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Wednesday, January 27, 2010 Stone County Enterprise Obituaries Page 3A Fred Waltenburg Fred Waltenburg, 84 of Wiggins, died Monday', January 18, 2010 in Hattiesburg. Mr. Waltenburg was born in Port Huron, MI to Christy and Lillian Waltenburg. He served in the Merchant Marines and the US Coast Guard during WWII. He retired from Dunn Paper Company. He enjoyed woodworking in his spare time. He was a member of the VFW Post 4526 in Gulfport, the D'Iberville Moose Lodge 332, and the American Legion Post 119 in Gulfport. His parents and brother, Tom Waltenburg, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Waltenburg of Wiggins; daughters, Judy Dell of Winder, GA, Sandy (Dave) Strausser of Hodldnsville, Ky, and Chris (Mike) Dell of Lauranceville, GA; step- sons, Jack (Lisa) Williams of Luzerne, MI and Dan (Bobbie) Williams of Marine City, MI; step- daughters, Sherren (Bob) Young of Ontario, Canada and Linda (Paul) Jones of Florida; sisters, Carol (Bob) DeLong of Port Huron, MI and Ruth (Bob) Cooper of Salem, AR; brothers, Cliff Waltenburg of Kimball Township, MI and Charles (Ann) Waltenburg of Boynton Beach, FL; and numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and other family. Riemann Family Funeral Home, 11280 Three Rivers Rd., Gulfport is in charge of arrangements. John Purvis John T. Purvis Jr., 80 of Wiggins and formerly of Laurel, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Tuesday, January 19, 2OlO at Forrest General Hospital. Mr. Purvis was a member and deacon at Bethel Baptist Church in Wiggins. He was the owner of Wiggins Saw Company in Wiggins and he served in the U.S. Arm),. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. John T. Purvis, Sr.; sisters, Winnie Lou Stringer, Mildred Purvis and Ina Mae Kennedy; brothe~s James Pur~4s and Robert Purvis; and son-in-law, Monty "Tater" Howard, preceded him in death. Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Dorothy Purvis; children, Mike and Rita Purvis of Hattiesburg, Jenny and Brian Temple of Laurel, Randy and Cathy Purvis, Ronnie and Sarah Purvis and Tim and Debbie Purvis all of Wiggins; nine grandchildren, Candi (Tim) Eubanks, John T. (Vicki) Purvis III, Danielle Martin, Jason (Apret) Purvis, ,Jeremy Purvis, Jared Purvis, Steven Purvis, Krystal Purvis and Heather Purvis; five great grandchildren, Colby Martin, Tate Purvis, Jackson Purvis, Whitney Purvis and Kolt Purvis; sis- ters Joyce Thornton of Vicksburg, Ruby Nell Rogers of Mt. Pleasant, TX and Maureen Harrison of Houston, TX; honorary son and grandson, Bob and Charlie Wagner of Wiggins; and numerous nephews, nieces and his church family. Funeral services were held Saturday, January 23, from Bethel Baptist Church in Wiggins. In lieu of flowers, the family request donatiofls be made to Bethel Baptist Ch~trch Buildirig" Fund, PO Box lOOl, Wiggins, MS 39577. Moore Funeral Home in Wiggins was in charge of arrangements. Joe Willis Joe C. "J.C." Willis, loving husband, father, grandfa- ther and great-grandfather, left this earth and his suf- fering behind to go home to be with his Lord and Savior, J esus Christ on Sunday, January 24, 2OLO. J. C. leaves behind his precious wife of 68 years, Edilene; his daughter, Marie Fairchild; his sons, James "Buster" and wife, Debra, and Billy Joe and special..loving friend, Hwan Kim. Pawpaw Willis also leaves behind his beloved grandchildren, Jim Fairchild, Len and Danielle Fairchild, Clifton and Leta Willis, Jolene and Eric Strickland, Kim and Daniel Davion, and Jody Willis and fiancee, James Sweet; and great-grandchildren, Kelsey, Kirsten and Lauren Willis and Braden, Carson, Ava and Cela Rose Stricldand. J. C. was born in McHenry in 1925 and resided there his entire life with the exception of a short time when he and Edilene resided in New Orleans and when he proudly served his country in the Army in World War II. He was preceded in death by his mother, Georgia "Finer Willis; his father, William C. Willis; and his grandparents, ,Jim and Emma Bond Tiner, who raised him after the death of his mother when he was an infant. He often spoke of Nannie & Poppa "Finer and their great influence on his life. J. C. was also proceeded in death by his special son-in-law, Hartley Fairchild, and his aunt, Bertha Tiner Melancon. J. C. was a lifelong mem- ber of McHenry First Baptist Church where he was Deacon Emeritus. He served in many capacities including church treasurer for over 20 years. J. C. was known for his love and support of the church where he often quietly pro- vided assistance in his humble manner. He was instrumental in building the current sanctuary and provided labor and timber" for it. He was always hap- piest when serving the .Lord and he answered Jesus' call to join Him for Sunday Services in Heaven the morning he died. J. C. was a heavy equip- ment operator and was self-employed for naany years running his own Caterpillar bulldozer. He was known as one of the best dozer operators in South Mississippi where he cleared a lot of land and built many ponds. He was also employed, in his early years, at the shipyard in New Orleans and helped build the sand beach on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. The visitation was held at Moore Funeral Home Chapel in Wiggins on Monday, January 25. Funeral services were held at the chapel at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26 with burial in the McHenry Gardens Cemetery, where J. C. cleared the land for the cemetery. Rev. Wayne Flurry, a dear friend of the family, con- ducted the services. Pallbearers included his grandson, Jim and Len Fairchild and Clifton Willis; grandsons-in-law, Eric Strickland and Daniel Davion; and family friend, Tommy Hill. Honorary pallbearers included Robert Taylor, David Newbill, Pete Butler and George McGee. Music was provided by Karen McQueen and Debrah Webb, vocalist. The family has been tremendously blessed by so many people who have cared for J. C. during his extended illness and we thank each of you. You will never know what your lov- ing care for him has meant to each of us. Special thanks to Dr. Song and the staff of Stone County Hospital and the Rehab facility. Also, we want to express our sincerest appreciation to Dawn, PawPaw's special nurse, who cared for him at the end. Dawn, you were sent by God to minister to us in our time of need and your gentle care for PawPaw and the love you showed for him and our family will never be forgotten. To our friends and family, espe- dally our church family, at McHenry First Baptist Uap- Church, you are a blessing and your love for J. C. and our family has strength- ened and encouraged us through the past four years. God bless you all. DEATH NOTICES Mr. Michael "Miekey" Dale Baxter, 57 of Ocean Springs died Fri., Jan. 22, 2ore. Services were held Tues., Jan. 26 from the Ocean Springs Chapel of Bradford O'Keefe Funeral Home. Mr. Ronald Anthony Chetta, 74 of Waveland died Sun., Jan. 24, 2010 in Waveland. Graveside serv- ices will be held at lO a.m., Wed., Jan. 27 at Garden of Memory Cemetery in Bay St. Louis. Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis is in charge of arrangements. Doris L. Dobrowski, 68 of Escatawpa died Fri., Jan. 22, 2OLO. Funeral services were held Tues., Jan. 26 at St. John's Episcopal Church, Pascagoula. Burial is in ,Jackson County Memorial Park Cemetery, Pascagoula. Heritage Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. C~II Ha rd : ay to RequeS~ Your FREE: e: Mosl AARP~ taembers:qual~ tot a~ immature phone quote+ Ple~tse have your t~livy heady, Looking Back Preumted by Bank of Wiggins - Serving You Since 1916 Compiled by Charlotte Wippler (All information for I~oking Back is taken as it originally appears.) to Years Ago From the Wednesday, January 26, 2000 issne of the Stone County Ente~e. According to Wiggins Police Chief, Steve Compston, two Stone County men were charged with five counts of auto burglary. oPic: Mrs. Lucille Parker Whittington celebrated her 9~st birthday, with a party in her honor at her home. Obituaries included: Vondell Alexander, 77 of Perkinston. z5 Years Age From the Thursday, Janlmry 31, 1985 issue of the Stone County Enterprise: Pie: The Dixie National Rodeo Train spent the night at the Stone County Fairgrounds on their annual ride to Jackson from Gulfport, MS. Pie: The newly organized Stone County Association of Teachers, elected officers. They were Nettie O'Steen, reporter, Betty Calvin, secretary, Floyd Davis, president, Robin Anisworth, vice president and Jessie Johnson, treasurer. Stone County School District stu- dents, participated in the Job tlJ I I Postage for a first class letter fl'om 20 cents to 22 cents. Obituaries included: Rowan Fortner, 73 of Wiggins, Wilford J. Morgan, 19 of Saucier, Helen Butts, 64 of Wiggins, and Lee Roy E. Warfield, 78 of Gulfport, 5oYears Ago From the Thursday, January 28, 196o issue of the Stone County Enterprise: C.E. Dees Jr. of Perkinston was re- elected vice president of the Perkinston Junior College Board. The I96o Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow in Home Vocational High School was senior Theresa Moore. She is the daughter of Mr. & Mrs IL Lewis Moore, of Wiggins. The annual banquet/meeting of the Junior Chamber of Commerce and their employees was held at the Anchor Care. Sammy Hathorn. son of Mr. & Mrs. Billy Hathorn, of Wiggins, was named to the Singing River All-Conference Basketball Team. Playing at the Staub Theater: Shane, with Alan Ladd, Hound of the Baskervilles, with Peter Cushing, and The Man Who Understood Women, Shadowing program. Students in grades with Henry Fonda. fifth, eighth and twelfth were given the Playing at the GIo Drive-In: opportunity to shadow employees in a Westbound. with Randolph Scott, plus variety of career/jobs, a cartoon. (Taken frt~n the F~+ t944 Bank of Wiggins insert) War's Essentials America possesses superiori~ in the four essentials needed to win the War; Men, Food, Material and Money. For generations her fighting soldiers, sailors and marines have given a glorious account of themselves in many wars and countless battles. America's farms yield in abundance and her factories lead the world in the production of food and munitions. And rich in wealth beyond the dreams of Midas, this nation can finance the gigantic strug- gle to a victorious end. So buy bonds and salt something down in sav- ings for the leaner years to come, that our returning sons may be financed to build again. Bank of Wiggins