (NKJV) This verse should bring every sinner great consola- tion. We often hear folks say "when I get my life straight- ened out I'll come to Church." Or, "I'm too bad for God to want me in His Church." Thank God that He loves us as we are but wants to change us Himself, and that we are never so "bad" that God does not love us. The fa- ther in this parable saw his son while he "was still a great way off." That he saw him was no mere accident, he was looking for his son be- cause he still loved him, even though he was not living as he should. The son had not come home and repented when the father ran to him. He was still on the way, re- hearsing his apologies as he walked, probably dreading the encounter with his fa- ther. He was ready with his speech but the father hardly heard him at all before he be- gan calling the servants to prepare the homecoming cel- ebration. The picture is of a father holding tightly to his prodigal son while giving or- ders to restore him to the family and celebrate. It is so with our Father in Heaven. He is looking down the road for us to return, ever ready to "kill the fatted calf" when we return. The prodigal had not returned when the father be- gan to run to him, he was still a great way off. God comes to us in an instant when we "come to ourselves" (swallow our pride), even be- fore we arrive He is prepar- ing the banquet, because He never stops loving us. liii!iii!iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii}!iiiiiii!iliiiiiiiiii00iii0000000000iiii00 i00i0000iii00iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii il ............. : n t Li::OirlWII i!i!:::ii:: ii i i" :::::i ii iii :i:i: Dickle00 F00ied Chlcken Hwy. 24. Centreville. 601-645-5986 • • • • WE ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS • • • • Now by tke pound Fresh MS Farm Raised Catfish & Shrimp • • • ALSO DELICIOUS" " • Fried Catfish, Shrimp, Oysters & Gumbo -- SPECIALS FOR MARCH -- Sat: $2 off all buckets 12 pc & up M-Sat: 4 pc. mix w/2 sides $6.69 plus tax PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE #1 The Town of Centreville, MS is considering applying to the Mississippi Development Authority for a 2013 Community Devel- opment Block Grant for Public Facilities Improvements. The state of Mississippi has been allocated CDBG funds that will he made available to cities and counties on a competitive basis to undertake eligible community development activities. These funds must be used for one of the following purposes: 1. to benefit low and moderate income persons; 2. to aid in the prevention or the elimination of slum or bright; or 3. to meet other communlty development needs hevlng s pertic- uler urgency because existing conditions pose a ssdous and im- mediate threat to the health or welfare of the community where other financial resources are not avallable to meet such needs. The activities for which these funds may be used are in the areas of housing, public facilities, and economlc development. More specific details regarding eligible activities, program re- quirements, and the rating system will be provided at a public heanng, which will he held at the Centravllle Town Hall on April 3, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. The purpose of this headng will he to obtain citizen input Into the development of the CDBG application. Persons with dissbilitiss requiring special accommodations should contact Larry J. Lee, Mayor, at (601) 645-5218. The Town of Centreville does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national ongin, age or disability. Larry J. Lee Mayor DM you receive s SI]'Ykef lUp Device bslween 2009-2012P Ilave you received ne#ce of Ilm mcall llrom yeur sumeenP RoJuw and JBG II Models RECALLED. Use 1roll n be mame te sutmlm mnmmaem. Contact: , MARS & MARS, Attorneys at Law 507-A Center Avenue Philadelphia, MS 39350 (Toll Free) 1.800-650-2152 OR DIRECT: 601-656-2152 Free Background information available upon request to a Mississippi attorney. The listing of these areas of practice does not indicate any certification of expertise therein. Tessie Mae Davis Tessie Mac McKey Davis, 87, of Wilkinson County,: died in Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Arizona, where two of her children live, on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Born on February 26, 1926, she was the oldest daughter of Winnie Tumey McKey and Troy Lee McKey of Centreville. She was a 1944 graduate of William Winans High School in Centreville. She married Walter Earnest Davis in a double wedding ceremony, along with his brother, Eddie, and wife, Mit- tie Lee Davis, in June of 1944. They made their home in the Doloroso community of Wilkinson County. Mrs. Davis was preceded in death by her husband; a great-granddaughter, Madle Ellis; her parents; and two infant sisters. Survivors include three children, Walter Earnest Davis, Jr., of Monterrey, La., Susan Alyne Davis and William Henry Davis, both of Mesa; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three step-grandsons; three sisters, Estelle McGehee of Liberty, Dorothy Rowe of Fort Stockton, Texas, and Gertrude Pemberton of Palm Springs, California; one brother, Troy Lee McKey, Jr., of Centreville; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at Newman Fu- neral Home Chapel in Woodville by the Reverend John Rushing of Monterrey, La., on Monday, March 4, 2013, at 10 a.m. Interment was in iEver- green Cemetery in Woodville with Newman Funeral Home in charge. Ryleigh Layne Dixon Funeral services for Ryleigh Layne Dixon, new- bern daughter of Brandon & Dixon and Ammie Guillot of Eugene C. Case. She was born and died at Tulane Lakeside Hospital in Metairie, La., on Sunday, March 10, 2013. Burial followed in the Bethany Presbyterian Church Cemetery with New- man Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Survivors include her parents, Brandon A. Dixon and Ammie Guillot of Cen- treville; grandparents, Jody and Cathy Shelton of Cen- treville and Kelli Guillot and Emile Guillot, Jr., both of New Orleans, La.; great- grandparents, Jeanne Landry of Harahan, La., Dorothy Dixon of Centre- ville, Anita Shelton of Gloster and William Hughes of Waveland; aunts and un- cles, Joni Shelton Womble and Matt Shelton of Centre- ville, Emile Guillot, III and Rebecca Guillot of New Or- leans; two special cousins, Alden and Andrew Womble of Centreville; and numerous great aunts, great uncles and cousins. She was preceded in death by her great:grandfa- them, A. R. "Sonny" Dixon, Clarence "Bucky" Shelton and Emile Guillot, Sr., and great-grandmother, Eliza- beth "Lulu" Hughes. -- Pa/d Obit Elvin Leahman Funeral services for Elvin "Sonny" Leahman, 73, of Woodville, will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the King Emanuel Baptist Church near Woodville at 11:00 a.m. Viewing will be held between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. A Wake Service will be held on Friday, March 15, at Rollins Funeral Home in Woodville from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Prentiss Lee McPipe Prentiss Lee McPipe, 62, of Kenner, La., died at his conducted by Pastor Larry Crockett. Burial followed at Cedar Rest Cemetery in Woodville with Bateaste Memorial Fu- neral Home in charge of arrangements. Joann C. Sessions Joann Copeland Sessions was born to Joseph E. Copeland and Ellen H. Copeland on February 7, 1927, and she died at her home on March 8, 2013. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at The Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in Vidalia, La. Interment followed in Evergreen Cemetery in Woodville with Newman Fu- neral Hpme in charge of arrangements. She grew up in Rusk, Texas, with her parents and younger brother, Paul. She graduated from Rusk High School in 1944, and attended Stephen F. Austin College in Nacogdoches, Texas, before transferring to Louisiana State University where she met her future husband, James M. Sessions, H, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Arts and Sciences in 1948. They were married the fol- lowing year on April 3, 1949, and made their home in Woodville for the next sixty years. She was a mother and homemaker. She was a member of the Woodville United Methodist Church where she served as an ac- tive member of the UMW, Active pallbearers were Louis "Preacher" Jordan, Rick Loftin, Bentley Curry, Phil Lindley, Paul Vaughan and Joe Drake. Honorary pallbearers were Enloe Kee, James Vines, Jimmy Corey, Jr., Arthur Prater, Donnie Hol- loway, Charles Caldwell and Jerry Fester. Frank Whittington Frank € Whittin, Jr., who grw up in Woodville and was a longtime resident of Centrexille, passed away Monday, February 25, 2013, at Ochsner Medical Center in Baton Rouge, La., after a lengthy bttle with cancer. He was 78 years old. Mr. Whittington was born December 9, 1934 in Centr ville. He was the only child of the late Frank Cain Whit- tgton arid the late LuciUe Hill Whittington. He was a life-long member of Woodville Baptist Church. Mr. Frank, as everybody knew him, was well known throughout Southwest Mis- sissippi arid beyond. He was a self-employed "trader; pri- marily in*olved in the pur- chasing and selling of real estate, heavy equipment, and timber. Survivprs include his wife of 58 year, Camille Williams Whittington; three daugh- ters, Pamela W. Taylor of Lib- erty, AngOla W. Hagan and Lisa W. Fsher, beth of Cen- treviUe; five grandchildren; and two, great-grandchil- dren. i I and was a Sunday school Funeral services were and Vacation Bible School held on Friday, March 1, teacher. Other civic contribu- . 2013, at 1:00 a.m. at Brown tions included her tenure as Funeral Home Chapel in a Cub Scout den mother and a beard member at Wilkin- son County Christian Acade- my. Following her husband's death in 2009, she made her home in Natchez. She is survived by two children, Ellen Chadwick Sessions of Zachary, La., and James Timothy Sessions of Gloster. Interment services fol- lowed in 0aklawn Cemetery in CentrmriUe, officiated by Dr. De .nni Johnsey. Pallbep.rers were Jay Cavin, Ian Dalton, Gene Home, Bobby McCartney, Renald Lee Taylor, Jr., and Centreville, were held at residence on Sunday, March Natchez; and two grandchil- Lane White. ....... 3, 2013. dren; and a host of other rel- Honorary pallbearers emany rresoyenan • " " were his" anddau hters" ......... Funeral serwces were atives and friends.  gr g • wnurcn a  p.m. on weones- • " " H " ,o-  -'q 9n13 con held on Saturday, March 9, She was preceded m Christina I, .Cavm, Hannah ...... d Casev 2013, at St. Matthew Baptist death by her parents; hus- Hagan, lbecca Hag , oucra oy ryce an y . " is er Dobson and the Reverend Church No. 1 near Woedlle, band; and her brother. Camille h . Mary Ann McCurley 474 Briarwood Lane Woodville, MS 39669 March 8, 2013 The Woodville Republican Dear Editor Lewis: As 5th District Election Commissioner I was stunned to read in your re- port on the March 4 BOS meeting in the March 7 edi- tion of The Woodville Repub- lican the comments made by Circuit Clerk Lynn Delaney concerning the municipali- ties. Her remarks concern- ing the Town of Crosby were rather harsh, I thought; since I have had the infor- mation from Crosby since July 16, 2012. On that day I met with Crosby Town Clerk Ken Shell, Alderman Bradley and Mayor Hall. All of these gentlemen, espe- cially Ken Shell, were very helpful in giving me infor- mation that would make it possible for us to build the Wilkinson County portion of their municipality in the voter roll. Jo Ann Smylie, 3rd District Election Com- missioner, and I went the next day to Jackson, MS to the Secretary of State's office and met with a lady there, who told us what we needed to do to build municipties. Clerk Delaney became an- gry with us and blocked us from making changes to the Address Library in SEMS (State Election Management System); since Jo Ann and I were no longer able to make necessary changes to the Address Library, we were then unable to properly build municipalities in the system. In July, I told Clerk Delaney 'I had the informa- tion from Crosby. On February 5, 2013 Jo Ann and I spent a full day in Jackson at the office of SOS receiving training on munic- ipal redistricting, so we would be able to build the Centreville and Crosby mu- nicipalities in SEMS. Clerk Delaney had indicated to us she wanted us to build these two municipalities and that her deputy clerks would work on Woodville; but we returned ready to do the job, only to find we were still blocked from making changes to the Address Li- brary. Since then both Jo Ann and I have had some health problems resulting in hospitalization for me and numerous doctor visits for both of us. Also, the one com- puter to which election com- missioners have access is no longer serviceable, so we have been unable to work. I went to our office this past Tuesday, March 5, in hopes of working on the Crosby municipality. Finding our computer not functioning, I gave all the information ! had on Crosby to Deputy Clerk Delaine Adams. Perhaps, because my husband's hometown is Crosby, or maybe because part of Crosby is in my dis- trict, I am overreacting to Lynn Delaney's words; but I do not want the people of our area to think Crosby has not cooperated. The day I visited their town, they were perfectly willing to share in- formation with me. If Circuit Clerk Delaney had allowed us to do our job eight months ago, she would" not be working up to the March deadline to build the municipalities. Nor would she have said at the Board of Supervisors meeting, "We have not received any assis- tance or information at all from the Town of Crosby de- spite a number of requests from my office. The Town of Crosby will be cited by the state for non-compliance." Sincerely yours, Mary Ann McCurley * * * Dear Sir: I am a Wilkinson County native, born in Centreville in 1944, and I am seeking in- formation on members of my family, extended family, and people associated with my family. I have written to you in the past requesting information about my family and, in each case, I received helpful responses from folks in Wilkinson County and subscribers to your paper. I am now seeking more infor- mation and would appreci- ate the assistance of your readers. Grave of Reverdy Hunter Richardson (b. Sep 1864, d. April 1916); he is my great- grandfather. According to his obituary published in the Republican he died in Truro Infirmary, New Orleans, and was interred in Evergreen Cemetery. However, I was not able to locate his grave in Evergreen when I visited in October 2010 and find no record of his grave in online or other records. Can some- one provide me with the lo- cation of my great-grandfa- ther's grave and a photo if possible? Grave of Mattie Richard- son (b. 10 July 1908, d. 7 Jan 1912). She was the daughter of Reverdy Hunter Richard- son and his second wife, Nettie Ethel DuBose. My mother had a yellowed clip- ping from the Republican that described how this little girl died: "... the burning of little Mattie Richardson, aged three years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Richardson, at her home on Friday of last week, which caused her death on Sunday morning. Mrs. Richardson lei the little girl in her room and went out into the kitchen for a moment, when she heard the child's screaming. On returning to the room she found the little girl's dress in flames. The mother extinguished the fire but not until the child was so badly burned that she died two days later. Her re- mains were interred in Evergreen Cemetery on Monday morning. To the be- reaved parents we extend our sincerest condolences for the death of their loved one." While this 1912 article states she was buried in Evergreen, I have not found her grave. Reverdy H. Richardson's first wife, Martha "Mattie" Coon died in January 1901 and is buried in the Coon Family Cemetery on Coon's Mill Road; this Mattie Coon is not the same person. Information about Josephine Causey (b. 15 February 1896, d. 15 Decem- ber 1987). Ms. Causey worked for many years for' my grandparents, Clarence J. Richaron and Annie Lee Dudding Richardson, as cook, maid, and housekeep- er. I hav e many fond memo- ries of her and would like to obtain more information about M. Causey such as photographs , information about hr family (I believe she had  son), and a photo- graph of her headstone. Information about Mary E. Branrlan (b. 2 November 1866, d. 130 May 1938). My grandfather's mother, Mat- tie Coon Richardson, died when Gmnddad was almost five years old. He and his siblings vere sent by their father (Reverdy Hunter Richardson) to live with friends or family; Granddad lived wi ;h Mary Brannan and her family for several years. I:mve a copy of her obituary from the Republi- can whi :h lists among her survivoz s "... an adopted son, Clm ence Richardson of Centrevi ]e who spent his in- fancy and childhood in her home as ]one of her own chil- dren...;" this is my grandfa- ther. I loated a photo of her headstone in Evergreen Cemetery, and I find her in the 190 federal census records living with her son, Davis/. Brannan, and his family. I would like to know more about Ms. Mary Bran- nan and obtain a photo- graph of her. I maintain a family web- site on Which I publish arti- cles aboit my and my wife's family histories and I invite readers o visit the site. http //www. schlatter.org/ Genealo /family_tr.htm Any( ne who can assist me is w lcome to contact me by lette or email: 196 t 'otomac Drive Heat ville VA 22473 rosef joe l@hotmail.com Man thanks!! Joe  hlatter 1-888-71 -7318