Tuesday, July 7 – 

 Willie Mae Wooten, lifetime resident of Vicksburg, Ms., passed away Sunday July 5, 2020 of kidney failure, at the home of her close friends, The Patterson’s. She was 82 years old. Mrs. Wooten is preceded in death by her husband, William H. (Harold) Wooten, her mother Nellie Moore, her great grandson Logan Gattenby and her son Tommy (Tom) Ray Nicholson Sr.

She is survived by five grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren…Tammy (Joey) Griffith and their daughter Hannah…Tommy Ray (Dollie) Nicholson Jr. and their children Trey, Amber and John…Renee (Trevor) Norris and her children Jacob, Valerie, Brandi and Araca…Thomas Nicholson and Thomasina Nicholson and her children Maybon, Leona, Elijah and Irish.

She is also survived by her very close friends that she considered family, Billy and Betty Patterson and their daughters Mammie Strawbridge and Frances Noe.

Services are Friday, July 10, 2020, at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home, 1830 Cherry St., Vicksburg, Ms. Visitation from 1 pm until service at 2 pm, with graveside to follow.

Pallbearers will be Joey Griffith, Eddie Jones, Michael Jones, Billy Wayne Noe and Billy Patterson.

The family requests, in lieu of flowers, please make your donation to Vicksburg Animal Shelter, 100 Old Mill Rd, Vicksburg, Ms, 39183.



Timothy ‘TCool’ McKnight passed away on July 5, 2020 in Vicksburg, Mississippi.  He was 30 years old.

Arrangements are as follows:  Memorial Services: Saturday, July 11, 2020 11:00am

Location:  Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel


Betty Jean Porter-Kober passed away at Promise Hospital in Vicksburg, MS on July 5, 2020.  Betty Jean was born at home in Straight Bayou, MS on 17 April, 1938 to loving parents, Melvin James Porter and Beulah Mae McDuff-Porter.  She was the fourth of seven children and the first daughter.  Betty was raised working hard in the home and in the field picking cotton.  She was top shooter for the Redwood High School Basketball team under Coach Dorman.  In 1956, she graduated valedictorian of her class, as well as being the class secretary and being elected “Miss Redwood”.  


Betty moved to Vicksburg and worked a number of years for South Central Bell as a telephone operator for “long distance”, before they went dial.  She was always hardworking and held down many different jobs in her life, from running the bandsaw on the Westinghouse factory floor to enumerating the 1970 census for a section of Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.  She retired from working the front desk at River Region Medical Center.  


Betty was well known for her faith.  She passed away with absolute confidence in God’s Kingdom.  She was a devoted member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses  for over 50 years.  Betty was known for her sterling qualities of generosity, self-sacrifice, justice, integrity, compassion and hard work.  She had a tender spot for children and always made time for them.  Her hobbies were reading mystery novels, tending her flowers, and ancestry research.  She also  loved travel, dancing and learning new things.  Betty Jean so loved her brothers and sisters, her family and friends.  It was always a kick to see all those brothers and sisters together talking and laughing.  She was a special gift to us all and her loss will always be felt.


Betty Jean is predeceased by her beloved parents, Melvin  James and Porter and Beulah Mae McDuff-Porter; brothers, James Duane “Sonny Boy” Porter and William Rodney “Bill” Porter; one niece, Terry Jean Nappier and one nephew, Rodney Porter.  

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Robert Kober, Sr.; a son, Robert Kober, Jr.; a daughter, Sandra Lynn Taylor (Jeff); granddaughter, Andrea Janean Lowery (Thomas); great granddaughter, Veronica Lowery; two brothers, Terrell Jean “Ted” Porter and Melvin James Porters, Jr., both of Valley Park, MS; two sisters, Ella Sue Embry (Ray) and Vince Lucille Wooley (Thomas).  


The family wishes to offer their genuine appreciation for the attentive care of Dr. Morgan Caulfield of “Promise Hospital” of Vicksburg, MS and all the staff, who so kindly tended to Betty’s needs in her final days.  Please know that your work, care and concern meant so much to Betty and to her family to whom she meant the world.  


John Allan Keith, November 23, 1945 – July 03, 2020, died suddenly at his home in Vicksburg on Friday, July 3, 2020. He was 74.  John Allan attended Utica Consolidated School and continued to Hinds Junior College.  He proceeded to the University of Southern Mississippi where he completed his degree in journalism.  He spent the majority of his career printing and publishing the Hinds County Gazette weekly newspaper as well as the Utica Advertiser and other satellite newspapers.  John Allan was preceded in death by his parents, John W. (Billy) and Blanche Keith.  He is survived by his significant other, Doris Ann Mullins of Gulfport, one sister, numerous cousins, and many treasured friends.  


Graveside services for Loprenzo Walker, a former resident of Vicksburg, will be  Friday at 11 a.m. at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Lorenzo died June 11 at his home in Oakland, California. He was 76.


Monday, July 6 – 

Lendeen Sue Hynum passed away on July 05, 2020. She was 82 years old.

Lendeen lived most of her life in Vicksburg, where she enjoyed spending time with her family and visiting the casino. She loved her family and friends to no end, and there was no one with a bigger heart than her. 

She is preceded in death by her husband, Hebert Hynum, her parents; Clara Blount and John William Blount, her two brothers; Cletus Blount and Delmas Blount, her great-grandson, Braxton Hynum, and her daughter-in-law, Donna Hynum. 

She is survived by her four sons; Bruce Williams, Burton Hynum, Burrell Hynum, and Dalton Hynum, her two daughters; Melinda Wilson, and Brenda Shiers, her sister, Alene Kilgore, three brothers; Joe Blount, Sammy Blount, and Kenneth Blount, and numerous grandchildren, great- grandchildren, and great-great- grandchildren.

A Graveside Service will be held at Wintergreen Cemetery in Port Gibson, MS at 10:00 am on Thursday, July 09, 2020.

Honorary pallbearers will include Todd Myers, Jimbo Shiers, Burton Hynum, Justin Ballard, Kenny Gurley, Darrell Blunt, Alec Richardson, Patrick Deckard and Hank Ditto. 

Robert Andrews will be officiating the service.


Thomas John Lurk passed away Saturday, July 4, 2020. He was 80  years old.

Tom was born in Ste. Genevieve, MO. He has been a Claiborne County resident since 1967 and was a well-known farmer with Valley of the Moon farm and a mechanic with Claiborne County road department. Tom enjoyed fishing and deer hunting. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his parents Tom W. Lurk and Lenora Klein Lurk and grandsons Cory Lurk and Tyler Bost.

Tom is survived by his wife of 60 years Shirley (Nevois) Lurk; 4 children Duane Lurk (Carla), Dean Lurk, Tammy Bost (Danny), and Danny Lurk (Emily); sisters Alousie Wiegard (Bill), and Mary Drag (Clem); brothers Charlie Lurk (Roberta), Joe Lurk (Pat), John Lurk (Linda), and Bill Lurk; grandchildren Kelsey Bost, Wesley Bost, Kristen Bost, Caroline Bost, Josh Lurk, Ryan Lurk, Jacob Lurk, Lauren Lurk Powell, and Danielle Lurk.

A private service will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Gibson, MS on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at 11:00 P.M. with Father Anthony Claret Onyeocha officiating. Burial will be at a later date at St. Joseph Cemetery in Port Gibson.


Sunday, July 5 –

Rosalyn Isabel Bridges passed away Friday, July 3, 2020. She died from many complications that include a large mass on the back of her neck that stopped her growth and a blood clot in her umbilical cord. The doctors called it a rare form of Choromosomal Deformity.

In the womb, she was so happy but so small. Her growth was very slow from the beginning. She swam around and kicked her daddy’s arm laid across her mommy’s belly and played. Her gender was revealed at her arrival. Rosalyn was born 8 inches and 6.8 ounces of pure beauty and innocence. We held her and looked down at her in awe of her beauty. She was so tiny and delicate that we were scared to hold her for fear that we would ruin her little body. Her little eyes were open and looking right at you. She had tiny ears and ten fingers with ten toes and her daddy’s lips and nose. She was perfect to us in every way. Her memory will forever be in our hearts and minds.

Rosalyn, also known as Little Rose, leaves behind her parents Cody Bridges and Raven Lenel. As well as two older sisters, Harmony and Sophia Bridges. She has a vast family that loves her and sends her prayers. Rosalyn has 4 Aunts, 4 Uncles, and many cousins. She is also survived by 4 grandparents, 8 Great Grandparents and many Great Aunts and Great Uncles. She is predeceased by 3 cousins, 1 grandpa (Larry Bridges), and 1 great grandpa.

Rosalyn Isabelle Bridges will be laid to rest at Greenlawn Garden Cemetary near her grandpa (Larry Bridges) on Monday July 6th, 2020. This will be a graveside service so please join us at 12:00p.m. to send Rosalyn prayers as her grandpa carries her to Heaven.

Thursday, July 2 – 

Tina Swilley, age 64, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2020, at her home in Vicksburg, MS.  She was born on March 2, 1956 in Vicksburg, the daughter of Morris and Margaret Janes Peck.     

Tina was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg.  She graduated from Vicksburg High School and attended Hinds Community College.  

Survivors include her husband, Wayne Swilley, daughters, Sherry (William Henne) of Birmingham, AL., Jennifer (Michael Kerns) of Vicksburg, grandchildren Charles Brown and William Alexander Henne of Birmingham, AL and sister Brenda (Adrian) Meyer of Russellville, AR.  

A private memorial service will be held at the Fisher Riles Funeral Home, 5000 Indiana Ave.,  on Tuesday, July 7th at 11 a.m. with burial following at Cedar Hill Cemetery for immediate family only.  

Face coverings, social distancing and any additional recommended CDC guidelines will be required. 


Wednesday, July 1 – 

Funeral services for Mrs. Doris Lee Parker Gunn, age 92, will be held Thursday, July 2, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church in Tallulah, Louisiana, with Bro. Martin Parker officiating. Visitation will begin at 1:00 P.M. Burial will follow at Silver Cross Cemetery in Tallulah, Louisiana, under the direction of Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home.

Mrs. Gunn passed away Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Tallulah, Louisiana. She was born to Clarence and Pearl Parker on July 24, 1927, in Selma, Louisiana. She moved to Tallulah around the age of five where she lived the rest of her life. She married “Pistol” Gunn, and they had two sons, Gary and Keith. She was a long time member of the Eastern Star, Chapter 198, for over 57 years, but her greatest accomplishment was making a home for her husband, sons, and grandchildren.

Mrs. Gunn was preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Pearl Parker; her husband of over 61 years, Pistol Gunn; four brothers, Sandiford Parker, Winfred Parker, Clarence Parker, and A. G. Parker; and five sisters, Emma Wiggins, Dollie Wiggins, Ruby Foster Hall, Norene Freeman, and Leaneda Thornton Holder.

Mrs. Gunn is survived by two sons, Gary Gunn (Becky) of Tallulah, Louisiana, and Keith Gunn (Vicki) of Beaumont, Texas; two granddaughters, Brandi Heard (Derek) and April Baur, both of Tallulah, Louisiana; one grandson, Michael Gunn of Junction City, Kansas; three great-grandchildren, Summer and Parker Heard and Kimber Baur; three sisters-in-law, Irma Parker, Elizabeth Parker, and Lois Parker Finlayson; numerous nieces and nephews, and many wonderful friends and neighbors.

Pallbearers will be Joe Jobe, Hollis Ervin, Carl Tarver, Seth Nichols, Ray Thornton, and Harold Parker. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Fautheree, Eddie Hattaway, Tommy Dunning, Dr. L.P. Neumann, Dr. T. A. Neumann, Dr. L. F. Chenier, and Doc Stroup.

Mrs. Gunn’s family would like to thank the staff at Legacy Nursing and Rehabilitation, Nurse Practitioner, Caitlyn Copes, Cross Roads Hospice, Nurse, Monica Odom, Tammy Kivett, Tina Prater, Dr. T. A. Neumann, Dr. L. P. Neumann and many others for the loving care they gave to Mrs. Gunn.


Brooks E. Boggan passed away June 26, 2020 at Merit Health River Region at the age of 97.  He was born in Bath Springs, TN .  In 1930 he made his home in Vicksburg, MS. 

He served in World War II and Korean War.  He was the last surviving member of Company 106th Engineer Association.  He retired from ERDC-WES in Structures Laboratory Nuclear Weapons Division.  He attended Woodlawn Baptist Church where he served as a greeter and handed out bulletins each Sunday.


Was preceded in death by the love of his life of 72 years Juanita B. Boggan.  His parents, John Henry and Mary Mirannda Stroawn Boggan.  Sister Virginia Broderick and brother Parker Boggan. 


Survived by daughter, Kathy Friar, and son, Brooks “Eddie” Boggan (Cathy).  One sister, Meryl Brewster.   5 grandchildren: Melissa Haas (Sam), Melanie Dixon (Stewart), Micheal “Mickey” Allen, Chris Boggan (Christy), and Ashley Boggan (Mary Ann).  15 great grandchildren: Tre Haas, Tyler Haas (Brooke), Travis Haas (Ragan), Sean Dixon, Mirannda Dixon, Kathy Allen, Montrell Allen, Becca Boggan, Matthew Boggan (Rachel), Brynn Boggan, Jace McCready, Kenneth Nuguid, Eddie Boggan, Beth Boggan, and Ashlie Grace Boggan.  6 great great grandchildren: Jacob Boggan, Sami Boggan, Maggie Haas, Kheri Haas, Conner Boggan, and Aubrey McCready.  Numerous nieces and nephews.


Pall bearers: Tre Haas, Tyler Haas, Travis Haas, Matt Boggan, Montrell Allen, Kenneth Nuguid, and Sean Dixon.


Honorary Pallbearers: Sam Haas, Stewart Dixon, Mickey Allen, Chris Boggan, and Ashley Boggan.


Special thanks to Kindred Hospice and Dr. Lee Giffin.


Visitation at Fisher Funeral Home, 1830 Cherry Street,  will be Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 10:00 until hour of service.  Service will be at 11:00 at Fisher Funeral Home.  Graveside to follow at Greenlawn  Gardens Cemetery.



In lieu of flowers make donations to Woodlawn Baptist Church Sanctuary Renovation Fund. 


Graveside services for Mary Hall, 86, will be held Saturday July 4, 2020 at the Ark of the New Covenant Cemetery in Mayersville, MS at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be Friday at 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Adele Walker Memorial Chapel at Walker Funeral Home in Rolling Fork, MS.

Mary Hall was born on September 6, 1933 in Crystal Springs, MS to the late Alex and Gladys McGee. She later moved to Mayersville, MS where she married Rohillard Hall, who preceded her in death. Together they had 21 children, 4 of whom preceded her in death, Sylvester, Bobby, Robert and Clemmie McGee. She is survived by her children Lash(Lavern) Hall, Lula Mae(Cleveland) Burse, Eddie( James) Coleman, David McGee, Leroy McGee, Lottie( Gabrial) Sampson, Savannah( Dillard) Wiliams, Deloris Hall, Adam Hall, Steven Hall, Corine Hall, Johnny Hall, Henry( Regina) Hall, Rohillard Jr., Roosevelt Hall, Anne and Jackie Hall. She is also survived by a host of grandchildren, great- grandchildren, nieces and nephews; as well as 3 special friends, Mother Mary Parker, Mother Horace Bunton, and Mother Marie Hite.

She peacefully transitioned from earth to glory on June 25, 2020 at Merit Health River Region Hospital in Vicksburg, MS. She was a faithful member of the Ark of the New Covenant for over 35 years where she served on the mother board.


Sunday, June 28 – 

Gerry Lane McCormick, Jr. passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2020. He was 51 years old. 

Gerry has lived in Vicksburg, Mississippi since 1993. He was a member of the Vicksburg Darts Association, and he really enjoyed fishing. 

He is preceded in death by his maternal grandparents; Dorothy and J.E. Castle, his step-father, Ed Fuller, and his mother in law, Marcella Coleman.

He is survived by his wife, Marcella McCormick, his mother Dorothy Castle Fuller, his father, Gerry McCormick, Sr., his sons; Kerry McCormick, Marcus McCormick, Edwin Malpica, and Daniel McAllister, his three daughters; Victoria McCormick, Autumn McCormick, and Samantha Malpica, his sisters; Cherilyn McCurdy and Kymbra Wells, and his brothers; Larry McCormick, Will Fuller, Chris Fuller, and Brandt Fuller, as well as five grandchildren. 

A visitation will be held on Monday, June 29, 2020 at Glenwood Funeral Home at 9:00 am with a funeral service immediately following at 11:00 am. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. 

Pallbearers will include Shannon Stewart, Tony Ledford, Kenny McCurdy, Logan McCormick, Larry McCormick, Austin McCormick, Dustin Burns and Cody McAllister.

Jim Barmore will be officiating the service. 


Mr. Elijah Kline


Arrangements are as follows:


Graveside Services/Interment: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 11:00am

Location:Cedar Hill Cemetery/326 Lovers Lane



Velma Barnes Bishop, a resident of Gaffney, South Carolina, went to her Heavenly Home, June 26, 2020. She was 76.


Funeral services were held 11:00 A.M. Wednesday, July 1, 2020, at the Solid Rock Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi, with Pastor Bill Tolbert and Pastor Jerome Owens officiating. Visitation will be 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday, June 30, 2020, at the Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home, 1830 Cherry Street  Vicksburg, Mississippi.  Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.  


In lieu of flowers, the family ask for contributions to be made in Mrs. Bishop’s name, to the Solid Rock Church – Vicksburg, Mississippi, 4945 US-61, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39183.


Velma was born in Port Gibson, Mississippi and lived most of her life in Delta, Louisiana. She had moved to Eufaula in 2001 and then to Gaffney, South Carolina in 2018. She enjoyed working in the church ministry where her late husband was a Pentecostal minister. She also loved her fur babies, Prissy, Bella, and Little Bit.


She was preceded in death by her husbands, Joseph “JC” Barnes and Robert Bishop; her father, Dwight O. Glodjo; her mother, Myrtle Glodjo; her sister, Louise Wedgeman; and her son, Joseph Eugene Barnes.


Leaving to cherish are her daughters, Kimberly W. Barlow (Mark) of Gaffney, South Carolina, and Martha Deaton of Dothan, Alabama; her grandchildren, Ashton Walker, Chiana Walker, Kieye Walker, Seth Walker, Joshua Walker, Brittany Morales (Julio), Delana Irwin, and Glen Deaton; her great-grandchild, Kalel; her sisters, Loreine Lowery, Virgie Nevels, Barbara Cain, Linda Brown, and Joann Pfannestial.


Serving as active pallbearers will be James Horn, Jim Horn, Julio Morales, Mark Barlow, Zachery Hughes, and Roger Arnold.


Stephanie Vanderford, a beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother and grandmother passed away June 25,2020 at Merit Health in Vicksburg, Ms. Stephanie was born on February 1, 1970 in Vicksburg to the late Marion Williamson Keen and Frank Keen. She is survived by her husband of 30 years Ricky Vanderford. She is also survived by her father Frank Keen, brother Ben Franklin and sister Madison Keen. Her two children Haley Vanderford (Wayne) and Brandon Vanderford (Marie). She is also survived by her 3 grandchildren Stevie, Jacob and MaeLinn. She is preceded in death by her mother Marion Williamson Keen, her sister Sherri Harmon and brother Frank (Tator) Keen Jr. A memorial service will be held at City Hall in Delta La. Saturday June 27, 2020 at 4 pm.


Clara Christine Rodgers Cousins passed away June 23, 2020.

Born July 18, 1933, to Siddie Shiers Rodgers and Robert Rodgers, her hobbies were her love of flowers, fishing, hunting, shopping and yard sales.


She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Frank Cousins; her daughter Trudy Inez Cousins Tero; two sisters Lona Herron and Virginia Taylor; and one brother Otto Rodgers.


She is survived by her children Paula Bryant, Frankie Cousins, Maxine Clanton, Glen Cousins, Rose Parker, Kim Davis and Tommy Cousins; her three siblings Mozelle Barnes, Grace Gallager and Jesse Rodgers; 37 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren.


Service will be Monday, June 29, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Fisher-Riles Chapel at the Cherry Street location. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Fisher-Riles Funeral Home will be handling all services.


Thursday, June 25 – 

Lewis Brandon Furr was born on September 6, 1920, in Tallulah, Louisiana, and passed away June 22, 2020, in Oak Woods Nursing Home in Mer Rouge, Louisiana, at age 99. He graduated from Tallulah High School in 1937. He then graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a degree in Agriculture in 1941. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army during WWII in the Infantry Division, Company D in the 9th Army at Normandy, Central Germany and the Rhineland. During his service, he was awarded 3 – Purple Hearts for the injuries he sustained and also awarded a medal for Meritorious Service for his service above and beyond. He was Clerk of Court for Madison Parish from 1948 – 1960.

Lewis was committed to instilling a strong Christian foundation in his children, ensuring they attended Sunday School and Wednesday Night Training Union. Above all, he passed along his Christian values by the way he lived his life, treating everyone with grace, dignity and respect.

Lewis enjoyed fishing, reading and rose gardening.

He was preceded in death by his wife, LaVonne Doden Furr; siblings, James Furr and Grace Mitchell.

Lewis is survived by daughters, Shari F. Moreau (Bob), Susan F. Alexander (Bill); son, David Furr; grandchildren, Trish Smith (Scott), David Moreau, Sara Moreau, Ashley Allen (Matt), Jep Alexander, and Emma Furr; great-grandchildren; Tyler and Callie Puckett, and Thomas and Grace Allen.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the dedicated staff at Oak Woods Nursing Home in Mer Rouge, Louisiana, for the extraordinary love and care given to “Papa” Furr.

A celebration of his life with plenty of Bluebell Ice Cream will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to or the Foodbank of Northeast Louisiana; 4600 Central Avenue; Monroe, LA 71203.



James Arthur “Jim” McDaniel, Jr. was born September 29, 1926, on a hill farm in Downsville, Louisiana, and passed away on June 24, 2020, at Merit River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi, at age 93. The oldest of three children, Jim completed elementary and high school in Union Parish public schools, then enrolled at his beloved Louisiana State University. However, in the Fall of 1944, he volunteered for service in the United States Navy during World War II serving as a radioman. At the end of the War, he served among the first U.S. occupation forces in Tokyo for many months. Upon his honorable discharge in 1946, he returned to Louisiana State University and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in January, 1949. He continued his agricultural economics study by accepting a graduate assistantship and earned his M.S. degree the following year. Following graduation, Jim worked with the LSU Extension Service for four years.

After meeting his true love in the LSU library, he married Arkansas native, Bonnie Jean Holman. They moved to Tallulah, Louisiana, in 1953, to work as a farm manager for Ashley Plantation. He later branched out on his own as an independent hog, cattle, and grain farmer which he continued until his retirement at age 71. During these happy and productive years, Jim and Bonnie raised two daughters, Marcia and Jane. Meantime, he was very active in the First United Methodist Church of Tallulah, served with the Madison Parish and Louisiana Farm Bureaus, Committee for a Better Louisiana, Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, Louisiana State University Advisory Board for Agriculture, and many other organizations. He also became president of the American Soybean Institute, traveling extensively throughout Japan and Korea in the 1970s to market soybeans as a more economical source of protein for the growing Asian population. He found time to help rewrite the antiquated constitution of Louisiana in 1973, serving on the Taxation, Revenue, and Wages Committee.

Never to stay idle when the crops were progressing or “laid by”, Jim became involved in the banking industry, with the Federal Land Bank of New Orleans (later Jackson, Mississippi), Mississippi Federated Cooperatives, Production Credit Association, and the Bank For Cooperatives serving on their various board of directors, and later as its Chairman of the Board. With his involvement in banking, he and Bonnie traveled to Argentina and Brazil to research agriculture and financial instruments used in South America.

Mr. McDaniel was preceded in death by his parents, Ruth and James Arthur McDaniel, Sr. of Union Parish; a brother, Aubrey Eugene “Gene” McDaniel, of Gauthier, Mississippi; daughter, Marcia Kilgore of Zachary, Louisiana; and a grandson, Kenny, also from Zachary. He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Bonnie Holman McDaniel, and daughter, Jane; a sister, Cheri Mond McDaniel of Baton Rouge; five grandchildren (James, Lisa, Kristen, Kimberly, and Jacob), and numerous great-grandchildren.

Graveside services for family members only due to the coronavirus will be held Saturday, June 27, 2020, at 10:00 A.M. at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tallulah, Louisiana with Pastor Henry Stone officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First United Methodist Church or charity of choice.



Clara Christine Rodgers Cousins passed away June 23, 2020.

Born July 18, 1933, to Siddie Shiers Rodgers and Robert Rodgers, her hobbies were her love of flowers, fishing, hunting, shopping and yard sales.


She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 60 years, Frank Cousins; her daughter Trudy Inez Cousins Tero; two sisters Lona Herron and Virginia Taylor; and one brother Otto Rodgers.


She is survived by her children Paula Bryant, Frankie Cousins, Maxine Clanton, Glen Cousins, Rose Parker, Kim Davis and Tommy Cousins; her three siblings Mozelle Barnes, Grace Gallager and Jesse Rodgers; 37 grandchildren and 40 great grandchildren.


Service will be Monday, June 29, 2020, at 11 a.m. at the Fisher-Riles Chapel at the Cherry Street location. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery. Fisher-Riles Funeral Home will be handling all services.


Tuesday, June 23 – 

Mrs. Janice Bernard

Arrangements are as follows:

Visitation: Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home


Graveside Services/Interment: Wednesday, June 24, 2020 2:00pm

Location: Cedar Hill Cemetery326 Lovers Lane


Ms. Patricia H. Price

Arrangements are as follows:


Visitation: Friday, June 26, 2020, 12:00noon – 2:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home


Funeral Services: Friday, June 26, 2020 2:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel


Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery



Mr. Elijah Kline

Arrangements are as follows:

Graveside Services/Interment: Tuesday, June 30, 2020 11:00am

Location:Cedar Hill Cemetery/326 Lovers Lane

Sam McRae passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020 in Melbourne, Fl. He was 67 years old.

Mr. McRae was preceded in death by his father Sam McRae, Jr., and his sister Dianne (Dee Dee) Wimberly.

He is survived  by his mother Doris Moody of Merritt Island, FL; sister and brother-in- Law Doris and Dave Studebaker of Dayton, OH; cousins, nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be Wednesday, June 24, 2020 at Winter Green Cemetery in Port Gibson, MS at 11:00 A.M.. Charles Studebaker will be officiating.


Monday, June 22 – 

Funeral services for Mrs. Elena Saldana, age 87, will be held Thursday, June 25, 2020, at 2:00 P.M. at First Baptist Church in Tallulah, Louisiana, with Rev. Jay Morgan officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Tallulah, Louisiana. Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 24, 2020, from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah, Louisiana.

Mrs. Saldana passed away Sunday, June 21, 2020, at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi, after a brief illness. She was born September 27, 1932, in Austin, Texas, to Santiago and Jovita Iruegas.

Mrs. Saldana loved being outdoors cleaning her yard, gardening, and raising flowers. She loved cooking for her children and guests at her home. She loved taking care of her cats, but her greatest pleasure was spending time with her granddaughter, Maria.

Mrs. Saldana was preceeded in death by her parents, Santiago and Jovita Iruegas; her husband, Benigno Saldana, Sr.; a brother, Miguel Iruegas; and two sons, Benigno Saldana, Jr. and Rauel Saldana.

Mrs. Saldana is survived by one brother, Valente Iruegas; seven sons, Julian Saldana, II, Santiago Saldana, Sr., wife Stacey, Valente Saldana, Miguel Saldana, wife Sandra, Felipe Saldana, Sr., wife Charlene, Benito Saldana, wife Kelly, and Gregorio Saldana, wife Alanna; two daughters, Adelita Saldana Rodriguez, husband Jose, and Lenor Saldana, husband Steve McLin; and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Rueben Saldana, Gregorio Saldana, Jr., Kenneth Frank King, Tom Self, Robert Halford, Maria Self, and Eythan Womack.



George “Don” Whittenberg died Sunday, June 21, 2020, at his residence. He was 83.

A native of East St. Louis, Ill., he lived most of his life in Vicksburg, where he was formerly employed at Beneficial Finance and later employed at the Mutual Credit Union where he retired as Vice President of Loan operations, retiring in 2007.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church,
He was preceded in death by his parents, George U. and Josephine Vorada Whittenberg.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Roberta “Bo” Whittenberg; his daughter, Susan Stanton; his son-in-law, Shaun Stanton; his grandchildren, Strickland Stanton and Sadie Stanton; his sister-in-law, Kay Sakulin; his brother-in-law, Charles Cobb;  his niece, Diane Bailey and special friends Mark Monroe, Ann and Bill Henley, Miles Henley, John Black, Maxie Henry, Trip Hadad, Paul Carrico, Cecil and Carolyn Bryant and Joey Irwin.

Special thanks are given to St. Joseph Hospice for their caring and compassionate care extended to the Whittenbergs.

A memorial service honoring Don’s life will be held Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 11:00 AM at Woodlawn Baptist Church with Rev. Kent Campbell officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the hour of the service.



Sunday, June 21 – 

Michael Webster Clark passed away Friday, June 12, 2020. He was 56 years old.

Michael was a native of Jefferson County, MS. He worked in the auto salvage business for all his working as a salesman. He loved to hunt and fish. He was an active member of the Baptist faith.

He his survived by his wife Brenda Clark; 2 daughters Angel Lee Clark, and Michelle Clark (Blake); 1 brother David Wayne Clark; 3 sisters Vickie Jane Dill, Deborah Ann Bishop, and Brenda Sue Carithers; best friend Hugh Edward Carithers; 5 grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Monday, June 22, 2020 at Unity Baptist Church Cemetery with visitation starting at 2:00 P.M. in the cemetery. Rev. Herman Aldridge will officiate.

Pallbearers will be Hugh Carithers, Josie Carithers, Nathan Williams, Jason Clark, Eddie Clark, Mark Emerale, Roy Bishop, David Bishop, and David Clark.


Thursday, June 18 – 

Patsy Dossett Ladnier passed away on June 16, 2020 at Merit Health River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg, MS.  She was 90.

Patsy was born in Eight Mile, Alabama, on October 12, 1929, to William Louis Dossett and Rosalee Browning Dossett. She was a graduate of Semmes High School, Semmes, Alabama, and attended Clarke College in Newton, Mississippi. She married Oliver C. Ladnier on November 21, 1948. Patsy served as a devoted minister’s wife along-side Bro. Ladnier for a life-long ministry of pastorates, beginning at Calvary Baptist Mission in Jackson, MS from 1951-1957. Other pastorates include Carmel Baptist in Monticello, MS from 1957-1960, North McComb Baptist in McComb, MS from 1960-1970, and First Baptist in Magee, MS from 1970-1995. Patsy also served as Church Secretary during their ministry at First Baptist Church in Magee. After retirement, they moved to Vicksburg, Mississippi, and were members of First Baptist Church. In retirement, they continued in ministry by serving as interim pastor at White Oak Baptist in Smith County, Bovina Baptist in Vicksburg, Goodrum Baptist in Vicksburg, Woodlawn Baptist in Vicksburg, Eagle Lake Baptist in Eagle Lake, Wayside Baptist in Vicksburg, Oakland Baptist in Vicksburg, and Grace Baptist in Vicksburg. Patsy also taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and was active in WMU and other mission endeavors. At home, she was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Oliver Ladnier; her siblings Bill, Jim, Maurice, Marguerite, Madolin, Clemie and Joanna and son-in-law Tom McGraw.

 She is survived by her daughters, Linda (Dan) Johnson and Brenda (Chris) McNeese; sister, Joyce (F.B.) Ellison, and brothers, Ellis (Fay) Dossett, Huey P. Dossett; grandchildren, Danellen (Brian) DeHuff, Beau (Rebecca) Johnson, and Zach (Mallory) Johnson; and great-grandchildren, Johnson, Knox, Rivers, and Delta DeHuff, Hayden, Amelia-Kate, Graham and Henry Johnson; Ansley, Laikynn and Cameron Johnson.

Funeral services will be graveside at Griffin Cemetery, Moss Point, Mississippi, on Friday, June 19, 2020, at 2:00 P.M with Rev. Jim Hess and Rev. Judd Coggin officiating and Ms. Tammy Killingsworth, soloist.

Memorials may be made to the Baptist Children’s Village at P.O. Box 27, Clinton, MS 39060 and to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Pl., Memphis, TN 39105. We rejoice in the knowledge that she is in the Presence of her Heavenly Father.


Marjorie Pauline Bennett passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at the age of 97.

Marjorie was born in Casey, Illinois on October 27, 1922, the daughter of Zene and Mary Alona Applegate.  She lived most of her life in the south.  She moved to Rolling Fork in 1962 and to North West Arkansas in 2015.  She worked in retail, was a beautician and a lab/x-ray tech.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband of 69 years, Lyle Bennett; siblings Glen Applegate, Aleen Gardner, Howard Applegate, Lowell Applegate, Mary Kaye Applegate and Baby Boy Applegate; her daughter Rita Yvonne Bennett in 1941.

She is survived by her children Suelynn Cauthen (Harry) and Gregory Bennett (Suann); grandchildren Tara Cauthen, Kristin Cauthen, Derrick Cauthen and Lyle Bennett, Jr.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, June 19, 2020 at First Baptist Church of Rolling Fork with Rev. Millard Collier officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Pallbearers will be Lyle Bennett, Jr., Derrick Cauthen, Frank Corbin, Harvey Cockrell, Clark Carter and John Abny.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Walker, Larry, Cordell, Jimmy Glisson, Neal Clinksdale and Bill Newsom.

Memorials may be made to Circle of Life, 901 Jones Rd., Springdale, AR  72762.




Curtis Lee Gordon passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020. He was 56 years old.

Mr. Gordon is survived by  his daughters Anna Gordon, Megan Gordon, and Katherine Gordon; father Curtis Dwayne Gordon; mother June Lewis; brother Michael Gordon and Chris Ratliff ; sisters Angie Gordon and Becky Lofton.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.


Wednesday, June 17 – 

June Elizabeth Scallions passed away Tuesday, June 15, 2020, at St. Dominic Hospital at the age of 87.

June was born Jan. 29, 1933, the daughter of E. B. and Mary Elizabeth McErcheon Champion. She was preceded in death by her parents, and brothers Marion Silvey, Raymond Silvey and Ernest Champion.

She is survived by her husband, Leslie “Les” Scallions; son, Danny Scallions (Debbie); daughters Linda Burchfield (Edward) and Melissa Rexroad (Dennis); grandchildren Andrea Adkins (Larry), Cory Scallions, Whitney Rexroad (Michael), Katie Lawson, MacKenzie Rexroad and Macey Rexroad; and great-grandchildren Christian Colburn, Sadie Scallions and Sarah Scallions.

Due to the COVID 19 virus, the family has chosen a private graveside service.


Neda Hoover Gretzinger, 76, died at home June 15, 2020.

Neda was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg. She is preceded in death by her husband, William. Neda is also preceded in death by her parents, Mayo and Gracie Hoover, and her brother Mayo Hoover Jr.

She is survived by two brothers, Tim and Harold Hoover, and one sister, Betty Payne. William and Neda are survived by five children: Tracy (Don), Kathy, Wesley (Annamarie), Sandra and Melanie (Bryan), and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Neda was a retired nutritionist from Vicksburg Warren School District and a faithful member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. June 19 at Yokena Cemetery with after-service reception to follow at Neda’s home at 516 Kirkland Road, Vicksburg. Everyone is welcome. Online service will be posted on Facebook by Immanuel Baptist Church for all to attend.


Tuesday, June 16 – 

Edmond “Ed” J. Funel passed away of natural causes on June 14, 2020. Kindness was the hallmark of Ed’s life. Raised in Bay St. Louis, MS; a Mississippi State University graduate; served in the U S Navy; and then worked for the Vicksburg District U S Army Corp of Engineers until his final retirement in 2009.

Preceded in death by his beloved friend Shirley Reeves, his parents Ethel P. Funel, Nicholas C. Funel Sr. and his brother Nicholas C. Funel Jr.

Survived by his beloved cousins Judith Cambre Barrow and Michael T. Cambre

Funeral arrangements are with Fisher-Riles  Funeral Home, 1830 Cherry St, Vicksburg, MS (601-636-7373)

Friends and family are invited to visit at the funeral home on Saturday, June 20, 2020.Viewing from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Prayer Service at 1:00 PM. Burial to follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Ed has requested donations to the River City Rescue Mission, 3705 Washington St. Vicksburg, MS instead of flowers.




Mrs. Eddie Lean “Shelley” Griffin


Arrangements are as follows:


Visitation: Friday, June 19, 2020, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home


Funeral Services: Saturday, June 20, 2020 11:00am

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel


Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery




Mr. Gary Hardy


Arrangements are as follows:


Visitation: Friday, June 19, 2020, 1:00pm – 5:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home


Funeral Services: Saturday, June 20, 2020 3:00pm

Location: Vicksburg City Auditorium/901 Monroe Street


Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery