obituaries for the week of Aug. 29


Betty Ross Thomson

of Hattiesburg

Betty Ross-Thomson died Aug. 6, 2019. Services were Aug. 12 with burial at Highland Cemetery.

Following graduation from Hattiesburg High School in 1941, Mrs. Thomsen attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo. She completed her BS in home economics in 1945 at Mississippi Southern College (USM). Pursuing a master's in home economics, she enrolled at the University of Tennessee, where she was active in the Kappa Chapter of Phi Mu Fraternity. She later taught nutrition and dietetics to student nurses at Methodist Hospital School of Nursing and worked at a small private kindergarten.

She founded Playhaven School for trainable handicapped children. During this time she completed two masters degrees from USM: one in educational psychology, the other in mental retardation. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin and held several positions with the university and the Wisconsin State Department of Education. When she retired in 1994, she was superintendent of Education for the Physically Handicapped for the state of Wisconsin. She was active at First Baptist Church (Venture) and numerous charitable organizations, including several professional groups. She was a life member of Hattiesburg Historical Society.

Survivors include her only child, Kym Ross Waldrop and her sister, Mary Ross Daniels.

Betty Sue Blackburn Parker

72, of Purvis

Betty Sue Blackburn Parker died Aug. 24, 2019. Services were Aug.  27 with burial in Pleasant Home Cemetery.

Mrs. Parker was born Nov. 3, 1946, to Edgar and Mamie Blackburn in Quitman. She started school in Pachuta. She attended Huggins High School in Quitman and spent her junior and senior years at Oak Grove High School. She was an allergy technician with Dr. McCray’s Ear, Nose, and Throat Clinic. She also worked as an office manager for Pak Mail in Mableton, Ga., where she was a registered notary public for shipping.

Survivors include her husband; two children, Terri Zahorodny of Canton, Ga., and Tony Parker of Acworth, Ga.; two brothers, the Rev. Bobby Blackburn of High Point, N.C. and Tommy Blackburn of Quitman; four grandchildren.

Dudley W. Grantham

90, of Hattiesburg

Dudley W. Grantham died Aug. 20, 2019. Services were Aug. 23 with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Mr. Grantham retired as a laboratory tester with Hess Refinery in Purvis and was a member of Wesley Southern Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Juana Grantham of Hattiesburg; one daughter, Cindy Roddy of Moss Point; one sister, Janie Tan of Hattiesburg; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Joe Curtis Burns

56, of McHenry

Joe Curtis Burns died Aug. 22, 2019, at Garden Park Hospital in Gulfport.

Survivors include his mother, Luanne M. Burns; his three daughters, Lira Qualcen of Jacksonville, Fla., Lisa Morea of Purvis, Rebakah Burns of Lumberton; and three grandchildren.

Bob Clark

84, of Hattiesburg

Bob Clark died Aug. 26, 2019, at Forrest General Hospital. Services were Aug. 29 at Moore Funeral Home in Petal with burial in Runnelstown Cemetery.

Mr. Clark was a member, deacon and trustee at First Baptist Church in Runnelstown and worked for Mike’s Tire for 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Beverly Clark; one daughter, Amy Thornton;  three brothers, Larry Clark, Billy Clark and Rev. Jimmy Clark and one sister, Susie Martin; two grandchildren.

Russell Roy Lucas

80, of Wilmington, N.C.

Russell Roy Lucas died July 16, 2019, after a long illness. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 1, at the United Methodist Church in State Line with visitation beginning at 2 p.m. at the church.  Burial will be in the State Line Cemetery.

Mr. Lucas was born July 24, 1938, in State Line, and received a   B.S. Degree in chemistry at The University of Southern Mississippi. He was employed for several years in businesses related to medical and industrial gases after which he owned and operated successfully several businesses in North Carolina.

In 1989 he and his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, where he owned and operated an insurance agency.  After college, his sons, Jon and Andrew, joined him in the business and have managed it since their father became ill.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Wanda Koski Lucas; his sons, Jonathan Caldwell “Jon” Lucas and Andrew Severi “Andy” Lucas; Jon’s wife, Allyson Margaret; and their daughters, Elizabeth and Kimberly; his sister, Margaret Lucas Morris; his brother, Dr. Aubrey K. Lucas; his sisters-in-law, Ella G. Lucas and Peggy Koski; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Keith and Audelle Lucas; a brother, Max C. Lucas; and his brothers-in-law, Dr. Rudy Koski and Dr. Jimmy Morris.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be sent to the State Line Cemetery Association, Post Office Box 461, State Line, Mississippi  39362.