From September 30, 2000

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 2, 2000


Services for Estella Devoils were at 11 a.m. Sunday at Mount Zion M.B. Church with the Rev. Charlie Blackmore officiating. Burial followed at the church cometary.

Mrs. Devoils died Thursday, Sept. 28, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 47.

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A lifelong resident of the Ballground community, she was a member of the Mount Zion M.B. Church.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Lee Williams.

Survivors include one son, Robert Lee Devoils of Vicksburg; her father and stepmother, L.C. and Ruby Dotson of Vicksburg; two grandchildren and other relatives including Donald Jeffery of Vicksburg.


Services for Bertha Haas Kleisdorf were at 10 a.m. Sunday at Anshe Chesed Temple with Rabbi Murray Blackman officiating. Burial followed at Anshe Chesed Cemetery.

Mrs. Kleisdorf died Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, at her home in Vicksburg. She was 97.

A native of Mexico, Mo., she had lived in Vicksburg for the past 61 years. She was the daughter of the late William and Sophie Laudenheimer Haas. A graduate of Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., she had been a deputy chancery clerk in Missouri and, after moving to Vicksburg, she was a salesperson at the Valley Department Store. She was a homemaker and a member of the Anshe Chesed Congregation.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Kleisdorf.

Survivors include a sister, Gladys Haas Ballard of Oakland, Calif.; a niece, Bettie Minette Cooper of Norfolk, Va.; a nephew, Jorgen Kleisdorf of Copenhagen, Denmark; three great-nephews, Neil Cooper and Jeff Cooper, both of Los Angeles, and Erik Cooper of Norfolk; a great-great-niece, Hannah Cooper of Norfolk; and a great-great-nephew, Tanen Cooper of Norfolk.

Pallbearers were Marion Metzger, Lonnie Breithaupt, Stanley Kline, Teddy Levi, Richard Marcus, Leon Jacobs and Laurence Leyens.

Memorials may be made to the Anshe Chesed Congregation, 2414 Grove Street, Vicksburg MS 39180 or to the Southern Jewish Experience, P.O. Box 16528, Jackson MS 39236.


Services for Venable C. Moore Sr. were at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fisher Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. E.L. Sharp and Dr. John G. McCall officiating. Burial followed at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. 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; a brother, Wendell Moore of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

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