Obituaries for week of January 23


Murry Foster

72, of New Augusta

Murry Foster, 72, of New Augusta, died Jan. 2, 2020; retired from the Old Augusta Railroad Company; served in U.S. Army during Vietnam War and retired from the Mississippi National Guard; husband of Sydney Hood; father of one son (Clayton Murry Foster of Stringer) and three daughters (Kelly Turonis of University Park, Maryland, Sara Foster of Petal, and Niki Hood of Ellisville); burial in Biloxi National Cemetery.

Bettye Coats Barron

89, of Hattiesburg

Bettye Coats (Grandmother) Barron, 89, of Hattiesburg, died Jan. 15, 2020; member of Court Street United Methodist Church; wife of the late, Joe; mmother of two sons (Tom and Sandy Barron of Oak Grove, and the late Richard Baron); burial in Roseland Park Cemetery.

George E. Browder

70, of Richton

George E. Browder, 70, of Richton, died Jan. 15, 2020 at Asbury Hospice; worked for 28 years as a Woodyard Operator for Georgia Pacific; served in U.S. Army during the Vietnam War;  son of the late Elmer and Willie Mae Browder; husband of Eleandor Browder; father of one daughter (Adrinne Shoemake of Richton).

Nelda Jane Davis

73, of Hattiesburg

Nelda Jane Davis, 73, of Hattiesburg, died Jan. 14, 2020 at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg; longtime employee of Associated Cleaning Service; daughter of the late Horace and Alfa Davis; mother of one son (Horace Michael Davis, of Hattiesburg); burial in Highland Cemetery.

Rex Sanders Gilbert

61, of Hattiesburg

Rex Sanders Gilbert, 61, of Hattiesburg, died Jan. 17, 2020 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson; retired from Mississippi Power Company; born June 23, 1958 in Royal Oak, Michigan to Earl and Loretta Gilbert; husband of nearly 40 years to Janice; father of one son (Austin Gilbert of Brandon); burial in Highland Cemetery.

Jean Sessions Graham

93, of Hattiesburg

Jean Sessions Graham, 93, of Hattiesburg, died Jan. 17, 2020 at Windham House of Hattiesburg; member of Central Christian Disciples of Christ; retired from Hattiesburg Clinic; daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Sessions, Sr.; wife of teh late Roy Graham; mother of one son (the late Glenn) and three daughters (Michelle Golden of Runnelstown, Sandy O’Flynn of Oak Grove, and Nancy Knight of Sumrall); burial in Forrest Memorial Gardens.

Dorothy Anderson Montague

85, of Hattiesburg

Dorothy Anderson Montague, 85, of Hattieburg, died Jan. 14, 2020 at Asbury Hospice House; born July 3, 1934 to Jake and Stella Anderson; wife of the late Elmo Montague; mother of one daughter (Wanda Montague Hobsonl of Hattiesburg); burial in Soules Chapel Cemetery.

Marsha Broome Penton

44, of Sumrall

Marsha Broome Penton, 44, of Sumrall, died Jan. 14, 2020; born Jan. 15, 1975 to William Aaron and Nora Faye Broome; wife of Gerald Lambert Penton; mother of one son (Gabriel Levi Penton).


Kathleen Ramey

90, of the Midway Community

Kathleen Ramey, 90, of the Midway Communit, died Jan. 15, 2020 at Bedford Care Center in Hattiesburg; retired from WalMart; wife of some 67 years to the late Rev. Ira Ramey; mother of four children (Sonja Roberson, Peggy Kendrick, Ira Ramey, Jr., and the late Pamela Edna Wilde); burial at Bellevue Baptist Church Cemetery.

Jimmy Dale ‘Smitty’ Smithey

66, of Hattiesburg

Jimmy Dale ‘Smitty’ Smithey, 66, of Hattiesburg, died Jan. 18, 2020 at Forrest General Hospital; husband of Anna Laura Lowery; father of two sons (James Edward Smithey and Colby Zearieck Smithey) and two step-sons (Gary Lowery and Jonathan Lowery; burial in the Cole Family Cemetery.


Eleanor B. (Payne) Price

86, formerly of Lumberton

Eleanor B. (Payne) Price went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, January 14th, 2020. 

Eleanor was born April 8, 1933 in Scott County, Missouri.  She was raised in Pine Bluff Arkansas and graduated from Pine Bluff High School. 

She attended beauty college in Pine Bluff and was a talented hairstylist, eventually owning her own salon for over 40 years. 

She lived and raised her family in Lumberton, MS.

Eleanor was best known in the community as a fabulous cook, and especially known for her delicious pies and cakes that she shared with friends and neighbors. 

She was a member of Lumberton United Methodist Church and served with the quilting committee and helped with other outreach ministries. 

Eleanor is preceded in death by her husband of 63 years, Joe R. Price, and her daughter Melody Price Bryant, along with her parents, Irma L. Payne and Tony L. Payne and an infant brother and sister.  She is survived by her only sister Betty Payne Stover of Sevierville, Tennessee along with granddaughter Lindsey Williams (Albert), great-grandchildren Aidan and Clara Kate, several nieces, nephews and other family and friends.   The Price family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all the loving kindness and special care given to Eleanor by her caregivers over the last few years.

Services were held Jan. 18 at Lumberton United Methodist Church with interment in Lumberton City Cemetery following the service.

Trinity Funeral Services is honored to serve the Price family in their time of need, and asks everyone to keep them in your thoughts and prayers during this trying time.”

Charles Ray ‘Charlie’ Mooney

71, of Lumberton

A Celebration of Life was held recently at Hillsdale Clubhouse for Mr. Charles Ray "Charlie" Mooney, 71, of Lumberton.

He died Thursday, Jan. 8, 2020 at his residence.

Mr. Mooney was a Veteran of the US Navy and retired from the Combine Support Maintenance Shop as a Federal Technician in the US Army National Guard.

He was a member of First United Methodist Church in Poplarville, MS.

He was preceded in death by his parents, R.G. and Minnie Mooney and a sister, Mary Lou Hulsey.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Mooney of Lumberton, MS; two sisters, Shirley Ann Cameron of Hattiesburg, MS and Terri Lynn Baggett (Ronnie) of Petal; one brother, Roy Mooney (Sharon) of Petal, MS.