Obituaries: Week of July 4, 2019


Frances McDuffie Crosby

69, of Sumrall

Frances McDuffie Crosby died  June 25, 2019, at the Lamar Health Care and Rehab Center in Lumberton. Services were July 2 at the Rawls Springs Community Center for

Mrs. Crosby was an All-Star basketball player in high school. She worked for the Hattiesburg American for 25 years.

Survivors include her son, David W. Crosby of Sumrall; daughter, Amanda Holden of Sumrall; brothers, Aaron McDuffie of Columbia, David McDuffie of Sumrall and Edward McDuffie of Fayetteville, N.C.; sisters, Joyce Mitchell and Diane McAlister, both of Sumrall and Merle McDuffie of Hattiesburg; three grandchildren.

Luther Melvin Breland Jr.

78, of McHenry

Luther Melvin Breland Jr. died June 27, 2019, at Stone County Hospital. Services were Monday with burial in Smith Cemetery.

Mr. Breland was a member of Faith View Baptist Church and the owner of Silver Fox Racing Collectibles.

Survivors include his wife, Carol Smith Breland of McHenry; his children, Debbie Reynolds of Saucier, Doug Breland of McHenry, Robin Krol of Perkinston and son-in-law, Harold “Tink” Compton of Saucier; one brother, Ernest Breland of Hattiesburg; eight grandchildren and four great grandchildren.

Kathleen Curley

90, of Hattiesburg

Kathleen Elizabeth Commiskey Curley died June 25, 2019, in Hattiesburg. A Rosary and Mass of Christian Burial was held at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Mrs. Curley was the daughter of Hugh Walsh Commiskey and Cassandra Agnes Hegwood Commiskey.  She was born on October 31, 1928 in Brookhaven. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the American Colonists, the Dames of the Court of Honor, and the VFW Lacy Kelly Post 3036 Ladies Auxiliary.  She was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church.  She retired from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Survivors include her children John Michael Curley, Mary Shannon Curley Chiasson, Kathleen Erin Curley, Patricia Maureen Curley Schmidt and Cecilia “Pipper” Curley Hickman; 10 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.

Richard Allen Evans

70, of Hattiesburg

Richard Allen Evans died June 25, 2019, at Asbury Hospice House. Services were June 29 with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Mr. Evans was born July 3, 1948, to Dewey and Lessie Mae Evans in Wayne County.

Survivors include his wife, Theresa Evans; three daughters; Deidre Evans-Boykins, Angela McGrew and Teria Bly; four siblings, Jerry Evans, Willie Evans, Jeannie Sargent and Gwendolyn Evans; nine grandchildren; eight great grandchildren.

Linda Graves

60, of Prentiss

Linda Graves died June 30, 2019, in San Angelo, Texas. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 8, at Saulter’s Funeral Home Chapel in Prentiss with burial in the St. James Cemetery.

Mrs. Graves was born Oct. 22, 1958, in Mobile, Ala., to Jack Lindsey and Bessie Elizabeth Skinner Lindsey. Mrs. Graves was a cosmetologist.

Survivors include three  sons, Bobby Collins of Petal, Tony Green of Sumrall and Marshall Green of Hattiesburg;  one sister, Kay McKinney of Spring, Texas and one brother, Jack Lindsey Jr. of Petal; seven grandchildren; seven great grandchildren.

Don Rake

84, of Hattiesburg

Don Rake died June 24, 2019, at Forrest General Hospital. Services were June 28 at Kensington Woods Church of Christ with burial in Cherished Acres Cemetery.

Mr. Rake was an elder of Kensington Woods Church of Christ. He served in the United States Army Reserve for 8 years where he obtained the rank of captain.

Survivors include his wife, Jonell Rake of Hattiesburg; five children, Phil Rake and Nancy Duda, both of Hattiesburg, Gary Rake of Brookhaven,  Jeff Rake of Zachary, LA, and Liz Roth of Petal; three sisters, Leota Wroten, Linda Burns, and Judy Allwood; 11 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren.

James Cameron Runnels

19, of Hattiesburg

James Cameron Runnels died June 24, 2019. A private family service will be held at a later date in Collinsville.

Cameron attended Petal High School where he played soccer, and planned to attend Jones College in the fall to study forestry.

Survivors include his parents, James and Jerra Boatner Runnels of Hattiesburg; three sisters, Kennedy Runnels of Hattiesburg, Maribeth Strickland of Nashville, Tenn., and Kasie Runnels of Apple Valley, Calif.; his 16-month old son, Graeson Reid Runnels, and Graeson’s mother, Laekyn Odom.; his grandparents, Barbara Runnels of Petal and Jerry and Linda Boatner.

Bobbye Susan Smith

64, of Hattiesburg

Bobbye Susan “Susie” Smith died June 27, 2019. Services were June 29 at Bay Street Presbyterian Church with burial in Roseland Park Cemetery.

Miss Smith was a charter member of Playhaven School, which is now ARC, and a charter member of the Civitan Camp for Retarded Children.

Survivors include three brothers, Mike Smith and Phil Smith, both of Hattiesburg and Dave Smith of Lumberton.

Gertie R. Smith

83, of Lumberton

Gertie R. Smith died June 30, 2019, at her home. Services were July 2 at Elder Ridge Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Smith was a faithful member of Elder Ridge Baptist Church and a homemaker.

Survivors include her husband of 67 years, William Plummer Smith of Lumberton; two sons, Kevin Smith of Lumberton and Larry Smith of Oak Grove; two daughters, Lisa Jones and Cara Corban Seals, both of Lumberton; one brother, James Wayne Lee of Lumberton; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

Lillian English Weir

91, of Hattiesburg

Lillian “Louise” English Weir died June 27, 2019. A private graveside service will be held in Meridian.

Mrs. Weir was born Nov. 15, 1927, in Green County, Kentucky, to Charles and Lillian Pearl English. She resided in Tennessee for the past 50 years and recently moved to Hattiesburg. She was a member of Wesley Chapel Methodist Church in College Grove, Tenn.

Survivors include her son, Jim C. Weir Jr.; daughter Sherry Pride; sisters, Margie Simpson and Carolyn Hall; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren.

Hubert Roscoe Williams

90, of Hattiesburg

Hubert Roscoe Williams died June 25 at Forrest General Hospital. Services were June 29 with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mr. Williams was a member of Petal First Baptist Church for more than 50 years where he served as a deacon. He retired from Borden’s. He attended Improve High School and became an All-State player on the basketball team. He also attended and played for Pearl River Junior College. He served in the

U. S. Air Force during the Korean War. He was a founding member of the Petal Rotary Club and was a Mason.

Survivors include is wife of 67 years, Helen Conway Williams of Petal; a son , Carl Williams of Huntsville, Ala.; a daughter, Sherrye Guthrie of Wiggins; two brothers, Shelton Williams of Castro Valley, Calif., J. C. Williams of Moselle; a sister, Lizzie Greer of Bunker Hill; five grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren.

Longtime Hattiesburg pediatrician, Kimble Love, laid to rest

Samuel Kimble Love, MD, died June 29, 2019, at Forrest General Hospital. A memorial service was held July 2 at First Presbyterian Church. A private family burial will be held at Highland Cemetery.

Dr. Love graduated valedictorian of his class at B. G. Humphreys High School in Itta Bena. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Millsaps College, graduating No. 1 in his class. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He graduated from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine, receiving the Leathers Award, the most prestigious award, presented to the senior four-year medical student. He was Chief Resident in Pediatrics, being the first Mississippian to receive the Wyeth Fellow award. He was a member of Phi Chi Medical Fraternity and a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Dr. Love served in the U.S. Navy as Chief of Pediatrics, Naval Hospital, Millington, Tenn. He practiced with Street Clinic in Vicksburg and has practiced in Hattiesburg Children's Clinic since 1982, retiring in 2017.

He was honored by Forrest General Hospital in 2016, by being inducted in the Doctor's Hall of Fame.

He was a deacon of First Presbyterian Church, Vicksburg and also at First Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Anne Hyman Love; his children, Kimble Love  Jr., Keaton Love, Kerry Love Davis, Kelly Love Jones, Kevin Love, Kana Love Cochran, Kylan Love; a sister, Alice Love Robison; and 16 grandchildren: Anna Love, Anne-Love Helveston, Kerry-Camille Helveston, Lynley-Love Jones, Grace-Anne Jones, Aley Love, Rayanne Love, Caden Cochran, Connors Cochran, Kylee Love, Kynley Love, and Radfor DuBois, Charles DuBois, Elizabeth DuBois Jefcoat, Brandon Grayson and Mary Albright.

Memorials may be made to Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital, 2500 North Street JACKSON, MS 39216 or ARC, 69 Bonhomie Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.