Obituaries 12-28-23

December 26, 2023


May 20, 1951-Dec. 24, 2023

Funeral services for Clarice Dier, 72, of Meadville, will be at 11 a.m.

on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023 from Middleton Creek Primitive Baptist Church

in Meadville, with Elder Tom Griffin officiating. Visitation will be

from 5-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023 and resume from 10 a.m. until

time of service on Thursday, Dec. 28, 2023, all at the church.

Following the funeral service, interment will take place in the church


Born on May 20, 1951 to J.J. Wallace, Sr., and Vera Mae Grooms Wallace,

she enjoyed working in her flower beds and spending time with her

family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend.

She died on Sunday, Dec. 24, 2023 at her residence.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Tammy Deir and Thomas

Griffin of Meadville; her son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Pam Dier of

Meadville; her brother and sister-in-law, Dennis and Janet Wallace of

Meadville; her sister and brother-in-law, Sharon Wallace and Davis Smith

of Roxie; her grandchildren, Kimberly Dier Canton, Kayla Dier Byrd,

Matthew Thomas Dier, Abigail Griffin Riddle, Joshua Roan Griffin and

Rebekah Claire Griffin; and her great-grandchildren, Kyler Grace Canton,

Madeline Michelle Byrd, Magnolia Denise Byrd and Riggs Thomas Dier.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Thomas Roan Dier;

a son, Michael Thomas Dier; her brothers, J.J. Wallace, Jr., Kenneth

Wallace and Larry Wallace; and her sister, Linda Wallace Murray.

Pallbearers will be Cody Canton, Cory Byrd, Joshua Griffin, Kenneth

Riddle, Malvin Dier and Matthew Dier.

Special thank you to Karen Touchstone, DNP, and the staff for Franklin

Medical Group for their loving care of the family's dear mother.

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Franklin Funeral Home of Meadville is in charge of arrangements.


Sept. 24, 1942-Dec. 18, 2023

Funeral services for Robert Leon Burris, 81, were conducted on Saturday,

Dec. 23, 2023 from Ebenezer Methodist Church.

Interment followed at the church cemetery.

Born in McCall Creek on Sept. 24, 1942 to Leon and Gladys (Arnold)

Burris, he served his country in the United States Army National Guard.

He was a true outdoorsman, enjoying the simpler things in life. Hunting

and fishing were a source of pleasure for him, especially being able to

teach his children and grandchildren how to fish. He was also a tractor

enthusiast and enjoyed bush hogging.

He was a great community leader and treasured the times he could help

any of his neighbors and friends. He was a faithful husband, father and

grandfather, and he will be greatly missed by those who loved him.

He died on Monday, Dec. 18, 2023 at UMMC in Jackson.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Janet Buris; his former wife of

30 years, Brenda Burris; his children, Tony Burris, Rebecca Vasilenko

and Teresa Chiles; his sister, Carolyn White; four grandchildren,

Kimberly, Cassie, Tony and Summer; two great-grandchildren, Abbigale and

Conner; and other loving family members and friends.

Flowers may be sent to Ebenezer Methodist Church in McCall Creek on

behalf of Robert L. Burns, or memorial donations may be sent to The

Alzheimer's Research Foundation, 207 W. Jackson St., 2nd Floor, Suite 1,

Ridgeland, MS 39157.

Condolences and other information are available online at

Riverwood Family Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.