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Mr. Floydell L. Jackson

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday May 19, 2018, 11:00am

Location: Hollywood Baptist Church/77 Hollywood Road, Fayette, Mississippi

        

Interment: Hollywood Baptist Church Cemetery, Fayette, Mississippi

 

TAPS - "Day is Done, Gone the sun, from the Lakes, from the hills, from the sky. All is well. Safely rest. God is nigh".

 

Starting the Race -" You, however, know all about my teaching, my way of life, my purpose, faith, patience, love, endurance". 2 Timothy 3: 10 (NIV)

 

Master Sergeant Floydell L. Jackson was born February 18, 1964 in Claiborne County to the late Grover and Gracie Jackson. He confessed Christ at an early age in the community of Pattison, MS. His early education began in Port Gibson, MS and he later transferred to Jefferson County and graduated from Jefferson County High School in 1982, lettering three years in Football, Track, and Baseball.

 

MSgt Jackson had a free spirit, a listening ear, an open-heart filled with love, and had the patience of Job. He walked by Faith and not by sight. He was filled with laugher. For he knew that "a good laugh heals a lot of hurt" (Madeleine L'Engle); he would argue that "even God loved Jokes (Plato). If you encountered MSgt Jackson your day would be filled with laughter.

 

Running the Race - "I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong". Ecclesiastes 9: 11 (AKJV).

 

MSgt Jackson received a Baseball/Football Scholarship to Alcorn State University, where he received a Bachelor's Degree and graduated in 1989. He received his Master Degree in Management Science in March, 2010. He worked for a Marketing Firm before entering the Air Force at the age of 26. After completion of Basic Training (Lackland AFB, TX) and Technical Training School (Keesler AFB, MS), he received his first assignment to Loring AFB, Maine from 16 Feb 1990 thru 01 Oct 1992, as an Information Management Specialist. He received a by name request assignment to the Pentagon from 14 Jun 1993 - 04 Dec 1995 as Chief, Information Manager/Enlisted Executive Officer for SAF/AQ, Brig Gen Hawley and Bri Gen Mueller. From Jan 1995 - Dec 1999 worked Sensitive Compartment Black World Programs AFE/PSD "Spook" Program as Chief, Information/Program Manager. From Jan 2000- Jan 2003 was handpicked to work as Superintendent/IT Facilitator for the office of the Secretary of Defense (Sec Cohen/Sec Rumfield) Staff, providing direct Congressional Liaison support to the White House and Capitol Hill under the supervision of Military Assistance, Col Thomas Shubert, The Honorable Powell Moore, and the Honorable Larry DaRita OSD/LA.

 

From Feb 2003 - Feb 2004 PCS'd to OSAN, Korea as Superintendent/Resource & Budget Manager for Brid Gen "Dutch" Holland and Brid General Murray Forsyth, 51st Fighter Wing/CC. Lastly, from March 2004 - present served as Superintendent! Additional First Sergeant providing direct support to the Chief Information Officer (HAF/IMI), flight commander, deputy and technical director. Directs and provides guidance for all 3DOXl Information Management and personnel issues to four branches (FOIA, Pentagon Mailroom, Records, and ElM). Manages all issues related to suspense control and tasking system for the Division. Analyses all incoming correspondence and assigns tasks to subordinate units. Advise Chief Information Officer and Flight Commander Staff on a wide range of topics including health, discipline, mentoring, well­being, career progression, professional development, and recognition of assigned enlisted members and civilian personnel. Assist in the preparation and execution of unit training and information programs. Represent the flight at base meetings on matters concerning the enlisted force. Work with fellow senior non-commissioned officers and supervisory personnel to ensure discipline is equitably maintained. Provide process improvement, guidance, and corrective/preventive measures in three critical HAF/IMI programs including: FOIA, Records Management, and Correspondence (mailroom) Management.

 

Master Sergeant Floydell L. Jackson retired from the United States Army Air Force October, 2010.

 

Finishing the Race - "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4: 7 (KJV)

 

MSgt Jackson leave to cherish his memories: his loving wife; Dayon LaFay Jackson; one daughter: Aerielle Tynisha Jackson; and one son; Floydell Londell LaPrintay Jackson; three brothers: Aaron Jackson of Los Angeles, CA, Johnny Jackson of Fayette, MS, and Timothy Jackson of Jackson, MS; four sisters: Sue Jackson-Wolfe of Vicksburg, MS, Trenessa Swilley of Hazelhurst, MS, Stephanie Jackson of Pattison, MS, Ethel Jackson of Crestview, FL, and Gloria Turnipseed of Colorado Springs, CO; his loving and caring Step-father: Rev. Gideon Claiborne, one Aunt: Lizzie Wilson of Fayette MS, and his God Parents: Garrett and Virginia Bell of Fayette, MS, and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, loving cousins, sister-In-laws, brother-in-Iaws, and friends.

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Mr. Cortez Denzel Hardy

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, May 11, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday May 12, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Auditorium:  10:00am

Location: Vicksburg City Auditorium/901 Monroe Street

        

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Cortez Hardy was born on April 22, 1997 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Gary Hardy and Lois Gaskin.

 

He was baptized and accepted Christ at an early age at Christian Home #1.


He attended elementary and junior high and graduated from Vicksburg High School in the class of 2015.  Cortez was an accelerated reader and it was while in high school that he found his passion.  He played for the baseball leagues.

 

Cortez was preceded in death by: his maternal grandparents, Louis Gaskin, Jr. and Patricia Gaskin; paternal grandparents, Larry Donnell Smith and Robert Earl; also, one uncle, Willie James Brown.

 

Cortez Hardy departed this life on Sunday, May 6, 2018, leaving to cherish his memories: his mother, Lois Gaskin (Craig Jones); his father, Gary Hardy of Vicksburg, Mississippi; three brothers, Gary Hardy, Jr. (Kenzadya Newson), Darion Tuner and Sean Michael Hardy all of Vicksburg, Mississippi; paternal grandmother, Joyce Smith of Vicksburg, Mississippi; six aunts, Aretha (Joe) Miller, Mary (the late Joe) Pierce, Patricia Gaskin, Carolyn Gaskin, and Edna Earl  all of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Pamela Gaskin of Missouri; three uncles, Louis Gaskin, III, and Joe Watkins both of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Michael Brown of Jackson, Mississippi; and a host of cousins, relatives and friends including a special god sister, Brettanie Williams, special god mother, Georgia Hicks and special cousin, Jeannette Butler.

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Mrs. Margaret Elmira Johnson Marshall

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Wednesday, May 9, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Thursday May 10, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church of Freetown/1917Heather Place

        

Interment: Johnson Family Cemetery/1827 Heather Place

 

Margaret Elmira Johnson Marshall was born November 8, 1947 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to the proud parents of Ivory Johnson, Sr. and Mary Florence Johnson.  She was the last survivor of seven children.  She confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church where she remained faithful as a choir member until her health began to fail.

 

She was preceded in death by: her parents;three brothers, Ivory Johnson, Jr., Noah Johnson and Julius Johnson; three sisters, Ethel Smith, Rosemary Walker and Bessie O’Neal.

 

At an early age, she was joined in holy matrimony to Albert Dorsey, Sr.  She later married Wesley Marshall; both preceded her in death.  She departed this earthly life on May 3rd at Merit Health River Region of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

“Little Sister,” as she was called by her family, was educated in the Vicksburg Public Schools.  She later attended Hinds Community College.  She retired from Ergon Refinery and Head Start.

 

She leaves to cherish her memories: a loving daughter, Mary Florence Marshall and daughter-in-law, Jennifer Marshall both of San Diego, California; a devoted son, Dr. Albert Dorsey, Jr., of Jacksonville, Florida; three sisters-in-law, Melba Johnson, Rosie Johnson and Nancy Johnson; one brother-in-law, Reverend Elzie O’Neal; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Mr. Booker T. Thomas

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, May 4, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday May 5, 2018, 1:00pm

Repose in Church:  12:00noon

Location: Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church/3300 Grange Hall Rd.

        

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Mr. Booker T. Thomas was born on January 7, 1935 to Luther and Marie Thomas in Hinds County, Mississippi. He was preceded in death by his parents Luther and Marie Thomas; one son, Joe Henry Pollard; two brothers, Eddie Thomas and Freddie Thomas; one sister, Essie B. Williams; and one grandson, Michael Thomas.

 

Mr. Booker T. gave his life to Christ at an early age.

 

Mr. Booker T. moved to Vicksburg as a young man and remained a life-long resident of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Throughout his life he worked at several places of employment: Hill City Mills, Anderson Tully, Bunge, and retired from Marathon Letourneau where he worked as a Fitter.  After retirement, he continued his love for work at Vicksburg Warren School District, Mississippi Action for Progress (MAP) and Kar Kleen where he worked until his illness.  His hobbies included fishing and watching baseball games (Atlanta Braves – his favorite team).

 

Mr. Thomas departed this life on Tuesday, May 1, 2018, leaving to cherish golden memories: one son, Larry Thomas (Cleo), Lewisville, Texas; four daughters, Linda Thomas, Anna Thomas (Archie) and Betty Thomas Chiles (Mark), all of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and Ester L. Thomas, Jackson, Mississippi; one sister, Ira L. Thompson (Melvin), Edwards, Mississippi; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other friends and relatives including Gilmore and Savannah families. 

 

“And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain:  for the former things are passed away.” Revelation 21:4

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Mrs, Sophia H. Clark

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Friday May 4, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Travelers Rest Baptist Church/718 Bowmar Ave

        

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Sophia Haynes Clark was born August 17, 1948 to Mr. and Mrs. Marshall (Jessie) Haynes.  She was baptized at an early age and was a longtime member of Travelers Rest Baptist Church where she served as a member of the mission ministry and as the church secretary.  She graduated from Rosa A. Temple High School in 1966.  She also received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Alcorn State University.  She was a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.  She was employed at Alcorn State University for 15 years and retired from the U. S. Corp of Engineers with 20 years of service.

 

Sophia was preceded in death by: her parents, Marshall Haynes and Jessie Allen Haynes; sister, Anna; four brothers, Freddie Neal Haynes, Henry Lewis, Sr., Matthew Lattimore, and Marshall Haynes, Jr.

 

Sophia leaves to cherish her memory: her husband of 43 years, Sam; their dog, Maxx Clark; three brothers, George (Grangerette) Haynes, Sr., Billy Ray Allen, Ralph Haynes, Sr. and other relatives, including: Ben (Laura) Drake, Bilbo “Billy” (Sandra) Clark, Charlie (Evette) Thomas, Mary (James) Gilmore, Daisy (Eddie) Gilmore, Ruby (Frank) Odom,  Cleveland (Anna) Long, Lela (Henry) Lewis, Edna (Marshall) Haynes, and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including, Lorraine McGowan and Laplose Jackson.

 

“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

John 14:3

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Mr. Roscoe Lee

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, April 27, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday April 28, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Bethelem Missionary Baptist Church/2844 Smith Station Rd, Edwards, MS

        

Interment: Springridge Church Cemetery/Old Port Gibson Rd.

 

On May 29, 1951, a son, Roscoe, was born to Amos and Cassie Lee.  Having been reared in Christian love, He confessed Christ and was baptized at an early age.

 

Roscoe was devoted to life long companion Shelia Tribble.  They were blessed with the birth of their son, Caleb Ryan Lee.

 

Roscoe lived a life of service.  He helped a multitude of people whenever he could.  The beautiful life that he walked in come to a halt when the angel of death visited him at home on April 23, 2018.

 

Roscoe was preceded in death by: his parents; two brothers, Andrew and Roosevelt and special cousin, Nancy Lee Robinson.

 

Precious memories of Roscoe will forever be cherished by: his companion, Shelia; son, Caleb; two stepdaughters, Katiya and Leslie; five grandchildren, ShaDerika, Phillip, Jaylen, Phalacia and Pharrell; sister-in-law, Carrie Richardson; loving cousin, Alice Dulaney, along with many nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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Mrs. Julia Mary Gross

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday April 28, 2018, 1:00pm

Location: Greater Grove Street Missionary Baptist Church/2715 Alcorn Drive

        

Interment: Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery

 

Julia Mary Ellis Gross, known to many as Granny, Aunt Julia Mae or Ma Gross, was born to the late Wess and Addie Ellis on March 17, 1930 in Hermanville, Mississippi.  She professed love for her Lord and Savior at an early age, with the Methodist faith and joined the Morning Star Seventh-Day Adventist Church in August of 1965, where she served as a Sabbath School teacher, Treasurer, Adventist Youth Leader, Community Service Leader through-out the years and was an honored Deaconess until her passing.  She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Harrison Allen Gross, Sr. on March 29, 1953 and was a devoted wife until his passing on June 3, 1985.

 

Mrs. Gross, believed in feeding the body, mind and soul.  She demonstrated this through her dedication to nutrition as a Cafeteria Manager, her commitment to education as a bus driver for the children of the Warren County School District and with her constant encouragement to her family, students and all she encountered with tight hugs that reached your very soul and directions to always seek God in every situation.

 

She grieved the loss of: her parents; her husband; two daughters, Brenda Gross and Gertrude Nash; three sons, Thomas Gross, Sr., Charles Gross, Sr. and Harrison Gross, Jr.; four sisters, Sarah Davis, Ella Wilson, Myrtle Alexander and Shirley Ellis; two brothers, John Ellis and Thomas Ellis; three grandchildren, Michael Gross, Sr., Thomas Gross, Jr. and Brelyn Gross and a great-grandchild, Tabitha Mallory.

 

She will be truly missed through the broken hearts of: her children, Benjamin Earl Turner of Chicago, Illinois, James Ellis Gross, Sandra Elaine Gross and MaryAlma (Clarence) Thomas of Vicksburg, Mississippi; four sisters, Virginia (Isiah) Richardson, of Calumet Park, Illinois, Savannah Watts of Chicago, Illinois, Willie B. Love of Calumet City, Illinois and Lillie (Danny) Mannigault of Los Angeles, California; four daughters-in-love; Alice Gross of Indianapolis, Indiana, Yvonne Gross of Gary, Indiana, Nancy Scrivens of Memphis, Tennessee and Teresa White of Vicksburg, Mississippi; a sister-in-law, Charlie Ruth Good of Hammond, Louisiana; twenty-five grandchildren (each knowing they were the “special” one), thirty-two great-grandchildren; twenty-nine great-great grandchildren; two great-great-great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews that were welcomed into her home as if they were her own children, cousins and a host of church members and friends that she loved by praying for and with.

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Mr. Robert Randall Linzy

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Saturday, April 21, 2018, 10:00am - 11:00am

Location: Rock of Ages Baptist Church/2944 Valley Street

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday April 21, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Rock of Ages Baptist Church/2944 Valley Street

        

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Robert Randall Linzy was born November 1, 1954 to Laura Bell Linzy and Randall Godfrey Carter.

 

Robert accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior.  He attended Rosa A. Temple High School where he was an avid basketball player.  In his younger days, Robert was thought of as one of the best dancers in Vicksburg, winning many dance contests.  He was employed at Batesville Casket Company for many years.

 

Robert moved to Houston, TX and worked for Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits.  While in Houston, he met and married Angelia Allen.

 

On Tuesday, April 11, 2018, Robert departed this life to spend eternity with the Lord.

 

Robert is preceded in death by his mother and father, his grandparents, Rebecca and Johnny Linzy; brother-in-law, Delbert McCloud and his mother-in-law, Rose McCloud Walker.

 

Robert leaves to cherish his precious memories:  His loving wife, Angelia Linzy; children, Jeffrey Linzy (Pam) of Cantonment, FL, Aimee Norton (Kelby) of Katy, TX, Renita Nelson (Steven) of Terre Haute, IN, Tammu Williams and Leticia Allen of Houston, TX; siblings, Harold Lindsey, Barbara Kline, Janice Harris (Willie), David Linzy (Angel) all of Vicksburg, MS, Preston Linzy (Lesia) of Ora Valley, AZ, Gregory Linzy (Connie), Gladys Linzy and Nathan Linzy (Ilean) of Vicksburg, MS; grandchildren, Jeffrey Jr., Dora, Amontre, Tristan, Aiden, Hope, Aniah, Ramicia, Steven, Seth, Keishira and Robert III; great-granddaughter, Gracelynn; brothers-in-law, Thaddeus “Sonny” Walker and Prince McCloud; sister-in-law, Tina Chandler; A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends including dear friends, Jay and Sheila Dobbins and his G-Unit family.

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Mrs. Berthina M. Williams

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, April 20, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday April 21, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Travelers Rest Baptist Church/718 Bowmar Avenue

        

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Our beloved Berthina departed this life on April 10, 2018, at Merit Health Hospital in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  She was born on July 29, 1956 to George Martin and Pearl Martin Sullivan. 

 

She was preceded in death by her father, George Martin, her husband, Eddie B. Williams, and siblings, Robert Phillips and Alice Phillips.

 

She confessed Christ at an early age, under the leadership of Reverend G. C. Carr, at Cool Spring Missionary Baptist Church.  Berthina was a faithful member of Travelers Rest Baptist Church, where she was a dedicated choir member, member of the praise team, and a driver for the church transportation. 

 

Berthina was united in holy matrimony to Eddie B. Williams.  To their union, no children were born. 

She was employed for many years with Anderson Tully Company, River Region, and Courtyard by Marriott Hotel.

 

Berthina loved cooking, singing in the choir, making people laugh, and spending time with her loving granddaughter.

 

She is survived by: her mother, Pearl Martin Sullivan of Vicksburg, Mississippi; one daughter, Aisha Swartz of Vicksburg, Mississippi, two sons, Andre Swartz of Junction City, Kansas, and Cedrick Swartz of Vicksburg, Mississippi; one granddaughter, Jade Cooper; one grandson, Lamon Wells; three sisters, Barbara Ross (Joe) of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Lubertha Dorsey (Roy) of Clinton, Mississippi, and Linda Andrews (Brian) of Atlanta, Georgia ; one sister-in- law, Gustina Phillips of Port Gibson, Mississippi; two god-sisters, Anita Faye Humes of North Carolina and Sandra Smith of Vicksburg, Mississippi; one brother, Larry Sykes of Vicksburg, Mississippi; one god-brother, James Johnson; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives.     

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Mrs. Edna Earl Grayson Minor

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Saturday, April 14, 2018, 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Sunday April 15, 2018, 1:30pm

Location: Greater Grove Street M.B. Church/1715 Alcorn Drive

        

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Mrs. Edna Earl Grayson Minor was born July 20, 1939, in Morton, Scott County, Mississippi.  She was the youngest daughter of three sisters born to the late Mr. Ernest and Mrs. Mary Ann Burgess Grayson.

 

Edna confessed Christ at an early age at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Morton, Mississippi where she served as a faithful choir member.  After moving to Vicksburg, Mississippi in 1965, Edna joined First Baptist Church.

 

After graduating from Morton Vocational High School, Edna received her license from Davis School of Cosmetology in Jackson, Mississippi.  She earned her B.S. and M.S.E. degrees in Elementary Education from Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi.  After teaching school for 31 years, she retired from Halls Ferry Elementary School; however, her teaching career continued as a tutor at Bowman Elementary School for four more years.

 

In 1967, Edna was united in marriage to John William Minor, Sr. and to this union was born one child, John William Minor, Jr.

 

Edna was preceded in death by: her parents, Ernest Grayson and Mary Ann Burgess Grayson Ward; her stepfather, James Ward; her husband of 44 years, John William Minor, Sr.; and two sisters, Earnestine Smith and Moroline Batts.

 

Edna leaves to mourn her passing: one son, John William Minor, Jr. of Vicksburg, Mississippi; one granddaughter, Shaundari Monique Minor of Houston, Texas; special brother-in-law, James Batts of Cerritos, California; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends including the Minor, Harrison, Summers, and Wynn Families.

 

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Mr. Willie B. Knight

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday April 14, 2018, 11:00am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

        

Interment: Mt. Alban Church Cemetery/Mt. Alban Road

 

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Mr. Allen H. Washington

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Saturday, April 7, 2018, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Sunday April 8, 2018, 12:00noon

Location: Cherry Grove M.B. Church/2840 Mt. Moriah Road, Edwards, Mississippi

        

Interment: Church Cemetery

 

Allen H. Washington was born January 11, 1958 to Minnie Lee Washington and Kirby Hull.  Allen joined Mt. Moriah Church at an early age.  He attended Edwards Elementary and Hinds A. H. S.  He passed on to glory on March 31, 2018 at 12:40  a.m. at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.

 

Allen united in holy matrimony to Cathleen Warner on December 11, 1988.  To that union one child was born.

 

Allen is preceded in death by: his mother, Minnie L. Washington; his father, Kirby Hull; two brothers, Lawrence Allen and James Russell; and one sister, Karen Washington Cain.

 

Allen leaves behind to cherish his beloved memories: a loving wife, Cathleen Washington of Raymond, Mississippi; one daughter, Keron Washington of Vicksburg, Mississippi; one son, Maurice Harris of Edwards, Mississippi; two stepsons, Derek Warner of Columbus, Nebraska and Melvin Warner of Raymond, Mississippi; one sister, Rosemary Washington of Clinton, Mississippi; three brothers, Henry Washington of Los Angeles, California, Stanley Washington of Raymond, Mississippi and Lee Andrew Powell of Chicago, Illinois; one uncle, Walter L. Stamps (Edith) of Florida; thirteen grandchildren; two brothers-in-law, Anderson (Angela) Warner of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Saul (Shirley) Warner of Edwards, Mississippi; sisters-in-law, Daisy Higgins-Wright, Rosemary Warner, Minnie (Mike) Mann all of Vicksburg, Mississippi; Lucy (Walter) Gaskew of Edwards, Mississippi and Lottie Russell of Raymond, Mississippi; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends including four special friends who he loved dearly and who helped him in his time of need, Matthew Cooper of Raymond, Mississippi, Otis Stamps of Clinton, Mississippi, Dave Harpole and Shawn Anderson both  of Edwards, Mississippi.

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Ms. Brenda J. Gross

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Tuesday, April 3, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Wednesday April 4, 2018, 1:00pm

Repose in Auditorium: 12:00noon

Location: Vicksburg City Auditorium/901 Monroe Street

        

Interment: Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery

 

Brenda Jean, as she was affectionately called by some of her family, was born to Julia Mary Gross and the late Harrison Allen Gross, Sr., in Port Gibson, Mississippi.  She professed her love for Christ at a young age and joined the Morning Star Seventh-Day Adventist Church in August of 1965 where she was a faithful and active member serving as the treasurer until her passing. 

 

Brenda Jean was educated in Vicksburg, Mississippi and was a proud member of the first integrated junior class at Warren Central High School. She graduated from Rosa A. Temple High School, class of 1970, at the age of 16. Brenda’s passion for reading and learning led her to becoming an educator.  She received her Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education from Alcorn Agricultural and Mechanical College at the age of 19; Masters of Education in 1998; and Specialist of Education in 1999 from Alcorn State University. She taught within the state of Mississippi for almost 40 years, 33 of which was with the Vicksburg-Warren School District as a Kindergarten teacher and Literacy Coach.

 

As an educator she was recognized for her dedicated service as treasurer of Vicksburg Warren Association of Educators 1995-1996. She was an active member of the Vicksburg-Warren Alumni Chapter of Alcorn State University. Alcorn State University Foundation honored her with the Captain’s Award for her financial contributions on February 24, 2018.

 

She mourned the passing of those she loved; her daughter, Brelyn Gross, her father, Harrison Gross, Sr.; three brothers; Thomas Gross, Sr., Harrison Gross, Jr., and Charles Gross, Sr.; one sister, Gertrude Nash and a special friend, Ernest Anderson.

 

Those deeply grieving her transition are her son, Jason (Jen) Gross, of San Antonio, TX; her mother, Julia Mary Gross of Vicksburg, MS; two brothers, Benjamin Turner of Chicago, Il and James Gross of Vicksburg, MS; two sisters, Sandra Gross and MaryAlma (Clarence) Thomas both of Vicksburg, MS;  two sisters-in-law, Alice Gross of Indianapolis, IN and Yvonne Gross of Gary, IN; her sister/cousin Renee (Clifford) Tolliver of Vicksburg, MS; her god-daughter/niece Maya Kristman of Hattiesburg, MS; god-daughters, Kimberly (Kevin) Ballard of Houma, LA and Shanika (Marvin) Brown of Vicksburg, MS; granddaughter, Jaslyn Gross of Alice, TX; god-grandchildren K. J. Ballard of Houma, LA, Hannah, C.J.  and Sydney Brown, Kabia, Karlandria and Karlandos Hodge all of Vicksburg, MS; aunts, Virginia (Isaiah) Richardson of Calumet Park, IL; Savannah Watts of Chicago, IL; Willie B. Love of Calumet City, IL; and Lillie (Danny) Mannigualt of Los Angeles, CA; two special nieces, Tasha Gross and Julia Kristman; special nephew, Terrance Gross; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended members of the Gross, Ellis, Nash and Anderson families and especially her canine companion, Buttons Leonardo.  

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Mr. Frajoe McKenzie, Sr.

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, March 30, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday March 31, 2018, 12:00noon

Repose in Church: 11:00am

Location: Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church/Middle Road, Edwards, Mississippi

 

Interment: Little Zion Church Cemetery

 

Frajoe McKenzie was born in Edwards, MS, on November 26, 1931 to the late Clifton and Matilda Jackson McKenzie.

 

Frajoe joined Little Zion M. B. Church as a youth and served there as a faithful deacon until his health began to fail.

 

Frajoe attended Midway Grammar School and Southern Christian Institute, after which he joined the United States Army where he served for two years.  He retired from Anderson Tully in Vicksburg, MS after working thirty years as a forklift driver.

 

April 24, 1980, Frajoe married Sarah Woodhouse and for the next 38 years they enjoyed country living.  Frajoe embraced life, but he had a love for fishing and traveling to different states.  Frajoe also had a love for animals and his favorite was his dog “Cody” who he took most places with him. 

 

Frajoe made the transition to the other side on March 23, 2018 at the Vicksburg Convalescent Home in Vicksburg, MS.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents; Clifton and Matilda McKenzie; three sisters, Edna Wilkerson, Annie B. White and Willie B. McKenzie; two brothers, Clifton McKenzie, Jr., and L. C. Smith and a granddaughter, Danielle Peoples.

 

Frajoe leaves to cherish his precious memories; a loving and devoted wife, Sarah McKenzie of Edwards, MS; four daughters, Marie Morgan of Stone Mountain, GA, Lora McKenzie of Edwards, MS, Juanita McKenzie and JoAnn McKenzie both of Vicksburg, MS; two sons, Frajoe (Stella) McKenzie, Jr. of Vicksburg, MS and Howard (Renee) McKenzie of Fairfield, CA; two sisters, Matilda (Robert) Cook and Emma Montgomery, both of Chicago, IL; four stepsons, Eddie (Debreca) Woodhouse of Columbus, GA, Clifton Woodhouse of Vicksburg, MS, Richard (Joyce) Woodhouse of Edwards, MS and Michael (Keshia) Woodhouse of Port Gibson, MS; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.

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Mr. Richard R. Albert, Sr.

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Thursday, March 29, 2018, 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Friday March 30, 2018, 11:00am

Location: Triumph Baptist Church/1136 Honeysuckle

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

A Time To Be Born

Richard Ra’Shad Albert, Sr. was born on November 13, 1992 to John Albert and Renata Scott.

 

A Time To Live

Richard confessed Christ and was baptized at Greater Mt. Lebanon Missionary Baptist Church.  He was a graduate of Class of 2011 at Warren Central High School. He loved living life and always wanted those around him to be happy.  Richard was always seen with a smile on his face.  He was the happiest when he spent time with his son, Richard, Jr.

 

A Time To Die

Richard departed this life March 21, 2018.  He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, John Albert, Sr. and Myrtle Albert.

 

A Time To Mourn

Richard leaves to cherish his memory: his son, Richard Ra’Shad Albert, Jr.; his parents, John Albert, Jr. (Tammy) and Renata Scott (Howard); his maternal grandparents, Richard and Barbara Clark; four sisters, Tiffany Clark, Jon’Sheenia Albert, Kiara Scott and Catrice Harris; four brothers, John Albert, III, Howard Scott, Jr., Clinton Woodhouse, Jr. and Terrance Wright; four uncles, Gregory Williams (Wendy), Christopher Albert (Catrinia), Anthony Clark (Angela) and Johnathan Clark; three aunts, Patricia Edwards (Joe), Ria Judge and DeLisa Dotson; one great aunt, Diana Calmese; a special great-great aunt, Jeanette Jordan; cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

 

A Time To Rest

So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.  II Corinthians 4:18 AMP

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Mrs. Dorothy D. Jackson

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Thursday March 29, 2018, 1:00pm

Location: Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church/3300 Grange Hall Road

 

          2nd Service

Funeral Services:  Friday March 30, 2018, 1:00pm

Location: Mt. Gilead Missionary Baptist Church/120 CR 409 ~ Quitman, MS.

 

Interment: Mt. Gilead Church Cemetery

 

Dorothy McKenzie Jackson was born on December 14, 1953 to Jim and Ella McKenzie in Clarke County, Mississippi. She grew up in the Rocky Community as child number 8 of a family of 15. It was during these formative years that she had instilled in her a love for God and family, and a never say never work ethic. It was during these years that she learned to cook as she so loved to do.

 

On Friday, March 23, 2018, at Baptist Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi, with friends and family at her bed side, Dorothy entered into eternal rest.

 

Dorothy graduated from Quitman High School in 1970 and went on to further her education at Haven Business College in Meridian, Mississippi where she received an Associate's Degree in Business Administration. After college, she was employed by Bell South Telephone Company where she worked for over 30 years. After retirement she attended Hinds Community College where she earned an Associate's Degree in Electrician Technology.

 

Dorothy joined the Mt. Gilead Baptist Church and accepted Christ at an early age. She was always a faithful and willing church worker. At Mt. Gilead she served on the usher board, sang in the choir and was a member of the Sunshine Band.

 

After moving to Vicksburg, she continued her Christian service and joined the King David Baptist Church where she served faithfully. She later joined the Morning Star Baptist Church where her wisdom, faithfulness and favor of God, established her as one of the Mothers of the Church where she continued her Kingdom work until her death.

 

Dorothy is preceded in death by: her mother, Ella Gray McKenzie, three brothers, Roy Lee and Robert James McKenzie and John Henry Raing, and two step children, Michael J. Jackson and Denise Jackson.

 

Dorothy's precious memories will eternally linger in the hearts of: her husband, Michael Jackson, of Vicksburg, Mississippi and sons, Marcus McKenzie, of Tunica, Mississippi, Billy (Tiffany) McKenzie of Orange, Texas, Anthony Williams of Meridian, Mississippi, and Cedrick Williams, of Vicksburg, Mississippi; her father, Mr. Jim McKenzie of Quitman, Mississippi; eight brothers, Willie (Dora) McKenzie of New Castle Delaware, Jimmy Ray (Nylon) of Farmington, Michigan, Bobby Joe (Justine) McKenzie of Kalamazoo, Michigan, Johnny (Shirley) McKenzie, Larry (Ava) McKenzie, Claude (Gay) McKenzie, Edward McKenzie and David McKenzie, all of Quitman, Mississippi; three sisters, Martha Prince of Meridian, Mississippi, Thelma (Jerry) Price of Enterprise, Mississippi and JoAnn (William)
Price of Quitman, Mississippi; one aunt, Ms. Lula Mae Austin of Quitman, Mississippi; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Mrs. Pearl Eunice Smith

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, March 16, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday March 17, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church: 10:00am

Location: Travelers Rest Baptist Church/718 Bowmar Ave.

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

A Time to be Born

 

Pearl Eunice Gilchrist was born to the late Martin and Frances Gilchrist on September 9, 1934, in Fayette, MS. She was a fraternal twin to Eunice Gilchrist, who died at birth. She was the 6th of 10 children.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter Smith. Sr.; parents, Martin and Frances Gilchrist; two sisters, Cubie Smith and Florida Anderson; three brothers, Martin Gilchrist, Charles Gilchrist, and Eunice Gilchrist; daughter and son-in-law, Lena Mae and David Tolliver, Sr.; and one grandson, Derrick Collins.

 

A Time for Family

 

Pearl married Peter Smith on December 23, 1950. They were caring and loving parents. To their union were born five children: Lena (1951), Pearl (1953), Mary (1954) and twins Peter, Jr. and Patricia (1957). Later, they raised her great nephew, Ken Jolly, as their own child. Peter and Pearl were married for 51 1/2 years, until his death in 2002.

Pearl loved spending time with her grandchildren and helped whenever and wherever she could. She enjoyed the blessings of great-grandchildren. She was known as “Mom”, “MaMom”, “Granny”, and “Grandma Alabama.” All of the Smith children would agree with this statement: “She was a Mother and Grandmother that we can be proud of and always knew that she was there for us no matter what the situation was.” She was also known as “Big” Pearl to nieces and nephews. She didn’t like confusion or family fussing. She would just say “Can’t we all get along?”

Pearl was always a caring person and would give her last to help others. She spent a lot of time taking care of her elderly parents as well as trying to take care of her home front while she was still working a full-time job. She always loved cooking and looked forward to the big family events where she cooked all of the food and desserts.

 

A Time to Worship

 

Growing up, Pearl joined Gold Mount Missionary Baptist Church in Fayette, MS. Upon moving to Vicksburg, she joined Travelers Rest M.B. Church. She made sure that God was part of her life and the lives of her children. To make sure that the children could go to church and participate in activities, she encouraged them to join Bingham’s Memorial M. B. Church, which was in walking distance from the house. Not having a ride was not going to be an excuse not to go to church. She was a very active member of Travelers Rest Church before she became unable to attend church. She volunteered at clothing storage, cooked for church programs, and served on church committees. She loved her church and her Pastor!!

A Time to Mourn

 

She leaves to cherish her memories three daughters: Pearl (Leon) Nelson, Vicksburg, MS, Mary (Denis) Washington, Texarkana, TX, and Patricia (Reginald) Benson, Huntsville, AL, and two sons: Peter (Ann Marie) Smith, Jr., Kissimmee, FL, and Kenneth (Cynthia) Jolly of Vicksburg, MS. She also leaves to mourn five sisters: Runnae Dawson, Kansas City, MO, Ruby Draper, Akron, OH, Margie Bell Gilchrist, Chicago, IL, Clara Gilchrist, Cleveland, OH, and Ophelia Brown, Vicksburg, MS; one sister-in-law: Henretta Smith, Vicksburg, MS; a special nephew: Robert (Mary Helen) Hall, Vicksburg, MS; one brother-in-law: George (Martha) Smith, Denver, CO; eighteen grandchildren; sixteen great-grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and the Travelers Rest Church Family.

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Mrs. Marie Chambers Byrd

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, March 9, 2018, 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday March 10, 2018, 12:00noon

Repose in Church: 11:00am

Location: Travelers Rest Baptist Church/718 Bowmar Ave.

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Marie Chambers Byrd was born in Jefferson County, Mississippi in a small town called Red Lick to the proud parents, Herman and Caroline Chambers on Thursday, June 16, 1922. She is the third child of six to this blessed union. As an adolescent she attended Jefferson County Rural School where she became an avid basketball player.

 

Following the completion of high school, Marie met and married the dashing Rev. Jesse Daniel Byrd. Following their union, the happy couple moved to Vicksburg, MS, where they soon started a family. Their unit produced four gorgeous girls and two handsome sons. Together they successfully raised a total of eight children, including an older daughter and a young son, Marie nurtured both as her own. The Byrd’s joined Travelers Rest Baptist Church where they were active and productive members. Additionally, Marie was a devoted member of the church’s mother board for over 65 glorious years.

 

 Jesse and Marie embarked on entrepreneurship in the transportation industry. The couple’s business flourished allowing Marie to devote quality time to raising her family and being active in her beloved church.

 

Marie was the only surviving child of Herman and Caroline. Marie was preceded in death by her husband Reverend Jesse Daniel Byrd Sr., two of her sons Jesse Daniel Byrd Jr. and Carlaster Byrd, her daughter Lucille Burns and her five siblings. Additionally, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild preceded her in death, Tammy Ellis, Thelma Ellis, Curtis Ellis Jr, Carl Ellis, Clarence Ellis, Sandra Ellis and a great-grand daughter Ashley E. Byrd.

 

Marie leaves behind to cherish her amorous memories: her four daughters and one son: Mamie (Willie) Deyamport of Vicksburg MS, Carrie Williams of Olympia Fields, IL, Ella (Louis) Nervis of Houston, TX, Elizabeth Byrd Chicago, IL, Emmerson (fiancé Barbara) Byrd of Vicksburg, MS and a bonus daughter Teresa (Donnie) Williams of Vicksburg, MS., her twenty-six grandchildren, SEVENTY-FIVE great- great- grandchildren, TWENTY-ONE great- great- great grandchildren.

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Mr. Samuel E. Wildee

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, March 9, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday March 10, 2018, 11:00am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Samuel “Eugene” Wildee was born February 26, 1929 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to the late Richard Wildee, Sr. and Savannah Norris-Wildee.

 

He was preceded in death by sisters, Maggaleana Wildee, Maudean Wildee, Annie Lee Wildee, Altonleana Wildee, Arleana Wildee and Ernestine Wildee; seven brothers, Alton Wildee, Joseph Wildee, Spencer Wildee, Sr., Robert Lee Wildee, Ernest Wildee, Daniel Wildee and James Wildee, Sr.

 

Samuel accepted Christ at an early age. He was of Baptist faith.

 

He was loved by his family and friends. He departed his life on March 1, 2018 at the Vicksburg Convalescent Home.

 

Samuel leaves to cherish his memories; one brother, Richard Wildee, Jr. of Vicksburg, Mississippi; eight nieces, Jeanette Wildee, Senobia Wildee, Brenette Wildee-Jackson and Annie Lee Wildee all of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Jacqueline Diane Flowers and Maud M. Wildee of Chicago, Illinois, Jean Wildee-Lomax of Atlanta, Georgia and Jean Hamilton of Lufkin, Texas; seven nephews, Alton J. “AJ” Carson, Alton Wildee, James Wildee, Jr. and Andrew Wildee all of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Richard Wildee III of Jackson, Mississippi, Spencer Wildee, Jr. (deceased) of Los Angeles, California; and Waymond Coty, Jr. of Atlanta, Georgia; and other relatives and friends.

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Mr. Garry R. Lyons

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, March 9, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday March 10, 2018, 2:00pm

Repose in Church: 1:00pm

Location: Word of Faith Christian Center/3525 Wisconsin Avenue

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Garry Rodell Lyons was born August 8, 1968 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to the late Jerry and Mary Cosey Lyons; he was the youngest of eight children.

 

He accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized at Morning Star M. B. Church by Rev. Z. B. Banks in Letourneau, Mississippi.

 

"Big Daddy or G," as he was affectionately called by his family and friends, never met a stranger. He always had a smile. Garry was always there to lend a hand or to make sure his nieces and nephews did the right thing. He was a father to those without a father, a loyal brother, a faithful uncle and friend to many.

 

Garry was employed as a teamster. He worked for a number of years as a truck driver for Mayflower Moving Company and Old Milwaukee Beer (where he was known as the "Beer Man."

 

Garry was preceded in death by his father, Jerry Lee Lyons and his mother, Mary Louise Cosey Lyons; his paternal grandparents, James "Tampa" Lyons and Pearl Lyons; his maternal grandparents, Hamp Cosey and Nancy Walls Cosey; three uncles, James Oliver Cosey, Otis Lyons and Anthony Brice; and a niece, Quentina Denise Valentine.

 

His memory will be forever cherished by his daughters, Ebone and Imani Brown; one son, Gion Brown of Winston Salem, NQ; two step-children, Tianesha Elston of Clinton, MS and Calvin Williams of Vicksburg, MS; his step-mother, Maple Brice Lyons; eight sisters, Ellen (Larry) Mitchell, Cheryl Lyons Wade, Diane (Desmond) Roach, Jacqueline Moore, Pennie (Mike) Lyons of Vicksburg, MS, MaCala and Porschea (Star) of Richmond, CA; three brothers, Steve Eugene Lyons and Jerry "Nel" Lyons of Vicksburg, MS and Michael Lyons of Richmond, CA; two grandchildren, seven uncles, five aunts, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives including the Cosey, Brice, Brown, Cosby, Carter, Devine and Cartwright families. He also leaves to cherish his memory a special friend and companion, Shanta Crowder of Jackson, MS.

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Mrs. Sylvia Lee

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 1:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Wednesday March 7, 2018, 2:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Sylvia Ann Lee was born on November 16, 1945 to the late Perkins and Janie Jiles in Memphis, Tennessee. She confessed Christ at an early age.

 

She graduated from Rosa A. Temple High School in 1961. She worked at Kuhn Memorial Hospital until it closed.  After the hospital’s closing, she worked as a cashier at Isle of Capri Casino in Vicksburg, Mississippi until she retired.

 

Sylvia was married to the late Ronnie Lee in 1971.

 

Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents, Perkins Jiles and Janie Jiles; her husband, Ronnie Lee; and two brothers, Herman Jiles and James Jiles.  

 

She leaves to cherish her memories two daughters, Jerutha Jiles and Stephanie Lee both of Vicksburg, Mississippi; one sister, Jerutha McDaniel of Detroit, Michigan; five grandchildren, Shawn Jiles, Sam Jiles, Christopher Cosby, Brittany Cosby and Jamilla Jiles; three great-grandchildren, DeMarcus Jiles, Raylon Riley and Carldez Cosby; childhood friend, Mrs. Eddye M. Bee; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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Mr. Johnny L. "WEE WEE" Thomas

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Graveside Services:  Wednesday March 7, 2018, 11:00am

Location: Cedar Hill Cemetery/326 Lovers Lane

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Mr. Johnny “Wee Wee” Thomas died on Monday, February 26, 2018 at his residence.  He was 51.

 

Graveside services will be held at 11am on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at the funeral home from 1pm -6pm. 

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Mr. Dwayne Faine

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Monday, March 5, 2018, 9:00am - 12:00noon

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Monday March 5, 2018, 12:00noon

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

A Time to Be Born:

Dwayne Floyd Faine, the son of the late James Floyd Faine and Sadie Smith was born October 7, 1969 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

A Time to Plant:

He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at Rock of Ages Missionary Baptist

Church.  He loved his family especially his mother, daughter and grandchildren. He had a giving heart and was kind to everyone he met.

 

A Time to Die:

On February 27, 2018, his spirit departed to be with the Lord; thereby, defeating the last enemy on earth.  

 

A Time to Embrace:

Those rejoicing at his arrival were his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ; his father, James Floyd Faine, his grandmother, Rosie Lee Smith.

 

A Time to Mourn:

Those saddened by his departure are: his daughter, Deanna Michelle Howard of Vicksburg, Mississippi; mother, Sadie Smith of Vicksburg, Mississippi; sisters, Joyce (John) Brown, Catherine (Joseph) Hunt, Tangela Myles all of Vicksburg, Mississippi; brothers, Shondari Smith of Las Vegas, Nevada, William Smith of Vicksburg, Mississippi; four grandchildren, K’Eon Washington, Iyanna Newton, Mikhail Howard, Michael Howard all of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and a host of nieces nephews, uncles, and aunts including his lifelong friend, Barbara Howard.

 

A Time to Sow:

His advice was “If God did it once he would do it again.”

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Mr. Reuben Leon Carter

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, March 2, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday March 3, 2018, 1:00pm

Repose in Church:  12:00noon

Location: Cedar Grove Baptist Church/3300 Grange Hall Road

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Services Entrusted to Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

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Mrs. Mary Lee Carson Gray

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, February 23, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday February 24, 2018, 10:00am

Repose in Church:  9:00am

Location: Greater Grove Street Missionary Baptist Church/2715 Alcorn Drive

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

A Time to be Born

Mary Lee Carson-Smith Gray was born June 30, 1953 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She was one of nine children of Eugene and Fannie Mae Hailey Carson.

A Time to Live

She confessed Christ in her life. She graduated from Warren Central High School. She also graduated from Alcorn State University with a Bachelor Degree in Special Education. Mary gave birth to five children, and was married two times. She lived her life in Vicksburg, Mississippi as a successful homemaker.

A Time to Die

Mary Lee Carson-Smith Gray departed this life on Saturday, February 17, 2018 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. She leaves a legacy of devotion to God and an unconditional love of family. She was preceded in death by Eugene and Fannie Mae Carson (father and mother), Adolph Carson  (brother), Leola Hill (sister), Maude Hollis (sister), Johnny "Scooter" Hollis, Jr. (nephew), and Marcie Hollis Johnson (niece). She also was preceded in death by two husband Milton Smith J r. and Eddie Ray Gray.

A Time to Mourn

Those who will always celebrate her life and cherish the wonderful memories are her loving and devoted family; Donna Smith, Mark Smith, Veronica Mayfield-Mitchell (Joe), Erica Smith-Owens (Eddie), and Raymond Gray (Sharde’); grandchildren - James Anderson, Sebastian Davis, Mark Smith II, Alaura Mayfield, Madison Smith, Milton Smith, Taylor Mitchell, Raymond Gray Jr., Maxirnus Smith, Matthew Smith. and Mahogany Gray; sibling - Betty Prentiss (Arthur) , Georgia Ross, Eugene Carson ,Jr., Catherine Carson, and Sadie Clark;  A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

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Ms. Jo Ann Jackson

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, February 16, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday February 17, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Zion Travelers Missionary Baptist Church/1701 Poplar Ave

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

As I look over the threshold of Heaven I see you. As you celebrate my life and legacy, know that, “All Is Well”. It is beautiful beyond imagination here; I am at peace and so very happy. It is good to be back home. My life was blessed one; the best part of my life was the birth of two of the most amazing children and nine of the greatest grandchildren. They were my treasure, my friends, and my very heart. Although you cannot see me now, know that my arms are wrapped around you in loving comfort. God has told me that all is well now. I have joined my mother, Ellen Ruth Jackson, maternal grandmother, Annie Mae Bass; and my great grandchild, Penix Jackson. I’ve now taken my place among a Great Cloud of Witnesses.

 

I accepted Christ at a very young tender age and was baptized at Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi. In this life I have had many successes as well as some failures. In other words, I’ve had some good days and some hills to climb. I’ve had some weary days and some lonely nights, but when I look around and think thigs over, I’m so happy to say that my good days far outweighed my bad days. So, based on that very fact, I didn’t complain.

 

I leave to cherish precious everlasting memories with: my two amazing children Lalisa J. Howard and Derrick D. (Amanda) Jackson; Nine (9) grandchildren, Dywayne, Elishia, Deneshia, Demarkes, Donnie, Deshante, Deitric, Gregory and Marquette; loving father, Charles Hunter; three (3) great-grandchildren, Jaydon, Amir and Zuri; Three (3) brothers, Terry (Danielle) Archie, Charles (Monica) Hunter, Jr., and Troy Hunter; Three (3) aunts, Shirley Bass (Stanley) Woods, Patricia Hunter (Alvin) Brown, Ernestine (Ronnie) Hunter; Two (2) uncles, Dean (Cynthia) Hunter and Willie Hunter; Six (6) God-Children; Demetris, Lakendra, Yashica, Phebe, Mary and Danyel. A special companion, Quinton Myles; Two (2) long life friends, Jacqueline Walker Gaines and Bernadine Hatchett; My nieces, nephews, cousins and my extended families; the Bass, Carpenter, Duncan, Harris, Huell, Jackson, Miller and Shelton families.

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Mrs. Mattie "MAMA MATTIE" Robinson

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, February 9, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday February 10, 2018, 1:00pm

Repose in Church:  12:00noon

Location: Travelers Rest Baptist Church/718 Bowmar Ave

 

Interment: Springridge M.B. Church Cemetery/2917 Middle Rd. Edwards, MS

 

Mattie was born on December 12, 1944 in Edwards, Mississippi to the union of Mr. Ulysses and Vantee Singleton.  In 1964, Mattie moved to Boston, Massachusetts, where she made her home for many years before returning to Mississippi in 1999.

 

Mattie accepted Christ at an early age at Green Grow Missionary Baptist Church in Edwards, Mississippi.  She has always served as an usher in the church, a position that she loved and served with honor and pride.  She served as treasurer to the City Wide Usher Board as well as an usher in her local church, Travelers Rest Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Mattie loved life and was very active in the community, serving with Warren County Women’s Baptist Association where she was also a part of the Women’s Coalition, with the Order of Eastern Star (OES) where she was elected Queen of the South, and she assisted in ADAH Chapter 43.  She retired from Horizon Casino after many years of service.

 

Mrs. Robinson was preceded in death by: her parents; brothers, Alonzo Singleton, Fred Singleton, Ulysses Singleton and Elex Singleton; and nephews, Ishamel Singleton, Demarcus Singleton and Elric Christian.

 

Mattie leaves to cherish her loving memories: four children, Linda Fields (Wayne), John Singleton, Annette Roberts (Cortland) and Roosevelt Robinson (Bridgette); four grandchildren, Tiffany (Mark) Majors, Jonathan Singleton, Taylah Robinson and Jamaal (Brooke) Searcy; five great-grandchildren, Beauty Marsh, Cherish Majors, Ari, Bella and Camora Searcy; siblings, Alma Ruth Boyd, Eula Brown, John Singleton (Marcelina) of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Robert Turner of Chicago, Illinois, Matilda Haynes (Lincoln)  of Shreveport, Louisiana and Daisy Harbin of Vicksburg, Mississippi;  an aunt, Ruth Deloris Roby; goddaughter, Kierra Tribble; special friend, Rebecca (Patsy) Tribble and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Ms. Vera Peoples

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, February 9, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday February 10, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church/704 Cemetery Road, Edwards, MS

 

Interment: Greenhill Cemetery/Edwards, MS

 

Jean was born on October 20, 1960 to Edward B. and Mary Peoples who both preceded her in death.  She accepted Christ in her life at an early age.  She attended Edwards Junior High School in Edwards, Mississippi.  Further on in her life she worked in numerous manufacturing facilities until her health would no longer permit her to.

 

 

After fighting a good fight, on February 5, 2018 at 12:05 p.m., God called his daughter to her heavenly home.  Jean’s three brothers, Jerry, Eddie Lee, and Willie Ervin Peoples, also preceded her in death.

 

Jean was a sentimental unique treasure that God created.  She handled everyone with love and care.  Her daughter and her granddaughters were her very own jewels that she so deeply loved in her life.  Amazingly, somehow, her smile was anointing.

 

Jean leaves to cherish her memories: her loving daughter, Victoria Marie Peoples; three very, very special granddaughters, Mariah, Zamariyah, and little Hailey; five sisters, Juanita Ann (Ernest) Walker of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Sally (Charlie) Tucker of Edwards, Mississippi, Sarah (Felix) Scott of Jackson, Mississippi, Elaine Peoples and Edith Peoples, both of Edwards, Mississippi; four brothers, Edwards Peoples of Edwards, Mississippi, Robert Peoples, Andrew (Jacqueline) Peoples and A. C. (Shannon) Peoples, all of Vicksburg, Mississippi; two aunts, Flora Miller of St. Louis, Missouri and Selena Thomas of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and a host of nieces and nephews.

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Mr. Luster Larry Price

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, February 2, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday February 3, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Springhill Missionary Baptist Church/815 Mission 66

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

A Time to be Born:

Mr. Luster Larry Price was born December 6, 1950, to the late Luster Newman and the late Blanchie Price in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at the Springhill Baptist Church.

 

A Time To Live:

Luster was a loveable person, always smiling, loved to fish, cook, play golf, shooting pool and playing baseball.

 

A Time to Die:

On January 25, 2018, at 1:26 a.m. at the Harbor Hospice, in his infinite wisdom, God sent his angels to take Luster home to glory.  He was preceded in death by: his parents, Luster Newman and Blanchie Price; maternal grandparents, Alfred and Mary Gaskin and his paternal grandmother, Martha Newman.

 

A Time to Mourn:

He leaves to cherish his memories: children, Michael Bailey of Las Vegas, Nevada, Terry (LaTina) McKay of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Chantel (Eric) Owens of Canton, Georgia, Latina (Carrlos) Piggee of Muskegon, Michigan, Kiettra (Elliot) Carithers of Covington, Georgia, Larry (Anitra) McKay of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Anitra (Stanley) Cunningham of Muskegon, Michigan, Rene Bailey, Vickie Bailey, LaTonya McKay and Kim McKay all from Vicksburg, Mississippi; his siblings, Eddie Price of Detroit, Michigan, Mary (Robert) Turner of Detroit, Michigan, Blanchie Clayborn of Jackson, Mississippi and Charles (Sylvia) Price of Vicksburg, Mississippi; uncle, Jessie Gaskins of Detroit, Michigan; special friend, Debra Polk Sampson; and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Mr. Willie Andrew Clark

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, January 26, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, January 27, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Rohelia Missionary Baptist Church/1241 Cayuga Rd, Utica, MS

 

Interment: Church Cemetery

 

Willie Andrew Clark, also well known as “Pine” was born on March 5, 1947 to his loving parents the late Jessie “Jack” Cessna and Lottie Price Clark in Utica, Mississippi.  He attended various public schools and churches in Utica, Mississippi but he would eventually find a church home and become a member of Rohelia M. B. Church.  He was a loving husband, a devoted father, grandfather and a true friend; a magnificent family man who’s passions included music especially the blues and gardening.  He became an avid gardener specializing in greens, and every year he planted, he reaped what he sowed.  “He kept his family fed”.  In his early years he was not only the best Disk Jockey in town, he was a master mechanic who could fix any vehicle, even talk you through it over the phone.  He was a hardworking and dedicated man who worked for U. S. Army Corps of Engineers where he held many positions to include Laborer, Revetment Worker, Tying Tool Repairs Leader in both the Operations Division and Mat Sinking Unit.  He was known for his strong desire for perfection and his vast knowledge, skills and experience which resulted in him being presented with the Commander’s’ Award for Civilians Service on May 3, 2013.  After 37 years of service with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers he reluctantly retired allowing him to spend time with his family and friends.

 

Willie Clark was first married to Mae Bell Wilson of Utica, Mississippi and from this union they were blessed with five children, Michael, Brenda Faye, Debra Lynn, Richard Andrew and Donald Ray.

 

Willie was later united with Dorothy Mims in which a love of thirty years blossomed.  They were married one Christmas day, they were truly a gift to each other indeed.  From this union there were three children O’Dare “Woo”, Catina (Tina) and Lakeitha (Kee-Kee).

 

On January 19, 2018, Willie A. Clark departed this life, God sam it fit to call him home.  He is preceded in death by his parents Jessie Cessna and Lottie Price Clark; his four brothers, Henry Clark, Dan Clark, Sydney Clark and James Cessna; his sister, Laura Chillis Goodman, his beautiful daughter Brenda Faye Guillory and his amazing son O’Dare Lee Earl “Woo” Clark.

 

He leaves to cherish his loving memory his beautiful loving and devoted wife, Dorothy Clark; his children, Michael Clark (Harriette) of Killeen, TX, Debra Burley (Frank) of Missouri City, TX, Richard Clark of Houston, TX, Donald Ray Clark (Barbara) of Beaumont, TX, Jackie Anderson (Dave) of Katy TX, Catina Stamps (Willie) of Vicksburg, MS, Lakeitha Atkinson (Charles) of McComb, MS, Kinwona D Xxavis, Deneise Stamps both of Utica, MS; his siters, Mamie Barnes of Utica, MS, Ruby Lockhart of Vicksburg, MS, Minnie and Coraless (Eugene) Jones of New Orleans, LA, Odia White (Anderson) of Killeen, TX; brothers, Charles Clark (Betty), Willie T. Clark (Janice), Tommy Clark (Linda) all of Vicksburg, MS, John Cessna (Elaine) of Utica, MS; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Mr. Thomas Barnes, III

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, January 19, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Pleasant Valley Baptist Church/260 Hwy 27

 

Interment: Manning Cemetery/Fitler, Mississippi

 

Thomas (Moon Pie) Barnes, III was born October 10, 1949 in Hollandale, Mississippi to the late Olivia Shelley and Thomas Barnes, II. He was of the Baptist faith, and expressed a belief in God. "Moon" worked hard and tirelessly to provide for his family. He was an employee of Issaquena County for many years. In addition to being a hard worker, he was a loving provider, father, stepfather, and grandfather.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Olivia Shelley and Thomas Barnes; two sisters, Christine Myles and Alberta Rowester; two brothers, William Shelley and John Walker Shelley. Also preceding him in death was Johnnie M. Smith, and his stepdaughter Patricia Smith.

 

"One day brought us together, and one day is gonna take us apart; on day, one bright glorious day, we will be together again."

 

On January 10, 2018, at the Merit River Region Health System in Vicksburg, Mississippi, Thomas Barnes, III departed this world of pain and sorrow to take his rest. Eagerly awaiting the day they that they will be reunited in heaven are his special friend for over 20 years, Pauline Newell; his four children, Tirrell Cain, Chiquita Cain, Jerome Cain, and Anthony Cain; one sister, Rether Mae Shelley-Davis of Cary, MS; step children Moon helped raise, Frederick Smith, Terrill Cain, Milosh Bell, Isaac Newell, Rachel Newell, Terricina Edison, and Terrence Edison, and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Mr. Larry D. Holt, Jr.

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, January 12, 2018, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Zion Travelers Missionary Baptist Church/1701 Poplar Street

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Larry Holt was born March 19, 1951 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to the late Ruby Gross and Dude Holt.  He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at King David #2 Missionary Baptist Church.

 

He moved away from Vicksburg in 1980 and returned in 2015 where he later rededicated his life to Christ and was welcomed into the Zion Travelers Church family.

 

Larry departed this earthly life on Friday, December 29, 2017.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Dude Holt and Ruby Gross; one son, Dominic Holt; his sister, Bobbett Chambers.

 

His memories will forever be cherished by: his companion, Theresa Williams of Vicksburg, Mississippi; four daughters, Michele Wells of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Shamica Perkins of Springfield, Illinois, Angela Holt and Zariah Johnson both of Los Angeles, California; sons, Larry Holt of Phoenix, Arizona, Quinton Perkins of Springfield, Illinois and Phoenix Givens of Vicksburg Mississippi; six sisters, Sandra Howard, Lura Holt, Marian Holt all of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Carolyn Hall of Dallas, Texas, Denise Holt and Barbara Council both of Minneapolis, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; special niece, Sheila Butler of Austin, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

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Mr. Jerry C. Stevenson, Jr.

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Thursday, January 11, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Friday, January 12, 2018, 10:30am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Natchez National Cemetery/41 Cemetery Rd. Natchez, Mississippi

 

Jerry C. Stevenson, Jr., entered this life on September 8, 1941.  He was born to the proud parents of Jennie V. West and Jerry C. Stevenson, Sr.

 

In 1992 Jerry Stevenson, Jr. was baptized and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior under the leadership of Pastor Willie Brooks of Bethesda Apostolic Church in La Mesa, California.

 

Jerry C. Stevenson, Jr. was a retired Veteran who served his country.  He was a husband, father and grandfather to many.  He lived a full life of love and a wealth of knowledge.  He was a natural comedian who enjoyed making us all laugh. He devoted his life to working hard and taking care of his wife, Delois Stevenson whom he loved dearly. His love and laughter will be remembered and cherished into eternity.

 

He leaves behind: his wife, Delois Stevenson whom he loved more than himself; his sister, Delores Stevenson of Los Angeles, California; his brother, Johnny Rogers of Vicksburg, Mississippi; two daughters, Marnell  D. Wiley and Andre L. Wiley of Paramount, California; five step-children, Erica L. Nevels, Vena M. Darling and her five children: Tyrin, Terrius, Tyler, Sanih and Jiyah, Eva Darling and her six children: Theodore, Isaiah, Chantel, Davianna, David and Solomon, Letitia Wallace and her two sons: Malachi and Isaiah; his stepson, Norris Wallace and his five children: Naomi, Gideon, Nasia, Sirron  and Stephon; and a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins that loved him dearly.

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Mr. Leon Johnson

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Thursday, January 11, 2018, 1:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Mr. Leon “Boosie” Johnson was born to the late Will Johnson and Josephine “Tee” J. Kenney on February 26, 1951.

 

Leon was a resident of Tyler, Texas for over 34 years.

 

On Thursday, December 29, 2017, God saw his child getting tired, and He whispered, “Peace Be Thine”.  Our beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend mad his transition to glory to be reunited with his wife, Dorothy Johnson; his mother and father; two brothers, Jessie Johnson and Timothy L. Johnson; two sisters, Lefloria Johnson and Edna Lee Williams; one step daughter; Iris Wince.

 

He leaves to cherish fond loving memories, two daughters, Sharon Johnson and Felicia Haskin; two sons, Shawn Johnson and Michael Squire; two step children, Annette Sanders and David Williams; two brothers, James Johnson and Cleopha Johnson; five sisters, Mary L. Miller, Joyce M. Anderson, Olivia Haggan, Leevirdia Johnson and Leanna Patterson; six grandchildren, Dawntae W. Hayes, Hannah Henderson, Angelina Johnson, KeShawn Johnson, Joshua Haskin and Cameron Norfort and many other family members and friends.

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Mr. Roy Qualls, Sr.

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, January 5, 2018, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, January 6, 2018, 12:00noon

Repose in Church:  11:00am

Location: St. Paul Baptist Church Family Life Center/437 Tiffintown Road, Bovina, MS

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

On August 14, 1972 in Vicksburg, MS, Roy was born to the late Mrs. Lena Mae Qualls and the late Mr. Roedorotha Epps.

 

He was a member of St. Paul Church in Bovina, MS.

 

To cherish his memories as a devoted husband and father, he is survived by his wife, Tina Nash-Qualls; two daughters, Shonterria and Zhv'yae Qualls; three sons, Roy Qualls Jr, Royveon Qualls and Tekarius Qualls; four children whom he loved and nurtured as his own, Kimberly Watson, Bryant Williams Ir, Alaka (Elton) Wilson and De'Arius Christmas; three grandchildren, El'kreyiona Wilson, Elton Wilson and Tai'len Freeman; four sisters, Earnestine Ross, Roedorothy Robinson (David), Ann Qualls and Patrice Hayden ofJllinois;four brothers, Willie Earl Qualls, Anthony Qualls, Willie Epps of lIIinois, Michael Kennedy of Tutwiler; seven uncles, Robert Qualls, Oscar Qualls,John L Qualls, Louis Qualls, James Hall, Jerry Qualls and Robert Epps; eight aunts: Maerine Ham, Lether Trisby, Ora Lee Jackson, Annie Belle Sylvester, Luler Lewis, Josephine Nelson, Shirley Vamper and Jessie Mae of Greenwood, MS; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Ms. Willena Huband

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, December 29, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, December 30, 2017, 1:00pm

Repose in Church:  12:00noon

Location: Belmont M.B. Church/4446 Charlie Brown Rd. Utica, MS

 

Interment: Church Cemetery

 

Willena Carson Huband was born on August 25, 1944 in rural Hinds county, Mississippi. She confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at Belmont Missionary Baptist Church where she served faithfully until her death.

 

Willena attended Hubbard grade school and graduated from Hinds County Agriculture High School in Utica, Ms. Always a "dreamer" and insisting on doing things her way, she moved to Chicago, IL briefly before settling down in Vicksburg, MS. She studied to become a Radiology Technician and worked at Mercy and River Region hospitals until her retirement in 2009. She enjoyed meeting people and comforting them during their radiology tests, always quick to give them a little joke and a big smile.

 

Willena slept away peacefully on December 19, 2017 at the Bluffs Rehab Facility under hospice care. Preceding her in death are her mother Cleo "Honey" Eatmon and step-father Robert Eatmon. Five brothers: Jonathan, Louis, James Raymond, Walter Luster (WL) and Edmond Carson; Two sisters Jeanetta Kelly and Mae Francis Brown. She leaves to cherish her memories a loving daughter, Ms. Tonia Wince and her devoted grandson Mr. Darius Wince, both of Vicksburg, MS. She leaves three sisters- Maggie Dell Cook of Edwards, MS; Zeanetta Eatmon of Vicksburg, MS and Mary Louise Eatmon of Fort Worth, TX. One brother Sharkey Boyd, of Washington D.C. and two brother in laws- Mr. Charles Kelly, and Mr. Roy Brown. In addition, she leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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Ms. Berda Ann Amos

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Wednesday, December 27, 2017, 11:00am

Location: St. Paul Baptist Church/437 Tiffintown Road, Bovina, MS

 

Interment: Cemetery

 

Berda Ann Amos was born September 7, 1954 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Berda Catherine Amos and Charles Berry.  She accepted Christ at an early age and was a member of Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Bovina.

 

Berda Ann was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg where she attended St. Mary’s Elementary and St. Aloysius High School.  She graduated from Tougaloo College in May, 1976 where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting.  Berda started working as a student intern at the Waterway Experiment Station while in high school and went on to a successful career after graduation at the Army Corp of Engineers.  Berda’s career spanned over 40 years at the Corp where she developed enduring friendships with her colleagues, peers, and numerous mentors. Berda was planning to retire in January, 2018.  She loved to shop, watching movies and television, and spending time with friends.

 

Berda Ann was a loving daughter, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend. She had a humble, sweet, and loving personality.  She was loved by so many for her wonderful acts of kindness and her sincere thoughtfulness.  She never missed a birthday or an opportunity to help a friend or loved one.  Berda was extremely organized and delivered perfection in the quality of work and service to her profession and also in her personal life.  Berda Ann Amos departed this life on Sunday, December 17, 2017 in Saginaw, Michigan surrounded by family.  No more suffering, no more pain….God has called another one of our angels to His heavenly home.

 

She was preceded in death by her mother Berda Catherine Amos, maternal grandparents Charlie Amos and Roberta Brickley Amos, and paternal grandparent James Charles Barry, Sr. and Blanche Berry-Buck.

 

Berda Ann leaves to cherish her memory: her father [James] Charles Berry of Vicksburg; sisters, Tangie Amos Neal (John) of Saginaw, Michigan, Terri Ann Berry-Howard, of Highland, Califorina, and Diane Meekins-Thomas of Atlanta, Georgia; two brothers [James] Charles Berry, Jr. of Los Angeles, California, and Carl Berry of Azusa, California; aunt Mary Lee Robbins and uncle Simon Amos both of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, families, and friends.

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Mr. James Cessna, Sr.

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, December 22, 2017, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, December 23, 2017, 2:30pm

Location: New Poplar Grove Independent Methodist Church/Hwy 27, Edwards, MS

 

Interment: New Poplar Grove Church Cemetery

 

Deacon James Cessna was born August 11, 1948 in Utica, MS to the late Amanda and Jessie "Jack" Cessna. He confessed Christ at an early age and was loyal, committed and devoted Deacon at New Poplar Grove Independent Methodist Church. James was educated in the Hinds County school system and later dedicated 31 years of service to Waterways as a Civil Engineer Technician. He was the proud owner of Jay's Barber and Beauty Salon for over 25 years where he served as a barber. His success also included ownership of Best Auto Sales for over 25 years until his death.

James was preceded in death by his parents, Amanda and Jessie "Jack" Cessna, brothers Melvin Sisney and Joe Edwards Thomas, sister Hattie Marie Sisney, niece Cynthia Moore, nephew Larry Hargrove and brother in-law Bill Lockhart.

James leaves to cherish his precious memories: His loving wife Diane Tolliver Cessna. Children: James Cessna Jr. of Nashville, TN; Brandy Cessna of Vicksburg, MS; Mandy (Dedrick) Lindsey of Olive Branch, MS; Jeffrey (Pam) Linzy of Pensacola, FL and Aimee (Kelby) Norton of Houston, TX. Siblings: John (Elaine) Cessna of Utica, MS; Odia (Anderson) White of Vicksburg, MS; Ruby Lockhart of Killeen, TX ; Willie (Dorothy) Clark of Vicksburg, MS; Minnie (Eugene) and Coraless Jones both of New Orleans, LA. A special god-daughter Alean Luster. Grandchildren: Jeffrey Jr., Dora, Amontre, Tristian, Aiden, Hope, Aniah, Jayla and Morgan. Nieces: Brenda, Tiffany, Tracy, Katrina, Adrienne, Tameka, Linda and Calandra. Nephews: Toby, Greg, Melvin Jr., John Jr., Patrick, Jason and Alvin. A host of great nieces and nephews, cousins, friends and family. James also had many close friends: Pastor Ronald Kaho, Harold Tolliver, Wesley Martin, Robert Johnson, Troy Lindsey, James Rogers, Eugene Robinson, the Tolliver, Fields, Lindsey, Smith and Miller families, New Poplar Grove Church Family and the staff at Fred's Barber and Beauty Salon.

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Ms. Marie D. Smith

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, December 22, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, December 23, 2017, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: King David #1/2717 Letitia Street

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Marie Delores Smith was born on July 23 1929 to Izola Marie Robinson.  She departed this life on December 20, 2017 at Heritage House Nursing Home.  She was baptized at a young age at King David #1 Missionary Baptist Church.  She was a member of the Usher Board and President of the Willing Workers.  Marie was a 1948 graduate of Magnolia High School.

 

Marie worked many different jobs including a Nurse’s Aide at the Vicksburg Infirmary, and Cook County Hospital in Chicago, Illinois and a domestic worker for Kayo and Nina Dottley until her retirement. 

 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Izola Robinson Queen; grandmother, Rosa Bell Robinson; brother, Leon Franklin; and sister, Rita Queen Trice.

 

Marie leaves to cherish her memory: her beloved son Edward Lee (Katie) Smith of Monroe, Louisiana; granddaughter, Ashley Marie Smith of Euless, Texas; two brothers, James Edward (Annette) Robinson of Clermont, Florida and Ronald Lee (Gloria) Queen of Kansas City, Missouri; sister, Ruby Hall Smith of Vicksburg, Mississippi; special niece, Rosalyn Mayfield; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends including the Dottley Family.

 

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Mrs. Lucille Brown Smith

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, December 22, 2017, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, December 23, 2017, 11:00am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

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Mr. Willie F. Short

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Thursday, December 21, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Friday, December 22, 2017, 2:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Willie Frank Short was born in Vicksburg, Mississippi on August 28, 1945 to the late Douglas Short and Estella Wilson.  He departed this life to join his Heavenly Father on Saturday, December 16, 2017.  Frank accepted Christ at an early age.

 

Frank attended Rosa A. Temple High School in Vicksburg, Mississippi in the 60’s.  He moved to Pontiac, Michigan in 1966 where he met and married Daisy Taylor in 1966.  Their union was blessed with two children, Katrina Short Stallworth and Yolanda Short.

 

He stared working for General Motors in 1966, where he spent the next 32 years supervising the work he loved to do.  He retired with two rings, a pin and a watch for faithful service.

 

In 1990, he married Janice Debro and their union was blessed with two children, Frank Derron Short and Brittney Katina Short.

 

Frank was preceded in death by: his parents, father, Douglas Short and mother, and stepfather, Estella and Henry Wilson, Sr.; and brother, Henry Wilson, Jr.

 

He leaves to revere his memory: his three daughters, Katrina (Brian) Short Stalworth, Clarkston, Michigan, Yolanda Short, Detroit, Michigan, and Brittney Katina Short, Pontiac, Michigan; son, Frank Derron Short, Pontiac, Michigan; grandchildren, Ka’Leis Short, Khaliya Short, Nicholas Stalworth and Caleb Stalworth; three sisters, Dorothy Mae (Tommy) Henyard, Los Angeles, California, Lillian (Willie) Lampkin and Marvis (Allen) Wilson-Bryant, Vicksburg, Mississippi; one brother, Curtis (Ann) Wilson of Port Gibson, Mississippi; one sister-in-law, Gwendolyn Wilson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Mr. Stanley R. "STAN THE MAN" Stewart

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Thursday, December 21, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Friday, December 22, 2017, 11:00am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Stanley's life began March 26, 1964, born to the late Robert and Alma Stewart.  At an early age, Stan confessed Christ and was baptized at Holly Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

 

Stan worked offshore as a Tankerman for over 22 years.  He has worked with several offshore companies ending with Genesis Energy.  He was a 1982 graduate of Vicksburg High School where he enjoyed playing football.

 

He was preceded in death by: his father and mother Robert and Alma Stewart; his father and mother in-law Michael and Johnnie Holland; brother Robert Stewart, Jr.; sister Karen Stewart; and brother in-law Raymond Holland.

 

He leaves to cherish his great memories: his wife, Nicole Stewart; one brother Donnell (Jackie Ann) Stewart; one sister Betty Stevens; three brothers-in-law, Sean Lee, Miguel (Dawnyale) Holland, and Bobby Holland; two sisters-in-law, Brigitte Holland and Sheron (Alvin) Blackmon; three sons, Armad (Brittani) Stewart, Stanley Stewart, and Armeen (Kanicque) Stewart; three daughters, Quashandra Stewart, Asia Davis, and Ja'Dore Stewart; seven grandchildren; a special god-grandmother, Pearl Daniels; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 

Stan was a loving and caring husband, father, brother and friend.  He touched every life he entered because he never met a stranger.  Stan was loved by many and will truly be missed.  Our family takes comfort in knowing he has now joined our heavenly Father and one day we will meet again.

 

Stan commonly expressed his spiritual upbringing by saying, “Thank you Lord, Thank you Jesus.”

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Mr. John C. Hatchett

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, December 15, 2017, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present:  1:00pm - 2:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, December 16, 2017, 11:00am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

John C. Hatchett was born October 5, 1948 in Yokena, Mississippi to Albert Hatchett, Jr., and Hazel Hatchett.  For over 40 years, he owned and operated a successful sanitation business. His devotion to hard work, both in business and to family, made him well respected by his peers and the community. John was a model father, husband, and brother.

 

He is preceded in death by his father Albert Hatchett Jr., his mother Hazel Marie Hatchett, and his brother Harold Hatchett.

 

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife Gloria Hatchett; sons: George Hatchett and Russell Hatchett (Katrina) of Vicksburg, Mississippi; daughters: Monica Garner (Brycen) of Indianapolis, Indiana, Christina Hatchett-Hernandez (David) of Houston, Texas, Angel Cox (Eugene) of Ewa Beach, Hawaii; grandchildren: Chianti Hatchett, Nevada Hatchett (George), Yakira Hatchett, Rishon Hatchett (Russell), Maya Garner (Monica); and one great-grandchild Zoe VanZant (Chianti); six sisters: Dorothy Rogers, Cherry Hatchett, Alfredia Taylor, Maryann Hatchett, Donna Hatchett-Jones (Isaac), and Tammy Hatchett all of Vicksburg, Mississippi; five brothers: Albert Hatchett III (Deneese) of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Phillip Hatchett (Ophelia) of Denver, Colorado., Rayfield Hatchett (Bernadine) of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Louis Hatchett (Monica) of Denver, Colorado., Joel Hatchett (Ciara) of Arlington, Texas.; and a host of other family members and friends.

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Mrs. Helen Judge Carter

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Thursday, December 14, 2017, 9:00am - 11:00am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Thursday, December 14, 2017, 11:00am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Helen Denise Judge Carter was born May 24, 1973 in Vicksburg, Mississippi to Joseph Ballard and Beverly Judge Moffett.  Helen confessed Christ at an early age and was a member of Mount Alban Missionary Baptist Church.

 

She is preceded in death by her father Joseph Ballard, a brother Dwight Judge, grandparents Clifton and Corean Judge, and a special friend Robert Miller. 

 

On December 8, 2017 at 5:00 a.m. at Uptown Nursing Home in Chicago, Illinois, Helen left her earthly home and moved to her heavenly home. She leaves to cherish her memories; her devoted children; two daughters Andrea Carter of Port Gibson, MS, and Jamelya Carter of Vicksburg, MS; six sons John Taylor, Andrew Lee Carter Jr., Jamarcus Carter, Adam Carter, Michael Carter, Ginuwine Carter all of Vicksburg, MS; her mother Beverly Judge Moffett of Chicago, Il; four loving sisters Lekeshia Moore of Aurora, CO; Lynnelle Judge of Chicago, IL; Linda Perkins and Kim Spears both of Vicksburg, MS; six grandchildren, Caleb Erves, Jamarcus Carter, Jamiya Carter, Ja’Miracle Foster all of Vicksburg, MS, Ja’Vorian Taylor of Florence, AL, and Aric Brown of Port Gibson, MS; two step sons Jeremy Miller and Robert Miller Jr., both of Vicksburg, MS; two special aunts Della Judge Richardson, and Melvin Turner both of Vicksburg, MS and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends.

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Mr. John Earl Donerson

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, December 8, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, December 9, 2017, 12:00noon

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

John Earl Donerson, 60, passed away November 28, 2017 at University Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi.

 

John was born August 18, 1957 to Lela Mae Donerson and Charlie Sanders in a small community called “Jonestown” in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  He attended Vicksburg Public School System.

 

He was preceded in death by: his wife, Cynthia Wash Donerson; mother, Lela Mae Donerson; father, Charlie Sanders; maternal grandparents, Robert and Mary Harris Donerson, Sr.; three brothers, Robert White, Sr., Willie Donerson, Sr., and Charlie Donerson and one niece, Angela White Gage.

 

John was a self employed Lawn Care Specialist who took great pride in his work.  His own personal yard was evidence of the love for flowers and landscaping.

 

John’s greatest passion was fishing.  Many called John an expert fisherman.  Many times he would catch coolers of fish and share them with other.  John’s warm hearted personality will truly be missed by his family and magnitude of friends.  John had nothing but love for everyone.

 

He leaves to cherish his memories: two sons, John Wash and Tonny Wash; one daughter, Cortney Wash Trevillion (Alonzo); one sister, Diane Donerson Williams; five grandchildren, Darius Wash, Erin Wash, Tonny Wash, Jr., Martez Miller and Natyaii Atkins; seven sisters-in-law, Hattie White and Gloria Donerson of Chicago, Illinois, Linda, Connie (Ray) and Jeanette Wash, all of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Patricia Tolliver and Dorthory Heard; four brothers-in-law, Terry Wash (Lorell), Ferry Wash Willie Wash and Willie Barnes; a very special mother-in-law that he simply adored, Vellie Mae Wash; special cousins that he looked forward to visiting with as they made yearly trips to Mississippi, Greg, Danethel and Louis Donerson of Chicago, Illinois and Jackie Burnett of Colorado Springs, Colorado; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends including the Donerson, Evans, Young and Wash families.

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Mrs. Dorethia Duke Griffin James

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:00am - Noon

Location: Mt. Carmel Baptist Church/2629 Alma Street

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, December 9, 2017, 12:00noon

Location: Mt. Carmel Baptist Church/2629 Alma Street

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Dorethia Pearl “Duke” James (née Griffin), age 88, died peacefully at home on December 1, 2017, in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

“Duke” was born on April 16, 1929 in Vicksburg to the late Amos (Sr.) and Willie Mae Griffin. She dedicated her life to the Lord at a young age and ultimately called Mt. Carmel Baptist Church her home until her death.

 

Duke was blessed with a loving family and a working spirit. She worked hard to provide for her three children, yet always had time to be neighborly.  It was very rare to not see her with a smile on her face, sitting on her porch, ready with conversation and tending her flowers.  Always ready to help someone in need, she is dearly missed by her loved ones, who celebrate the fact she is at peace.

 

She is preceded in death by her parents, Amos, Sr. and Willie Mae Griffin; a sister, Helen Stewart; and five brothers: Phillip “Sonny” Griffin, Sr., Amos “Doom” Griffin, Jr., Fred Griffin, Charlie Griffin and Earl Griffin.

 

Dorethia is survived by: her daughters Patricia Ann (Wellington) Davis of Morganville, New Jersey, and Dorothy (Dennis) Holmes of Vicksburg, Mississippi; her son, Clarence (Sue) James, Jr. of Willits, California; and her god-daughter Velma (Troy) Lindsey, also of Vicksburg, Mississippi; grandchildren, Dr. Wellington Davis III, Deirdre (Scott) Myers, Tracy Holmes, Clarence James III, and Corey James; four great-grandchildren; the Griffin, Williams and James families, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.

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Mr. Percy White

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, December 8, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, December 9, 2017, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church/260 Hwy 27

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Percy Lee White was born March 31,1930 to Pearlean Buckner and Jessie White in Cary, Ms.

 

Mr. White confessed his faith in Christ at Pleasant Valley M.B. Church. Mr. White is preceded in

death by his parents; his life long companion Josie L. Williams; his brothers Paul Kenny, Robert

Kenny, Larry Green and Eddie Lee Green; and his son Herman Lee Williams Sr.

 

To cherish his fond memories: he leaves two sister Jenny Rodriguez of Glen Ellyn, Illinois and

Ann Tankson of Lakeland, Florida. Two brothers Gary Buckner and Johnny Buckner. One

daughter Jerry A. Chiplin, two sons Bobby L. Johnson and Sherman L. Williams. Eleven Grand-

daughters: Latoya Miller, Rose Williams, Josie Green, Tangala Chiplin, Shun'Kerio Miller,

LaToya Williams, Leonna Miller, Tracy Tubwell, Becky Bester, Umekia Mitchell and Shakita

Green. Seventeen grandsons: Herman Williams Jr., Jesse Watson, Darryl Green, Larry Green,

Derrick Chiplin, Tavarius Miller, Michael Russell, Robert Graves, DeAngelo Chiplin, Kenny

Green, Sherman Green, Herman Green, Eric Perkins, Tyrone Harris, Darryl Williams, Ladarian

Green and Joshua Johnson, 40 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephew and other

relatives and friends.

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Dr. Grace Cadney Prowell

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, November 24, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Omega Service: 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, November 25, 2017, 12:00noon

Repose in Church:  11:00am

Location: Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church/Hwy 552, Lorman, MS.

 

Interment: Carbondale Cemetery/Hwy 552, Lorman, MS.

 

Grace Kathryn Cadney Prowell was the youngest of four children, born December 29, 1955 in Kansas City, Kansas to the late Norman and Mary Rogers Cadney.

 

Grace became a Christian at a very young age and began her work in Christ's Kingdom at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, where she was a good, loyal, and faithful member and ardent worker until God called her home. She served in many ways. She was Assistant Secretary, Program Chairperson, Chairperson of the food committee, Chairperson of the Black History Program, and Director of Vacation Bible School. She never refused a task, no matter how small or large. She enjoyed working for the Lord.

 

Grace was united in marriage to Alvin Eugene Prowell on November 29, 1980. As a devoted wife, Grace always put the interest of her family first. The love she shared with her husband was unconditional.

 

Grace graduated from Port Gibson High School in 1973, pursued a Bachelor of Science Degree in Home Economics Education and graduated in 1976. Her education included a B.S. in Home Economics Education, a M.S. in Home Economics Education, a M.S. in Guidance and Counseling, a M.S. in School Administration, and Ed. D. in Early Childhood Education (cognate: Special Education). Her employment at Alcorn State University span over 35 years. She began her professional career as an instructor and later served as Associate Professor in Child Development. As Director of ASU's Child Development Laboratory Center, the students experienced the love, warmth, and caring under her leadership. She later became Acting Chair of the Home Economics Department. Her retirement in 2010 was deserving. She continued to serve as a Professor until her death.

 

Grace was a member of many organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society, Phi Delta Kappan, District I-A Election Officer, and Alcorn State University Alumnae Chapter.

 

Grace's passing Saturday morning, November 18, 2017 is a deep and personal loss to this family and her many friends. The memories we have of Grace will always be dear to our hearts. We should not mourn her passing, but rejoice, for our departed family member and friend has gone to a home more beautiful than any we have ever known. In our hearts will live admiration, affection and respect for Grace.

 

 

Mourning the loss are her survivors: husband, Alvin Prowell, Vicksburg, Mississippi; two sisters, Carolyn Marie Cadney, Biloxi, Mississippi and Marion Gale Cadney Dismuke (Jerry) Birmingham, Alabama; one niece, Jamiatra Dismuke, Birmingham, Alabama; two nephews, JaMarius Dismuke, Birmingham, Alabama and Brandy Cadney, Greenwood, Mississippi; two great nieces, Kailyn Dismuke, Birmingham, Alabama and Brandy Cadney, Greenwood, Mississippi; one great nephew, Noah Cadney, Greenwood, Mississippi; two aunts, Jessie Cadney Dawson (Eddie) Jackson, Mississippi and Mary Rogers, Jackson, Mississippi; three sisters-in-laws Alma Jean Cadney, Greenwood, Mississippi, Virginia Farris, Newman, and Mildred Gilbert (Tommy), Birmingham, Alabama; one brother-in-law, Terrell Prowell, Birmingham, Alabama, and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.

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Mr. Larry "SIR JAM" McRaven

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, November 10, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Memorial Services:  Saturday, November 11, 2017, 10:00am

Location: Greater Grove Street Missionary Baptist Church/2715 Alcorn Drive

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Larry Lee “Sir Jam” McRaven was the second of four children born to Alice Lee McRaven on January 10, 1960 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He heard the voice of Jesus on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at his home in Bovina, Mississippi. He was 57 years old.

 

Larry accepted Christ as his Savior and Lord at an early age at the Rock of Ages Missionary Baptist Church in Vicksburg. He graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1979. While in high school he was the “Gator” mascot. He graduated from Utica Junior College in Utica, Mississippi, and also attended Alcorn State University and Mississippi Valley State University. He was employed with SOL Engineering Services, LLC, in Jackson, Mississippi as a Construction Inspector II. Previous employment include Housekeeping Supervisor, River Region Medical Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi; Supply Tech and Courier, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Mississippi; Relocation Assistant Officer, Mississippi Department of Transportation, Jackson, Mississippi; Transportation Driver & Maintenance Assistance, Care Center, Clinton, Mississippi; Transportation Supervisor, Ameristar Casino, Vicksburg, Mississippi; Surgical & Floor Orderly, Vicksburg Medical Center, Vicksburg, Mississippi; Tool Kit Assembler, Specialized Products Company, Houston, Texas.

 

Larry, “Sir Jam”, had a forty year career in the music industry as a DJ and producing events. He began DJing while in high school in 1978. He has been the DJ for an untold number of events, including weddings, birthday parties and dances, as well as self-produced concerts throughout Mississippi and various other states. He produced Teen Fashion and Talent shows to showcase the youth in Vicksburg. He was the first DJ at the Skating Rink. He also DJ’d at Intermural Sporting Events for the community. Larry loved to entertain and put smiles on people’s faces, especially the young kids. He was in fact, a DJ Extradonaire.

 

Larry leaves to cherish and honor his memory a son Vincent Vio (Precious) McRaven, Vicksburg, MS; daughter, Leslie Cinclair McRaven, Vicksburg, MS; three grandsons RaShuan, Jayden, and Cameron McRaven, Vicksburg, MS; his devoted and life-long friend & confidant, Melva Houston; sister, Chilindia McRaven, Houston, TX; two brothers, Tony McRaven, MS Gulf Coast and Kelvin (Ayumi) McRaven, Honolulu, Hawaii; aunt Dr. Martha McRavin-Oliver, Jackson, MS; cousins Taunya and RJ Falkner, Memphis, TN; Sean (Diana) McRavin, Houston, TX; Della (Marion) Green, Vicksburg, MS; Shirley Tankson Brown, Jackson, MS; Brittany Brown, Silver Springs, MD; Victor Brown, Jackson, MS; LaTonia Taylor, Washington, DC; the McKay Family, Charles Moore and the Moore Family, Washington, DC; John Morris and The Morris Family, Chicago, IL; Betty Dykes, Houston, TX; The Jackson Family, Mount Bayou, MS; other relatives and a host of other friends.

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Mrs. Velma Sims Hardwick

 

Visitation: Friday, November 10, 2017, 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Vicksburg City Auditorium/901 Monroe Street

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Velma Rosetta Sims Hardwick, 75, passed away November 1, 2017, at Merit Health-Central, Jackson, MS, with family at her bedside.

 

Velma Rosetta Sims Hardwick was born March 25, 1942 to Martha Slaughter Sims and David Sims in Vicksburg, MS.   From the union of Martha and David Sims, Velma has two surviving sisters and a brother-Thelma Sims Dukes; her twin, Gladys Mae Sims Cross, and Henry Price. 

 

Velma married Anderson “Andy” Hardwick, and this year, they celebrated 53 years of marriage.  Together, she and Andy raised three children: Kevin Hardwick (m. Carol-Jean Parke Hardwick), Rene’ Hardwick, and June Hardwick.  Grandchildren include: Janah Hardwick Hemphill (m. Lemarcus Hemphill), Joi Hardwick and Jenae Hardwick (Twins), Justin Hefner, Jaela Hefner, and Raha Maxwell.  Great-grandchildren include: Ayden McCoy Hardwick, Levi and Kiro Hemphill (Twins), Jera Hemphill, and Cali Samuels.

 

Velma is survived by many beloved nieces and nephews, numerous friends, as well as countless students over the years through her vocation in Public and Private Education.

 

Velma will be remembered by close family and friends as “Dee Dee.”   Her many friends and students will remember her as a teacher, mentor, and champion for change. 

 

Velma was a member at Farish Street Baptist Church in Jackson, MS.

 

A Celebration of Life service will be held 11 am on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017, at City Auditorium, 901 Monroe St., Vicksburg, MS, 39183. Reverend Hickman Johnson will officiate and Reverend Kevin Hardwick will provide the eulogy.

 

Visitation is Friday, November 10, 2017 from 6 – 8:00 pm, Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home, 2102 Clay St, Vicksburg, MS 39183, 601-629-3500

 

Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery (Vicksburg, MS). 

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Mr. Johnnie L. Brown

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, November 10, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11:00am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Reverend Johnnie L. Brown was born on April 24, 1945 in Hollandale, Mississippi to the Reverend David Brown, Sr. and Ruby Hays Brown.

 

Johnnie confessed Christ at an early age and was a member of Jones Chapel Church under the leadership of the Reverend Joseph Brown.

 

Johnnie attended Rosa A. Temple High School and also a school for the Arts.  He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1967.  Johnnie married his loving and devoted wife Loraine in 1984.  He worked as a Crane Operator for International Paper Company until his retirement in 2001.  Johnnie was a dedicated worker and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family.  He was very dedicated to his family.

 

Reverend Johnnie was a spiritual man often referencing the scripture of the Bible, but other times he would implement things he had learned during his journey in life.  He had no problem in humbling himself before anyone or asking for forgiveness from anyone - whether that person be older than him or younger than him.  He was a man who realized that God had blessed him only in order that he might be a blessing to others.  He genuinely had concerns for the welfare of others.  He was filled with compassion for the lost and suffering and could never ignore a brother whom he saw in any need.  He will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

 

"To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die."

 

The End of an Era

Johnnie quietly left us to be with the Lord on November 1, 2017.  He is in heaven with those that have gone before him: his father, Reverend David Brown, Sr.; his grandparents, Governor and Arie Brown, Laura Benson, and Mary Hays; his brother, Isaac Brown and sister, Mattie Brown.

 

Precious memories of love will live eternally in the hearts of: his mother, Ruby Hays Brown; his wife, Loraine Brown, both of Vicksburg, Mississippi; four daughters, Deloris (Jimmie) Washington-Newman of Winona, Mississippi, Mariea Brown, Sandra Brown and Lawanda Brown all of Vicksburg, Mississippi; two sons, Johnny L. Brown, Jr. and Anthony Jones of Vicksburg, Mississippi; two sisters, Minister Georgia Brown of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Betty (Johnnie) Davis of Detroit, Michigan; four brothers, Casey (Gertrude) Brown, Reverend David Brown, Reverend Joseph (Gail) Brown and Christopher (Veronica) Brown all of Vicksburg, Mississippi; twelve grandchildren and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends including the Rankin, Stimage, Willis, Yates, and Blair families.

 

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 Mr. Antonio M. Henderson

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, November 10, 2017, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, November 11, 2017, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Triump Church/136 Honeysuckle Lane

 

Interment: Hopewell Cemetery/Hwy 61 South

 

Antonio Maurice Henderson, Sr. aka "Moon" was born July 12th, 1981 in Warren County, Mississippi to the late Lorraine Henderson and Anthony Williams. He attended school in the Vicksburg-Warren School District. "Moon" joined Triumph Church at an early age and recently rededicated and committed his life again to the Lord at Triumph under the leadership of Pastor Mike Fields.

 

Antonio worked for several companies as a truck driver: Coca Cola, Swift, Gulf Relay, Titan, and McCoy's, to name a few. At Gulf Relay, "Moon" developed a special bond with the company's owner, Doug Hindman. During these years, he became an avid 'super' fan of Alcorn State University, as well as the New England Patriots. Antonio also joined a community action group, Men of Action and was very involved with this group in nursing home ministry, tutoring programs, and community block festivals.

 

Antonio is preceded in death by his mother, Lorraine Henderson; his maternal grandparents, Luerillers and Gladys Henderson; his paternal grandparents, Square Harris, Sr., Dewitt Thomas, Sr., and Ernestine Williams­Thomas; three maternal aunts (one of which raised him after his mother's untimely death - Ann Henderson Lewis) and three uncles; and two paternal aunts and five uncles,

 

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife; his father - Anthony Williams; four sons - Antonio Henderson, Jr., Marquis Henderson, Kaden Austin and A'Montae Henderson; five paternal siblings - Ashaley (Schiraldi) Summers,

Haratio Carson, Mary Jackson, Delisha Nelson, and Spirionica Williams; three cousins/siblings he was raised with - Larry Henderson, Kwanda Lewis and Patrick Lewis; eleven aunts - Clarice Butler, Christine Henderson-Keys, Gladys Henderson, Hattie Henderson, Wilma Anderson, Gladys Thomas, Frankie Williams, Queen Horton, Mary Parker, Rodina Parker, Margaret Rankin; nine uncles - Ernest Harris, John Taylor, Mack Charles Taylor, DeWitt Thomas, Jr., Lonnie Thomas, Norah Taylor, Henry Harris, James Tribble, and Charles Harris; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends he loved dearly. Last, but definitely not least, he leaves a very special loved one, Constance Tramaine Gant and her two children, Blake and Zoe Vaughan.

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Mr. Tommy Dotson, Jr.

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, November 3, 2017, 12:00noon - 7:00pm

Family Present: 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Sunday, November 5, 2017, 2:00pm

Repose in Church:  1:00pm

Location: Word of Faith Christian Center Church/3525 Wisconsin Ave

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Tommy Dotson, Jr. was born to Tommy Dotson, Sr. and Jeannette Burnette Dotson on September 17, 1975 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  He attended Vicksburg Public Schools, and later earned a diploma in the Job Corp.

 

Tommy accepted Christ at an early age.  He was formerly employed with Anderson Tully Co. and Bunge Grain.  Embracing family and friends was his favorite pastime.

 

Tommy was called into eternal rest on October 27, 2017 at Merit Health River Region Medical Center.  He was 52 years old.  He was preceded in death by: his father, Tommy Dotson, Sr.; brothers, Micheal Dotson, Derrick Dotson, Sr., Albert Dotson and James Morris; sisters, Essie B. King, Jo Ann Turner; and paternal grandparents, Lemuel Dotson and Mary Dukes; and maternal grandparents, Archie and Emma Burnett.

 

His memories will forever be cherished by: his son, Tommy Dewayne Dotson of Vicksburg, Mississippi, a daughter, Ashley Versell of Omaha, Nevada; his loving mother, Jeannette Burnette Dotson of Vicksburg, Mississippi; brothers, Jerrick L. Dotson Sr.,  of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Walt (Rose) Dotson, Sr., and Jimmy (Beatrice) Dotson, all of Canton, Ohio; sisters, Evangelist Toni Jenkins of Byram, Mississippi, Mary Dotson and Wynona Dotson Anderson, both of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Earline Dotson  and Betty Adams both of Canton, Ohio and Clara Moore of Chicago, Illinois; one stepson, John Elmore, Jr. of Vicksburg, Mississippi; a special friend, Carmen Friley of Vicksburg, Mississippi; four grandchildren, Almanuna Versell, Alvin Bunch, Jr., Asher Bunch and Zoey Versell; two sisters-in-law, Pamela Dotson and Sharon Dotson; Nephews, nieces, and other relatives and friends including, the Burnett and Johnson families of Vicksburg, Mississippi and the Marbra and Dotson families of Port Gibson, Mississippi.

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Mrs. Rosie Lee "ROSETTA" Heggen

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, November 3, 2017, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, November 4, 2017, 1:00pm

Repose in Church:  12:00noon

Location: Mt. Alban Missionary Baptist Church/2385 Mt. Alban Road

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Ms. Rosie Lee (Rosetta) Heggen was born to the union of Mr. Dan and Mrs. Rosie Lee Haggan.  She was the joy of her grandparents, Dan and Eliza Haggan and Mose and Roberta Pinkney.

 

She was preceded in death by: a daughter, Diane Haggins; granddaughter, Daquita Haggins, two sisters, Marie Haggan and Mary Lee Miller; two brothers Robert Haggan and Dan (June) Haggan, Jr.; nephew, Leron Haggan; and two nieces, Betty Bell and Latoshia Haggan.

 

She leaves to cherish her memories: her son, Micheal (Velma) Haggins; two daughters, Annie Marie Haggins and Betty Cosby; three grandsons, Tyrone Haggins, Donovan Haggins and Irvin Cosby; one granddaughter, Monica Cosby; two sisters, Beulah Evans and Gloria Haggan; three brothers, Leon (Reva) Haggan, Mose Haggan and Bobbie (Carrie) Haggan; one special niece, Chandra Haggan; one uncle, Robert (Gloria) Pinkney two aunts, Annie Pinkney and Alice Curtis; three great-grandchildren,; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends including the Evans, Miller, Hunter, Pinkney Families.

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Mr. Leanthony Bell

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, November 3, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Mt. Heroden Baptist Church/1117 Clay Street

 

Leanthony Bell was born to the late Herbert Bell, Sr. and Lois Marie Young Anderson on February 6, 1960. Leanthony accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was a member of Mt. Heroden Missionary Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He was a graduate of Waynesville High School in Waynesville, Missouri, and later attended college at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.

 

On July 26, 1986, Leanthony joined Juanita Leavorna Younger Bell in holy matrimony and to this union two sons were born; Leanthony Donte Bell and Justin Raphael Bell.

 

In 1983 he went on to proudly serve as a decorated member of the U.S. Army. Leanthony was most recently employed at the U.S. Postal Service where he enjoyed making coworkers and customers laugh each day. He also enjoyed a career at Ameristar Casino and The Greyhound Bus Station. Those who knew Leanthony best, knew that he was filled with love and a great desire for living life to the fullest. He cherished and adored the precious moments and memories spent with his family.

 

Leanthony was preceded in death by his parents Herbert Bell, Sr. (April 17, 1999) and Lois Marie Young Anderson (June 22, 2016), and his sister Sharon Ann Reedy (September 12, 2014).

 

Our Lord and Savior called Leanthony home to glory on the afternoon of October 28, 2017. He is survived by: his wife, Juanita Bell; two sons, Leanthony Donte Bell and Justin Bell; stepfather, Ret. Sgt. James Anderson Sr.; three brothers, Herbert Bell Jr. of Montgomery, Alabama, Terry (Anita) Bell of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Mark Robinson, Sr. (Adrian) of Jackson, Mississippi; one sister, Shelia Anderson of Desoto, Texas; and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles including the Young, Taylor, Moody, Younger, Butler, Robinson, Murphy, Tribble, Harris, Caples, Luster, Anderson, and Brown families.

 

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Mrs. Addie Jones

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Memorial Services:  Saturday, November 4, 2017, 11:00am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Addie Jones, affectionately known as “Baby Doll” passed away Wednesday afternoon, October 25, 2017 at The Bluff Rehab after an illness.  Addie, 94, was born June 27, 1923 in Fitler, Mississippi to the late Johnnie Jackson and Leola Jackson.

 

She accepted Christ at an early age. She was a member of Greater Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church. Addie retired in the late 80’s from Delastic Elastic in Rollingfork, Mississippi.

 

She was the oldest child of twelve children.  Addie was married to the late Anderson Jones and had one adopted daughter, Peggy Jones of Chicago, Illinois.

 

Addie was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie Jackson and Leola Jackson and nine siblings.

 

She leaves to cherish her memories: her daughter, Peggy Jones of Chicago, Illinois; sister, Lodis Smith of Vicksburg, Mississippi; brother, Leonard (Deloris) Jackson of Vicksburg, Mississippi; sister-in-law, Ethel Mae Jackson of Vicksburg, Mississippi; two grandchildren, Timothy Jones and Latanya Richard both of Chicago, Illinois; seven great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

 

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Mrs. Rosie M. Reed

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, October 27, 2017, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, October 28, 2017, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: United Missionary Baptist Church/18085 Hwy 80, Edwards, MS

 

Interment: Greenhill Cemetery/Edwards, Mississippi

 

Rosie was born on March 7, 1934, to the late Gadi and Margorie Dotson of Edwards, Mississippi.  Rosie was reared by her grandparents, Elease and John Anderson, who all preceded her in death.

 

Rosie confessed her faith in Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and united with Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church (Smith Station) now known as United Missionary Baptist Church of Edwards, Mississippi.  Rosie served faithfully in the finance department until her health started to decline.

 

Rosie retired from McGraw & Edison and later went on to work as a private sitter for many years.  That was her real calling.  Every family that she worked for became an extension of her family.  Not only was she a caregiver for the patient but she cared for the entire family as if they were her family.  Rosie greatest joy was cooking creative dishes and cakes, setting the big table, and catering to her love ones.

 

She was united in Holy Matrimony to John Reed.  To this union, one son was born. She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, her stepmother, Reva Dotson, and two sisters Maggie Dotson and Alice Pearl Mayfield.

 

Rosie transitioned on October 18, 2017 from this earthly home to be with the Lord.

 

She leaves to cherish her memories: her one and only son Philip Reed of California; three granddaughters, Antonia Flaggs Jones (Mario) and Tasha Bass of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Carla Stewart Forte of Tokyo, Japan; four great-grandchildren, Kameron Jones, Madison Jones, Morgan Forte and Christian Forte; three sisters, Juanita Williams, Onita Williams and Anne Brown of California; two brothers, Karl Dotson and John Dotson of Missouri.  She also leaves two special nieces that she helped rear, Debra McGee of Edwards and Dr. Mary Alice Jennings of Greenville and a special cousin, Roy Dotson of Natchez, Mississippi; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends including the Mayfield, Dotson and Reed families.

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Miss Zaria R. Johnson

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Sunday, October 22, 2017, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Monday, October 23, 2017, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church/5 Dos Casas Lane, Vicksburg, MS

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Zaria Rochella Marie Johnson was born December 26, 2000 to Laurel McDaniel and Zeddie Dion Johnson in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

 

Zaria confessed Christ at an early age and was a member of Mercy Seat Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership pf Reverend Rudy Smith.  She attended Warren Central High School.

 

 

Zaria was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Rochella McDaniel.

 

Zaria leaves to cherish her memories: a loving and devoted mother and stepfather, Laurel McDaniel and Marktaus Berry; her father, Zeddie Dion Johnson of Shakopee, Minnesota; her two sisters, Lexus Harris and LaMari McDaniel; three brothers, Marveon McWilliams, Xavius McDaniel and Javell Johnson; ten aunts, Shannon Howard, Shelisha Hill, Valeria Morris, Jalisha McGloster, Shaneka Hill, Tiffany Jones,                Lashonda Berry, Jayla Jones, Felecia Berry, Veronica McWilliams-Minor all of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Jennifer Berry of Dallas, Texas; six uncles, Alfred McDaniel, Alfonzo McDaniel, Brandon Smith, Bradford Smith, Jr., Harold Craig Williams all of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Terrance Hill of Bloomington, Minnesota; grandfather, Lealand Garrison; grandparents, Alice Williams of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Aggie and Zeddie Hill of   Bloomington, Minnesota, Bradford and  Adriene Smith of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Dorothy Berry of Vicksburg, Mississippi; great-grandparents, Edward and Rose Goodman; great uncles, Anthony Brown, Lamont Brown, Michael Smith and Billy Jones; godmother, Connie Calvin; best friend, Violet Dotson; and a host  other relatives and friends.

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Mrs. Bessie M. O'Neal

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, October 20, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, October 21, 2017, 11:00am

Repose in Church:  10:00am

Location: United Missionary Baptist Church/18085 Hwy 80, Edwards, MS

 

Interment: New Hope Cemetery/Bovina, Mississippi

 

First Lady, Bessie was born July 23, 1938, to the late Ivory and Mary Florence Johnson at Freetown, in Vicksburg, Mississippi. After a lengthy illness, she departed this life on Sunday, October 15, 2017 at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, MS.

 

Mrs. Bessie Johnson O'Neal confessed Christ as a child, at an early age, at Mount Pilgrim M. B. Church in Freetown, under the leadership of the late Rev. A. B. Brown. Later as an adult she joined United M. B. Church in Edwards, MS. There she remained until her departure on Sunday morning. In her position as "First Lady" she served so elegantly: a sense of caring, words of encouragement, a giving hearted individual who always shared the advice of prayer.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ivory Johnson Sr., two sisters; Ethel Smith and Rosemary Walker, three brothers; Ivory Johnson Jr., Noah Johnson, and Julius Johnson.

 

Mrs. O'Neal loved spending time with her family and friends. Many of her friends were those who were in attendance with her doing her school days that were spent at Bovina Elementary and Bowman High School. She always wanted to go places with none other than the love of her life .... "Her Own Pastor, Rev. O'Neal!" This was truly a SPECIAL BOND. She worked many years for Westin House before retiring to help raise the Grands.

 

To cherish her memories, she leaves her husband of 61years, Rev. Elzie O'Neal. Four sons: Elzie, James, Rev. Elbert {Lynette}, and Fred Michael O'Neal, all of Vicksburg, MS; Three daughters: Elzina {Charles} Meeks, Sherry Kay O'Neal, Mary Malinda O'Neal {Wayne} and one step-daughter, Patricia Glasper, all of Vicksburg, MS; One sister: Margaret Marshall of Vicksburg, MS. Many other relatives including: 16 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren; A special God Daughter, Jasmine Harrison Carter, As well as the Berry, Johnson, Peaches, Williams, Brown and Norforts families.

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Baby Callie Raye Margaret Nichols

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Privat Visitation: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Sunday, October 15, 2017, 1:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Callie Raye Margaret Nichols was born Sunday, October 8, 2017 to Kayla Cox and Calvin Nichols, Jr. in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  She is loved and adored by her entire family.  Callie Raye was surrounded by the angels and met the eyes of Jesus on Wednesday, October 11, 2017.  She passed away peacefully in her Bibi Flora’s arms.

 

Callie Raye is survived by her loving and devoted parents, Calvin Nichols, Jr. and Kayla Cox both of Vicksburg, Mississippi; her maternal grandparents, Kesi Nix and Robert Cox of Vicksburg, Mississippi; paternal grandmother, Flora Denise Gray of Byram, Mississippi; paternal grandfather, Calvin Nichols, Sr. of Pascagoula, Mississippi; three aunts, Gabriante Riley and Jayla Cox of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Makail Green of Byram, Mississippi; great grandparents, Margaret S. Gray and Bennie Nichols of Fayette, Mississippi, Charles and Sylvia Price,  Michael and Brenda Reed,  Robert Lee Brown and Elizabeth Cox-Cosby all of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Mr. William Louis Gaskin

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, October 13, 2017, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, October 14, 2017, 11:00am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

On Thursday, October 5, 2017, a precious soul went home to be with the Lord.  William Gaskin was born on February 9, 1960 to the late Dorothy M. Libscomb and the late Louis Gaskin of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

Mr. William Gaskin accepted Christ at an early age.

 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy M. Libscomb and Louis Gaskin; a grandmother, Mattie Jones; a sister, Lula Gaskin and a granddaughter, Brittany East.

 

William leaves to cherish his memory: three daughters, Ashley East of Tampa Bay, Florida, Demita Walker and Marcie Walker-Reynolds both of Vicksburg; one son, Jacory (Bridget) Walker, Sr. of Vicksburg, Mississippi; one brother, Robert Gaskin of Jackson, Mississippi; a stepfather, Carl Libscomb of Port Gibson, Mississippi; two nieces, Genese Gaskin of Clarkville, Tennessee and Kamekia Sims of Fayette, Mississippi; one nephew, Rashan Sims of Clarkville, Tennessee; three granddaughters, Allanah Walker of Vicksburg, Mississippi, Asrianna and Ashleigh East of Tampa Bay, Florida; three grandsons, Alexzander East of Tampa Bay, Florida, Jayden Stewart and Jacory Walker, Jr. both of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Mr. Ronald L. Buck

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Prayer of Rosary: 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Friday, October 13, 2017, 11:00am

Location: St. Mary's Catholic Church/1512 Main Street

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

A TIME TO BE BORN

 

Ronald L. Buck was born on February 7, 1948 to the late John V. Buck and Ruby Lee Jones Buck.  He confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at St. Mary's Catholic Church, where he was a member until his health failed him.

 

A TIME TO LIVE

 

He loved his family and he loved people.  He was a 1968 graduate of Rosa A. Temple High School.  He later attended Alcorn State University.  He retired from the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Logistics Division, in December 2009.  Ronald was a member, known as "Pac-man", of the "Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club".

 

A TIME TO DIE

 

On Saturday, October 7, 2017, at the University Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi, an angel of grace came and called the spirit of Ronald away to a land that is free from the sorrows of this world.  He was preceded in death by his father, John V. Buck and his beloved grandmother, Josephine A. Buck.

 

A TIME TO MOURN

 

He leaves to cherish his memories: two children, one son, Robert (Latrina) Ladell Greer of Daly City, California; one daughter, Chandra Garrison of Houston, Texas; his loving mother, Ruby Jones Buck of Vicksburg, Mississippi; one brother, John (Farida) V. Buck, Jr. of Frisco, Texas; one sister, Helen (Oscar) Paulding of Aurora, Illinois; five grandchildren, Lachell Burnhum, Nicholas Woods, Travis Greer, Regan Greer and Candace Garrison; five great-grandchildren and a host of other loving relatives and friends.

 

 

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Mr. Eddie Brent

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 1:00pm - 6:00pm

Family Present: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Thursday, October 12, 2017, 12:00noon

Location: Greater Grove Street Missionary Baptist Church/2715 Alcorn Drive

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Eddie Brent, Sr. was born February 2, 1946 in Claiborne County to Ella Lee Brent and Dan Pearson.  He confessed his faith at the early age of twelve at Rose Hill Baptist Church on Fisher Ferry Road.  He attended Cedars School and graduated from Temple High School.  He retired from Warning Oil Company in 2009 after 40 years of dedicated service.

 

Eddie was preceded in death by: his parents, Mrs. Ella Lee Brent Woods and Mr. Dan Pearson; maternal grandparents, Mrs. Eliza Martin-Price and Mr. Walter Brent; paternal grandparents, Mrs. Mae Taylor and Mr. Robert Pearson; an uncle, James Brent, Sr.; brothers, Johnnie "Coochie" Woods and Carr Lee Pearson; three nephews, Alvin McGowan, Larry Woods, Sr. and Willie Herman Swartz, Jr.

 

He leaves memories to cherish to his loving, caring and devoted wife of 48 years of holy matrimony, Leaverne Brent of Vicksburg, Mississippi; two daughters, Gladys (Anthony) Sweet and Allisha (Darrell) Rhodes, Sr., both of Vicksburg, Mississippi; one son, Eddie (Kristy) Brent, Jr. of Houston, Texas; two grandsons, Anthony D. (Brit-tany) Sweet of Killen, Texas and Mark Minor of Houston, Texas; three granddaughters, Megan Sweet, Angel Rhodes and Tamarrian Wright, all of Vicksburg, Mississippi; one great granddaughter, Erin Baker of Vicksburg, Mississippi; six sisters, Elsa Brent-McGowan, Ardella (Daniel) Wardley, Terizena Woods, Jacqueline (Willie) Swartz, Loretha (Eugene) Deyamport all of Vicksburg, Mississippi and Mary K. (Emerson) Pearson-McCoy of Gary, Indiana; two brothers, Matthew Woods and Ira Ricky Woods, both of Vicksburg, Mississippi and a host nieces, nephews, in-laws and friends including the Benard, Taylor, Woods, Martin, Flowers, Thomas, and Price families and a special friend, James Jenkins of Vicksburg, Mississippi.

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Mrs. Gladys Blunt

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Monday, October 9, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 1:00pm

Location: Zion Travelers Missionary Baptist Church/1701 Poplar Street

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

On Saturday, September 30, 2017 surround by family Gladys Blunt transitioned from this world to a new home.  She was born on October 24, 1923 in Cedars, Mississippi to proud parents Estella and Willie Grays. 

 

She was joined in Holy Matrimony in 1934 to Frank Burris and from this union a son was born, Johnny Lee Burris.  In 1947 she joined in Holy Matrimony to Jonah Blunt, Sr.  In 1958 she gave her life to the Lord and joined Zion Travis Missionary Baptist Church, pastoring the church was Reverend Curry.  In 1992 Gladys began traveling leaving Vicksburg, Mississippi, first to Richmond, California, then to Detroit, Michigan and finally to Hampton, Virginia, where she joined Macedonia Baptist Church located in Newport News, Virginia, pastoring the church was Pastor John Wilson.

 

On Saturday, September 30, 2017 God dispatched his angels and she departed this life for eternal life with the Lord.

 

She was preceded in rest by her parents, Estella and Willie Grays; husband of twenty years, Jonah Blunt, Sr.; two sons, Sargent Johnny Lee Burris and her youngest son, Michael Blunt; three sisters, Martee Williams, Floweree Jones, Mabel Stevenson; five brothers, Walter Grays, George Grays, Willie Grays, Jr., Benny Grays, Ernest Leach.

 

She is survived by her daughters, Doris Williams of Vicksburg, Mississippi; Estella (Eddie) Middleton of Hampton, Virginia, Alma Williams of Hampton, Virginia, Willie Mae (Russell) Pruitt of Birmingham, Alabama  Martha (Billy) McMurray of Macomb, Michigan, and Shirley (Vincent) Snead of Hampton, Virginia; her sons, Jonah Blunt, Jr. of Macon, Georgia and Benny (Janet) Blunt of Hampton, Virginia; grandchildren, Cheraine Middleton, Sharon (Christopher) Darden, Jason Blunt, Roderick Harden, Jonah Blunt, III, Michael Bobo-Pruitt, Raphael (Fleurette) Pruitt, Andrea (Naulbert) Nolan, Angela (Joey) Guillory, Adrian Blunt, Jeremy (Staysi) Blunt, Michael Blunt, Jr., Corey Blunt, Johnny Blunt, Billy McMurray, Jr., and Venzel Snead; twenty-two  great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

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Ms. Rose Bingham

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, October 6, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, October 7, 2017, 12:00noon

Repose in Church: 11:00am

Location: Trinity Temple Baptist Church/1063 Letitia-Meadow Street

 

Interment: Zollinger Cemetery/Hwy 61 South

 

A Time to Be Born

In the beginning, the Lord our God set in motion His divine plan for two souls destined to meet. In the womb, He created, shaped, and molded a being in His own image. On July 5, 1955, born the eldest child of the late Jeremiah D. and Lucy Holden Bingham, Willie Rose Bingham inhaled and released her first breath of earthly air. This series of events would not only inspire and touch, but divinely bless the masses.

A Time to Plant

Rose was a studious child. While her siblings entertained themselves with frivolous outdoor activities, such as playing in the dirt, Rose could always be found indoors with a book in her hand. She began her early education at Bowman, Ken Karyl, and Bowmar Avenue Elementary schools. She graduated from North Vicksburg High School in 1973 with honors. She attended Jackson State University with concentrations in Accounting and Business Administration.

Very much like her father in so many ways, Rose was firm in her beliefs and convictions. Once she made up her mind about something - that was that. Integrity and fairness were at the top of the list of her attributes. Her strength and resilience were immeasurable. On countless occasions, Rose watched her mother go to the aide of an in-need or ailing sibling and open her heart, home and kitchen to loved ones and strangers alike. Her mother's love for her family resounded deeply within Rose's spirit. No, she was not perfect, for her greatest weakness may have been her empathy for a sob story.

At the age of 8, Rose accepted Christ at the Bingham Memorial Missionary Baptist Church under the pastorate of the late Rev. Wright L. Lassiter. It was the planting of this seed that prepared her for all of life’s unexpected journeys.

A Time to Build

In the early 80's, Rose worked as an Income Tax Preparer for Miles Accounting Services in Jackson, MS. In June of 1988, to be closer to family, Rose moved home to Vicksburg. Later that same year, she and her sister, Jackie, laid the foundation to build a home for their families.

Also in that same year, she accepted a position as Administrator of We Care Community Services, Inc, a small organization accepting donations from the community to help the community with emergency utility services; weekly bread and occasional sweet potato distributions; and emergency services including a food pantry and thrift store.

During her tenure as Administrator, Rose oversaw educational programs for children including after-school tutoring, summer activities, Freedom School, reading assessments, American College Testing workshops, and the initiation of a computer lab. She also oversaw services for adults, through adult literacy and GED programs, computer literacy training and home visits. Families were assisted with housing referrals, nutritional information, medical referrals, assistance with Medicaid, insurance, or food stamp applications, and free income tax preparation. Rose was relentless; her tireless efforts to foster a healthy and stable community knew no bounds. In addition to her many talents, she was also an accomplished Grant Proposal Writer. Rose was appointed to the Mayor's Advisory Council under the administration of Joseph Loviza, the former Mayor of Vicksburg. She successfully completed the Leadership Vicksburg Program. Rose was affiliated with the National Center for Neighborhood Enterprise and the Neighborhood Leadership Development. She also served as a board member on the BancorpSouth Board of Directors.

In later years, as Director of We Care Community Services, Rose's mission was to provide and facilitate services that inspired and empowered children and families to reach their full potential in her community and surrounding areas. She also spearheaded the Summer Feeding Program and the Senior Nutritional Program. Rose partnered with the MS Food Network, Christian Child Fund and the Mississippi Housing Project.

Dedicated to her church and her church family, Rose served in many capacities. In early years, she served as a choir member. In more recent years, she served on the Women's Ministry, Benevolent Ministry, as the head of the Food Committee, and finally, as the Pastor's Administrative Assistant.

Books and pens were her fixations, but bags filled with books and pens were her obsession. Cooking was her talent, but feeding the hungry, selfless giving and serving her fellowman was her passion. Her family was her life. She took great care of her family, sacrificing and providing, to no end.

A Time to Die

At Merit Health River Region in Vicksburg, MS, on Monday, October 2, 2017, in the earliest hour of the morning, God saw fit to grant Rose her rest.

A Time to Mourn

Rose was preceded in death by her parents, the late Jeremiah and Lucy Holden Bingham; brother, Jeremiah Bingham, Jr; sister, Catherine Dandredge; grandparents, Judge R. and Julia E. Bingham; Henry and Beatrice E. Holden.

Rose will be forever remembered by her daughter, Crystal Rose Bingham, of Vicksburg, MS; her brother, Henry L. Bingham (Cecelia), of Jackson, MS; her sisters, Jackie Bingham-Steward (James), of Vicksburg. MS and Alfreda Shelton of Indianapolis, IN; adopted siblings, Laura Holden-Lewis (Hardy), of Jackson, MS and Curtis R. Holden (Pearl), of Muskegon, MI; her four nieces, Adrienne Yvette Bingham, of Vicksburg, MS, Brianna Danielle and Maya Gabrielle Bingham of Jackson, MS, and Angie Malissa Lewis of Birmingham, AL; her nephew, James L, Lewis of Jackson, MS; her three great-nephews, Jeremiah D. Bingham and Yrral G.C. Donerson of Vicksburg, MS, and Reginald K. Smith, II, of Birmingham, AL; her loving aunt, Julia Thomas (Horace), of Greenville, MS; her special uncle, Willie Holden (Verlene), of Muskegon, MI; a devoted friend, Delores Jones; a host of other relatives and friends including the Eatmon, Holden, Edmond, White, Stewart, Hill, Stimage, Taylor, and McGriggs families. 

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Ms. Yvonne Mixon

 

Arrangements are as follows:

 

Visitation: Friday, October 6, 2017, 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Family Present: 6:00pm - 7:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

 

Funeral Services:  Saturday, October 7, 2017, 11:00am

Repose in Church: 10:00am

Location: Greater Grove Street Missionary Baptist Church/2715 Alcorn Drive

 

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery

 

Ms. Yvonne Mixon was born December 3, 1957 in Warren County, Vicksburg, Mississippi from the union of Melvin (deceased) and Lillie Beatrice Hill Mixon (Vicksburg, Mississippi). She confessed Christ at an early age and was baptized at Jackson Street Missionary Baptist Church. She later worshipped with Rock of Ages Baptist Church and lastly with Greater Grove Street Missionary Baptist Church where she joined the choir and served the Lord through her gift of music (playing the tambourine), as well as serving in other areas of the ministry.

 

Yvonne graduated from Vicksburg High School in 1975 and continued her education at Hinds Community College in Business. She later became a Licensed Nail Technician and obtained Certification as a Billing/Coding Specialist in the medical profession. She worked for many years as a medical records analyst for River Region Health System, and as a crossing guard for The Vicksburg Police Department. But Yvonne’s dream was to be an Entrepreneur. She made that dream come true by becoming the proud owner/operator of Cups-N-Cones on Highway 61 South in Vicksburg, where she was known by the kids for her snow cones and the adults for her crawfish. She was a lover of children and donated much of her time and snow cones to the neighborhood children around the Fuzzy Johnson Ball Park. But even then, she still had more to give and did so by becoming a Licensed Travel Agent.

 

Ms. Yvonne departed this life on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at her home. She was preceded in death by: her father, Melvin Mixon; sister, Carolyn Mixon; maternal grandparents, James and Amelia Hill, Sr.; paternal grandparents, Mary Burks Kelly and M. C. Mixon; and aunt, Joyce Gwendolyn Hill Grissom.

 

Ms. Mixon leaves to cherish her memory: her mother, Mrs. Lillie Mixon (Vicksburg, Mississippi); her son LaFanne Mixon (Vicksburg, Mississippi); her siblings, Gwendolyn Mixon Harris and Melva (Bae Bae) Thomas (both of Vicksburg, Mississippi); two uncles, Michael Hill (Barbara) and William Kelly (Faye); one aunt, Ruth Hall; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; four nieces, Latershia Mixon, Alma Mixon, Sharon Mixon and Adrian Mixon Wardley; three nephews, Charles Mixon, Fredrick Mixon and Terrance Mixon; other relatives including the Ross, Taylor, Adams, Hill, Sanders, Burks, Kelly, Johnson and Mixon families; and a host of other relatives and friends.

 

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