Obituaries 12/7/05


Rev. Truman D. Brooks

retired pastor

OLIVE BRANCH – The Rev. Truman Darnell Brooks, 84, a retired United Methodist minister, died Nov. 21, 2005, at Methodist University Hospital.

Services were held Nov. 25 at Senatobia First United Methodist Church. Brantley Funeral Home of Olive Branch handled arrangements.

Rev. Brooks served churches in West Point, Hollandale, Greenwood, Fulton, Amory, Clarksdale and Eudora. He also served as  superintendent of the New Albany District and as director of the crusade for pensions.

Survivors included: daughter, Wanda Brooks Mosley of Clinton son, Larry Oakley Brooks of Cordova, Tenn.; and three grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to your local United Methodist church, Northwest Community College or Mississippi State University Foundation.


Helene Brame Fleming

clergy spouse

Helene Brame Fleming, 87, a clergy spouse, died Nov. 12, 2005, following a brief illness.

Services were held Nov. 15 at Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church with burial in Parkway Memorial Cemetery in Ridgeland.

Born on June 17, 1918, in Meridian to John and Prudie Brame, Mrs. Fleming grew up in Meridian and attended Blue Mountain College. She worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture prior to her marriage in 1939. She served in her husband’s regular ministerial appointments to Methodist churches in Porterville, Puckett, Terry, Ridgeland, Epworth in Jackson (1963-1969), Lucedale, Newton, Mendenhall, Braxton and Harrisville. For the past 20 years, Mrs. Fleming was a member at Galloway United Methodist Church, where her husband served as a minister of visitation.

In all these churches, Mrs. Fleming was active in the choirs, church schools, the Susannah societies and especially in the United Methodist Women’s circles, including her serving as president of Galloway’s Circle #2 until recently.

For the past 30 years, Mrs. Fleming created unique framed art with preserved flowers. She has been an invited participant at craft fairs throughout the state and her talents and techniques have been featured in numerous newspaper and magazine articles.

Survivors include: husband, the Rev. G. Harold Fleming of Jackson; daughter, Virginia Barlow of Brandon; son, George H. Fleming, Jr. of Raleigh, N.C.; four grandchildren, and a great-granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to Galloway Memorial United Methodist Church, 305 North Congress St., Jackson, MS 39201.



Rev. Mary M Hearn

retired pastor

HARRISONBURG, Va. — The Rev. Mary M. Hearn, 67, a United Methodist pastor formerly of Columbus, Miss., died Aug. 23, 2005, at Avante Nursing Home after a lengthy illness.

Services were held Aug. 29 at St. James United Methodist Church in Columbus with the Rev. Fred Brown officiating. Burial was in Memorial Gardens in Columbus. The United Methodist Men of St. James served as pall bearers. Century Hairston Funeral Home handled arrangements.

Rev. Hearn was born March 21, 1938, in Duck Hill, Miss. She was the youngest child of the late Rev. Oscar and Savannah Mondy. She had eight brothers and sisters. She lived most of her adult life in Columbus before moving to Harrisonburg due to illness to live with her son and daughter-in-law.

She graduated from Springhill High School in Duck Hill and attended Rust College in Holly Springs, Miss., where she received a degree in secondary education. She taught history in the Columbus Municipal School System for 35 years at both Hunt High and Lee High schools. She received her master of education from Mississippi University for Women in Columbus and received a master of divinity from Memphis Theological Seminary as well as becoming an ordained elder in The United Methodist Church. Rev. Hearn studied at Mississippi State University, Tuskegee Institute and the University of Mississippi.

Rev. Hearn was active in her church prior to entering the ordained ministry. She was Sunday school teacher, sang in the choir and worked in other organizations while a member of St. James UMC. When called to ministry,  she started as a diaconal minister, taking classes at Wood Junior College in Mathiston, Miss. Rev. Hearn was a pastor in the Starkville District  for about 15 years. Her last appointment was with Boyd Chapel and Pleasant Grove in the Sturgis, Miss., and Louisville, Miss., areas, respectively. She helped build a new church at Boyd Chapel in Sturgis and started raising money for Pleasant Grove in Louisville.

She was a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Rust College Alumni, United Methodist Women and Women with a Call International.  She worked to raise money for United Way and United Negro College Fund through the Golden Triangle Rust Club UNCF Campaign, the church and her sorority. 

Three brothers preceded her in death.

Survivors include: sons, Terrence L. Hearn Sr. of Harrisonburg, Marcus A. Hearn of Starkville, Miss., daughters Latounya Trimeul of Columbus, Latanya Bush of Crawford, Miss., and Tracey Hearn of Brooksville, Miss.; brothers, Clarence Mondy and Homer Mondy of Grand Rapids, J.T. Mondy of Grenada, Miss.; sisters Lela Mae Harris of Gary, Ind., and Emma Jean Brewster of Grand Rapids; and 11 grandchildren.


Rev. Jerry Lee Salley

pastor, retired educator

MERIDIAN – The Rev. Jerry Lee Salley, 62, a United Methodist pastor and retired educator, died Nov. 23, 2005, at Rush Foundation Hospital.

Services were held Nov. 26 at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Clarksdale with burial in Memorial Gardens Cemetery. National Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Rev. Salley was born on Oct. 31, 1943, in Indianola, to the late Oscar E. and Edna Timbs Salley. He graduated from Delta State University and was involved in many aspects of education and administration at Coahoma Community College and Agriculture High School. He retired after more than 27 years and was the assistant to the president. After retiring, he attended Memphis Theological Seminary graduating with a master’s of theology degree.  In addition to ministry, he also traveled the country presenting “Jerry Salley as Mark Twain.” In the past he served as pastor at  Friars Point in Lula and Longtown. He was serving as the minister of Sageville and Wesley United Methodist Churches in Meridian.

Survivors include: wife, Peggy Chalk Salley; daughters, Liza Salley Shannon of Columbus and Carol Johnson Borgognoni of Lambert; sons, Christopher Lee Salley of Siloam Springs, Ark. and Carl Johnson of Oklahoma City; brothers, Oscar E. Salley Jr. of Dallas, Danny Salley of Tennessee; sister, Edna Salley Jennings of Arkansas; 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Meridian District VIM Ramp Project, 6210 Hwy 39 North, Meridian, MS 39305 or Heifer Project Int., P.O. Box 8058 Little Rock, AR 72203 or to