Published 12:00 am Friday, November 17, 2000


HERMANVILLE Thomas Gary died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2000, at his home. He was 59.

Mr. Gary is survived by his wife, Cordelia Gary of Hermanville; a son, Vernon Lemon of Gulfport; four daughters, Linda Gary, Brenda Gary and Vernester Watts, all of Hermanville, and Nellie Mae Gary of Atlanta; his father, Tommie Lee Gary of Hazlehurst; four adopted children, Letora Lee of Atlanta, Sue Lee and Elsie Lee, both of Hermanville, and Robert Lee Jr. of Houston, Texas; his stepfather, Hugh McDaniel Sr. of Hermanville; three brothers, Robert Gary of Hazlehurst, Walter Lee of Jackson and Hugh McDaniel Jr. of Clarksdale; three sisters, Lula Ruffin, and Debbie O’Quinn, both of Hermanville, and Myra Catching of Hazlehurst; 14 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Elmo Christian Church in Hermanville with Willie Wilson officiating. Burial will follow at the Hermanville Cemetery under the direction of Thompson Funeral Home of Port Gibson.

Visitation will be from 1 until 6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 1 until the service Saturday at the church.


PORT GIBSON Ryan Christopher Shala died Monday, Nov. 13, 2000, as the result of a school bus accident. He was 6.

Ryan was a student at A.W. Watson Elementary School.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Al Ahg Shala.

He is survived by his mother, Namelah Stewart of Hermanville; his father, Jason Curtis of Hermanville; his stepfather, Myron Stewart of Hermanville; a brother, Myron Stewart Jr. of Hermanville; a sister, Myla Stewart of Hermanville; maternal grandmothers, Fatimah Shala of Dallas and Ruby Archer of Port Gibson; maternal grandfathers, Willie Archer and Steve Coleman, both of Port Gibson; paternal grandmother, Ollie Coleman of Hermanville; maternal great-grandparents, Melacca Allal and Wali Allal, both of Rosser, Texas, and Dorothy Woods of Paris, Texas; paternal great-grandmother, Leather Curtis of Hermanville; maternal great-great-grandmother, Virgel Brown of Dallas; and other relatives including Fatimah Shala-Walker and Aaron Walker, both of Vicksburg, Gelenah Coleman of Dallas, Texas, Donna Gusta, Renee Gusta and Quentin Liggans, all of Port Gibson, and Ladon Curtis of Hermanville.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church in Port Gibson with the Revs. James Dorsey and Alonzo McClure officiating. Burial will follow at Thompson Memorial Garden Cemetery with Thompson Funeral Home in charge.


WOODVILLE Cerethia Fossleman Sims died Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2000, at her home in Woodville. She was 78.

Mrs. Fossleman was a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Leroy Sims; her parents, Marshall Fossleman and Stella Stanberry; a son, Carroll Lynn Sims; and a grandson, Terry Lynn Thomas.

Survivors include a son, Leroy Maxwell Sims of Gloster; three sisters, Loyce Thomas, Carmen Bynum and Janice Gibbs, all of Woodville; a sister, Dorothy Lane of Baton Rouge; 10 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends, including Lionell and Valeria Harris of Woodville.

Services will be at noon Saturday at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church in Woodville with the Rev. Darlene W. Pickett officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Cemetery under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home of Fayette.


Coniell C. Warfield died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2000, at her home. She was 90.

A homemaker, Mrs. Warfield was a member of Belmont M.B. Church in Utica.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Warfield Sr.; her parents, Lewis Yates Carson and Martha Taylor Carson; a son, Walter Warfield Jr.; a sister, Flora Turner; and five brothers.

Survivors include three sons, Fred Mace, Thomas Henry Warfield and Mose Edward Warfield, all of Vicksburg; 11 daughters, Marion Coy, Ethel Ruth Gardner, Alice Margurie Jones, Ruby Lee Warfield, Lena Mae Robinson, Wilma Jean Pendleton, Wilma Jane Floyd, Ruth Williams and Flora Williams, all of Vicksburg, Martha Faulkner of Jackson and Mary Allen of Chicago; two sisters, Rozina Boyd and Cleo Carson Eatmon, both of Utica; and other relatives, including members of the Flaggs, Carson and Taylor families of Utica.

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