Mrs. Mary Irene Cox, 97, of Rolling Fork MS formerly of Parma, MO, died Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at Sharkey Issaquena Community Hospital in Rolling Fork.

Born on December 20, 1920, in Clarkton, she was the daughter of Coy Esco and
Effie Vera Skidmore, who preceded her in death. She had lived in the Parmo, MO area for many years before moving to Rolling Fork in 1991. She was a member of Deer Creek BaptistChurch in Rolling Fork.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 73 years, W. C. Cox and one sister, Geneva Davenport, also a grandson Kevin J. Sherrill and a great-grandson Jason Cole Sherrill.

Survivors include one, son Coy Cox of Mayersville, MS; two daughters Beverlyn Cox Martin of Cary, MS and Vicki Cox Dinning of Rolling Fork, MS; five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation and funeral services will be conducted on Friday, January 12, at Deer Creek Baptist Church in Rolling Fork. Visitation will start at 10:00 a.m., funeral at 11:00 a.m. with Glenwood Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Interment will follow in Mound Cemetery in Rolling Fork.

Pallbearers will be grandsons, Ricky Cox, Shawn Sherrill, Shea Sherill, Chip Dinning and great-grandsons, Justin Sherrill and Brandon Dinning.

Larry D. Holt Jr. died Dec. 29, 2017, at his residence. He was 66.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at Zion Travelers M.B. Church with the Rev. Alfred Lassiter Jr. officiating.

Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 12, 2017, at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home from 1 to 7 p.m. with family present from 6 to 7 p.m

A memorial service for Muriel Sievewright Green Grantland, formerly of Vicksburg, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mitch Cochran officiating.

Ms. Grantland, 85, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, in Troy, Ala.

Known to many as “G.G.”, Ms. Grantland was born Jan. 12, 1932, in Philadelphia, Pa., the daughter of John and Annie S. Green. She was a graduate of Audubon (N.J.) High School and lived in Glassboro, N.J., working as an administrative assistant at Campbell Soup Co., before moving to Gautier, Miss., in 1968. She retired from a career in office management at Ingalls Shipbuilding and had been active in numerous organizations in Pascagoula and Gautier.

She moved to Vicksburg in 2005, where she became a member of Gibson Methodist Church and Hawkins Methodist Church and was an active volunteer with Merit Health River Region Health System. She moved to Troy in early 2017 and attended St. Martin of Tours Catholic Parish.

She is preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Jessie Green Snyder; two brothers-in- law, Bud Snyder and Mickey Minyon; and her former husband, George L. Grantland Jr.

Survivors include three daughters, Dr. Geri (Mike) Weiland of Vicksburg, Linda Harris of Buckeye, Arizona, and Stacy Graning of Troy; five grandsons, Dr. David (Courtney) Weiland of Durham, North Carolina; Seaman James Grantland Harris of Aurora, Colo., Sgt. Jonathan R. Harris of Colorado Springs, Colo., Thomas Graning of Oxford, Miss., and Wright Graning of Troy; one great-grandson, Charlie Weiland of Durham; a sister, Alice Green Minyon of Oaklyn, N.J.; a brother, John (Phyllis) Green of Collingswood, N.J.; and six nieces and one nephew.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Batson Children’s Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, c/o Friends of Children’s Hospital,3900 Lakeland Drive, Suite 205FlowoodMiss.39232.

Mary Louise Love of Vicksburg died Tuesday, Jan. 9 at Merit Health River Region. She was 64.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete with W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home in charge.

Anna Sue Bridgman Loflin died Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at the Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Columbia, La.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, Edgar Caraway (Ish) Loflin Jr.; and her parents, Roy Russell Bridgman and Beulah Deatherage Bridgman.

Sue was born May 3, 1928, in Cotter, Ark., and spent her childhood years moving from oil field to oil field throughout Texas and Oklahoma.

She graduated from Ardmore High School in Oklahoma and soon after, moved with her parents to Vicksburg, where she attended All Saints Episcopal College.

In Vicksburg, she met and married the love of her life, E. C. Loflin Jr.

Sue was a very active member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church and active in other community organizations for many years until health problems kept her at home more.

Sue is survived by her children, Patricia Loflin Darden and husband, Ronnie, of Columbia, La., and William Russell Loflin of Walsenberg, Colo. She leaves her five grandchildren, Heath Darden, Heather Nadolski, Hunter Darden, Erin Loflin, and Della Loflin; and seven great-grandchildren, Drake and Garret Darden, Chase, Maren Kate, Stella, and Arden Nadolski, and Ren Loflin-Myers.

She was dearly loved by her family and friends and will be sincerely missed, but is now is in the arms of her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

There will be a visitation at Riser Funeral Home in Columbia, La., Thursday, Jan. 11, from 5 to 7 p.m.

A graveside service will be Friday, Jan. 12, at 2 p.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg under the direction of Riser Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to First United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 178, Columbia, LA 71418.

Diane Welch, 60, of Silsbee died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at Fall Creek Nursing Home in Humble, Texas.

A native of Beaument, she was a longtime resident of Vidor before moving to Silsbee after Hurrican Harvey. Diane was the receptionist for Cowboy Power Sports in Beaumont for two and a half years.

Diane is survived by her daughters, Amber Kinney of Houston, Texas and Mallory Welch of Kingwood, Texas; a brother, Robert Netterville Jr. of Summit; sisters, Cheryl Burton of Bastrop, Texas and Pam Smith and Tamara Sanders, both of Vicksburg; and three grandchildren.

Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Memorial Funeral Home of Vidor.

Diane is survived by her daughters, Amber Kinney of Houston, Texas and Mallory Welch of Kingwood, Texas; a brother, Robert Netterville Jr. of Summit; sisters, Cheryl Burton of Bastrop, Texas and Pam Smith and Tamara Sanders, both of Vicksburg; and three grandchildren.




Jerry C. Stevenson Jr. died Jan. 3, 2018, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was 76.

Services will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home with Pastor Lee Roy Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Natchez National Cemetery inNatchez under the direction of Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Lakeview Funeral Home from 1 to 6 p.m. with family present from 4 to 5 p.m.



Leon Johnson died on Dec. 29, 2017, at Merit Health River Oaks Hospital in Flowood. He was 66.

Services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home with Dr. Ollie Hardaway Jr., Pastor of Faith Christian Center, officiating. Burial will follow at CedarHill Cemetery under the direction of Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2017, from 1 to 6 p.m. with family present from 5 to 6 p.m.



Charles T. Germany, age 86, died in his home Sunday, January 7, 2018, in Vicksburg. He was born in Newton County, MS, February 23, 1931, son of the late Ruth Germany and George T. Germany. 

Mr. Germany attended Union High School. He received degrees from East Central Junior College and The University of Southern Mississippi. He served in the US Air Force for 4 years, two of which were overseas during the Korean Conflict. He retired from LeTourneau, Inc. as Director of Human Resources after more than 33 years of service. He was a member of First Baptist Church and member of the Cecil Knox Sunday School Class. He was a member of the American Legion, The University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association, The Y’s Men’s Club, and served as a leader in Boy Scout Troop 105. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Noble Germany and sister-in-law Cissy Germany. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lee Ann Germany and three children, David Germany (Heather) of Brandon; Karen Rowell (Stephen) of Vicksburg; and Susan Larson (Jay) of Nokesville, VA; eleven grandchildren, Eric Larson (Tara) of CO; Kristina Laurila (Matte) of MI; Ryan Hoxie of Vicksburg; Kaden, Kristina, Lera, Luba and Vlad Rowell of Vicksburg; and Caleb, Charlotte, and Bennett Germany of Brandon; five great-grandchildren, a niece and nephew, and several cousins. 

Services will be Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Glenwood Funeral Home with the Reverend Dr. Matt Buckles, pastor of First Baptist Church, and Pastor Jim Hess officiating. The internment will be at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 12:30 until the hour of service. 
Pallbearers will be Ryan Hoxie, Kaden Rowell, Vlad Rowell, Caleb Germany, Dustin Runnels and Jacob Runnels. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the FBC Cecil Knox SundaySchool Class. 

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of First Baptist Church, 1607 Cherry St.VicksburgMS39180.



Columbus Neal Jr. died Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Merit Health River Region. He was 68.

Arrangements are incomplete with Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home in charge.




Aillene Case Tompkins, age 81, passed away on Saturday, January 6, 2018, at University Medical Center. She was a graduate of Copiah-Lincoln Junior College and had retired from the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture in 1994 after 30 years.
She was a member of the Warrenton Baptist Church in Vicksburg but had attended Bovina Baptist Church for several years.

Aillene was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and sister. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Newman Tompkins, her parents, Lamar and Natalie Newell Case, a daughter, Joni Tompkins McMillin, a son, Robert Daniel Tompkins, a grand-daughter, April Tompkins Roskowski, a great grand-daughter, Kara Leigh Darby, two great- grandsons, Gavin and Gunner Tompkins, and two brothers, Lamar Case, Jr., and Michael Carey Case.

She is survived by three sons, Robert Gregory Tompkins (Teeny), of Utica, Timothy Clay Tompkins (Pam), of Newman, and Russ Noel Carraway (Denise), of Utica. She is also survived by two grandchildren, Robert Gregory Tompkins, Jr., of Wesson, Robin McBroom Smith (Dustin), of Vicksburg, great-grandchildren, Kaden Roskowski, Anna Shea Carraway, brothers Gannon and Kentley Tompkins, and Bass Smith.
She is also survived by four sisters, Bettye Lewis, Belles, TX, Mary Sue James, Henrietta, TX, Shirley Freeman and Jeanette Thomae, of Brookhaven, and one brother, Dennis Carol Case also of Brookhaven.

Visitation will be Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg, MS from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM, with service, immediately following.

Another graveside service will be at Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Edwards.
Pallbearers will be Ronnie Lewis, Chris Case, Danny Smith, Justin Case, Tony James, DeLynn James, and Bill Walker Jr.



Donald Wayne Arender, age 84, passed away at his home on Saturday, January 6, 2018. He is the third son of Homer and Mary Ella Arender of Tallulah who preceded him in death. He is also preceded in death by his wife, Juarline Brasher Tuggle Arender, and son, Donald (Donny) Ray Arender of Tallulah, 2 brothers, James Howard Arender of Alexandria and Billy Ray Arender of Tallulah; 4 sisters, Myrtis Williams of Monroe, Maddie Dee Williamson and Irene Piper, both of Tallulah and Ulma Clement of Lake Providence. Donald Wayne is survived by one sister, Shirley Baker of Pensacola, Fl., and 3 step-sons, Danny Tuggle and his wife, Candy; Hurby Tuggle and his wife, Debbie; Tim Tuggle and his wife, Ilean; granddaughters, Shannon Guyton and Selena Hill, grandson Danny Wayne (Bubba) Tuggle, 6 great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews including Tammi Arender of Monroe and Cynthia Arender Machen and her husband, Maurice of Tallulah.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Betty Neumann for her loving care and friendship over the past few years.

Pallbearers will be George McNease, “Red” Beard, Philip Scurria, Jr., Johnny Cooper, Steve Green, and Howard Zeigler.



Amy Elizabeth Carraway passed away on January 7, 2018, at her home at the age of 41.
Amy was born on August 5, 1976 in Vicksburg to her parents Glenn and Doris Carraway. She was an angel here on earth and brought joy to everyone who met her. She was able to live at home with her parents for her entire life. She loved her busy boxes.

Amy is preceded in death by her father Glenn Carraway; her maternal grandparents LLoyd and Jeanette Lee; her paternal grandparents Rufus & Roxie Carraway and her brother-in-law William N. Purdom.

She is survived by her mother Doris Lee Carraway of Vicksburg; her sisters
Marcy Purdom of Vicksburg, Karen A. Brown (Todd) of Clinton, MS, Lisa R. Harris (Bob) of Vicksburg and Susan Boyd-Griffin (Ben) of Diamondhead, MS; nieces and nephews and Special Angels Mary Thomas, Louise Andrews and Lori Black.
A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 at Edwards Cemetery. Rev. Mitchell Hedgepeth will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Bob Harris, Todd Brown, Ben Griffin and James Mahaffey.
Honorary pallbearers will be Mark Harris, Craig Brown, Candice Mahaffey, Aaron Purdom, Evelyn Purdom, Cody Boyd, Dr. Lee Giffin, the Vicksburg Fire Department and the Vicksburg Police Department.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas PlaceMemphisTN 38105 or Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital, 2500 North State Street,JacksonMS 39216.



Fred Quitman Perry, Sr. died Monday, January 8, 2018, at his residence. He was 70 years old.
Mr. Perry was born in Greenwood, MS and had lived in Shreveport, LA since 1979 and lived in Vicksburg since 2010. He was preceded in death by a son Fred Q. Perry, Jr., his parents Sylvester and Stella Perry, brothers Shelby Perry, Shelton Perry, V.C. Perry and Charlie Perry, a sister Eveline Jackson.
He is survived by his wife Judy Perry of Vicksburg, 3 brothers Jimmy Perry of Benton, LA, David Perry ( Faye ) of Wiggins, MS, and Johnny Perry ( Camilia ) of Vicksburg, 2 step-brothers Jewel Etheridge of Leland, Ms and John Etheridge of Arkansas, 5 step-sisters Ruby Perry of Bruce, MS, Evelyn Rule of Purvis, MS, Evon Hollings of MS, Beverlene Green of Bruce, MS, and Marti Robinson of Wesson, MS, 1 Granddaughter Christina Perry of Pearl, MS and 2 Great-Grandchildren Adamlee Ledford and Lorrie Perry.
Visitation will be 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at Glenwood Funeral Home with services starting at 2:00 p.m. in Glenwood Chapel with Rev. John Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Tim Perry, Jamie Perry, Malcolm Robinson, Floyd Perry, Kyle Perry, Danny Wayne Perry. Honorary pallbearers will be Roger Pace, Mack Kennedy, Billy Pace, and Johnny Perry.




Marilee Wilshire Barfield, aged 93, passed away peacefully on Jan. 3, 2018 at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, La. Marilee was born on March 2, 1924 in Houston,Texas. Growing up in the Heights area of Houston, Marilee graduated from John H. Reagan High School, now known as Heights High, in 1942.

In 1943 during WWII, Marilee met her husband, Barwick Odessa “Bob” Barfield of Vicksburg while he was an aviation cadet at Ellington Field in Houston. They were married later that year before Barwick was commissioned and deployed to southeast England as a second lieutenant and navigator in the Army Air Corps. While conducting his 13th mission, Barwick was shot down over Germany, resulting in his capture as a POW for the remainder of the war. During this time, Marilee was living in Houston, working for the Department of War.

After the war ended, the couple lived in Vicksburg, but in 1946, they moved to Baton Rouge where Barwick attended and graduated from LSU. In 1950, they returned to Vicksburg, where Barwick operated an appliance and feed and seed store. In 1958, Marilee and Barwick moved to Lake Charles, La., where Barwick began his business career that moved the family to various cities in Louisiana, Texas and Missouri over the next several decades. In 1977, they moved back to Baton Rouge where they settled permanently.

During this time, Marilee enjoyed volunteering for hospitals and the Louisiana Red Cross, and in 1990, was selected the Louisiana Red Cross Volunteer of the Year. Marilee enjoyed participating in various clubs and activities, including local garden clubs, the Woman’s Club of Baton Rouge and singing in the Baton Rouge Music Club Chorus.

She was a long- time member of First Presbyterian Church in Baton Rouge, where she was active in the women’s church circle for many years. Due to her husband’s POW status during WWII, she was also a member of the Baton Rouge (Red Stick) chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, a not-for-profit, veterans’ service organization advocating for former prisoners of war and their families. In 1993, Marilee wrote, “Days Not Forgotten”, a memoir chronicling her husband’s days as a POW in Germany, as well as her experiences on the home front as the young wife of a POW.

Marilee enjoyed national and international travel, supporting the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra and was an avid reader. She enjoyed Robert Ludlum and Tom Clancy spy thrillers the most, but was especially proud the day she completed Leo Tolstoy’s great novel, Anna Karenina.

Marilee was preceded in death by Barwick, her husband of 59 years, and their son Eugene Kline Barfield.

Known as a wonderful mother, wife, lady and friend, Marilee is survived by her children, Barwick O. “Wick” Barfield Jr (Cynda), Denise Alba (Adrian Jr) and Pamela Katz (Stephen); three grandchildren, Adrian III (Florencia), Lauren Alba, and Barwick III “Trea” (Casey); and 3 great-grandchildren, Cameron Alba, Jacob Alba and Kimber Claire Barfield.

Visitation will be at 9 a.m., with services beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Riles Funeral Home in Vicksburg. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, also in Vicksburg.



Margaret Hardy Abbott was born Feb. 21, 1925 in Quinton, MS and died Jan. 4, 2018 at St. Dominic’s Hospital in Jackson, MS. She was a communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church in Vicksburg and a resident of Heritage House Retirement Center in Vicksburg, MS.

Margaret is preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Hardy and Callie Hardy Horton; her sister, Dorothy Hardy Chesnut; and her husband, James Graham Abbott. She is survived by her daughters Peggy Abbott Dupont and husband Gerald of New Ulm, TX, and Patty Abbott Watts and husband John of Tallulah, LA; six grandchildren, Beth Dupont Smith (Chris) of Fletcher, NC, Matt Dupont (Casey) of Brenham, TX, John Watts, Jr. (Penny) of Meadville, MS, Virginia Watts Marcello (Craig) of Cumming, GA, Meg Watts Soprano (Chuck) of Broussard, LA, Jim Watts (Cassandra) of Slidell, LA, and 25 great grandchildren.

Margaret grew up in Hattiesburg, MS and attended the normal school on the campus of Mississippi Southern College where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in education. She received her Master of Education degree from the University of South Alabama.

Margaret was employed by the Mobile County School Board as a teacher and librarian at Baker High School, and eventually became the Vice President of the Media Center and Curriculum in the MCSB central office at Barton Academy. After her retirement she spent many hours in volunteer work. She always felt there was no better way to spend your time than in doing things for others. For many years she worked as a volunteer for the Little Sisters of the Poor in Mobile, AL and the “Cancer Angels” in Bellview, TX. She will be remembered by many as the “Doll Lady” for the more than 1000 beautiful dolls that she made and donated for charitable purposes.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. Paul Catholic Church in Vicksburg on Jan. 8, 2018 at 11:00 AM with Fr. Tom Lalor presiding. A graveside service and burial will be held atMobile Memorial Gardens on Jan. 9, 2018 at 1:30 PM. Pall bearers will be her great grandsons.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church or the Little Sisters of the Poor in Mobile AL.





Bobbie N. Bailey, 85, died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018.

Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, from noon until the 2 p.m. chapel services at Breeland Funeral Home in Canton. Burial will be at Canton Cemetery.

A native of Midway, Mrs. Bailey was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Rodney Davis; mother and father, Mamie Saxton and Robert Mauldin; and sisters, Dora Wilkerson and Clara Williams.

Survivors include husband, Foster J. Bailey of Vicksburg; daughter, Carolyn Pettway (Rudy) of Vicksburg; sons, Rudy Davis of Vicksburg and James Davis (Susan) of Redwood; brothers, Eddie Mauldin of Canton and Jack Mauldin of New Augusta; grandchildren, Melissa Coley, Terri Richardson, Cheryl Boyd, Tammy Stewart, Jackie Pettway, Robbie Davis, Jamie Davis, Tracy Davis, and Travis Davis; and 22 great-grandchildren.

An online guestbook is available at




Bertha Elizabeth Maibach died in Vicksburg on January 2, 2018 at the age of 107 years and 9 months. She was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on March 20, 1910, to Arthur James Schmeltz and Allie Dell Schmeltz. She was the third of six children. She married Joseph Maibach on February 22, 1934, and she remained married to him for over 56 years until he died in June, 1990. She lived a long an wonderful life and remembers seeing her first airplane flying over the neighborhood in 1918, and remembers Lindbergh crossing the Atlantic in 1927, and remembers the advent of social security in the 1930’s. She also has memories of attending silent movies as a child for 1O cents where a live piano player was always present in the front of the movie theater. Of course, she remembers the advent of sound in the movies when the “talkies” came out. Bertha never had any children but is survived by numerous relatives, including nephews, nieces, great-nieces and great-nephews. She graduated from East Pittsburgh High School in 1929 and received a diploma from Curry College in Pittsburgh in 1930. She began working for Mine Safety Appliances Company in Pittsburgh in 1930 and worked until the early
1940’s, when gas rationing forced her to quit her job. She remembers the widespread flu epidemic in the country in 1919, and since she was the only one in the family who did not get sick, she has memories of doing the household chores and getting groceries for the entire family while school was closed for several months. She moved to Vicksburg with her husband in April, 1955, when he was transferred from Pittsburgh to Vicksburg, Mississippi to work at the then new Westinghouse Plant. She had lived in Vicksburg continuously since that time. Bertha was taken care of in her later years by her long-time friend and neighbor, Betty Sharpe.

Graveside Services at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery

Friday, January 05, 2018



John Anthony Thomas died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017. He was 54.

Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Greater Grove Street M.B. Church with the Rev. Beverly Baskin officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 5, 2018 from 6 to 7 p.m. at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.


Memorial Services for Glen and Mariah Dearman, ages 2 and 1,  will be Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Greater Grove Street M.B. Church with Dr. Leonard Walker officiating.

They leave to cherish their memory, their parents, Glen Michael Dearman and Adrienna Williams; grandparents, Teresa Williams, Janie Grayson, Jeffery Wilson and Joseph Hall, great-grandfather, Willie Williams; and a host of uncles; aunts; and other relatives.

Memorial services have been entrusted to C J Williams Mortuary Services.


Elizabeth Atkins Waring, born June 15, 1932, passed from this life on Jan. 3, 2018. She was the daughter of Walter Lee and Delcie Arleana Ipock Atkins of Columbus.

She is survived by her daughter, Patti Webb; her granddaughter, Lindsey Webb Dancy and her husband Nathan Dancy; her grandson, Robert Webb and his wife, Ashlee Webb; and her great-grandchildren Willow Michelle Webb and Braxton Lee Bell; a sister, Janette O’Barr and her husband Jake O’Barr; a brother, Morris Ray Atkins and his wife, Merland Atkins.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edmund Waring; her brothers, R.C. Atkins, Parker Atkins, and Arthur Atkins; and sister, Tommie Dean Richardson.

Elizabeth was married to Patrick “Buttons” Crum for many years and resided in Tallulah, La.

Later, she moved to Vicksburg and was married to Robert Waring until his death. She enjoyed golfing, gardening, and playing cards. In her later years, she became a puzzle book wiz, was always ready to discuss politics with anyone and always had a Hershey bar nearby. Her greatest joy was her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren.

Her family thanks her “special angels” that helped with her care, Cassie Cook, Veronica Terry, Yvonne Jordan and Shy Watson.

Elizabeth did not want a fuss made over her at this time. Her daughter and grandchildren will host a private celebration of life service.

Peebles Funeral Home

Jerry C. Stevenson Jr. died Jan. 3, 2018 at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was 76.

Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Larry D. Holt Jr. died December 29, 2017 at his residence. He was 66.

Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.




Jeffrey Brian Miller died Jan. 1, 2018. He was 56.

Born in Vicksburg, he was a lifelong resident. He was a 1979 graduate of Vicksburg High School. Jeffrey was a guitarist, who in earlier years, played with many local musicians at local events.

He was a member of Highland Baptist Church.

He is survived by his parents, Marvin and Carolyn Williams Miller; two sisters, Leigh A. Miller of Vicksburg and Leslie G. Miller, Huntsville, Ala. He is also survived by numerous aunts and other relatives.

Visitation will be Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, at Riles Funeral Home from 2 to 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 530 Mission 66, Vicksburg, MS 39183 and Paws Rescue, Redwood, MS 39156.


Ava Lee Bland Lick, a longtime resident of the Vicksburg area, died Saturday, Dec. 30, 2017.

She was born Feb. 14, 1926, in Sunflower County, MS.

Ava married Terrell James Lick Sr., and they built a beautiful family together. They were married 52 years before he passed away in 1996.

Ava is survived by her five sons, James Lick Jr. (Theresa) of Atlanta, Ga.; Gary Lick of Vicksburg; Ralph Lick (Kim) of Vicksburg; Paul Lick of Madison; Ronnie Lick, of Vicksburg; and her two daughters, Jane Muirhead (Dick) of Coldwater; and Regina Lindsey of Sevierville, Tenn.; 24 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and numerous extended family, including her beloved nieces, Carolyn Bland Miller (Lewis Jr.) of Vicksburg; Teresa Bland Sullivan (Donnie) of Batesville; Pamela Bland Harris of Mobile, Ala.

She is preceded in death by her parents, James 0. Bland Sr., and Janie Yates Bland; brother, James 0. Bland Jr.; two daughters-in-law, Nina Lick and Pamela Lick; nephews, Allen “Bubba” Bland and Denny Bland; great niece, Stacey Miller Fewell, and husbands, Terrell James Lick  and Duncan Boykin.

Ava could always be found crafting, cooking and sewing. Tradition, nurturing and family ties ran deep in her soul.

She loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and shared her faith with her family and friends. Her bible was always within reach and even at 91, she was always discovering new truths from His Word.

She will be greatly missed, but we will see her again in Heaven.

A graveside service will be held at Green Lawn Garden Cemetery at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018, followed by a Memorial Service and Reception at noon at Wayside BaptistChurch, 6151 Jeff Davis RoadVicksburg. 

Louis A. Piazza passed away Dec. 26, 2017, in Irvine, Calif., after a lengthy battle with Pulmonary Fibrosis and Hypertension.

Louis was born in Vicksburg Aug. 26, 1935.

He attended St. Aloysius, University of Southern Mississippi, Texas A&M University and spent four years in the U.S. Air Force.

Louis married Sara Frese of Jonesboro, Ark., and had four children. As a family, they lived in Texas, La., Ill., Pa., and Calif.

Louis worked for Bonney Forge for 20 years before starting his own company. Louis was a member in the Elks, American Legion and Knights of Columbus.

He loved his church family at St. Thomas More and volunteering with Mary’s Kitchen in Orange.

Louis was preceded in death by his parents; sisters; and his youngest son, Jason. He is survived by his wife; his children, Kevin (Bonnie), Courtney (Jeff) Savage, Kirby (Gina); eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

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Funeral services for Dr. Norma Stamps Smith will be Jan. 6, 2017, at noon at Greater Grove Street M.B. Church, 2715 Alcorn Drive, in Vicksburg. Dr. Casey Fisher will be officiating.

Repose will be at the church for viewing at 11 a.m. until the hour of service. Visitation will be at Greater Grove Street Jan. 5, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. Interment will be at New Popular Grove Cemetery in Utica.

Funeral services have been entrusted to C J Williams Mortuary Services in Vicksburg.

She died at a private residence in Madison.

Dr. Norma Stamps Smith, the younger of two daughters, was born to the late Elisha Stamps and Gideon Taylor Stamps of Utica.

Norma confessed a belief in Christ at an early age, was baptized and joined the Poplar Grove AME Church (now, New Poplar Grove Church) where she remained a faithful member until moving to Maywood, Ill., where she united with the Rock of Ages Church. Upon returning to Mississippi in 1998, Norma reunited with Poplar Grove where she remained and diligently served as a Sunday school teacher, workshop coordinator, Black History Month educator and member of the Mother’s Board until her passing.

Norma was a proud Alcornite and, in 1959, became a member of the Gamma Phi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated while attending Alcorn College, (now, Alcorn State University). She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business. Later, she also participated in many of the sorority activities with the Beta Delta Omega graduate chapter while working at Jackson State College, (now, Jackson State University). 

Norma eagerly became involved in community and civil rights causes starting in Mississippi in the 1960s and continued her advocacy work in Chicago well into the late 1990s. Norma worked with leaders, including Medgar Evers and James Meredith, drafting Meredith’s college application to the then-segregated University of Mississippi. Norma worked directly with Congress of Racial Equality and Dr. James Farmer and with the National Lawyers Guild for Civil Rights, fearlessly encouraging the African American Citizens of Miss., to register and exercise their right to vote. Some have said she helped pave the way for other African Americans working at Jackson State and was committed to supporting equal rights for African Americans in Miss.

After relocating to Ill., Norma continued to work for civil rights and social justice as a public school educator, fighting to provide quality education at one of Chicago’s most well-known inner-city high schools. Through her work, Norma helped to develop youth entrepreneurial programs that allowed students to establish and manage a school-based retail store. Through her educational workshops on civil rights with Mamie Williams, the mother of Emmett Till, she not only encouraged countless students to continue and even further their education, but to also seek social justice at every turn.

Norma also continued her own education, completing two masters’ degrees in education and computer science, respectively, as well as a doctorate in education at DePaul and Roosevelt Universities in Chicago, Ill. 

Mr. Whitfield Smith Jr., a devoted husband of 42 years, preceded her in death.

Dr. Norma Stamps Smith leaves to cherish her memory and celebrate her life her nieces and a multitude of dear cousins and friends.

She leaves us all with a rich legacy of intellect, advocacy, wit, strength, spirituality, integrity, humor, generosity and love that we will carry forward for generations.



John Carter “Jack” Stamm, a lifelong resident of Vicksburg, died Saturday, Dec. 30. He was 86.

He was the son of Carter and Dorothy Stamm.

Stamm attended St. Aloysius, where he graduated in 1949. At St. Al, he played varsity football, serving as captain his senior year.

He then earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Mississippi. At Ole Miss, he was a member of Kappa Alpha Order where he served as vice-president.

After his graduation in 1953, he entered the United States Air Force as a second lieutenant; he served in Korea.

Upon returning to Vicksburg, Stamm joined his father’s screen printing business, Stamm Advertising, where he worked for the next 60 years.

During his time as president of the company, he oversaw offices in Vicksburg, New Orleans, La., and Jackson.

Stamm was very active with the Vicksburg Swim Association, serving as president and other leadership positions. Stamm received the Phillips 66 Lifetime Achievement Award for his service to competitive swimming.

Stamm was an active Rotarian in Vicksburg and Jackson for over sixty years. He was the oldest and longest-standing member of the Vicksburg club at the time of his death.

After retirement, Stamm completed the program to be a certified master gardner and was active with the Vicksburg organization.

A lifetime member of St. Paul Catholic Church, Stamm was an usher and served on the parish council and the finance committee.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Laurin Fields Stamm; and his grandson, Bruce Alan Ebersole Jr.

He is survived by his five children and their spouses, Carter and Linda Stamm of River Ridge, La.; Story and Bruce Ebersole of Vicksburg; Lauri and Riley Collins of Ridgeland; Craig and Shannon Stamm and Maggie and Greg Langston, all of Dallas, Texas. He leaves his grandchildren, Ashken and Anoush Stamm; Bern Ebersole and his wife Mattie; Jase Ebersole; Riley, MariMac and Jack Collins; Sidney and Aden

Stamm; Lauchlin, Story, Carson and Vaughn Langston; two sisters, Dorothy Neill of Southlake, Texas; and Patricia Stamm of Vicksburg; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday at 1 p.m. at the B.B. Club, 721 Clay Street.

A Mass of the Resurrection will follow at 2:30 p.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to be made to the Bruce Alan Ebersole Jr. Memorial Fund at Vicksburg Catholic School, 1900 Grove Street, Vicksburg, MS, 39183.



Henry Joseph Bordelon Sr. died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017. He was 70.

Mr. Bordelon was born in Jonesville, La., to the late Harding Joseph and Claudia Jones Bordelon.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He had been a resident of Vicksburg since 1974. He was budget program analyst for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District, Mississippi River Valley Division, retiring in 2004.

Mr. Bordelon was a former member of the Bovina Volunteer Fire Department, a former Board member of Mutual Credit Union and a former VGSA softball coach. He was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ).

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bordelon was preceded in death by a daughter, Rachelle Lynn Bordelon Rollins; a granddaughter, Leslie Adams; and a brother, Robert Bordelon.

He is survived by his wife, Melissa Bordelon; a son, Henry J. “Joey” Bordelon Jr. (Mandy) of Jonesville, La.; two daughters, Jana Bordelon and Mandy Bordelon (Kasey), both of Vicksburg; five grandchildren, Deanna Adams, Derrick Rollins, Jeffery Rollins, Josh Bordelon, and Tristan Bordelon; and two sisters, Pamela Lea of Enterprise, La., and Evelyn Parker of Harrisonburg, La.

A celebration of life service will be noon on Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at Riles Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

Memorials may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 1990 South Frontage Road, Suite 1VicksburgMS 39180 or to Methodist Rehab, 1350 E. Woodrow Wilson, JacksonMS 39216 or First Christian Church.


Leon Johnson died Dec. 29, 2017, at Merit Health River Oaks Hospital in Flowood. He was 66.

Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.



Roy Qualls Sr. died Dec. 28, 2017, at Merit Health River Region. He was 45.

Services will be noon Saturday, Jan. 6, 2017, at St. Paul Baptist Church’s Family Life Center in Bovina with the Rev. Tyrone Dixon officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 5, 2017, at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home from 1 to 6 p.m. with family present 5 to 6 p.m.



Reginald T. L. Sutton of Nitta Yuma died Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, at Merit Health Central in Jackson. He was 58.

Services will be Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at noon at Chapel of the Cross Worship Center. Burial will be at Nitta Yuma Cemetery in Nitta Yuma.

Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 5, 2017, from 5 to 6 p.m. at Adele Walker Memorial Chapel Funeral Home.




Mr. William Henry “Billy Boy” Clinkscales passed away on January 1, 2018 at Sharkey-Issaquena Hospital at the age of 83.

Mr. Clinkscales was born in Greenville, MS on February 6, 1934. He began farming when he was twenty years old and farmed for sixty years. He owned and operated Clinkscales Farms with his son W. H. Clinkscales. He was an avid hunter traveling to places such as South America, New Zealand and Alaska to hunt. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Anguilla.

He was preceded in death by his wife Beverly Jane Holmes Clinkscales; his parents F. W. Clinkscales and Vivian Vernell Clinkscales and his brother Allan Clinkscales.
He is survived by his son W. H. Clinkscales (Wendy Gail); his daughter Elizabeth Dawn Chatoney (William M.); brother, Neal Clinkscales (Shirley); grandchildren
Ashley Clinkscales and Landon Chatoney.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at First Baptist Church of Anguilla with Rev. Jimmy Porter officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00 a.m. Thursday until the hour of the service at the church. Burial will follow in Vicklan Cemetery in Delta City, MS.

Pallbearers will be Paul Hollis, Ken Holmes, Craig Boykin, Jackie Martin, Bud Stigall and Danny Howle. Honorary pallbearers will be Buddy Hankins and Manley Washington.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Anguilla, P. O. Box 216, Anguilla, MS 38721 or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas PlaceMemphisTN38105.




PLANO, TEXAS — Myra Irwin Smartt went to be with her Lord on Dec. 22, 2017.

Myra had suffered some recent health problems, yet her passing was unexpected. Myra was born in Jackson on Sept. 2, 1938, to James “Ed” and Bess McGuffee Irwin. Myra grew up in Vicksburg and attended Carr Central High School. She served as the editor of the school newspaper and represented Carr Central at Girls State.

At the age of 14, she had her first date with the love of her life, Donald “Donnie” Smartt. Myra and Donnie have been together since that first date and were married Aug. 23, 1958.

In 1960, Myra graduated from Mississippi State College for Women while pregnant with her first child. (She loved to say he graduated from college twice!)

Myra loved literature and served as the head librarian for many years in the Warren County school system before leaving in 1974 to open Myra’s Bookstore in Vicksburg. The Vicksburg Evening Post featured her in a story as “Myra the Bookie.” In 1980, Myra and Donnie moved to East Texas where she worked at Phillips Coal in Tyler and later, with Donnie, owned an employment agency in Longview.

After moving to Plano, Texas in 1985, she served as an administrative assistant to Robert and Myrna Schlegel and, thereafter, for her beloved sister, Jimmy Westcott. Myra was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by Donnie, her husband of 59 years; three sons, Mike (Stephanie) Smartt, Mitchell Smartt, and Mac Smartt; six grandsons, Sumpter (Crystal), Swayze Schafer (fiancé Mary Caroline Dillon), Jeb (Courtney) Grayson, Lakeland; and (thank goodness) a granddaughter, Savannah; and two great-grandchildren, Harper and Elliott Smartt. Myra is also survived by her sister, Jimmy Westcott; nephews, Court and Chart Westcott; as well as her caring brother-in-law of many years, Carl Westcott.

Myra was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Plano, Texas, where her memorial service will be Jan. 3, 2018, at 2 p.m.

Myra requested any memorial donations be made to Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief, 5351 Catron DriveDallasTexas 75227.


John Anthony Thomas, a Vicksburg resident, passed away on Saturday Dec. 30 in the Merit Health River Region Medical Center following a lengthy illness.  He was 54

Funeral arrangements are incomplete with W. H. Jefferson Funeral Home in charge.



Willie David Williams Jr., 70, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at the Bluffs Nursing Home.

He was born Feb. 5, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn., to the late Willie David “Dub” Williams Sr. and Helen Louise (Manuel) Williams.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Toney Williams. He is survived by a son, Willie David Williams III;  daughter, Angela Williams of Vicksburg; sister, Sandra Lee Trim (James) of Basile, La.; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and two cousins, Thomas and Joe Wooley of Vicksburg.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Online condolences may be made to the family at




Willie David Williams Jr., 70, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017 at the Bluffs Nursing Home.

He was born, Feb. 5, 2017, in Memphis, Tenn., to the late Willie David “Dub” Williams Sr. and Helen Louise (Manuel) Williams. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruth Toney Williams.

He is survived by a son, Willie David Williams III; daughter, Angela Williams of Vicksburg; sister, Sandra Lee Trim (James) of Basile, La.; three grandchildren; one great grandchild; and two cousins, Thomas and Joe Wooley of Vicksburg.

A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

Online condolences may be made to the family at



Roy Qualls Sr. died Dec. 28, 2017, at Merit Health River Region. He was 45.

Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.



Charles Edward Gladwell died Friday December 22, 2017. He was 45 years old.
Mr. Gladwell was a life long resident of Vicksburg,Ms. He worked for the the City of Vicksburg as a foreman with the water department.

He is survived by his wife Tasha Day Gladwell of Vicksburg, 2 sons Alexander Gladwell and James Gladwell both of Vicksburg, 1 brother Willie Gladwell of Vicksburg, and a sister Stephaine Bell of Vicksburg.

Visitation will be Tuesday January 2, 2018 from 10:;00a.m. to 11:00a.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home with services at 11:00a.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.