Wednesday, April 18, 2018 – 


Maj. Gen. Richard “Dick” E. Coleman, Sr., retired US Army, 74, of Vicksburg, MS beloved husband and best friend of Charlbeth “Beth” (Ergood) for 51 years, passed away peacefully surrounded by the ones he laughed with, lived for, and loved on April 16, 2018. He was a man who walked with God and served as a Deacon at Goodrum Baptist Church in Vicksburg.

General Coleman was born in Nevada, MO to Eva Pauline Simonin and Hugo Eldridge Coleman on January 7, 1944. Upon graduation from Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff, AR, he attended the United States Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army in 1965. He served in all components of the Army including active duty, the Mississippi National Guard, and the Army Reserve. He has commanded at the platoon, company, battalion, group and brigade level culminating in 38 years of service retiring in 2004 as the Commander of the 412th Theater Engineer Command in Vicksburg, MS.

Throughout his distinguished military career his awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, the Bronze Star Medal with Valor and two Oak Leaf Clusters, and the Purple Heart Medal. He also earned the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Parachute Badge and was a recipient of the Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal.

General Coleman received a Masters Degree in Fish and Wildlife Ecology from Mississippi State University. He was a True Maroon Bulldog, but knew how to call the Hogs of Arkansas. He was an avid fisherman and a major contributor in establishing the Bass Research Foundation. He retired as a Civil Engineer from Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg in 1996.

General Coleman was preceded in death by his Mother and Father; his sisters Carol Jean Lewis of Pine Bluff, AR and Paula Annette Smith of Batesville, AR; and his brother Robert Dean Coleman of Monticello, AR. He is survived by his wife Beth; two sons Richard (Connie) Coleman and Robert (Amanda) Coleman both of Clinton, MS; two daughters retired Lt. Col. Elizabeth “Missy” Vinson of Spring Hill, TN and Carol Coleman of Vicksburg, MS; and eight granddaughters Laura, Rachel, Ellie, Becca, Sarah Grace, Caroline, Charlotte and Anastasia.

Visitation will be held on Monday, April 23, 2018 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm with a service to follow at Glenwood Funeral Home, 145 US-80, VicksburgMS. His remains will be interred at a later date at the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at or St Jude Children’s Research Hospital at


Alice Isabel Cole McLeod went home to be with her Lord Tuesday, April 17, 2018. She was born October 1920 to Russel Graham Cole and Addie Alberta Hackler, now deceased. She was a lifelong resident of the Oak Ridge Community and a nurse for over 35 years at the Vicksburg Hospital. She was a loving mother to five sons and a beloved member of Bovina UMC. She loved her flowers and even mowed her own yard up until last year.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard Emmett McLeod Jr.; two sons, John Russell McLeod and David Dean McLeod; four brothers, James Russell Cole, Zane Grey Cole, John Scott Cole, Joseph Dean Cole; and a sister, Annie Katherine Cole Bufkin.

She is survived by three sons, Richard Emmett McLeod III (Debbie), Ronald Lynn McLeod (Betty) and Donald Ray McLeod; 16 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be her grandsons.


Robert Randall Linzy died April 11, 2018, in Houston, Texas. He was 63.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, at Rock of Ages Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Michael R. Reed officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 21, 2018, at the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Funeral services have been scheduled for Christopher Blackmore for Saturday, April 21, 2018, at noon at Christian Home No. 2.

Visitation will be April 20, 2018, from 4 to 6 p.m. with family present from 5 to 6 p.m. at C J Williams Mortuary Services, 4310 Halls Ferry Road.

Christopher will lie in repose at the church from 11 a.m. until the hour of service.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leon Blackmore; his mother, Alice Marie Blackmore Williams; and sister, Janice Blackmore.

He leaves to cherish his memories, one son, Christopher Alan Blackmore Jr. of Vicksburg; a daughter, Christaisha Marie Blackmore; three brothers, Leon Blackmore Jr. and Daniel Blackmore Sr., both of Vicksburg and David (Patria) Wilson of Jacksonville, Fla.; four sisters, Janice Mae (Gerald) Washington of Baltimore, Mich., Natasha Blackmore of Vicksburg, Susanne (Leonard) Dee of Vicksburg, and LaDonna Blackmore of Jackson; a host of nieces; nephews; uncles; aunts; cousins and friends.


Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 


Margaret Y. Neal, a Vicksburg resident, died Sunday, April 15, at Merit Health River Region. She was 55.

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



Hal Blane Walker died April 14, 2018, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 56.

Arrangements are being provided by C J Williams Mortuary Services, 4310 Halls Ferry Road in Vicksburg.



Tommy Lee Friley, 27, passed away April 14, 2018.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg followed by a memorial service  at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.


Monday, April 16, 2018 –


Suzanne Lindley Williamson, 76, died April 14, 2018, at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi in Oxford.

The funeral service will be Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Vicksburg with the Rev. Tim Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. prior to the service at the church.

Born in Vicksburg to the late Dr. William H. and Olga Jarvis Lindley, Mrs. Williamson was a retired pharmacy tech with Battlefield Drugs. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Vicksburg, where she served as an usher and participated in the Dorcas Circle. She graduated from H.V. Cooper High School in 1959 and the University of Southern Mississippi in 1964. She volunteered many hours of her time at the Salvation Army Church and the First Baptist Medical Ministry Free Clinic.

Survivors include her husband, William Lee “Billy” Williamson III of Vicksburg; sons, Mark Williamson of Vicksburg and Todd Williamson and his wife, Claire, of Oxford; sister, Markie Lindley Spell and her husband, Jim, of Oxford; and grandchildren, Alice and Betsy Williamson of Oxford and Belle Williamson of Vicksburg.

Memorial contributions in Mrs. Williamson’s memory may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1501 Cherry Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or to the Vicksburg-Warren Humane Society, 6600 Highway 61 South, Vicksburg, MS 39180.

For additional information or to sign an online guestbook, please visit our website at or call 662-234-7971 or, 601-636-1414.

Robert Randall Linzy died April 11, 2018, in Houston, Texas. He was 63.

Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.



Harry Earl Studdard Sr., age 80, a contractor and small businessman, died at Merit Health River Region after a brief illness April 15, 2018.

He leaves to cherish his life, his wife, Jean; his children; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and three brothers.

Services will be Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will follow at Zollinger’s Cemetery. There will be a rosary Wednesday, April 18, from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.


Sunday, April 15, 2018 – 


Emily Rene’ Lovern, formerly of Vicksburg, passed away Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Winder, GA. She was 16 years old.

Emily was born January 4, 2002 in Jackson MS. She is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Sherman C Hull, III and her grandmother Janice Eastburn Hull of Vicksburg MS.

She is survived by her mother Alesia Rene Cowart of Winder GA, her father Michael Wade Lovern of New Orleans, LA, her paternal grandparents Linda and Mike Gilmer of Byram, MS, Rhonda Rene Fedrick, of Jackson MS, her twin sisters Katherine (Katie) Denice Everett of Winder, GA, and Claire Cowart Everett of Magee, MS, a brother John Wesley Barrett of Winder, GA, her great grandparents Sherman C Hull Jr and Ollie S Hull of Vicksburg, MS, she also has numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Funeral services for Emily Rene’ Lovern, formerly of Vicksburg, will be 2:00pm on April 17, 2018 at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg. Officiating the service will be Rev. Jeff Sykes of Delhi, LA. Visitation will be 12:00pm to 2:00pm.Thefuneral will be at 2:00p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg. Pallbearers will be Steven Hull, Marcus Hull, John W. Barrett, and Lee Lovern.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to French Camp Academy “One Fine Place” French Camp, MS 39745-90703. Emily attended this academy from 2011-2016.

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Hazel Buchholtz Myers died on April 14, 2018. She was 81 years old.

Hazel was born in Burlington, Wisconsin, but lived in Vicksburg, Mississippi for most of her life. She was a member of the Bovina Baptist Church. She was a 1954 graduate of Carr Central High School. Hazel served 19 years as secretary for the US Corp of Engineers and served 10 years as a Supervisor Contract Specialist. She also received the Commanders Award for Civilian Services. After her retirement, she was a substitute teacher for the Vicksburg Warren School District.

She is survived by her daughter Alice Jones, her 2 sons Troy Jackson Myers, Jr., and John Thomas Myers, her brother John Buchholtz, 5 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held at Glenwood Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 9:00am with funeral service at 11:00am. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Gardens Cemetary. Officiating will be Rev. Ron Burch. Pallbearers will be Troy Myers, John Myers, Joshua Myers, Caleb Myers, Jay Woodruff and Ron Horne.



James Scott Skipper died Friday, April 13, 2018, at The Bluff Rehabilitation and Health Care Center. He was 69.

Born in Vicksburg, Scott was the son of the late James Frank Skipper and Jennie Scott Skipper.

He was a graduate of H. V. Cooper High School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi College. He was retired from the Warren County Road Department.  Scott was an avid historian and a member of the First BaptistChurch.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Markow Skipper; two daughters, Joan Skipper of Vicksburg and Jamie Gjonaj of Michigan. He is also survived by five grandchildren.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday April 17, 2018 at Riles Funeral Home with Dr. Matt Buckles, Pastor of First Baptist Church officiating.  Visitation will be Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the service. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude PlaceMemphisTN 38105 and charities of choice.

Pallbearers will be Gene Abbott, Richard George, Dennis Holmes, Wendell Moore, Jerry Owens and Arnold Lumbley.

Keiko Reddoch, 89, died peacefully April 9, 2018, in home hospice in Madison surrounded by the loving presence of family throughout her last weeks of life.

The youngest of eleven children, Keiko was born March 17, 1929, in Fukushima-ken, Japan to Kin Oomori and Shinnosuke Tominaga. Following her parents’ deaths at her very young age, she was raised by her aunt and uncle, Chiyo and Hiro Nosku Tominaga.

Keiko moved to Tokyo in 1947, where she would later meet and marry Donald Reddoch, a young U.S. Army soldier stationed there from Vicksburg. They started their family in Japan, continuing on to Donald’s final military assignment at Ft. Lewis, Wash., then returned to Vicksburg in 1958, where their children subsequently grew to seven.

Keiko committed her life to raising her children, caring for her larger family, and serving the community, with an unyielding trust in God.  She also became a naturalized citizen in 1988, always proudly displaying the American flag at her front door.

Keiko was called to the Catholic Faith in Japan through the experience of a close Japanese sister-in-law and the welcome of the French Jesuit mission there.  She was an active parishioner at St. Paul Catholic Church and an untiring parent volunteer in the Vicksburg Catholic Schools system, then St. Francis Xavier Academy and St. Aloysius High School.

When her youngest child entered school, Keiko ventured out into the employed world, beginning with the neighborhood Jitney Jungle grocery store on Grove Street. She was affectionately known as “Kay” or “KayKay” and built a reputation as a hardworking, business savvy, kind and helpful clerk beloved by employers, co-workers, customers and vendors alike. She would move on to work at other grocery stores, making lifetime friends along the way. Fully retiring around 75, Keiko continued to serve in St. Paul’s Altar Society, bereavement committee, and meals-on-wheels, and volunteered with the Community Food Pantry. Many smilingly referred to her as “The Energizer Bunny.”

Keiko thrived on family life around her, prompting her relocation to Boyce, La., to live with a daughter and son-in-law with younger children. There, she was a member of St. Frances Cabrini Church, Alexandria, La., and volunteered with Radio Maria USA and the Tekakwitha Conference. Deteriorating health brought her back closer to her Mississippi home.

Keiko never had the opportunity to return to Japan, but kept her family and friends there close in her heart; though many have passed, surviving niece and nephew Yuko and Akio Tominaga were clear in her memory.

A woman of great personal strength with a generous and grateful heart, Keiko leaves behind a large, multi-generational family who mourns her passing but takes comfort in cherished memories and the Love and Mercy of the Lord.

Besides Japanese family members, Keiko is preceded in death by her husband, Donald and oldest son, John.

She is survived by children, Shirley (Gregg Petersen) of Columbia, Md., Teresa (Pat Maloney) of Madison, Mary Ann (Les Groom) of Boyce, La., Michael of Colorado Springs, Colo., Anna (Jerome Booth) of Vicksburg, Joseph (Susan Thornton) of Fishers, Ind.; and daughter-in-law, Maureen Reddoch of New Orleans, La.; 15 grandchildren, Keiko, Brittani (Anderson), Emilee (Ricky), Jessica (Trey), Rebecca, Callista, John, Marie (Cale), Jerry, Cameron, Keiko Dea, Makenna, Alexandra, Clarissa, and Gabriella; four great-grandchildren, Brett, Averie, Aria, and Peter Joseph.

Keiko is also survived by her beloved sister-in-law, Shirley Ann with husband, George Roesch; and many cherished Roesch and Reddoch nieces; nephews; and cousins; along with their families and extended relations. (Brother-in-law, E.L.“Chunk” Reddoch Jr. of Lake Charles, La., predeceased.)

Funeral arrangements are through Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home, Vicksburg.

Services will be Thursday, April 19, 2018, at St. Paul Catholic Church in Vicksburg. Rosary will be at noon followed by visitation from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be at 2 p.m. with interment following at Cedar HillCemetery.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations to Meals-On-Wheels, Storehouse Community Food Pantry of Vicksburg, Radio Maria USA, or St. Paul Catholic Church (meals-on-wheels, bereavement committee, or VCS), in memory of Keiko Reddoch.




Services for Jesse Aubrey Peay, 81, of Cary, will be April 16, 2018, at Cary Baptist Church.

Graveside services will follow April 17, at the Pheba Cemetery in Pheba under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

Mr. Peay died April 10, 2018, at the Sharkey-Issaquena Community Hospital in Rolling Fork.

He lived in Northeast Mississippi until 1975, when his family moved to the Hattiesburg area. In 1977, they settled in the Delta where they remained until his death.

He was a deacon and song leader at Pheba Baptist Church and deacon at Cary Baptist Church.  He was known for his love of gardening, and his love of his work.  He was employed for Moore Company in Cary, for 41 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles Forest and Pearl Peay; his brother, Charles Author (Elaine) Peay; his wife, Hilda Fulgham Peay; his son, Jesse Wayne Peay; his daughter, Janet Peay McKee Holmes; his granddaughter, Alicia Michelle Peay Vega; his grandson, Dustin Wade Peay and his great-grandson, David Ray “D.J.” Williams, Jr.

Survivors include his two sons, Michael Eugene (Gail) Peay and Charles Anthony (Tony) Peay; and his daughter, Robbie Peay (Dave) Duncan; his grandchildren, Angela (Aubrey) Clarke, Isaac (Tara) Holmes, Christopher (Geidy) Peay, Michael (Amanda) Peay, Nikki Peay, Heather (Josh) Earls, Ashley Peay and Cassidy Willis; his great-grandchildren, Holden Holmes, Tiffany Clarke, Maggie Grace Earls, Sophia Peay, Nicolas Peay, William Peay, Wesley White, Devin Vega, Kaelynn Williams, Roman La’Salle,  Amice Peay, Ryan Peay, Brooklyn Peay and Lexi Peay.

Pallbearers were Mike Peay, Dave Duncan, Charles Warren Peay, Michael Peay, Isaac Holmes and Chris Peay. Honoary Pallbearers were William Moore, Bob Lee, Jeffrey Mitchell, William Frazier and Johnny Miller.

Memorials may be sent to Cary Baptist Church or a Charity of your choice.



Friday, April 13, 2018 – 


Funeral services for Sophia Elaine Adams, 5, of Vicksburg will be at 2 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018, at Brown-Holley Funeral Chapel, Rayville, La. Burial will be at Stevenson Cemetery in Rayville, La., under the direction of Brown-Holley Funeral Home, Rayville, La.

Sophia was born Sept. 27, 2012, in Portland, Ore., and passed away Tuesday, April 10, 2018, in Vicksburg.

She is preceded in death by her great-grandparents, Henry and Elaine Chriceol; great-uncle, Mason Chriceol; great-grandfather, Earl G. Clack; and great-grandmother, Bernice Adams.

Survivors include her parents, Kenneth and Suzanne Adams of Vicksburg; brother, Brendan Stafford of Vicksburg; sister, Alicia Adams of Rainer, Ore.; maternal grandparents, Fred and Brenda Clack; paternal grandparents, Keith and Pauline Adams of Rainer, Ore.; and great-grandmother, Evelyn Clack of Rayville, La.

Visitation will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, April 13, 2018, at Brown-Holley Chapel, Rayville, La.

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Landon Ewell Walker, age 20, passed away April 12, 2018.

Visitation will be at Utica Christian Church Monday, April 16, 2018,

from 10:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m.

The funeral will be at 2:00 p.m. Monday at Utica Christian Churxch, 316 Main Street, Utica MS 39157

William Foster Moseley died April 11, 2018.

He was born in Stringer on April 26, 1932. He married Thellas Rae Meadows Aug. 2, 1952. They moved to Vicksburg, where they made their home until June, 2000, when they retired to Brandon.

Mr. Moseley retired from R.G. LeTourneau and prior to that he worked at the Texaco Gas Station on Highway 61 South in Vicksburg. He was a member of Flowood Baptist Church, Flowood.

Mr. Moseley was preceded in death by his parents, Wash and Birdie Mae Rayner Moseley; his brother, George Moseley; and his sister, Ruthie Beard. He is survived by his wife, Thellas; his children, Griag (Darlene) Moseley, Jarvis (Lisa) Moseley of Vicksburg, and Rhonda (Mike) Gilbreath of Brandon; six grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Services will be noon Monday, April 16, 2018, at Flowood Baptist Church.

Visitation will be 11a.m. to noon at the church.

Ott and Lee Funeral Home in Brandon is handling arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested by the family to Flowood Baptist Church building fund.

Edna Earl Grayson Minor died April 9, 2018, at Merit Health River Region. She was 78.

Funeral services will be at  1:30 p.m. Sunday, April 15, 2018, at Greater Grove Street M.B. Church with the Rev. Roosevelt Smith officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home from 2 to 6 p.m. with family present from 3 to 4 p.m.

Nettie J. Sneed died Thursday, March 29, in Hartford, Conn. She was 102.

Funeral service for Nettie J. Sneed will be Friday, April 13.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. with internment to follow in the Beulah Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Vincent Samuel “Sonny” Muffuletto died Wednesday, April 11, 2018, after a lengthy illness. He was 72.

Sonny was born in Sacramento, Calif., in 1945 and was raised in Vicksburg.

He graduated from St. Aloysius High School and attended Hinds Junior College. He spent his career traveling the world as a sales leader, returning to Vicksburg and retiring in 2013.

Sonny was preceded in death by his parents, Vincent S. Muffuletto Sr. and Marietta Russo Muffuletto.

Survivors include his children, John Vincent Muffuletto (Carmen), Gregory Girone Muffuletto (Jamie), Anthony Paul Muffuletto Sr., Nicholas Muffuletto and Andrea Muffuletto Cooper. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Trey, Spencer, Oliviah, Anthony Jr., Ashley and Gabriel. He is also survived by his siblings, Linda Muffuletto of Madison, Kay Middleton of Madison, Ron Muffuletto (Ouida) of Brandon, Marilyn

Gunnell (Brad) of McComb, Lorraine Smithhart (Bobby) of Vicksburg; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral mass will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at St. Paul Catholic Church. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the hour of service. A private family interment will follow.

Pallbearers will be Spencer Muffeletto, Trey Muffuletto, BJ Smithhart, Ben Smithhart, Beau Muffuletto, Michael Muffuletto and Paul Muffuletto.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church.


Thursday, April 12, 2018 – 


Mrs. Berthina Williams, 61, died April 10, 2018

Arrangements are as follows:

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

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

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

Repose in Church: 10:00am

Location: Travelers Rest Baptist Church/718 Bowmar Avenue

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery



Mrs. Edna Earl Grayson Minor, 78, died April 9, 2018

Arrangements are as follows:

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

Family Present: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home

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

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

Interment: Cedar Hill Cemetery


Thomas Keith Erwin passed away unexpectedly at his home on April 5, 2018 at the age of 57.

 He is survived by two sons, Thomas Anthony and his wife, Paige, and Matthew Cole and his fiance, Hayli, his parents, Joan and Lloyd Erwin, his sister, Karen Landrem and husband, Ricky, two nephews, aunts, uncles, and many cousins.

 A family graveside memorial service was held at Silver Cross Cemetery in Tallulah. Memorials may be made to a charity or organization of your choice.

Jessie A. Peay, age 81, passed away April 10, 2018.

Visitation will be Monday, April 16, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at Cary Baptist Church.

The funeral will follow at 6 p.m. at the church, with burial at Pheba Cemetery.

Kathryn Boyd Newell, 84, of McComb passed away peacefully with family by her side Tuesday, April 10, 2018.

Born July 24, 1933, in McComb, she was the daughter of the late Thad and Maydee Boyd. She graduated from McComb High School in 1951.

Kathryn was a devout Christian, adoring wife to Alvin, and a remarkable mother and grandmother. She loved making others laugh with her witty sense of humor and never met a stranger. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed writing poetry in her free time.

She leaves behind a multitude of those she was honored to call her friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Monroe Newell Sr.; her brother, Haskel Boyd; and her sister, Dorothy Green.

She is survived by her son, Alvin Monroe Newell and wife, Melanie of The Woodlands, Texas; a daughter, Pat Humphries and husband, Mike of Vicksburg; her sister, Loraine Johnston of Laurel; and her brother, Cecil Boyd and wife Willie of Slidell, La.; six granddaughters, Lauren Martin (Eric), Brooke Cheslek (Joel), Whitney Ballay (Andrew), Lindsey Bruton (Cody), Megan Sanders (Will) and Katie Humphries; and ten great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hartman Jones Funeral Home in McComb, 1801 Delaware Ave., and will continue Friday at First Baptist Church McComb from 9 a.m. until services at 10 a.m. Dr. Woody Rimes will officiate. Interment will follow at Hollywood Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Brad Boyd, Eric Martin, Joel Cheslek, Andrew Ballay, Cody Bruton and Will Sanders.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Southern Christian Services for Children and Youth, 860 E River PlaceJacksonMS 39202 or the charity of the donor’s choice.


 Priscilla “Prissy” DeBoe Lott, 70, went to be with the Lord Monday, April 9, 2018, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.

Visitation will be 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, April 13, 2018, all at Alta Woods Baptist Church in Jackson. Interment will follow at Crestview Memorial Gardens in Brandon.

Mrs. Lott was born in Vicksburg to the late Freeman C. DeBoe and Hasseltine Brooks DeBoe. She was a 1966 graduate of St. Frances Xavier High School in Vicksburg and attended Hinds Junior College. Mrs. Lott, a former resident of South Jackson, moved to Brandon 24 years ago and at one time, lived in Casper, Wyo.

She was a former member of Woodville Heights Baptist Church and a longtime member of Alta Woods Baptist Church, where she was a member of the chancel choir and Joy Singers, serving as president.

Mrs. Lott loved to cook, enjoyed traveling, shopping and reading and was a retired educator with Rankin County Public Schools. She was a loving, caring wife, mother and grandmother and one who loved people and she was well loved.

Survivors include her husband of almost 50 years, Billy “Hal” Lott Jr. of Brandon; sons, Bill Lott III of Brandon, Joel Lott and fiancee Stephanie Parker, both of Brandon and Andy Lott (Ashley) of Watkinsville, Ga.; sister, Connie Tanner of Vicksburg; grandchildren, Ashlyne Lott, Lily Lott, Lacy Lott, Jacob Lott, Tyler Lott, Seth Lott, Emilee Parker and Andrew Parker; sister-in-law, Rebecca Canzoneri; nieces; nephews; extended family; and a host of friends.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the Neuro Staff in ICU at St. Dominic Hospital for their love and compassion shown to Mrs. Prissy Lott and her family during her stay.

Donations may be made to Alta Woods Baptist Church or Alta Woods Baptist Church Christian Studies Scholarship Fund at Mississippi College, PO Box 4005, Clinton, MS 39058.

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Willie B. Knight died April 5, 2018 at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in LeMesa, Calif. He was 73.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home with the Rev. Henry Lee Taylor Jr. officiating.

Burial will follow at Mount Alban Cemetery under the direction of Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Visitation will be Friday, April 13, 2018, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018 – 


Berthina Williams, 61, died April 10, 2018, at River Region Hospital.

Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Edna G. Minor, 78, died April 9, 2018, at River Region Hospital.

Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Christopher Blackmore died Monday, April 9, 2018, at Merit Health River Region. He was 36.

Services have been entrusted to CJ Williams Mortuary Services.


Monday, April 9, 2018 – 


Mary Annice Holmes Cunningham passed away peacefully at home in Glencoe, Alabama, on Saturday, April 7, 2018, surrounded by her family. She was 101 years old. She was born to Ben Ward Holmes and Christine Stuckey Holmes on November 19, 1916, in Vaiden, Mississippi.

Growing up in Vaiden, Annice enjoyed participating in Girl Guides and playing piano. She remembered fondly the two summers she worked at the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, especially swimming the length of the lake on a dare.

After graduating from Vaiden High School, she attended Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus, Mississippi, where she graduated with a degree in Social Studies. She taught junior high school for three years before attending secretarial school and going to work for the Health Department in Dallas, Texas, and later in Jackson, Mississippi.

She came to Vicksburg, Mississippi, to work for the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers District Office. After marrying Pinkney Edward Cunningham, Jr., and having a son, Pinkney Edward Cunningham, III, she took a brief break from working. When her son entered school, she went back to work at the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station, where she became executive secretary for the Mobility and Environmental Division. She thoroughly enjoyed her work until the digital age arrived, retiring shortly after her husband did.

She enjoyed participating in AAUW, Aldersgate Sunday School class at Crawford Street United Methodist Church, WSCS (UMW), the Vicksburg Book Club, the Women’s Auxiliary to the Corps of Engineers, a dance club, and several bridge clubs. She liked shopping and traveling, and particularly enjoyed attending Spoletto in Charleston, South Carolina, for several years after she retired.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is survived by her sister, Marguerite Holmes Doyle,Lexington, Kentucky, her son Pinkney Cunningham (Pam), Savannah, Georgia, daughter Christine Cunningham, Glencoe, Alabama. She is also survived by granddaughters Meredith and Allison, great-granddaughter Hannah, and various nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be held at Crawford Street United Methodist Church in Vicksburg on Thursday, April 12, at 2 p.m. with the service following at 3 p.m under the direction of Riles Funeral Home. Burial will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the Vaiden Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Crawford Street United Methodist Church, The Methodist Children’s Home,French Camp Academy, or The Salvation Army.


James Meredith “Jimmy” Speyerer, 93, died Friday, March 30th after an extended illness. Jimmy was born in Vicksburg to the late Fred and Thelma Davis Speyerer. Jimmy lived in Vicksburg his entire life except for a tour of duty during WWII in the China-Burma-India theatre.

He was a retiree of the Waterways Experiment Station. Jimmy loved his family and was a devoted member of Saint Paul’s Catholic Church. He was very active in the Church and was a daily communicant. He was known for picking up members of the Church who had no means of transportation and taking them to Mass. He was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Chaplin.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia Caldwell Speyerer; daughter Nancy Rebecca Cook; brothers George”Jack”  Speyerer, Harry “Buzz” Speyerer; sisters Mona Ruth Joseph and Mary Paige Hastings. He is survived by his son Michael of Anchorage, Alaska; grandchildren Jason Speyerer and Kristen Speyerer of Anchorage, Tiffany Cook Johnson(Chip) of Meridian and Hayley Cook of Vicksburg; great-grandchildren Jarren Speyerer and Evie Speyerer of Anchorage. He is also survived by brothers, David Speyerer(Jane) of Vicksburg  and Edwin Speyerer(Cecilia)of Tampa, Florida, and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A funeral Mass will be held at Saint Paul’s on Thursday April the 12th at 11:00 a.m. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service at the church. Interment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery, under the direction of Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Paul Banchetti, John Feminella, Ken Klaus, Sidney Seymour, Paul Speyerer and Chris Wells.

Memorial donations may be made to Vicksburg Catholic Schools or to Saint Jude Hospital.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Sunday, April 8, 2018 – 


James Speyerer, 93, passed away March 30, at Olive Branch Senior Care Center in Tallulah, La.

Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – 


Richmond Francis Sharbrough was born Sept. 13, 1930. He grew up in Holly Bluff,  the son of Frank Wilson “Jack” and Ilva James Sharbrough. Holly Bluff is a small Delta town on the banks of the Sunflower River, founded by his grandfather, F.W. Sharbrough Sr., and inhabited mostly by the owners of the surrounding plantations.

His family owned Valley Home plantation where he and his brother, Frank, spent many happy days. They both attended Holly Bluff schools and later graduated high school from Culver Military Academy in Culver, Ind.

There he was a member of the famed Black Horse Troop, a precision group that represented Culver in many parades around the country. He attended Tulane University for his undergraduate, pre-med studies and was an active member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He attended and graduated medical school at the University of Mississippi accelerated program in Oxford, where he was a member of Phi Chi medical fraternity. He furthered his medical studies at TulaneUniversity.

After graduation, he served his internship at Mercy Hospital Street Clinic in Vicksburg, and there he became interested in anesthesiology. He began his residency in anesthesia at the University of Mississippi Medical School in Jackson and became chief resident. He then finished his residency at Charity Hospital in New Orleans under the famed Dr. Adriani. He then served his two years in the service of his country as chief of anesthesia at the U.S. Army Hospital at Fort Jackson, S.C. During this time, he was offered the position of chief of anesthesiology back at Mercy Hospital Street Clinic in Vicksburg. Dr. Sharbrough was a fellow of the American Board of Anesthesiologists. He served locally as president of the West Mississippi Medical Association and chief of staff of the Mercy Hospital Street Memorial.

When his children were young and active in swimming, he had a strong interest in the Vicksburg Swimming Association. As he always did everything in a big way, he called Dr. Councilman, a top swim instructor at the University of Indiana, for advice.

Dr. Councilman sent him his book on swimming and Richmond memorized it. After that, you could often see him walking up and down the poolside with his book giving instructions to members of the team. As a result, he became known as “Councilman.”

Another of his great loves was golf. He and his group played several times a week at the Vicksburg Country Club, which was his home away from home. He coached the Vicksburg High School golf team and took them to the Big Eight Tournaments. He was also team doctor for the St. Aloysius High School football team for many years.

His other hobbies included antiques, painting, taxidermy, collecting civil war artifacts and hunting.

He leaves his daughters, Susan Sharbrough Watson and her husband, Albert of Birmingham, Ala., and Jacquelyn Bailey Sharbrough of Houston, Texas; and their mother, Joan Bailey of Vicksburg. Also, his four grandchildren, Albert McDavid Watson Jr., Richmond Sharbrough Watson, (Susan’s children) and Graye Michael Taten and Skyler Lane Taten (Jackie’s children); and one great-granddaughter, Avery Elizabeth Watson. He also leaves his brother and sister in law, Dr. Frank Wilson and Lynda Sharbrough of Rochester, Minn., and their children and grandchildren.

His oldest daughter, Jo Ann Sharbrough, peacefully passed away after Richmond’s passing and her service will be held jointly with his. This service will be on Saturday, April 7, at the sanctuary at Crawford Street United Methodist Church,900 Crawford St., with the Rev. Dr. Tom Atkins presiding.

Visitation will be at 3 p.m. and the memorial services at 4 p.m. Following the service will be a reception.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in their memory to Crawford Street United Methodist Church or to Houston Pets Alive (a no-kill pet rescue group in Houston, Texas). Checks should be made out to Houston Pets Alive and mailed to P.O. Box 36128 Houston, TX 77236 or you can donate online via their website at

Jo Ann Sharbrough was born Oct. 14, 1958, in Vicksburg to Joan Bailey and Dr. Richmond F. Sharbrough. She grew up in Vicksburg and attended the public schools and later St. Aloysius. She was a member of the Vicksburg Swim Team and won the backstroke State championship for her school in her age group.

She was very personable and loved everyone. She liked to make rounds at the hospital with her Dad, where she became the ‘pet’ of the Sisters of Mercy. She also enjoyed hunting with her daddy and her granddaddy at the family Quail Hills Plantation in Coffeeville.

After graduation, she attended college in Colorado, Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi. While at Southern, she majored in Environmental Science and chaired ‘Earth Day’ festivities in Hattiesburg. At that time, Bob Kotitzky ofJackson asked her to come to Jackson and help him with a program, where she went to several public schools and took sixth graders and showed them how to plant a vegetable garden at their school. She then changed her major to Horticulture and graduated with a bachelors degree at Mississippi State, where she was in charge of Interior Scaping, (taking care of all indoor plants on campus.) After graduation, she was offered a position with a national nursery inPortland, Ore., and worked there for several years until she visited with friends in Colorado and decided that this was a place she would love. So, she moved to Boulder. Since Boulder is flat and she loved the mountains, she moved up to the top of Boulder Pass to Nederland and soon became the town clerk, where she was in charge of all festivities, which suited her perfectly. Years later, she became the secretary at the Public Defenders Office in Boulder, where she unfortunately had a severe back injury that plagued her the rest of her life.

Ann loved life and had many fun times with her many friends who will miss her laugh and her happy times.

She leaves her mother, Joan Bailey of Vicksburg and two sisters, Susan Sharbrough Watson of Birmingham, Ala. and Jacquelyn Bailey Sharbrough of Houston, Texas. She also leaves many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins who adored her.

She was predeceased by two weeks by her father, Dr. Richmond Sharbrough of Vicksburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crawford Street United Methodist Church, Vicksburg, MS or to Houston Pets Alive (a no-kill pet rescue group in Houston,TX). P.O. Box 36128, Houston, TX 77326 or


Tuesday, April 3, 2018 – 

Funeral services for Emily J. Jenkins, a former Vicksburg resident, will be Friday, April 5, 2018, at the chapel of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home with a viewing from noon to 2 p.m., then internment will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Emily J. Jenkins passed away Thursday, March 29, in Raliegh, N.C., following a brief illness. She was 91.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Edwards S. Jenkins Sr.; her parents, Marion and Ethel Harris; and a brother, Marrion Harris Jr.

She is survived by her sons, Edward Jenkins Jr. (Lura) of Conyers, Ga. and Rodney Jenkins (Angie) of Raleigh N.C.; her sister, Etherl Smith of McCordsville, Ind.; and her brothers, Elliot Harris of Stone Mountain, Ga. and A.L. Harris of Vicksburg; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews cousins, and others.

Michael Anthony Newton entered into eternal rest on March 31st at his home with family present. He was a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam War.

 He is survived by his wife of 46 years Clara Louise Stricklin Newton, His son’s Michael Kevin Newton, his wife Schantell Griffin Newton, George Robert Newton, his wife Misty Dawn Whittington Newton, 7 grandchildren Dylan Taylor Silverthorne, Kirsten Nicole Prewitt, her husband Steven Glenn Prewitt, William Blake Newton, Samuel Dakota Newton, Kassidey Ranai Newton, Kennedi Leighe-clair Newton, Kohen Anthony Newton, & 1 great grandchild Kinsley Alavene Prewitt. He was a Loving Husband, Father, Grand Father, & Great Grand Father and will be sorely missed.

Visitation will be Wednesday, April 4, 2018 from 5:00p.m. to 7:00p.m. at Glenwood Funeral Home. A graveside service will be Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 1:30p.m. at Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary, LA.

Pallbearers will be Dylan Silverthorne, Samuel Williams, Darrow Fields, Samuel Rainwater, Jason Pruett, and Lonnie Morris.

Donald “Don” Eugene Still, died Sunday, April 1, 2018. He was 72 years old. Visitation and services will be held at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg, MS. Visitation will be held from 12:00p.m. to 2:00p.m. and services will be at 2:00p.m. on Thursday, April 5, 2018. Rev. Ben Waltman will officiate. Burial will be in Greenlawn Gardens.

Don was a former resident of Vicksburg, MS from 1946 to 1982. He was born in Brownsville, TN in 1946. He was a graduate of H.V. Cooper High School.
He worked from 1978 to 2004 with the U.S. Postal Service. He was past secretary of the Vicksburg Bowling Association from 1978 to 1980. He served on the Board of Directors and was past Vice-President of the Meridian Bowling Association from 1995 to 2000. He bowled for 30 years and won many awards.

Don was a life member of the National Rifle Association and a member of the Moose Lodge of Meridian, MS and Citizen Police Academy. Don lived his life to the fullest. He will be missed by all that knew him and loved him. He gave his time to help others and never wanted anything in return.He never got over the death of his only child, his daughter. Now he can have peace in heaven with her.God bless him and take care of him.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Stephanie Dawn Still; his parents Orville Fredrick Still, Sr. and Maudie Lee Still; his two brothers O.F. (Junior) Still and Lawrence E. Strahan and his wife Mabrey; and his sister Freda Delores (Still) Bryant.
He is survived by two sisters, Violet S. Bliss and Patricia Sue (Still) Wyatt and husband Lee Wyatt; a dear niece, Diane Kavanaugh and other nieces and nephews.

Monday, April 2, 2018 – 


Richard Carpenter “R.C.” Way, III, born July 26, 1937, in Port Gibson, Miss., passed away peacefully on Saturday, March 31, 2018, with his daughter, Reneé, by his side.

 Lovingly called “Pappy” by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, he was the son of Richard Carpenter Way, II, and Beulah Barr Way.

 In his youth, R.C. attended Carr Central High School in Vicksburg. He later went on to serve in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars aboard the U.S.S. Bryce Canyon and was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

 After serving his country, R.C. followed the rodeo circuit, competing in bull riding. He then worked as a television cameraman in Jackson, Miss., where he also made guest appearances as a cowboy on a local children’s show. He later became a lineman for Georgia Power Company in Atlanta, Ga., working his way up to supervisor and retiring in 2000. R.C. retired to the Eagle Lake Community in Vicksburg, where he loved spending time with his friends and neighbors, including longtime companion, Marilyn Wilson.

 In recent years, he also enjoyed his time spent at Belmont Gardens in Vicksburg, and the family sends love and thanks to their staff and management as well as to all of R.C.’s friends and neighbors who lived at Belmont with him.

 R.C. was preceded in death by both parents and siblings Barbara W. Pace, Betty E. Way, Mary Louise Perritt, and Anthony Barr Way. He is survived by siblings Dixie Jean Kelly of Kilbourne, La. and Wren C. Way, with wife Debbie, ofVicksburg, as well as by many nieces and nephews. He also leaves his son Richard “Ricky” C. Way, IV, of Wheeler, Miss.; daughter Reneé Way Duffy of Pensacola, Fla.; and son Robert A. Way of Booneville, Miss.; as well as grandchildren, Alisha (David) Latham; Kristen (Shane) Brown; Taylor (Wes) Bayliss; Kayla (Raygan) McCreary; Jill (Jack) Croswell; Richard Way; and Ryan Way; and great-grandchildren, Brooke Latham; Parker Brown; Riley Brown; Arlin Bayliss; and Leo Brown.

 A viewing will be held at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, from 10 a.m. until noon, followed immediately by the service located at Cedar Hill Cemetery Rev. Tommy Miller will officiate the funeral service. The family would like to thank life-long friend Dr. Bill Pierce of Vicksburg for the excellent care given to R.C. over the last few years. Also, special thanks to pall bearers Shane Brown, Chris Perritt, Mark Presley, David Cochran, Kevin Sanders, andTrace Lane. The family requests that donations in lieu of flowers be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and/or the Vicksburg-Warren Humane Society.