From October 27, 2000

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 27, 2000


HERMANVILLE Sylvester Byrd died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 68.

Mr. Byrd was retired from Masonite Southern Lumber Company. He was a member of First Christian Church.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, Kattie Byrd and Annie Darden, and a sister, Katie Byrd.

Survivors include a daughter, Tomorial Hoyt-King of Compton, Calif.; two sons, Curtis Smith and Calvin Epps, both of Hermanville; five brothers, Timothy J. Byrd of Glenwood, Ill., George Byrd of Lansing, Mich., Ben Byrd of North Carolina and Perry Byrd and Eddie Byrd, both of Cincinnati, Ohio; two grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at First Christian Church of Hermanville with the Rev. Anthony Gordan officiating. Burial will follow at Hermanville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until 7 p.m. Saturday and from 2 until 5 p.m. Sunday at Rollins Chapel in Port Gibson.


WOODVILLE Roosevelt Carter Sr. died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2000, at West Feliciana Hospital in St. Francisville, La. He was 43.

Mr. Carter worked as an orderly at West Feliciana Hospital and Zachary Manor. He had also served as an assistant track coach at Wilkinson County High School. He was a member of Bay Ridge Baptist Church and Bay Ridge Social Club.

Survivors include his mother, Thelma Wright of Woodville; his father, Sidney Carter of Baton Rouge; his stepfather, Joe Williams of Woodville; a son, Roesevelt Carter Jr. of Woodville; a daughter, Thelma Adrian Dixon of Baker, La.; two brothers, Ricky Wright of Baton Rouge and Sammie Wright of Woodville; five sisters, Elmonia Jackson of Baton Rouge, Doretha Wright of Baker and Gloria Jackson, Linda Goss and Dell Chriss, all of Woodville; a stepson, Cory Ware of Woodville; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Bay Ridge Baptist Church in Woodville with the Rev. Frank Sullivan officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Olive Cemetery under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home of Fayette.

Pallbearers will be Michael Hyde, Terry James, Ray Brown, Marvin Bethley, Brad Davis and Richard King.

Honorary pallbearers will be William Jackson, Sammie Wright, Claudus Hilliard, Nathaniel Chatman Jr. and Michael Jackson.


Mary Elizabeth “Mert” Pikul died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home. She was 80.

A native and lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mrs. Pikul retired in 1984 as an editor from Waterways Experiment Station after 32 years of service. She was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Peter J. Pikul Sr.

Survivors include two daughters, JoAn Brady of Flora and Sandra Mercuri of Pacific Grove, Calif.; one son, Peter J. Pikul Jr. of Vicksburg; and seven grandchildren, Lana Mercuri and Lisa Mercuri, both of Pacific Grove, Heather Pikul of Atlanta, Anna Pikul of Chicago, Amanda Pikul of Starkville, Maggie Pikul of Vicksburg and Matt Brady of Flora.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church with the Rev. James O’Riordan, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 Friday night at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be nephews Will Booth, Paul Booth, Joe Booth, Mike Booth, George Booth, Jerome Booth, John Booth, Wayne Booth and Andrew Booth.

Memorials may be made to Vicksburg Catholic School Endowment, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg.