obituaries for the week of Sept. 12


Lauren Rene Clark

22, of Purvis

Lauren "LuLu" Rene Clark died Sept. 2 at her home after a battle with cancer and epidermolysis bullosa. Services will be held at 1 pm Sept. 28 at Hulett-Winstead Chapel in Purvis.

Survivors include her parents, Melissa and Tony Clark; three sisters, Mallory, Meaghan and Emily and other family members.

Melvin Eugene Burnett

81, of Richton

Melvin Eugene “Buddy” Burnett died Sept. 5, 2019 at Regency Hospital. Services were Sept. 10 at First Pentecostal Church of Richton with burial in the Sunset Cemetery.

Mr. Burnett was a member of Welcome Home Jesus Name Church of Ovett.  He was a Marine veteran and millwright at Hood Industrial in Beaumont for 19 years. He had worked as a millwright for Louisiana Pacific in Hattiesburg for more than 30 years.

Survivors include his daughter, Teresa Bradley of Richton; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Edwards and Alice Finnell, both of Richton; and special friend, Gloria Nichols of Ovett.

Jasmine Patrice Dozier

33, of Purvis

Jasmine Patrice Dozier died recently. Services were Sept. 7, 2019, at Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church.

Ms. Dozier was born Oct. 10, 1985, to Perry and Marilynn Dozier in Hattiesburg. She was a 2004 graduate of Hattiesburg High School, a 2012 graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (Bachelor’s in Science in Business Administration), and a 2018 graduate of Belhaven University (Master’s in Science in Leadership). She had worked in banking since 2009. She launched Jazzy Belle’s Events, where she planned parties and events.

Survivors include Taurean Omoregie; her mother, Marilynn Dozie and her father, Perry Dozier.

Danny Ekes

68, of Sand Hill

Danny Ekes died Sept. 6, 2019, at his home. Services were Sept. 8at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church in Sand Hill.

Mr. Ekes was born in Neely on Feb. 10, 1951, to E.C. and Doris Ekes. He was a member of Canaan Missionary Baptist Church and a machine operator by trade.  He worked 30 years in the forestry industry and spent the last 10 years in heavy construction. 

Survivors include his wife, Nadine Henderson Ekes; his son, Gabe Ekes of Denver, N.C.; daughter, Brett Ekes of Petal; brother, Robert Ekes of Richton; sisters, Eva Brewer of Petal, Waniece Henderson of Richton, Jeanette Cook of Neely; seven grandchildren.

Debbie Fortenberry

65, of Sumrall

Debbie Fortenberry died Sept. 6, 2019. Services were Sept. 9 at Rock Hill Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Fortenberry was a former teacher at Sumrall High School and a member of Rock Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Larry Fortenberry of Sumrall; two sons, Brian Fortenberry and Todd Fortenberry, both of Sumrall; three sisters, Garbadeane "Bobbie" Sullivan Simmons of Sanford, Ouida Stephens and Lynda Holbrook, both of Sumrall; six grandchildren.

Martha Myers Lott

81, of Sumrall

Martha Myers Lott died Sept. 9, 2019. Services were Sept. 12 with burial in McMellon-Myers Cemetery.

Mrs. Lott was a retired nurse and member of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Survivors include one son, Dwayne Myers of Prentiss; two daughters, Becky Blackwell and Debbie Brackner, both of Sumrall; one sister, Beverly Kamenicky of Texas; one brother, Charles Wesley McMellon of Sumrall; 12 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

Willie Ray Johnson

79, of Purvis

Willie Ray "Jerry" Johnson died Sept. 3, 2019. Services were Sept. 6 with burial in Pleasant Home Cemetery.

Mr. Johnson was born January 17, 1940, to Willie and Minnie Johnson of Purvis. He lived all his life in Purvis. He drove a truck over the road for 42 years.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Glenda Johnson of Purvis; one daughter, Rhonda Johnson of Purvis; one grandson and two great-grandsons.

Branden Malone

of Dixie

Branden Malone, formerly of Starkville, died Sept. 3, 2019. Services were Sept. 7 at Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church in Bradley.

Mr. Malone was a member of Venture Church.

Survivors include his wife, Samantha Tucker Malone of Dixie; father, Scott Malone of Birmingham, Ala.; mother, Angie Malone of Hennessey, Okla.; one daughter, Alexandria Wailynn of Dixie; one brother, Brian Malone of Starkville.

Garvis Moore

79, of Wiggins

Garvis Moore died Sept. 5, 2019, at Merit Health Wesley in Hattiesburg. Services were Sept. 9 with burial in Fairley Cemetery.

Mr. Moore was of the Baptist faith. He was a scale man for International Paper for more than 30 years before retiring in 2001.

Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Moore Risk of Petal; three grandchildren; one great grandchild.

Mildred Hatten Nations

79, of Purvis

Mildred Hatten Nations died Sept. 3, 2019. Services were Sept. 6 with burial in Mineral Springs Cemetery.

Mrs. Nations was a member of Mineral Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Holder  of the McLaurin Community and Sheila Stagg of Dixie; one brother, Billy Joe Hatten of Dixie; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Nathan Neal Pounders

57, of Sumrall

Nathan Neal Pounders died Sept. 5, 2019. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Neal's life will be held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept, 14, at Hulett-Winstead Funeral Home Sumrall Chapel.

Mr. Pounders was born Dec. 8, 1961, in Alexandria, La., the youngest son of Dean and Steele Pounders. He was a resident of Sumrall for the past 25 years. He graduated from The University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in art and he taught art for many years at Sumrall High School where he was a Star teacher.

Survivors include his wife, Donna Pounders; his daughters, Tera Hofer  and Madeline Pounders; one grandson, all of Sumrall; his father Gorman S. Pounders, Oak Grove; a brother, Jeff Pounders, Gulfport.

Clinton Timothy Tapper Jr.

69, of Poplarville

Clinton Timothy Tapper Jr. died Sept. 8, 2019. Services were Sept. 11.

Mr. Tapper grew up in Biloxi and was a member of the Biloxi football team. He was recently inducted into the Biloxi Sports Hall of Fame. He played football for the University of Southern Mississippi and was inducted into the USM Sports Hall of Fame. After college, he moved to Petal and worked for Petal schools for many years as the maintenance and transportation director and then became the Physical Plant director at PRCC.

Survivors include his wife, Sonya: his sons, Garrett Tapper, Shane Tapper, and John Taylor Corley; daughter, Claire Parker; brother, John Tapper; sister, Patricia Hebert;  five grandchildren.

Kurt Weber

48, of Hattiesburg

Kurt Weber died Sept. 5, 2019, at Forrest General Hospital. Services were Sept. 8.

Mr. Weber was the owner of Weber Lawn Service.

Survivors include his wife, Brandy Walters of Ellisville; two sons, Hank Weber of Ellisville, Chris Fish of Opp, Ala.; three daughters, Christina Evcinen of New York, Paige Robertson of Sumrall, Adelaide Weber of Ellisville; three brothers, Keith Weber of Petal, Kent Weber and Rocky Weber, both of Hattiesburg; three sisters, Angela Taylor of Petal, Sheryl Norwood of Moselle, Brenda Roberts of Nebraska; and one grandson.

Russell Stratton

81, of Hattiesburg

Russ was born on the island of Kauai in the territory of Hawaii and his family moved to Honolulu where he grew up. They lived on a rise overlooking Pearl Harbor and he vividly recalled the imprint made on him of the panic and fear that overtook his family as the Harbor was being bombed by the Japonese.

He was a graduate of Punahou School in Hawaii and Princeton University  in New Jersey, and returned to Punahou to begin a career as a teacher of English. There he met his future wife, Dana, and after their marriage they accepted positions as teachers at the Singapore American School. Son, Scott, was born there and, after four years Russ became anxious to seek more education so that he might teach higher education.

Dr. Charles Moorman (renowned Medievalist) was vice president at the University of Southern Mississippi at the time and Russ’ love of all things Medieval were the carrot on the stick that lured him to Dr. Moorman and Southern Miss where he earned both the masters and doctoral degrees.

With the new degrees in hand, the next stop was Peru State College in Peru, Nebraska, where he taught for four years, when a former professor from Southern Miss encouraged him to apply for a position at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where she was then teaching. Leap forward: He was hired and that is where he spent the next 15 years before returning to Hattiesburg in retirement.

An opera lover through and through, he funded, for a year, the Saturday Opera Broadcasts from the Metropolitan in New York that were about to be discontinued on the university radio station, until they really were stopped by “not enough interest.”

He was also an accomplished clarinetist and often played with Professor Bill Gower while in grad school. He was an excellent tennis player, and coached the Singapore Davis Cup tennis team briefly in Singapore. He was a writer of Letters to the Editor in the Hattiesburg American until he was silenced for “getting too close” to specific advertisers in his criticisms and comments. He also taught several classes for both the ILR and OLLI, the last a joint class with his wife on the literature and art of the Middle Ages.

He donated his body to the University of Mississippi Medical Center for academic purposes and would wish that any remembrances be made to either the Southern Pines Animal Shelter or to the Hattiesburg Public Library.  His grandaughter, Nikky, wholeheartedly agrees with that.

Survivors include his wife, Dana, of Hattiesburg and his son, Scott, and granddaughter, Nikky, both of Seattle, Wash.