From October 22, 2000

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 23, 2000


Services for Yance Martin Hawkins were at 1 p.m. Monday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home with the Rev. Casey Fisher officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Ms. Hawkins died Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2000, at University Medical Center. She was 32.

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She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by a son, Talarries Martin; her father, Emmett Martin; her mother, Martha Preacely Martin; and her maternal grandfather, Leyome Preacely.

She is survived by three sons, Denzel Hawkins and Chavez O’Neal, both of Vicksburg, and Timothy Glasco Jr. of Plainsfield, N.J.; three daughters, Ashley Martin, LaQuna Hawkins and Chasity Upshire, all of Vicksburg; her stepfather, James Percy of Vicksburg; two brothers, Dennis Preacely and Bobby Martin, both of Vicksburg; two sisters, Yolanda Martin and Denise Fisher, both of Vicksburg; maternal grandmother, Julia Preacely of Vicksburg; nieces, nephews and other relatives, including Frank Milligan of Vicksburg.


Burkett H. Martin Sr., died Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 90.

Mr. Martin was born in New Albany, the son of Guyton and Mary Lou Martin, and graduated from Boyle High School. He attended Delta State University, Millsaps College and graduated from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1936.

After serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he practiced law in Vicksburg from 1945 until 2000. He was a member of both the Warren County Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

In the early 1950s, Mr. Martin was a member of the Mississippi Legislature where he helped to establish the public employee retirement system, the right to work law and the University of Mississippi Hospital.

He was past president of the Vicksburg Y.M.C.A. and a member of the board of directors and a trustee. He also served as a member of the Y.M.C.A. international committee.

Mr. Martin was a member of the Vicksburg Rotary Club, past president of the Vicksburg School Board and a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church where he taught a men’s Bible class for 50 years.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Stennis Martin of Vicksburg; one son, Burkett Hill Martin Jr., of Vicksburg; one daughter, Ann Martin Dewell of New Orleans; two brothers, Billie G. Martin of Denver and Joseph R. Martin of Magnolia Springs, Ala., and two sisters, Virginia Martin Smith of Atlanta and Mary Martin Terry of Colonial Heights, Va.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Crawford Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jeffrey Joyner officiating. Burial followed in Green Acres Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Blue Ridge Y.M.C.A. Assembly in Black Mountain, N.C., the Warren County United Way or Crawford Street United Methodist Church.

Pallbearers were Greg Ferris, Richard Warren, John Terry, Thomas Bearden, Guy Martin, John Dewell and Richard Dewell.

Honorary pallbearers were members of the men’s Bible class of Crawford Street United Methodist Church, members of Teller, Chaney, Hassell and Hopson law firm, George Habeeb and George Abraham Sr.


Willie Jean “Clara” Pollard died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 60.

Mrs. Pollard was a native of Edwards and a member of the Little Morning Star M.B. Church.

She is survived by three daughters, Alean Foster of Gahanna, Ohio, and Clara Pollard and Victoria Pollard, both of Edwards; her mother, Madie German of Edwards; six brothers, James E. German, Nathaniel German and Luther German, all of Edwards, Eddie L. German of Chicago, Lavender German of Brookhaven, and Charles German of Vicksburg, and two sisters, Beatrice Hodge and Mary Singleton, both of Edwards.

Services were at 2 p.m. Sunday at Little Morning Star M.B. Church. Burial followed in Greenhill Cemetery.


Walker Reynolds Sr., died Thursday, Oct. 19, 2000, at Vicksburg Medical Center. He was 98.

Mr. Reynolds, a native of Jefferson County, was a long-time resident of Vicksburg where he farmed. He was a member of Beech Grove Missionary Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice Reynolds; two sons, Harrison Reynolds and Walker Reynolds Jr.; his parents, sisters and brothers.

He is survived by two sons, Willie Reynolds and James Reynolds, both of Vicksburg; a daughter, Maggie Hill of Vicksburg; 32 grandchildren; 65 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.