From October 30, 2000

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 30, 2000


PORT GIBSON John A. Bell died Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2000, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 90.

Mr. Bell was preceded in death by his parents, John Madison Bell and Selena Bishop-Bell; two sons, Edward Lee Bell and Stephen Bell; six brothers, Carey Bell, Eugene Bell, Sam Bell, Willie Bell, Mack Bell and Toby Bell; and four sisters, Rosie B. Gibson, Narciss B. Barnes, Sophia B. Brown and Pearlina B. Nash.

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He is survived by his wife, Pearl Bell of Port Gibson; a son, Stephen Bell of Vero Beach, Fla.; six daughters, Cleo Holt, Lena Mae Bell, Lorine Jenkins and Mary Carmichael, all of Vero Beach, Bonita Bell of Miami and Joyce Jones of Port Gibson; a brother, Charlie Bell of Vicksburg; a stepson, Zachary Griffin of Chicago; two foster children, Monique Harris and Maurice Justin Harris, both of Vicksburg; 24 grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at New Come and See Baptist Church in the Engleside community with the Rev. Eddie Walls officiating. Burial will follow at the Bell Family Cemetery in the Willows community.

Visitation will be from 1 until 6 Monday at Thompson Funeral Home Inc. of Port Gibson and from noon Tuesday until the service at the church.


Services for Paula Curry were at 2 Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home with a private graveside service at Green Acres Memorial Park at a later date.

Miss Curry died Friday, Oct. 27, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 54.

Miss Curry was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg. She graduated from Culkin Academy and Hinds Community College and attended the University of Mississippi.

She worked at her family’s business, Stan’s Nursery and Garden Center, as a designer and decorator. She was a top national representative in the insurance field as a marketing director and trainer.

Miss Curry was preceded in death by her father, C. Stanford Curry Sr.; a brother, Stan Curry Jr.; and her grandparents, C.E. and Rachel Curry and A.J. and Henrietta Green.

She is survived by her mother, Barbara G. Curry of Vicksburg; two daughters, Rachel Dodson of Vicksburg and Veronica McDuff of Valley Park; a son, Jason Scallions of Vicksburg; one sister, Cindi Curry Stokes of Vicksburg; three grandchildren; and her companion, Don Prater of Vicksburg.

Pallbearers were Chris Scallions, Glen Burton, Keith Stennett, Scott Wolf and Denton Stokes.

Honorary pallbearers were Lee and Margie Leverette, Kayo Dottley, Walter and Becky Shotwell, Robert and Karlene Theobald, Hattie Carsley, Myrtle Porter, Bill and Nora Carl, Jimmie Robinson, Dottie Olsen, Dr. and Mrs. Everton Edmondson and Dr. Stephen Lapin.


HERMANVILLE Monroe Shorter died Thursday, Oct. 26, 2000, at Claiborne County Hospital. He was 56.

Mr. Shorter was preceded in death by three brothers, Arthur Shorter, Johnnie Lee Shorter and Jackson Shorter.

He is survived by his father, Matthew Shorter Sr. of Hermanville; his mother, Candis Shorter of Hermanville; five brothers, Matthew Shorter Jr. and Jerry Shorter, both of Hermanville, Abraham Shorter of Red Lick, and Albert Shorter and Woodrow Shorter, both of Port Gibson; six sisters, Margaret Smith and Carrie Shorter, both of Hermanville, Sarah Barnes of Dallas, Florene Chase of Utica, Jewel Lee Walker of Chicago and Allean Dennis of Fishskill, N.Y.; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Hermanville with the Rev. Johnny Hughes officiating. Burial will follow at Hermanville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 until 6 Monday at Thompson Funeral Home Inc. of Port Gibson and from 1 p.m. Tuesday until the service at the church.