Obituaries

Thursday, August 16, 2018 – 

 

Funeral services for Mr. Loyd W. Garner will be Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah. Visitation will be Friday, August 17, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., both at the funeral home. Burial will be in Legion Memorial Cemetery in Newellton, Louisiana.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John T. and Margie Garner, his daughter, Jennifer Howell, numerous sisters and brothers, and a very special friend, John W. Hogue, Sr.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Minnie Garner, three daughters, Carol Garner, Amanda Wyatt and husband, Marcus, and Tammie Kujawski and husband, William, two sisters, Ann Stevens and Grace Wilson, two brothers, Ray Garner and Bobby Joe Garner, grandchildren, Belinda Dauzat and husband, Kevin, Teresa Marie Lee, Charles Lee, Jr., Ashley Ulmer, Amber Ulmer, Wesley Ulmer, Krista Trahan and husband, Brian, Samantha Kujawski, Sara Kujawski, Danielle Kujawski, Cheyenne Garner and James Taylor Howell, 16 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, David Browning, Sr., and James Howell.

Pallbearers will be Brian Trahan, Wesley Ulmer, Charles Lee, Jr., Tyler Lee, David Browning, Sr., and Kevin Dauzat.

Carlis Ann Miller Abney, a lifelong Vicksburg resident, lost her battle with cancer on Aug. 13, 2018, in her home surrounded by her husband, James E. Abney, and her daughters, Julie Speights (Ric) and Margaret Brewer at the age of 69. She was the owner of Taylors Audit & Tax Service.

Visitation will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, from 9-11 a.m. at Riles Funeral Home in Vicksburg. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. A reception at Lighthouse Baptist Church will follow burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery. See full obituary online at charlesrilesfuneralhome.com.

Mary W. Brown, a resident of Anguilla, died Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at Sharkey-Issaquena Hospital in Rolling Fork. She was 85.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, July 18, 2018, at 1 pm. at Christian Light M.B. Church in Anguilla with burial to follow in Cythia Diana Cemetery in Anguilla. Pastor Reginald Brown will officiate. Visitation is Friday, July 17, 2018, from5-6 p.m. at Mitchell L. Walker Funeral Home in Rolling Fork.

 

Funeral services for Mr. Loyd W. Garner will be Saturday, August 18, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. at the chapel at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah. Visitation will be Friday, August 17, 2018, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, August 18, 2018, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., both at the funeral home. Burial will be in Legion Memorial Cemetery in Newellton, Louisiana. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, John T. and Margie Garner, his daughter, Jennifer Howell, numerous sisters and brothers, and a very special friend, John W. Hogue, Sr.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Minnie Garner, three daughters, Carol Garner, Amanda Wyatt and husband, Marcus, and Tammie Kujawski and husband, William, two sisters, Ann Stevens and Grace Wilson, two brothers, Ray Garner and Bobby Joe Garner, grandchildren, Belinda Dauzat and husband, Kevin, Teresa Marie Lee, Charles Lee, Jr., Ashley Ulmer, Amber Ulmer, Wesley Ulmer, Krista Trahan and husband, Brian, Samantha Kujawski, Sara Kujawski, Danielle Kujawski, Cheyenne Garner and James Taylor Howell, 16 great grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, David Browning, Sr., and James Howell.

Pallbearers will be Brian Trahan, Wesley Ulmer, Charles Lee, Jr., Tyler Lee, David Browning, Sr., and Kevin Dauzat.

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – 

 

Marie Annette Cox passed away on Friday, Aug. 10, in St Dominic’s Hospital following a brief illness. She was 61.

Funeral services for Marie Cox are to be held on Saturday, Aug. 18, in Beech Grove M. B. Church at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Dr. Michael Reed officiating; interment shall follow in the Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of W. H. Jefferson Funeral Home. There will be a visitation held on Friday, Aug. 17, in the funeral home from 6 to 7 p.m.

She had worked for Merit Health River Region Medical Center.  She was a member of the Beech Grove M. B. Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Harrison and Julia Reynolds, Sr., and her sister Dorothy Doss.

She is survived by her husband, the Rev. Elbert Cox, of Vicksburg; her stepdaughter, Stacey Williams of Vicksburg; her brothers, the Rev. Harrison Reynolds, Jr. of Jackson, and Carlos Reynolds of New York City; her sisters, Marie Rogers, Doris Shelton and Belinda Reynolds, all of Vicksburg.

Pennie L. Lyons passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at her residence. She was 52.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at Word of Faith Christian Center. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Shayla Wildee Jackson died on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Merit Health River Region. She was 34.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, from 1-7 p.m. at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

 

Rev. O.T. Austin, a former Vicksburg resident, died Aug. 9, 2018, in Dallas, Texas. He was 92.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, at Smith Chapel A.M.E. Church in Dallas. Services are under the direction of Jackson Community Funeral Home in Waxahachie, Texas.

 

Funeral services for Mr. Cary Boyce “Sonny” Miller will be Friday, August 17, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Tallulah. Visitation will be Thursday, August 16, 2018 at First Baptist Church from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery in Tallulah. Sonny went to his heavenly home on August 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Sonny was born on March 28, 1938 to the late Boyce and Mary Miller in Black Oak, Arkansas. He was a member of the Caraway High School class of 1957. He excelled in baseball and basketball throughout his youth. He went on toMississippi State to play both sports. Sonny served his country in the Army, stationed in Germany. After the stint in the Army, he farmed and continued that throughout his life. Sonny coached baseball at TA for a few years. He was an avid sports fan, especially for MSU. Sonny was a faithful member of The Church for 30 years and he requested that memorial gifts be sent to his church.

Along with his parents, Sonny was also preceded in death by his sister, Peggy M. Gregory.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred H. Miller, his sons, Hunter Miller and wife, Donna, Curtis Miller and wife, Laura, Boyce Miller and wife, Paige, and Bailey Miller and wife, Meredith, his daughters, Charlotte Beth Dukes and husband, Ronnie, Carrie Holmes, and Jennie Henry and husband, James, his grandchildren, Preston Walker, Clayton Miller, Clayton Holmes, McCrae Miller, Laurel Ann Holmes, Harley Beth Miller, Sidnee Beth Holmes, Caroline Miller, Carrie Beth Miller, Taylor Kennedy, Shelby Kennedy, Sara Kennedy, Mason Miller, Cooper Miller, Michael Henson, Phillip Henson, Laura Williams, Thomas Henry, Miriam Hewitt, Jennifer Henry, and Sally Henry, and his great grandchildren, Mikey Henson, Lane Henson, Alli Claire Henson, and Layken Miller.

 

 

It is with great sadness that the family of Jerry Grant announces his passing after a long battle with Alzheimer’s on Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at the age of 74.

 Jerry will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 40 years, Brenda Cox Grant, and his daughter, Laurie Vanlandingham (Justin). He will also be remembered by his grandchildren, Grant and Savannah Billings. He is survived by his brother, Charles Grant (Dot) of Vicksburg and special sister-in-law, Sara Grant of Vicksburg, and numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends.

Arrangements for Jerry will be on Saturday, August 18, 2018, at First Baptist Church in Rolling Fork. Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. followed by a Memorial Service at 2:30 p.m. with Rev. Britt Williamson officiating. Glenwood Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to Sharkey-Issaquena Medical Foundation, P.O. Box 339, Rolling Fork, MS 39159 in memory of Jerry Grant for the Nursing Home Dementia Unit.

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 

 

Charles Clayton Canda Sr., a Vicksburg resident, passed away on Monday, Aug. 13, in Merit Health Madison Hospital following a sudden illness. He was 61. He was retired from Vicksburg Redi Mix Concrete Co.

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

 

Monday, August 13, 2018 – 

 

Mrs. Jeannette D. Wilson passed away on Aug. 12, 2018, at Merit Health River Region. She was 67.

Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Dennis Liddell Logan went home to be with the Lord on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. He was 52.

A native of Greenwood, he lived most of his life in Vicksburg, where he was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and attended the 1st United Pentecostal church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bishop and Joann Dycus Logan; his brother, Jerald Marshall and his step-father, John Dornbusch.

Survivors include his two sisters, Vickie Barrett of Redwood and Shawn Pruitt of Yazoo City; his step-brother, Ed Dornbusch of Vicksburg; his nephews, Travis Barrett, Jacob Barrett, Justin Barrett, Coby Pruitt, Trey Pruitt, Jeremy Marshall, Andrew Marshall and Brandon Marshall; his nieces, Makensy Barrett, Chelsey Pruitt and Kristen Marshall.

The family would like to thank St. Joseph Hospice, Latonya and Sarah Lee Johnson, as well as the staff at Shady Lawn Nursing Home and the Rev. Dathan Tipton and our church family for their caring and support.

Memorial services will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, at 10 a.m. in the First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dan Tipton officiating.

 

Robert Thomas Metzenberg, age 63, passed away peacefully in Ocean Springs, on July 23, 2018.

A native of Miles City, Montana, he was born on May 19, 1955, to Benjamin and Margaret (Kenney) Metzenberg. He was a multi-talented athlete in junior high and high school who excelled in wrestling and won local and state championships.

Robert graduated from Custer County District High School in Miles City, Montana, in 1974.

Robert enjoyed building things and working with his hands; he enjoyed construction projects, hunting, fishing, being in nature and spending time with his loved ones.

He was an accomplished Millwright and Carpenter since 1977. He worked at Grand Gulf in Port Gibson, for over 10 years and was a foreman to many construction crews over the years. A proud member of Carpenters Local 1964, he retired in 2008.

Rob is preceded in death by his father, Benjamin Metzenberg; one brother Mark E. Metzenberg; and his wives, Jeanne Lynch Metzenberg and Parsha Henley Metzenberg.

He is survived by his children, Jamie N. Metzenberg of Dallas, Texas, Amanda M. Jones (Lloyd) of Ocean Springs, and his son, Robert B. Metzenberg of Vicksburg; his mother, Margaret Metzenberg of Miles City, Montana; mother-in-law, Helen Henley of Vicksburg; his siblings, Linda Wahl (Ed) of Bonney Lake, Washington and Scott Metzenberg (Erika) of Seattle, Washington; one grandson, Lloyd Jones Jr.; and numerous nieces and nephews who always held a special place in their Uncle Rob’s heart.

A memorial service will be held on Aug. 17, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Crossway Church, 1825 US-61 in Vicksburg.

Robert’s family invites anyone that would like to share their love and memories to attend. They would also like to thank everyone for the outpouring of love and condolences they’ve received.  He was a special man who is loved and will always be missed by many.

Riemann Family Funeral Home, 13872 Lemoyne Blvd. at Washington Ave. in West Jackson County, is serving the family. Share memories, condolences, photos and sign guest register atwww.riemannfamily.com.

 

Funeral services for Mrs. Pamela Gaar Lyles, age 71, will be Tuesday, August 14, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church in Newellton, Louisiana, with Bro. Larry Foster and Bro. Mike Mitchell officiating. Visitation will be one hour before the service from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow the service at 3:00 p.m. at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Plain Dealing, Louisiana.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Iley and Jeanette Gaar.
Survivors include her husband of 42 years, Lamar Lyles, two sons, Steven and Matthew Lyles, two daughters, Jennifer Lyles, all of Newellton and Cindy Harper Wade of Fort Worth, Texas, one brother, Russell Gaar and wife, Mercedes of Plaquemine, one sister, Linda Colvin of West Monroe, one uncle, Donnie Gaar and wife, Bobbie of Calhoun and numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are Courtney Bamburg, Cody Daves, Joe Gossett, Wynn Blanche, George Cooper, and Parker Pearson.

 

Sunday, August 12, 2018 – 

 

Jimmy Byrt Cogan, II died Wednesday, August 8, 2018. He was 39. Jimmy was a native and lifelong resident of Warren County. He was a carpenter and an avid hunter and fisherman.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, C.J. Cogan and his maternal grandfather, James Alton Blackmon.

He is survived by three sons: Bo Stringfellow, Tate Stringfellow, and Chase Cogan; his parents, Jimmy and Kay Cogan; a brother, Brad Cogan; three sisters: Brooke Guest (Cody Owens), Ashley Belknap, and Alicia Hambright; his paternal grandmother, Lula Cogan; his maternal grandmother, Margaret Hambright; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Services will be 11 AM Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Riles Funeral Home. Visitation will be 9 AM until the hour of service. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Gardens.

Pallbearers will be Cody Owens, Michael Brooks, Keith Martin, Mike Cogan, Peyton Malone, Nick Poole, and Ray Embry.

Memorials may be made to the Vicksburg/Warren Humane Society, 6600 Highway 61 South, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or to the American Cancer Society, www.cancer.org

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Marie Cox of Vicksburg passed away Friday, Aug. 10, in St. Dominic’s Hospital following a lengthy illness. She was 61. She was retired from Merit Health River Region Medical Center.

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

William Schnell “Bill” Fuller, age 92, went to be with his Lord on Aug. 8, 2018.

He was a fourth generation native of Vicksburg, born to Rhea and Frances Schnell Fuller in 1925.

Bill served his country as a staff sergeant and platoon leader with the 281st Combat Engineers during World War II.

He was a member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge and received the French Legion Medal of Honor.

After the war, Bill went to work for the Vicksburg District Corps of Engineers, retiring in 1980 after 36 years of service. After retirement, he and wife, Ann, enjoyed traveling to Gulf Shores, where Bill could be found most early mornings surf-fishing, one of his favorite past times. He was a member of CrossPoint Methodist Protestant Church in Vicksburg, where he served as founder and director of evangelism. He served as a Trustee on the Board of the Florida Holiness Camp Meetings, and he and Ann worked at Indian Springs, Georgia, Camp Meetings for nine years.

Bill was a husband, father, soldier, fisherman, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to many. Above all, he loved God and sought to share The Good News with all he met. He was the rock of his family and a hero to his sons, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Because of his Godly example, he impacted many lives for Christ.

Mr. Fuller was preceded in death by his wife of 67 years, Ann Harbour Fuller; parents, Rhea and Frances Fuller; two sisters, Frances Love and Wilhemina Porter, and two brothers, Rhea Fuller, Jr. and Leonard Fuller. He is survived by his sons, Fred Fuller and Donny Fuller; his daughters-in-law, Kristy Fuller and Pam Smith; grandchildren, Joshua Fuller (Elisabeth), Natalie Epperson (Paul), Jacob Fuller (Alex), Clark Bullock, Brette Harman (Jason) and Chris Bullock; great-grandchildren, Emma Grace, Levi, Chloe and Mia Epperson, Knox, Logan, Beckett and Brynne Fuller, Virginia and Hendrix Fuller, Wes, Owen and Margaret Anne Harman; and a sister, Daisye Keeton.

Visitation will be held Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, from 9-10 a.m. at Riles Funeral Home in Vicksburg.

A memorial service will begin at 10 a.m., with burial to follow.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crosses Across America, Inc. 3300 Indiana Avenue, Vicksburg, MS 39180 Or Forge Ministries At www.forgeforward.org.

Our beloved mother, Clara Myles, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at the age of 70. She was a devoted wife of Leonard Myles for 50 years, a loving mother of Sheila, Twanda, Steed, Marva, and Leonard Jr. and a proud “granny” of 21 grandkids.

As a lifelong educator, Clara was passionate about helping people advance in life. She was a dedicated member of El Bethel Church under the leadership of Joel J. Kinlow.

She enjoyed reading and traveling and making sure her family was taken care of.

She is further survived by two sisters, Annie Bell Brown and Thelma Roach, as well as two sisters-in-law, Betty Floyd and Williette Wagoner, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.”

Visitation will be held at Holy Redeemer Church, 3500 West Mother Daniels Way, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial to follow at Graceland Cemetery.

 

Friday, August 10, 2018 – 

 

Robert Lee Gladwell passed away Thursday, August 9, 2018. He was 72 years old.
Mr. Gladwell was born in Claiborne County and had lived in Vicksburg, MS most of his life. He had been a resident of Yazoo City, MS for the past 3 years.

Mr. Gladwell was preceded in death by his father Charles Gladwell; mother Catherine Gladwell; daughter Linda Livingston, brothers Charles Gladwell, William Cade and Jimmy Gladwell, Sr.; sisters Mary Dunlap, Nell Bunch, Dot Milton, and Jo Danpire; and longtime friend Janice Brooks.
He is survived by his longtime companion Lela Oliver; daughters Theresa Milburn (Michael), Lisa Mohamed, April Wigley (Brandon), and Cynthia Pugh; son Charles Ray Brooks, Sr. (Jeanette); brother Willie Gladwell, Sr.; sisters Shirley Stevens, and Betty Hunter; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Sunday, August 12, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home. Services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 13, 2018, in Glenwood Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Austin Wigley, Greg Sanderford, Darrell Thompson, Jimmy Thompson, Charles Brooks, Jr., Nicholas Brooks, Candy Man Sanderford, Mark Lelonek, and Cody Wigley. Honorary pallbearers will be Doug Huskey, Mike Rivers, Barney Owens, Henry Trim, Jerry Trim, and Hayes Carlisle.

 

Thursday, August 9, 2018 – 

 

Ms. Pennie L. Lyons passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at her residence. She was 52.

Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Funeral services for Willie Owens,  age 70, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 11, in the Oak Chapel M. B. Church at 11 a.m. with the Rev Dellie C. Robinson officiating; interment shall follow under the direction of W. H. Jefferson Funeral Home. There will be a visitation hour on Friday, Aug. 10, from 6-7 p.m. in the funeral home.

Willie Owens passed away on Thursday, Aug. 2, in the Jackson Veterans Home following a brief illness. He was 70. He was a retired long haul truck driver and veteran of the Vietnam War having served in the U.S. Army.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Arebia Owens, and his brothers, Charles Owens and John Owens.

He is survived by his brother, Carl Taylor of Norfolk, Virginia; his sisters, Ruby James of Missouri City, Texas, and Debra McKinney of Dallas, Georgia; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and others.

 

Wednesday, August 8, 2018 – 

 

Funeral services for James Henry “John Boy” Hunter will be Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Mount Alban Baptist Church. Repose will be in the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of services. Visitation will be at C J Williams Mortuary Services Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

He is survived by daughter, LaTeshia Slaughter; sister, Kathy Hunter; three brothers, Tommy Lee, David Hunter, Willie Hunter Jr., all of Vicksburg, and numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services for Rodney Lamont “Kojack” Jefferson. age 42,  will be Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Greater Grove Baptist Church. Repose will be in the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. Visitation will be Friday from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at C J Williams Mortuary Services.

Rodney graduated from Warren Central High School with the class of 1994. He leaves to cherish his loving memories two sons, Tyler Jefferson and Kellen Washington; daughter, Keionna Jefferson; his mother, Linda Summers; grandmother, Rosie McCoy of Edwards; sister, Arica Jefferson; brother, Walter Jefferson, and a host of uncles, aunts, other relatives and friends.

Mr. Jack Edward Pickett passed away Monday, Aug. 6, 2018. He was 91 years old.

Mr. Pickett was born in Petrolia, Texas. He was a resident of Vicksburg since 1964. He married his wife of 67 years, Muriel, in Saskatchewan, Canada. He retired in 1986 from Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg. He attendedPorters Chapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Muriel Pickett; daughter, Kimberley Black (Jerry); sons, Jack “Rusty” Pickett (Ruth), Sam Pickett (Mary), and Kevin Pickett; 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, in the chapel of Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Don Williams and the Rev. Bob Ford officiating. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday.

Pallbearers will be Jake Pickett, Gerald Black, Jr., Jonathan Pickett, Robert Pickett, Jorge Soto, and Kevin Glen Pickett. Honorary pallbearers will be Arnold Lumberly, Ken Warren, Jill Pickett, Rachel Black, Katy Pickett, and Kim Garcia.

George Fells Roesch Sr., known to many friends as “Pete,” departed this life on Aug. 7, 2018, at the age of 90.

Mr. Roesch was born in Vicksburg, on Nov. 7, 1927, to his parents, Charles Bruser Roesch, Sr. and Katie Kette Roesch. He was a 1945 graduate of St. Aloysius High School and earned his bachelors of science in accounting at MississippiState University in 1949. He worked for The Southland Company and Delta Packing Company in Clarksdale before entering the U.S. Air Force in 1953, serving two years at Robbins AF Base. Upon returning he worked for Knox Glass inJackson, then Mississippi Valley Portland Cement in Redwood. For much of his career, Mr. Roesch served as controller and treasurer with U.S. Rubber Reclaiming Company, later GSX Polymers, Inc. He also taught accounting at HindsJunior College and worked as an accountant at Plaza Automotive.

Over the years, Mr. Roesch was a faithful and active member of St. Paul Catholic Church, serving on the Parish Council and Finance Committee. He also held key positions in many organizations, including the St. Aloysius High School – School Board, Vicksburg Jaycees, the Knights of Columbus and the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce. In 1963 he married his wife and friend of 55 years, Shirley, and was a loving, devoted husband and father. He was also known to be an avid Bulldog fan.

Mr. Roesch is survived by his wife, Shirley Ann Reddoch Roesch of Madison, formerly of Vicksburg; his five children, Ann Claire Fordice (Dan) of Vicksburg, Mary Katherine “Kaki” Leyens of Austin, Texas, George Roesch, Jr. (Liesl) of Denver, Colorado, Donald Roesch (Ashley) of Vicksburg, and Helen Phillips (Gregg) of Bradenton, Florida; and his 11 grandchildren, Taylor Phillips (Katie), Nathan Fordice, Alaina Fordice, Erin Fordice, John David Phillips, Madison Leyens, Chandler Roesch, Brayden Roesch, Peter Roesch, Madelyn Roesch and Lawson Roesch: two great grandchildren, Sam and Hollis Phillips.

Mr. Roesch is predeceased by his parents, his brother Charles “Boolie” Roesch, his sister Mary Katherine Robbins, nephew Johnny Robbins and niece Starr Marsha Grice-Yount.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at St. Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Tom Lalor officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home. A reception will follow at Farrell Hall and all are welcome to attend.

Visitation will be Friday, Aug. 10, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a Rosary at Riles Funeral Home, and at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the hour of service.

Pallbearers will be Tony Franco, David Hosemann, Doyle Lee, Pat Maloney, Todd Prickett, Jeff Reddoch, Joseph Reddoch, Michael Reddoch, and Leo Reddoch. Honorary pallbearers are Clarence Derrington, Theo Dinkins, Joe Durst, Nick Lavecchia, Joe Loviza, Chad Sonnek and the Knights of Columbus Council 898 Vicksburg.

The family offers special thanks to the kind residents and staff at St. Catherine Village for welcoming George and Shirley in 2012, providing wonderful care, a spiritual environment and friendships.

In lieu of flowers, the family would request any memorial donations be made to St. Paul Catholic Church or Vicksburg Catholic School.

 

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 – 

 

Miss Shayla Wildee Jackson died on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, at Merit Health River Region. She was 34.

Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Dr. Phillip George, 86, noted pediatric pulmonologist of Memphis, died after a short illness on July 31, 2018. Dr. George had long been retired from his medical practice and education career at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center; however, he never retired as a champion for numerous Memphis institutions, including the young patients at Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center.

He spent more than 40 years in the department of pediatrics at UTHSC during which time he served as Le Bonheur’s chief of medicine, medical director of the Memphis Cystic Fibrosis Clinic and medical director of Le Bonheur’s Pulmonary Function Laboratory. His efforts during his long and distinguished career at UTCHS culminated in establishing the Department of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at Le Bonheur, which he founded in 1978. Dr. George was also President of the Board of Directors of Les Passes Rehabilitation Center in 1987.

Born in Vicksburg, Dec. 15, 1931, Dr. George was the youngest of five children of the late Abraham and Ida George. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Mississippi at Oxford and earned his medical degree atCornell University Medical College in New York in 1956. Following a surgical internship at The New York Hospital, Dr. George served two years in the U.S. Naval Reserve (1957-59) with duty in Okinawa, Japan, and the U.S. Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, Calif., before returning to Memphis where he was a resident in pediatrics at Frank T. Tobey Children’s Hospital in the University of Tennessee, Memphis program between 1959 – 1961. He completed his residency in pediatrics at The New York Hospital and in 1962 was certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1963. He became a National Cancer Institute postdoctoral research fellow at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where he remained until 1965. During that time he authored the first publication from that institution on “total therapy” of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

Between 1965 and 1968, he was assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Memphis and was promoted to associate professor. In 1972, he was promoted to professor of Pediatrics and was appointed emeritus professor of pediatrics at UT Memphis College of Medicine in 1990.

Dr. George’s service to UT Memphis was considerable. His University appointments included president of the Faculty Senate of the College of Medicine in 1971. It was his contributions in the area of teaching, however, where he received the most recognition. Among the numerous awards bestowed upon him was the Golden Apple Award in 1966 and 1976 from the Student American Medical Association. He also received the Outstanding Teacher Award from the UT Alumni Association in 1968 and 1977. In recognition of his contributions to medical student education, Dr. George was elected as a member to the Alpha Omega Alpha Society by the students at UT Memphis in 1970. He also received Student/Faculty Recognition Awards from 1972-78, 1981 and 1984, and won the Annual Pediatric Housestaff Clinical Teaching Award in 1982 and 1989. The Student Executive Council named him for Distinguished Teaching Award in 1983 and he was the clinical faculty member selected for excellence by the Class of 1989. He was chosen the convocation speaker for the Class of 1989 convocation exercises.

It is noteworthy that Dr. George authored 23 manuscripts throughout his esteemed career and made major contributions to the University by serving on numerous committees including those for pediatric training, student awards and student affairs, continuing education and human values and ethics. He was also a member of the Search Committee for the Dean of the College of Allied Health Sciences.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. George was active with The Baddour Center where he served on the Board of Trustees, on the Center’s Executive Committee and headed up the Center’s Education & Research Committee for several years during which he was charged with the task of establishing The Baddour Center as an Education and Research facility. He also served as president of the Institutional Review Board for Baddour and helped write the first draft of the IRB guidebook for the Center. The Baddour Center Division of Education and Research named its semi-annual spring and fall symposia in Dr. George’s honor to recognize his exceptional leadership in establishing the Baddour Centeras an education and research facility.

Additionally, Dr. George was an active docent at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. He was founding member of the museum’s Decorative Arts Trust (he served on the board for 15 years, was board president in 1992-93). He was also a founding member and served on the Board of Aloysius Home, Inc. (1993-1997), and in 2005 helped spearhead the physicians’ capital campaign to build the new Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital that opened in 2010.

Among his community service, Dr. George served on the Medical Advisory Council for the Memphis Chapter of the Hemophilia Foundation; was special consultant to the Association of Black Students for Medical Sciences, Community Health Service Project; Medical Advisory and Policy Committee for Les Passes Rehabilitation Center and board member for 10 years; Children’s Lung Committee and Southwest Regional Board of the American Lung Association of Tennessee; and the Board of Directors for Aloysius Home.

Other life-long interests and memberships included The Dixon Gallery and Gardens, the Memphis Zoological Society, the Memphis Human Society and the Memphis Orchestral Society where he was a member of the Golden Circle and a charter member of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra’s Stradivarius Society.

A long-time resident of the Country Club Tower in Memphis, Dr. George still found time among his university obligations and community commitments to serve on the board and as president of the condominium’s homeowners association.

He is survived by a niece, GeorgeAnne Hosemann of Birmingham, Alabama, and two nephews, George Phillip Gandre of Granite Bay, California, and Guy Gandre of Mountain City, Texas. Internment will be in Vicksburg.

Burial will be Saturday, Aug. 11, at the Cedar Hill Cemetery at 1 p.m. The family requests that memorials be sent to Le Bonheur Children’s Medical Center Foundation, The Baddour Center, UTHSC Foundation, or a charity of the donor’s choice.

 

Graveside services for Mrs. Bobby Jean Gipson, age 84, will be Thursday, August 9, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at Saints Rest Cemetery in Dubach, Louisiana, with Pastor Henry Stone officiating.

Visitation will be Wednesday, August 8, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah, Louisiana.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John C. “Bub” Gipson, Jr. and her son, John “Rusty” C. Gipson, Jr.
Survivors include her son, Bobby W. Gipson and wife, Linda, grandchildren, Shannon, Heather, Allison and Emma, six great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren, and two sisters in law, Essie Hemphill and Elizabeth Thomas.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church in Tallulah, Louisiana or American Cancer Society.

Mr. Jack Edward Pickett passed away Monday, August 6, 2018. He was 91 years old.

Mr. Pickett was born in Petrolia, TX. He was a resident of Vicksburg, MS since 1964. He married his wife of 67 years Muriel in Saskatchewan, Canada. He retired in 1986 from Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg. He attended PortersChapel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife Muriel Pickett; daughter Kimberley Black (Jerry); sons Jack “Rusty” Pickett (Ruth), Sam Pickett (Mary), and Kevin Pickett, 9 grandchildren, and 8 great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 11, 2018, in the chapel of Glenwood Funeral Home with Rev. Don Williams and Rev. Bob Ford officiating. Visitation will be 9:00 a.m. to 11:00a.m. Saturday.

Pallbearers will be Jake Pickett, Gerald Black, Jr., Jonathan Pickett, Robert Pickett, Jorge Soto, and Kevin Glen Pickett. Honorary pallbearers will be Arnold Lumberly, Ken Warren, Jill Pickett, Rachel Black, Katy Pickett, and Kim Garcia.

 

Monday, August 6, 2018 – 

Mrs. Ruby Jean Saxton Ward died peacefully at her home on Monday, August 6, 2018. She was 81.

Mrs. Ward was born on April 16, 1937 to George David and Jewel Alma Hasty Saxton. After she raised her children she became an LPN at the age of 50. She loved crocheting, gardening and making baby dolls. She made and donated baby dolls for the Christmas Child Shoeboxes every year including this past year. She loved her sons-in-law very much. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband Frank Ward, Jr.; her sisters Ruthie Herrington (her twin), Carlee House and Mary Davis; her brother, Dewey Saxton and her great-grandchild Joshua Miles.

She is survived by her children Brenda Carol Blevins (David) of Vicksburg, MS, Leonard Travis Ward of Texas, Mary Jo McDaniel (Barber) of Satartia, MS, Deborah Ruth McDaniel (Jr.) of Bentonia, MS, Elaine Goodson (Ricky) of Vicksburg, MS, and Rosia Marie Young of Georgia; her sister Ila Ward of Benton, MS; her brothers Howard Saxton and John Thomas Saxton of Yazoo City, MS; 16 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 9, 2018 at Immanuel Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Brumfield officiating. Visitation will be from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at the church. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Mark House, Hugh Hasty, Billy Davis, Wayne Saxton, Thomas Saxton, Louis Hasty, Frankie Davis and Harvey Hasty. Honorary pallbearers will be
Dr. Daniel Edney, Deacons of Immanuel Baptist Church, Dr. Sohall, and the Staff of Fresenius Medical Care.

Rodney Lamont “Kojack” Jefferson died Aug. 5, 2018, at UMC in Jackson. He was 42. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to C J Williams Mortuary Services.