From September 27, 2000

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 27, 2000


CLEVELAND, Ohio James Bland died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at St. Vincent Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He was 80.

A native of Vicksburg, Mr. Bland had lived in Cleveland for the past 25 years.

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He is survived by his stepmother, Willie D. Bland of Vicksburg; four half-sisters, Ollye M. Johnson, Jeanette Patterson and Tempie Bland, all of Vicksburg, and Bertha B. Webster of Memphis; two half-brothers, Willie L. Bland and Curtis Bland, both of Vicksburg; nieces, nephews and other relatives including Eugene Johnson Sr. and Willie Patterson, both of Vicksburg, and Melphonsia Joshua.

Services will be at noon Thursday at E.F. Boyd’s Funeral Home in Cleveland.


Services for Patricia Kathleen “Kathy” Harrison will be at 2 p.m. Friday at New Vision Family Worship Center in Vicksburg with the Revs. Randal Burge and Rick McAllister officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the church.

Mrs. Harrison died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 39.

Mrs. Harrison was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg. She graduated from Vicksburg High School and was a member of the New Christian Fellowship Family Life Center in Port Gibson.

She was preceded in death by her father, Cooper Woodrow “Woody” Brewer Jr.; her stepfather, John P. Morgan; and her brother, Woody Van Brewer.

She is survived by her husband, Samuel Leroy Harrison Sr. of Vicksburg; two sons, Samuel Leroy Harrison and Joshua Cody Harrison, both of Vicksburg; a daughter, Miranda Lynn Gentry of Vicksburg; her mother, Bobbie Ryals Brewer Morgan; a brother, John Eric Morgan of Vicksburg; two sisters, Gloria Faye Mullins and Jennifer Ilene Shirey, both of Vicksburg; and other relatives including Lillian Harrison of Vicksburg.

Pallbearers will be Devery Wooten, Tom Roberts, Kelly Lee, Jay Collins, Jimmy Collins, Mike Wooten, Steve May and Vervon Ryals.

Honorary pallbearers will be John Hill, Walter Richie and Glenn Roe.


Venable C. Moore Sr. died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 65.

A native and lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Moore had been employed as a draftsman technician with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District for more than 25 years before retiring in 1998. The son of the late Ernest and Mittie Curran Moore, he was a member of Stephens Masonic Lodge and Trinity Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Donald Moore.

Survivors include his wife, Charlene Wester Moore of Vicksburg; four daughters, Dolores Adams of Lancaster, Penn., Paula Moore-Sharp, Joyce Gail Moore and Kim Mitchell, all of Vicksburg; a son, Venable “Brother” Moore Jr. of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. E.L. Sharp and Dr. John G. McCall officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Jeff Artman, Binky Purvis, Garland Carey, Phillips Haskins, Barry Beard and Fred Lee.

Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Trinity Baptist Church, Men’s Sunday school class of Trinity Baptist and co-workers at the Corps of Engineers.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church Building Fund, 3365 Porters Chapel Road, Vicksburg, Miss. 39180.


Willie B. Sampson died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Sonny Montgomery V.A. Medical Center in Jackson. He was 83.

Mr. Sampson retired with Bunge Grain Company. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Beatrice Sampson; his parents, Pink and Josie Sampson; two sisters, Mattie Reynolds and Daisy Mae Barnes; and a brother, Leon Sampson.

Survivors include two sons, Billy Yates of Los Angeles and Larry Sampson of Vicksburg; a daughter, Jo Ann Jones of Phoenix, Ariz.; a brother, Horace Sampson of Chicago; and other relatives, including Katie Mae Bass, Masola Perkins and Bonnie Perry James, all of Vicksburg.

Williams Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


ST. AMANT, La. Trudy Cousins McDaniel Tero died Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, in St. Amant, La. She was 46.

A native of Vicksburg, Mrs. Tero was a housewife. She was preceded in death by a husband, Robert McDaniel.

She is survived by her husband, Vernon J. Tero Jr. of St. Amant; her parents, Frank and Christine Rogers Cousins of Redwood; a daughter, Alison Tero of St. Amant; two sons, Joseph Tero and Tony Tero, both of St. Amant; four sisters, Paula Bryant of Redwood, Maxine Cousins of Satartia, Rose Herron of Vicksburg and Kimberly Davis of LaMarque, Texas; and three brothers, Frankie Cousins of Ohio, Glen Cousins of Vicksburg and Tommy Cousins of Newellton.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at New River Baptist Church with the Revs. Buddy Sheriff and David Tero officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 10 p.m. Thursday at Ourso Funeral Home in Gonzales, La., and from 9 a.m. Friday until the service at the church.

Pallbearers will be Richard Bryant Jr., Bobby Dalton, Joseph Tarver, Robert McDaniel IV, Ronnie McDaniel and Jeff Miller.

Honorary pallbearers will be David Tero, Wesley Tero, Michael Tero, Ricky Bryant, Robert L. McDaniel Jr. and William McDaniel.


ANGUILLA Ernest Weatherspoon died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 57.

Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Weatherspoon of Anguilla; three sons, Ernie Green of Anguilla, Leonard Lovette of Chicago and Matellas Powell of Fort Gordon, Ga.; two daughters, Latoya Powell and Stephanie Powell, both of Anguilla; a sister, Frankie M. Holmes of Anguilla; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Christian Light M.B. Church in Anguilla with the Rev. H.C. Hadgler officiating. Burial will follow at Vick Cemetery in Anguilla under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Rolling Fork.

Visitation will be from 12:30 until the service Thursday at the funeral home.