Obituaries, 1/18/06


Ina Merle Gaskin Beatty


PULASKI — Ina Merle Gaskin Beatty, 84, a homemaker died Jan. 9, 2006, at home.

Services were held Jan. 11 at New Goodhope Baptist Church in Pulaski with burial in the church cemetery. Ott & Lee Funeral Home in Forest handled arrangements.

Mrs. Beatty was the mother of the Rev. Leo Beatty, pastor of Louin and Read’s Chapel United Methodist churches.

Mrs. Beatty was a native of Burns and had been a resident of Pulaski for the past 65 years. She was a longtime active member of The New Goodhope Baptist Church in Pulaski.

Other survivors include: her husband of 65 years, Fred Beatty of Pulaski; sons, Kenneth Beatty of Pulaski and Michael Beatty of Pulaski; daughters, Beverly Boozer of Albuquerque, N.M., and Pulaski; and seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to New Goodhope Baptist Church New Goodhope Rd., Pulaski, MS 39152.

Mary Burkholder Genesse

retired floral designer

WESTON, Fla. – Mary Burkholder Genesse, 89, died Jan. 2, 2006 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease.

Services were held Jan. 6.

Mrs. Genesse was the mother of the Rev. Jim Genesse, pastor of Long Beach, Miss., First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Genesse was born near Jackson, Ga., in 1916 and moved to Miami with her sister Clara Mullis in the 1930s. She married Kenneth Burkholder of Coconut Grove in 1939. They were married until the 1950s.

Mrs. Genesse was an independent woman, supporting herself and raising her daughter by working as a floral designer in Miami and Miami Shores for over 25 years. She married Joseph Genesse in 1977 and was with him until his death.

Other survivors include: brother, C. Lance Williams of San Diego; daughter, Georgia Ann Bell; and two grandsons.


Sam B. Jones Jr.
retired farmer

— Sam Booker Jones Jr. 78, died Dec. 30, 2005, at his home after a brief illness.

Services were Jan. 2, 2006 at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Frank Burton officiating. Burial was in the Henry Cemetery. Pallbearers were Orville King, Herman Gary, John D. Mercier II, Dr. William Jackson, Greg Cooley, James Chappell and Herman Gray. Honorary pallbearers were Clifford Worsham, John Foster Dean, George R. Mercier and the Bill Sharp Sunday School Class. McPeters Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Mr. Jones was the father of the Rev. Ginger Holland, a clergy member of the Mississippi Conference of The United Methodist Church.

He was born Nov. 18, 1927, in Corinth to Sam B. Jones Jr. and Olivia Ophelia Parks Jones. He was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Corinth. He was a member of the Bill Sharp Sunday School Class. He served in every area of leadership in the church including the Finance Committee, Pastor Parish Relations Committee, Nominating Committee, Administrative Board and as a steward and an usher. He was an avid reader and participated in Bible studies throughout his lifetime.

He lived on the family farm near Rock Hill most of his early years and attended Corinth City School, graduating from Farmington High School in 1946. In addition to farming, he was employed by the Coleman Funeral Home, the Gulf Transport Co. where he drove a mail bus, and was retired from the Corinth and Counce Railroad after 30 years service as an engineer.

He was a member of the Mississippi Cattlemen's Association, the National and American Rifle Associations and the Alcorn and McNairy county forestry associations.

Other survivors include: wife of 46 years, Virginia Staggs Jones, and two granddaughters.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church, 901 North Fillmore St., Corinth, MS 38834, or to Itawamba Community College, Wesley Foundation, 807 W. Main St., Fulton, MS 38843.

Jack Alfred Pace
Former state senator

MAGEE — Jack Alfred Pace, 88, founder of Pace Oil Company died at his residence on Monday, Jan. 9, 2006.

Funeral services were held Jan.11 at First United Methodist Church of Magee.

Mr. Pace was born March 9, 1917, in Conehatta and grew up in Philadelphia. After graduating from Philadelphia High School, he attended East Central Community College on an athletic scholarship, later continuing his education at Southern Mississippi Veterans Administration School.

Mr. Pace began his business career by buying a Sinclair service station in Hattiesburg, but World War II put his career on hold. He joined the U.S. Army on March 3, 1942, and served in the European Theater until Jan. 21, 1946. He rose to the rank of sergeant and saw duty in the Battle of the Bulge.

After returning to Hattiesburg, Mr. Pace became a wholesale oil jobber for Sinclair Oil and started night classes at Mississippi Southern. He also married Mary Louise, who would be his wife for 54 years, until her death in 2000. In 1946, he founded Pace Oil Co. Mr. Pace retired in 1982, leaving the family business to his son, Alfred Pace, and daughter, Jacqueline Gordy.

Mr. Pace was elected to two terms in the Mississippi Senate, 1960-1964 and 1968-1972. He served on various committees, including Finance and Oil and Gas. He was actively involved in many state and local organizations.

He organized the Magee Civic Club and was president of the Magee Chamber of Commerce for two years. He was named Magee’s Outstanding Citizen by the Chamber in 1989 and chosen for the Magee Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2003, he received a commendation for his public service and philanthropy from the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Mr. Pace was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church, where he served on every committee in the church. He taught the Men’s Bible Class for 57 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Louise Pace, and sisters, Faye Hartung, Elizabeth Simmons, Margie Wilkins and Myra Nell Hannah. Other survivors include: brother, Joe Pace of Magee; and four grandchildren and two great-children.

Memorials may be made to the building fund at First United Methodist Church of Magee.