Obituaries for week of Nov. 28


Brett Newton Alexander

62, of Hattiesburg

Brett Newton Alexander, formerly of Derby, died  Nov. 21, 2019, at his home. Services were Nov. 26 with burial in Dixie Cemetery.

Mr. Alexander graduated from Poplarville High School in 1975 and received his B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1979. He later joined the Hattiesburg Police Department, where he climbed to the rank of captain before retiring and was owner of ASI Investigations.

Survivors include his son, Austin Alexander of Poplarville; his  daughter, Sarah Alexander of Hattiesburg; six grandchildren; his sister, Margaret Ladner of Poplarville.

Garrold Brewer

65, of Richton

Garrold "Buck" Brewer died Nov. 18, 2019, at Asbury Hospice House in Hattiesburg. Services were Nov. 21, at Hickory Grove Holiness Church with burial in the Hickory Grove Cemetery.

Survivors include his wife, Susie Dell Brewer of Richton; sons, David Brewer of Mt. Olive, Chris Brewer of Hattiesburg; sister, Teresa "Coot" Fillyaw of Richton; five grandchildren.

Mark Anthony Brigman

62, of Hattiesburg

Mark Anthony Brigman died Nov. 20, 2019, at Asbury Hospice House. Services were Nov. 24 with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery.

Mr. Brigman was of the Baptist faith. He was a technician.

Survivors include his daughter, Heather Taylor of Petal; two grandchildren; and his life partner, Jennifer Barbieri of Petal


Valerie Lee Cox

79, of Hattiesburg

Valerie Lee Bobbitt Cox died Nov. 18, 2019, at her home. Services were Nov. 22 with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Mrs. Cox was born in Jackson, La. She was employed for many years by the General Electric Lamp Plant in Jackson. After retiring she  moved to Hattiesburg. She was of the Catholic faith. She was a member of the Red Hat Society and was involved in the social functions of the Timberton Property Owner's Association.

Survivors include her husband, Edwin J. Cox Jr. of Hattiesburg; one son, Edwin J. Cox III of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Leigh Ann Cox and Nina Gay Cox Allen, both of Hattiesburg; one sister, Beverly "Pug" Bobbitt Rutherford of Fayetteville, Ark.; one brother, Charles Arthur Bobbitt of Peoria, Ill.; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren.

Ruth Powell Brooks Eaton

74, of Chunchula, Ala.

Ruth Powell Brooks Eaton died Nov. 15, 2019. Services were Nov. 23 with burial in Highland Cemetery in Hattiesburg.

After completing high school at Petal High School, Mrs. Eaton graduated from Jones County Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing. She started her nursing career in Hattiesburg for a number of years before moving to Satsuma, Ala., and continued employment in nursing at the University of Alabama Medical Center in the Coronary Care Unit and Saad's Healthcare Services before retiring. 

Survivors include her sons, Rocky Wayne of Petal; Jessie Neil of Mobile, Ala.; Robert Layne of Chunchula, Ala. and Major Steven Allen of Alexandria, Va.


Jack Folks

90, of Moselle

Jack Folks died Nov. 23, 2019, at his home. Graveside services were Nov. 26, in Highland Cemetery.

Mr. Folks was self employed in the food industry. He was a member of Central Baptist Church. He served in the United States Army during the Korean War where he was a Purple Heart recipient.

Survivors include one son, Terry Folks of Moselle; four grandchildren; and 11 grandchildren.

Annie Ruth Bearden Gordon

85, of Hattiesburg

Annie Ruth Bearden Gordon died Nov. 22, 2019, at Bedford Care Center Monroe Hall. Services were Nov. 26 with burial in Highland Cemetery.

Mrs. Gordon was a member of Hardy Street Baptist Church where she taught the Ruth Gordon Sunday School Class for 20 years.

She is survived by her son, David Gordon of Eureka, Calif.; her daughter, Donna and David Morgan of Hattiesburg; and three grandchildren.

Jeanne Hanberry

82, of Petal

Jeanne Hanberry died Nov. 18, 2019. Services were Nov. 21 with burial in Shelton Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Hanberry retired from Forrest General Hospital and was a member of Carterville Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons, Chris Hanberry of Petal and Brad Hanberry of Cabot, Ark.; one step-son, Earl Hanberry of Florida; two daughters, Michelle Russell of Brandon and Rene McCaleb of Petal; one step-daughter, Linda Bergalowski of Florida; 13 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

Danny Hutson

63, of Purvis

Danny Hutson died Nov. 21 at Bedford Care of Hattiesburg. Services were Nov. 24 with burial in Yawn Cemetery. Services were Nov. 24 at the Purvis Chapel of Moore Funeral Home.

Mr. Hutson was a retired truck driver.

Survivors include his wife, Sandra Hutson of Purvis; a son, Scott Hutson of Purvis; mother, Bernice Hutson of Hattiesburg; three brothers, Carl Hutson of Purvis, Petty Hutson of Hattiesburg, Davey Calvin of Seminary; four sisters, Glenda Williams of Sumrall, Susan Patterson of the Midway Community, Mary Norton of Oak Grove, Joyce Yawn of Purvis; two grandchildren.

Kitty Sue McGrew

56, of Brooklyn

Kitty Sue McGrew died Nov.  20, 2019, at Forrest General Hospital. Graveside services were Nov. 25 at Old Enon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. McGrew was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include five children, Kelly Haberle of Petal, Goldie Fossa of Springfield, Va., Jacob Smith of Columbia, Briana Smith and Amanda McGrew, both of Brooklyn; three sisters, Alice Hutton of Chesapeake, Va., Linda Smith of Canton, Ohio and Mandy Smith of Canton, Ohio; seven grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

Kerri Lynn Newell

45, of Hattiesburg

Kerri Lynn Newell died Nov. 20, 2019, at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans. Services were Nov. 26.

Mrs. Newell was a member of Venture Church.

Survivors include her husband of 25 years, Glenn Newell; her three children, Jessica Anne Newell, Benjamin Jacob Newell, and Cassandra Nicole Newell; her mother, Margaret Watson; her brother, Michael Pascarella; her two sisters, Michelle Pascarella and Terri Lynn Wertz.

Myrtle Etau Rayborn

81, of Purvis

Myrtle Etau Rayborn died Nov. 21, 2019, at her home. Service is were Nov. 23 at Purvis Church of God with burial in Pleasant Home Cemetery.

Mrs. Rayborn served in her church as pianist, Sunday School teacher, clerk for more than 50 years.

Survivors include her husband, Judge Mark Rayborn; one son, Mark Rayborn; three daughters, Gay Lawson, Kay Rayborn, and Carmen Lee; three sisters, Darnell Hill, Arnette Cowart, and LaFern Bolton; one brother, Wayne Merrill; four grandsons; three granddaughters; two great grandsons; two great granddaughters.