Sunday, November 14, 2010
GREENVILLE - Funeral arrangements for Sarah Andrews, 96, of Greenville are pending at Redmon Funeral Home, Greenville. She died Nov. 11, 2010, at her home.
Memphis-Clara R. Lepri, 93, of Memphis, Tennessee, formerly of Pine Bluff, passed away Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at Signature Healthcare in Memphis.
Born January 2, 1917, in Lake Village, Arkansas, she was a daughter of the late Marino and Carrie Ripanti Mengucci. She was reared and received her early education in Altheimer, Arkansas, attending schools there.
She and her family moved to the Pine Bluff area in 1936. Mrs. Lepri worked as a waitress for several restaurants around Pine Bluff, including the Snow White Grill for over 25 years, retiring in 1967.
She was a faithful member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Pine Bluff, where she was a member of the Altar Society. She was a longtime volunteer with St. Joseph Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser. Mrs. Lepri was also a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and did volunteer work at John L. McCellan Veterans Hospital in Little Rock, Arkansas. She received recognition for 1000 hours of volunteer work with the hospital.
She was preceded in death by her former husband and father of her children, Gino J. Lepri, Sr.; her son Gino J. Lepri, Jr.; her brothers, Sylvia Mengucci and Henry J. Mengucci; and her sisters, Teresa M. Maxfield,Sister Mary Virginia, O.S.B. and stepsister,Josephine Burnetti.
She is survived by her daughter Teresa M. Taylor (William E.), of Collierville, Tennessee; her daughter-in-law, Nancy Jeter Lepri, of Greenville, Mississippi; seven grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.
A vigil service was held 5 p.m., Friday, November 12, 2010, in the Chapel of Ralph Robinson & Son. Funeral Mass was held 11:00 AM, Saturday, November 13, 2010 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Burial followed in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Friends may sign the online register at http://www.ralphrobinsonandson.com">www.ralphrobinsonandson.com.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105 or to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 412 West 6th Avenue, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601.
Indianola - Vickie Willoughby McNutt, 51, of Indianola died Thursday, November 11, 2010 at her home. A memorial service was held Saturday, November 13, 2010 at 4 p.m. at Burton Funeral Home in Indianola. Burton Funeral Home of Indianola was in charge of arrangements.
CLARKSDALE - Funeral services for Pamela Toombs, 43, of Clarksdale were at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Old Antioch, Sumner. She died Nov. 10, 2010, at North MS Regional Medical Center, Clarksdale. Burial was in Community Cemetery, Sumner, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville.
Survivors include her father, Henry Griffin of Rome; mother, Mary L. Murphy of Tutwiler; son, Xavier Toombs of Clarksdale; brothers, Ervin Griffin of Jacksonville, Fla., Cedric Griffin of Drew, Hurbert Murphy Tutwiler, Ronnie Murphy of Tunica, and William Earl Toombs, Derrick Murphy and Christopher Murphy, all of Clarksdale; sisters, Stephanie Shea Murphy of Tupelo and Debra Toombs of Clarksdale; and one grandchild, Brenda Walker of Tutwiler.
Visitation was Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville.
The Rev. Hurbert Murphy officiated.
GREENVILLE - The passing of Seymour Weiss Friday morning will leave a big hole in the hearts of many, and in the rich history of Greenville.
Graveside services for Seymour Weiss, 79, of Greenville will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 15 at Greenville Cemetery under the direction of Boone-Wells Funeral Home. He died Friday, November 12 at Delta Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends 1:00 1:45 p.m. Monday, November 15 at Boone-Wells Funeral Home.
Mr. Weiss was preceded in death by his son, John Gerald Weiss, his wife, Elizabeth Wright Weiss, and a stepson, Jim Wright.
He is survived by two sons, David Seymour Weiss of Greenville and Richard Picard Weiss (Mickey) of Casa Grande, Ariz; two stepchildren, Eleanor F. Wright of Birmingham, Ala., and Eddie Wright of Kentucky; a granddaughter, Megan Weiss of Jackson; and two nieces, Jeana Weiss of Diamond Head and Anona W. Fosberg of New Orleans.
Just Seymour, as he was known to all, was a visionary, a business man, a patron of the arts, and a philanthropist. He dedicated his life to the betterment of Greenville through his civic leadership, his hospitality, and his promotion of the arts.
No project was too big or too small for him to tackle, and Seymour was always hands-on to make sure the job went as he thought it should with every detail completed to perfection.
Seymour was born in New Orleans on October 27, 1931. He attended Isadore Newman School and graduated from the University of Virginia in 1952. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City to work for Saks Fifth Avenue. After a stint in Memphis, Seymour moved to Greenville in 1965 to go into business with Charles Hafter in Hafter’s of Downtown Greenville.
Seymour quickly became the arbiter of fashion in the Delta. He specialized in designer clothing and custom made clothing for ladies. He introduced numerous trends to the area and clothed women impeccably for any occasion.
“Seymour’s eye for design was incredible as was his knowledge of textiles and fabrics,” stated Marilyn Dattel, one of Seymour’s friends and former owner of Hafter’s.
While at Hafter’s Seymour produced a fundraiser/fashion show for the Greenville Symphony.
With the help of the Greenville Symphony League the fashion show, equipped with runway, professional models, and productions numbers, was the largest event of its kind in the area. Seymour later served as president and treasurer of the symphony.
Seymour had a vision of how the arts community should incorporate the civic community. He served as an ambassador for Greenville to many visiting groups by hosting luncheons, dinners, and concerts in his home, Somoa. His hospitality was legendary, as he made his home a showplace inside and out. It was not uncommon for Somoa to have a luncheon for the visitors from one of the riverboats, and then dinner that night to host a fundraiser for Junior Women’s Club.
Delta Center Stage and the Twin City Theater also benefited from Seymour’s dramatic talents. He served at treasurer and president of DCS and performed in several productions.
“Who could forget Seymour as the Ghost of Christmas Past!’ recalls Tim Bixler, director of DCS.
Seymour’s joy in life was helping others reach their potential. Many times he funded young artists to further their studies or purchased artwork to catapult careers. He loved facilitating partnerships to attain mutual rewards.
Seymour brought art organizations together to produce greater performances or concerts than could ever be achieved singularly. He arranged for the Mississippi Symphony to have its inaugural performance in Greenville. He worked tirelessly to create any atmosphere where art of all kinds could flourish in Greenville.
Seymour was one of the orginal founders of the Greenville Arts Council, having been a guiding force in the first “A Time Has Come” celebration. Through his fundraising as well as assistance with the restoration of the auditorium, he laid the groundwork for all the arts to be housed in the E.E.Bass Cultural Arts Center.
Several honors had a special place in Seymour’s heart. He was awarded the Governor’s Award of Excellence of the State of Mississippi (Outstanding Volunteer), and served on the Mississippi Arts Commission.
But the awards he received from his peers in Greenville meant the most to him. He was King of the Junior Auxilliary Ball in 1994. He was given the Ben Wasson Award by Delta Center Stage and the Volunteer of the Year Award by the Greenville Arts Council at Greenville Honors Its Own.
Seymour also won the Jake Stein Award. Seymour served on the William Alexander Percy Library board and was the Special Events Chair of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce. He was also the first honorary male member of the Greenville Garden Club.
Not only did Seymour give to the arts. he also gave of his time to both the Hebrew Union Temple as he assisted in the maintance of the cemetery and to St. James Episcopal Church as the Grounds and Landscape Committee. He was also a Lectur at St. James.
Seymour dedicated his life to finding beauty - to surround himself with it and to offer it to others to appreciate. He was selfless in wanting others to enjoy what he had found.
Weiss is survived by his sons David Seymour Weiss of Greenville; Richard Picard Weiss( Mickey) of Phoenix; two stepchildren Eleanor F. Wright of Birmingham, Ala., and Eddie Wright of Sharpsburg, Ky.; and a granddaughter Megan Weiss, of Jackson. and two neices Jeana Weiss, of Diamond Head; and Anona W. Fosberg, of New Orleans. He is preceeded in death by his son John Gerald Weiss and his wife Elizabeth Wright Weiss and stepson Jim Wright.
PONTIAC, MICH. - Funeral services for James Young, 57, of Pontiac, Mich. will be at 1 p.m. Monday at New Jerusalem Church, Ruleville. He died Nov. 6, 2010, at St. Joseph Mercy, Pontiac. Burial will be in Delta Heights, Cleveland, under the direction of Byas Funeral Home, Ruleville.
Survivors include his mother, Mary Young of Ruleville; daughters, Taneisha Young of Belden and Tameka Gilbert of Pontiac, Mich.; brothers, Claude Young of Ruleville and Matt Lust of Pontiac; sisters, Ceola Causey of Drew, Elnora Lust of Memphis and Magnolia Crawford of Ruleville; and two grandchildren.
Visitation is today from 1 to 3 p.m. at Byas Funeral Home, Cleveland.
The Rev. Marlene Merrell will officiate.