Obituaries from September 2, 2000

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 5, 2000


Jessie R. Burrell died Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2000, at her home.

She was 44.

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Mrs. Burrell was born in Claiborne County. She was employed with Eden Point Apartment Complex. She was a member of Montro Grove Baptist Church in Hermanville.

She was preceded in death by her father, W.B. Burrell Sr.

Survivors include two sons, Tony Burrell of Vicksburg and Kenneth Burrell of Newellton; her mother, Willie A. Burrell of Hermanville; her grandmother, Allie White of Hermanville; seven brothers, W.B. Burrell Jr. of New Orleans, W.B. Burrell III of Port Gibson, Jimmy Burrell Sr. of Utica, James Burrell Sr., Nathaniel White and John Burrell, all of Hermanville, and Ray Burrell of Harvey, La.; five sisters, Robin Bishop and Martha Francis, both of Hermanville, Ada Graham of Port Gibson, Willie McAfee of Memphis and Mary Green of Louisiana; four grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Services are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Montro Grove Baptist Church in Hermanville with the Rev. Frand Curtis officiating. Burial will follow at Burrell Cemetery in Hermanville.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday at Rollins Funeral Home in Port Gibson.

Samuel Purvis Coley

HAZELHURST Samuel Purvis Coley died Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, at Hardy Wilson Hospital.

He was 76.

Mr. Coley was a retired mechanic and a member of the Baptist faith. He was a deacon and a member of Future Farmers of America.

Mr. Coley is survived by his wife, Opal Coley of Hazelhurst; three sons, Arthur Allen Tenhet of Jackson, Marshall Phellix Tenhet of Hazelhurst and Samuel Purvis Coley II of Vicksburg; a daughter, Angie Faye Tenhet Flower of Monroe; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Stringer Chapel in Hazelhurst. Burial will follow at Pine Bluff Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at Stringer Funeral Home.


BRANDON George W. Sills died Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson.

He was 79.

Mr. Sills was a former resident of Kosciusko and had lived in Brandon since 1981. He retired from Texas Eastern Gas Corporation after 30 years of service. He was a Sergeant in Gen. George Patton’s Army during World War II and was involved in many battles, including the Battle of the Bulge.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Mae Sills.

Survivors include two daughters, Karen Neely of Pearl and Brenda Shepherd of Raymond; two sons, George L. Sills and David Sills, both of Vicksburg; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Jordan Funeral Home in Kosciusko with Dr. Lavon Moore officiating. Burial will follow at Parkway Cemetery in Kosciusko.

Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.