From September 14, 2000

Published 12:00 am Thursday, September 14, 2000


Melissa “Missy” Jackson Hocutt died Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, as the result of an automobile accident. She was 30.

Born in Pascagoula, Mrs. Hocutt was a graduate of Warren Central High School. She was a secretary with Stegall’s Body Shop in Jackson and a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church.

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She was preceded in death by her sister, Deirdre Michell Jackson.

Survivors include her husband, Eddie Hocutt of Terry; a daughter, Mary Michelle “Shelly” Hocutt; her mother, Dot Jackson of Rolling Fork; her father and stepmother, W.A. and Sherry Jackson of Vicksburg; two brothers, Dusty Jackson and David Jackson, both of Vicksburg; a sister, Amanda Jackson of Vicksburg; maternal grandmother, Nona Blakeney of Rolling Fork; grandmothers, Lady Miles of Delta and Ann Jackson of Jackson; and other relatives and friends including Nancy and Robert Wilson of Terry and Lamar and Judy Hocutt of Little Rock, Ark.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with the Revs. Thomas Dixon and Reese Kyzar officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be David Jackson, Robert Rivers, Dusty Jackson, Jon Ellis, Keith Hocutt and Steven Heigle.


Willie Beatrice Sampson died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 73.

Mrs. Sampson was a retired cook and member of Calvary Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Minnie Yates, and three brothers, Bill Yates, Robert Yates and Ernest Yates.

Survivors include her husband, Willie B. Sampson of Vicksburg; two sons, Billy Yates of Los Angeles and Larry Sampson of Vicksburg; seven grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.


Joseph B. Sessions died Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2000, at Vicksburg Medical Center. He was 84.

Born in Vicksburg, Mr. Sessions retired from the Corps of Engineers in 1975. He was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Clarice Sessions of Vicksburg; two daughters, Faye Carol Wooten of Vicksburg and Shirley Ann Miles of Rolling Fork; three brothers, Charles E. Sessions of Vicksburg, James Sessions of Meridian and Leonard Sessions of York, Ala.; two sisters, Eleanor Williams of Ellisville and Rosalee Oliver of Meridian; eight grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Billy Gerald officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Paul Pierce, Dr. Abdul Bahro and Dr. David Halinski and his staff.


JACKSON William Carl “W.C.” Shackleford died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, at Central Mississippi Medical Center. He was 75.

Mr. Shackleford was a native of Sharkey County and had lived in Jackson since 1967. He retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a chief steam engineer on the dredge Jadwin after 36 years of service.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of Jackson and the Fisher of Men Sunday school class.

Survivors include his sister, Elva Jean Shackleford of Jackson, and two brothers, Henry Austin Shackleford of Jackson and Howard L. Shackleford of Ridgeland.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home on High Street in Jackson. Burial will follow at Lakewood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Jackson.