From October 16, 2000

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 16, 2000


Dorothy Grayer died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at her home. She was 70.

A homemaker, Mrs. Grayer was a member of Faith Christian Center and Order of the Eastern Star.

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She was preceded in death by a son, Leon Bailey; a brother, Ernest Jones; and three sisters, Fredonia Smith, Ida M. Long and Melissa Jones.

She is survived by her husband, George Grayer of Vicksburg; five sons, Roosevelt Bailey of Vicksburg, Thomas Grayer of Newport News, Va., and George Grayer Jr., Mickey Grayer and Donnell Grayer, all of Seattle, Wash.; six daughters, Ida M. Allen and Antoinetta Grayer, both of Vicksburg, Gladys McElrath and Rosetta Noble, both of Joliet, Ill., Virgie B. Thompson of Indianapolis, Ind., and Annie M. Nelson of Leesville, La.; three sisters, Alberta Long of Oakland, Calif., Beatrice Hollins of Seattle and Roxie Sims of Vicksburg; 21 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Katherine K. Hawkins died Saturday, Oct. 14, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 89.

Mrs. Hawkins was born in Carrollton and had lived in Vicksburg most of her life. She was the daughter of the late John T. and Sina Rushbrook Kavanaugh.

She was a graduate of Union Church Academy and had attended the University of Southern Mississippi and Louisiana State University. She served as a volunteer with the Sisters of Mercy Auxiliary for more than 35 years and was a founding member of the Vicksburg Beautification Association.

Mrs. Hawkins was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Herbert Hawkins, and a son, Herbert Hawkins Jr.

She is survived by a sister, Margaret K. Martin of Jackson; two brothers, Jack Kavanaugh of Pattison and Bob Kavanaugh of Vicksburg; one niece; nephews; great-nieces; great-nephews; and her caregivers, Mike and Janie Kavanaugh.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. William Carlin officiating. Burial will follow at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. Tuesday until the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Ronnie McDaniel, Michael Kavanaugh, Kelly Kavanaugh, Pat Kavanaugh, Mike Kavanaugh and Bob Hollingsworth.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bryan Brabston, Randy Boyles, Ed Buckner Sr., Dr. Randy Easterling and members of the Sisters of Mercy Auxiliary.

Memorials may be made to the St. Alban’s Episcopal Church Cemetery Fund, 5930 Warriors Trail, Vicksburg, MS, 39180.


Joe M. Mitchell Sr. died Friday, Oct. 13, 2000, at Vicksburg Medical Center. He was 73.

A lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Mitchell was the son of the late Watfa Nassif Mitchell and Michael John Mitchell. A 1944 graduate of Carr Central High School, he had been employed with Waterways Experiment Station and owned and operated Mitchell Furniture Company for more than 15 years. He owned Mitchell Distributing and co-owned Weather Proof Roofing.

A sports enthusiast and fisherman, he was a member of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John Mitchell and Ellis Mitchell.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Loyce Mitchell of Vicksburg; four sons, Joey Mitchell and Rickey Mitchell, both of Vicksburg, Brian Mitchell of Huntsville, Ala., and David Mitchell of Richmond, Va.; two sisters, Ruth Massad of Memphis and Marie Crow of Huntsville; two brothers, George Mitchell of Vicksburg and Paul Mitchell of Jackson; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; nieces; and nephews.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church with Peter Smith, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Fisher-Riles Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 Monday night at the funeral home with Trisagion Prayers at 7:30.

Pallbearers will be Wayne Massad, Mickey Mitchell, Mark Mitchell, Don Embry, Dane Mitchell, Jeff Mitchell, Michael Mitchell, Shea Allen and Doug Segers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Abraham, Chuck Abraham, Freddie Abraham, John Bell, Ben Blansett, Leo Booth, Mac Cagnolatti Jr., Kayo Dottley, Bobby Fletcher, John Fountain, Joe Gerache, Johnny Jabour, Donald Joseph, Mike Kavanaugh, Steve Marcus, Ken Massey, Crawford Mims, Johnny Mims, Peter Mims, Moses Moses Jr., George Nasif Sr., Albert J. Nosser, John Nosser Jr., Sheriff Martin Pace, Nick Robertson, Billy Stevens, Lee Thomas, Charles Toney, Marshall Upton, the Warren Central baseball family and the men of St. George.

Memorials may be made to St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 2709 Washington St., Vicksburg, MS. 39180.