From September 10, 2000

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 11, 2000


Robert E. “Bob” Durst died Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at his home in Vicksburg. He was 67.

The son of Robert Emmett Durst and Harriet Louis Low Durst, Mr. Durst was a native of Rolling Fork and had lived in Vicksburg since 1941. He was the administrator for the State Welfare Department for 20 years and served in the 77th Special Forces Group in the U.S. Army at Fort Bragg, N.C.

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Mr. Durst was an avid contemporary artist and a member of the Vicksburg Theatre Guild and the Vicksburg Art Association.

He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church and a graduate of St. Aloysius High School and the University of Southern Mississippi.

He is survived by one sister, Delia D. Anderson of Gonzales, La.; and two brothers, Dr. John H. Durst of Bonham, Texas, and Joseph L. Durst of Vicksburg.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be said at 10 a.m. Monday at St. Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas McGing officiating. Burial will follow at Golden Link Cemetery in Anguilla.

Visitation will be from 3 until 5 this afternoon at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home. A wake service will be at 4:30.

Pallbearers will be David Durst, Bill Durst, Bart Durst, Wayne Nuckolls, Bill Anderson and Sam Walker.

Memorials may be made to St. Aloysius High School, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg, MS. 39183.


MADISON Dr. Fred J. Hamernik died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at St. Catherine’s Village in Madison. He was 95.

Dr. Hamernik was a Milwaukee native and attended premed school at Marquette University. He received his medical degree from the University of Louisville Medical School in 1931 and interned at the U.S. Marine Hospital in Chicago.

After spending 13 years in general practice and surgery in North Dakota, Montana and Wisconsin, Dr. Hamernik took specialty training in radiology at Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago. In 1948, he moved with his family to Vicksburg, where he was chief radiologist at Vicksburg Hospital until retiring in 1972. He had been a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

Dr. Hamernik was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia Hamernik.

He is survived by his son, Dr. Robert Hamernik of Jackson.

Memorials may be made to St. Catherine’s Village at 200 Dominican Drive in Madison.


CANTON William Floyd “Bill” Purvis died Friday, Sept. 8, 2000, at his home in Canton. He was 45.

A native of Vicksburg, Mr. Purvis had lived in Jackson before moving to Canton in 1979. He was a 1974 graduate of Vicksburg High School and an avid fisherman.

Survivors include his son, Kenner Purvis of Canton; his father, James Ralph Purvis of Vicksburg; his mother, Etta Lee Ellzey of Vicksburg; and two brothers, Hewey Hulan Purvis and James R. Purvis, both of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg. Visitation will be from 4 until 7 tonight at Breeland Funeral Home in Canton and from noon until the service at Glenwood.

Memorials may be made to the Canton Academic Foundation, P.O. Box 116, Canton, MS 39046.