On Friday, May 8, 2015 Jesus needed a musician and took home to be with him Alfriza O. Acker.
Al, as he was affectionately called, passed at 12:43 am at Westminster Commons Rehabilitation Center located in Atlanta, GA. Al was visiting his longtime friend, cousin and Godson, Thaddis C. Pouncey Jr. and his family.
Al, a lifelong resident of Bay St. Louis, first began his illustrious career in music with the band playing tenor saxophone at VCJ, Valena C. Jones High School located in Bay St Louis, MS. Al and his longtime friend, Charles Johnson, were very familiar with VCJ before attending as they began to sing with the high school choir while in elementary school. Alís class of 1970 was the first to graduate from Bay High School.
His first job out of Strait Business College, New Orleans in 1973, was as a teacher with the Headstart program which was located at St. Rose de Lima Church. Al learned many things at his first job from the wonderful Jean Dorsey. His next job he worked for the State of Mississippi Department of Health and Human Services. For the next 35 years he would come in contact with many people whom he assisted and changed their lives through his love for people. He retired in July 2014.
A self taught pianist, Al began his music ministry at First Missionary Baptist Church in Bay St Louis. In 1973, he became the director of the youth choir and around the same time he began working with New Hope Baptist Church in his parentís home of Pearlington, MS. Al then began to work as a choir director with Goodwill Baptist Church, Pass Christian, MS where he was a faithful servant until his death. Al was also the Choir Director of St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church, Bay St Louis for over 25 years where he and his choir would play at many venues such as the House of Blues, Jazz Festival, and many requests by community churches. Through generous gifts of a parishioner, Mr. Heidingsfelder, St. Rose de Lima Choir was able to professionally record music that will forever be uplifting to many. Al became a member of St. Rose de Lima after going through the RCIA classes before marrying the beautiful Lucinda Lizana Acker on August 10, 1985.
Al was dedicated to his music ministry and played at St. Rose and Goodwill each Sunday for the past 25 years. He was the consummate gentleman and a pillar of the community. He would work for the state in the day and God at night. If you knew him, you knew he never met a stranger. Al was preceded in death by his wife, Lucinda Acker; his parents, Laura and Sidney Acker.
There was a Memorial Musical at Goodwill Baptist Church on Friday, May 15, 2015.
Funeral Services were held at St. Rose de Lima Catholic Church, Bay St. Louis, Saturday, May 16, 2015. Sign online guest registry at LOCKETTWILLIAMS.COM.
Ethel Elizabeth Pinke Baxter passed away on May 19, 2015, at Memorial Hospital Gulfport, Miss. Ethel Baxter was born on December 11, 1916, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, to James Pinke and Elizabeth Haunack Pinke, originally of Budapest, Hungary. Ethel grew up with her siblings Margaret and Jimmy in Saskatoon, until the family migrated to Ellisville, Miss., in the 1920s and eventually settled in Pass Christian, Miss. Ethel proudly served as assistant manager and then manager of the Bay-Waveland Yacht Club throughout the 1970s and 80s where her love for cooking and serving the local community was harvested.
Ethel leaves behind her children Clay Baxter and daughter-in-law Yvette, of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; Hermann Baxter and daughter-in-law Marcia, of Marietta, Ga.; Laurie Baxter Turfitt,of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; and Brian Baxter, of St. Petersburg, Fla. Grandchildren and their spouses and children are as follows: Amber Turfitt Kidd and her daughters Kathryn, Lauryn and Amelia, of Pass Christian, Miss.; Tommy and Holly Turfitt and their children Thomas, Ava and Mae, of Waveland, Miss.; Baxter and Kaley Turfitt and their son Porter, of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; and Sarah and Rob Quatela, of Suwanee, Ga. Ethel is also survived by many, many nieces and nephews.
The visitation is on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, from 9:30 am until 11:00 am at Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS with a Prayer Service at 11:00 am. Interment will follow in Garden of Memory Cemetery in Bay St. Louis, MS.
Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS is in charge of the arrangements.
Rupert Earl Breland, age 80, born on May 18, 1935 in Bogalusa, LA, passed away on Friday, May 22, 2015 at St. Tammany Parish Hospital in Covington, LA.
He was a Member and Deacon of Superior Avenue Baptist Church and also taught Sunday School for many years. He was an ordained Baptist Minister. He taught school in Louisiana and Mississippi for 40 years. Former First Vice President of Louisiana Teachers Association. Boy Scout Leader Troop 86. He made three canoe trips to Canada with scouting. Former President of the Bogalusa Lions Club. Former Citizen of the year in 1972. Honored by the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Commission for years of teaching hunter safety.
He is survived by his wife, Bertha Nell Breland of Bogalusa, LA; one daughter, Cynthia Ann Wallace and husband Brad of Bogalusa, LA; two sons, Rupert Earl "Buddy" Breland, II and wife Sherri of Bogalusa, LA and Baron B. Breland and wife Julie of Mobile, AL; one sister, Gail Griffin and husband Bill of Pearlington, MS; one brother, Don L. Breland of Diamondhead, MS; eight grandchildren, Emily McCrary and husband Brian, Erin Gonzales and husband Guillermo, Rupert Earl "Roo" Breland, III, Rory Nathaniel, Heather Boyet and husband Dwayne, Kaley Breland, Anna Claire Breland and Nicholas Peterson Breland; two great-grandchildren, Ethan Boyet and Hattie Gonzales.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Mittie Breland; granddaughter, Sara-Katherine Breland; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Lewis and Maudina Harper; two brothers, Dan Strahan and Ronnie Breland; sister-in-law, Brenda Grayson.
Visitation will be held at Poole-Ritchie Funeral Home on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 5:00 P.M. - 9:00 P.M.
Visitation will continue at Superior Avenue Baptist Church on Sunday, May 24, 2015 from 12:00 noon - 1:30 P.M. The Funeral Services will be held at 1:30 P.M. with Rev. Clay Norwood and Rev. Paul Corse officiating. Entombment to follow at Sanctuary of Peace Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Venture Crew 313 c/o Col. Bobby Miller or Superior Avenue Baptist Church.
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Paul Anthony Hall, 43, of Bay St. Louis, MS, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2015, in Bay St. Louis, MS.
He was a wonderful and loving husband, father, son, brother and uncle who will be sadly missed by family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his father, J.D. Earl Hall, Sr.
He is survived by his wife, Carmen W. Hall of Bay St. Louis, MS, two daughters, Natasha Nicole Hall of Bay St. Louis, MS, Cheyenne Cecilia Hall of Bay St. Louis, MS, mother, Geraldine Hall of Holden, LA, brother, J.D. Earl (Robin) Hall of Bay St. Louis, MS, four nieces, Amanda Kate Hammann of Bay St. Louis, MS, Alex Dobson of Bay St. Louis, MS, Leigha Dear of Bay St. Louis, MS, Trista Dear of Bay St. Louis, MS, three nephews, Landon Dear of Bay St. Louis, MS, Jonathon Wheeler of Bay St. Louis, MS, J.D. Earl Hall, III of Bay St. Louis, MS, father and mother-in-law, Helen and Guy M. Wheeler Sr., brother-in-law, Guy M. (Shelli) Wheeler and sister-in-law, Yvonne (David) Dear.
The visitation will be held on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS, from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon with a Prayer Service at noon. Interment will follow in Rotten Bayou Cemetery in Kiln, MS.
Edmond Fahey Funeral Home in Bay St. Louis, MS, is in charge of arrangements.