From November 16, 2000

Published 12:00 am Thursday, November 16, 2000


WEST HILLS, Calif. Hugh Lewis Bryant dies Friday, Oct. 20, 2000, at his home in West Hills, Calif. He was 82.

A native of Vicksburg, Mr. Bryant had lived in Livermore, Calif., and West Hills for a number of years. He retired after 24 years with the Air Force and had a second career at Lawrence Livermore National Lab in Livermore.

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He was preceded in death by his wife, Jane P. Bryant; his parents, Porter Stewart and Carrie Lee Bryant; three sisters and two brothers.

He is survived by a son, Hugh Lewis Bryant Jr. of West Hills; two daughters, Elvie Lee Wright of Sacramento, Calif., and Jay Bryant of West Hills; two sisters, Lillian Bryant Donovan and Porter Lee Bryant Donovan, both of Baton Rouge; and four grandchildren, Jon Wright and Adam Wright, both of Sacramento, Kelly Bryant Cevalalase of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and Miranda Jay Bryant of West Hills.

A memorial service will be later in West Hills.


Services for Sarah Christian Brown Ewell will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Springhill M.B. Church on Grove Street with the Rev. Charles K. Chiplin officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home with Vicksburg Chapter No. 1 O.E.S. rites.

Mrs. Ewell died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000. She was 90.

Born in Issaquena County, Mrs. Ewell was a retired teacher and member of First Springhill M.B. Church. She was a member of Vicksburg Chapter No. 1 Order of Eastern Star, Vicksburg-Warren County Teachers Association and the Mississippi Retired Teachers Association.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Reuben and Illinois Duncan Christian; her husband, Willie A. Ewell; three brothers, Leon Christian, John Christian and Sam Christian; and a sister, Ruby C. Marshall.

Survivors include a son, Leonard Brown of Tualatin, Ore.; two daughters, Thelma Brown Rush of Vicksburg and Georgene Ewell Clark of Cleveland, Miss.; a stepdaughter, Natalie Ewell Guillory of Vallejo, Calif.; two sisters, Eunice C. Thomas of Chicago and Laura C. Jones of Vicksburg; five grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; and other relatives.


NEWELLTON Onis W. Grissom Jr. died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at his home. He was 60.

Mr. Grissom was a farmer and had lived in Tensas Parish for 33 years.

He is survived by his wife, Arittia E. Grissom of Newellton; two daughters, Ginger Grissom Patton of Columbia, La., and Lea Grissom Pankey-Clovis of New Mexico; three sons, Johnny Grissom and Jerry Grissom, both of Hayti, Mo., and Jeff Grissom of Corpus Christi, Texas; his father, Onis Woodrow Grissom Sr. of St. Joseph; a brother, Larry Wayne Grissom of Jackson; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah with the Rev. Bill Bearden officiating.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service Saturday at the funeral home.


TALLULAH Edgar Lee Lott died Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 93.

Mr. Lott was born in Hub, Miss., outside of Columbia and first known as Lott’s Bluff. He worked as fire captain for Tallulah until 1944. He served as a shop foreman at Lamar T. Loe for a number of years and also worked at Patton’s Hardware before becoming a partner in Delta Feed & Seed Delenting Co.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jessie and Susie Lott; a wife, Mildred Sturdivant Lott; and two brothers, Thomas Jesse Lott and Jack Lott.

Survivors include his wife, Marion Walker Lott of Tallulah; a daughter and son-in-law, Jesse Lee and Pierce A. Stevens; two stepchildren, Daniel Walker of Fort Walton, Fla., and Rhonda Walker of Biloxi; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church in Tallulah with the Rev. Fred Fulton officiating. Burial will follow at Silver Cross Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 7 until 9 Thursday night at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Allen Stevens, David Stevens, Daniel Walker, Trevor Walker, Barry Haywood and Jules Schwan.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jack Millikin, Brill Colligan, Dr. Paul W. Pierce, Tommy Leoty, Bill Harris and Grandville Harris.


Services for J.D. “Jim” Williams will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Travelers Rest M.B. Church with the Rev. Thomas Benard officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Service.

Mr. Williams died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 70.

Mr. Williams was a retired meter reader for the City of Vicksburg with the Water and Gas Department. He was a member of Travelers Rest Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dove Ann Williams and Bryant Williams Sr.; three sisters; and a son.

He is survived by a brother, Bryant Williams Jr. of Chicago; three daughters; eight grandchildren; and other relatives including Betty Williams of Bellwood, Ill., Rubye L. Jones and the McCoy family of Vicksburg.