From November 25, 2000

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 27, 2000


Anita Williams Jones died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 45.

Born in Vicksburg, Mrs. Jones was a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church. She was employed as an administrator for the Warren County Juvenile Detention Center.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Norris Jones; her father, Charles Williams Sr.; and her grandmother, Matteal Harris.

She is survived by her mother, Martha M. Williams of Vicksburg; two daughters, LaShandra M. Williams and MonToya Y. Williams, both of Vicksburg; two sisters, Virginia Connor of Vicksburg and Rose Blair of Corpus Christi, Texas; four brothers, Charles Williams Jr. and Nathaniel Williams, both of Vicksburg, Howard Williams of Detroit and John Wesley Williams of New Orleans; four granchildren; aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and other relatives, including the Williams, Smith, Cox, Harris, Bell, Kennedy and Jones families.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.


Dr. James E. Ruggles died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 54.

A native of Beaumont, Texas, Dr. Ruggles was a graduate of the University of Texas and William Beaumont Army Medical Center. He had been a resident of Vicksburg since 1983, when he entered into private practice as an oral surgeon. He was a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church, where he served on numerous mission teams to South and Central America. He was a former member of the Vicksburg Rotary Club and was a member of the Mississippi Dental Association and the American Dental Association.

He was preceded in death by his father, Paul Ruggles.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Ruggles of Vicksburg; a daughter, Teri Ruggles of Nashville; a son, Dr. Jon Ruggles of Vicksburg; his mother, Eniver H. Ruggles of Virginia Beach, Va.; a brother, Jerry Ruggles of Virginia Beach; and other relatives.

Services were at 3 p.m. Sunday at Crawford Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Geoffrey Joyner, pastor, officiating. Burial followed at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Dr. Gary Cheslek, Dr. Robert Sadler, Dr. Wayne Pitre, Landman Teller Jr., Rusty Hawkins, Bill Shappley, Bobby Fleming and Ronnie Bounds.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1193, Vicksburg, MS, 39181, or to Crawford Street United Methodist Church Missions, 1408 Cherry St., Vicksburg, MS, 39180.


FAYETTE Katie Roach Williams died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2000, at her home. She was 90.

A native of Jefferson County, Mrs. Williams was a homemaker and a member of Poplar Hill AME Church, where she was a Mother and in the Poplar Hill AME Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roosevelt Williams; her parents, Nate and Nora Roach; and two sisters, Lula Washington and Rosie Sharkey.

She is survived by a daughter, Jessie Mae Rankin of New Orleans; a brother, James Roach of Dickinson, Texas; a grandson, Percy Rankin of New Orleans; five nephews, including the Rev. Herman Brown and J.D. Washington of Fayette and Nathaniel Washington of Vicksburg; three nieces, including Doris Williams and Sara Buie of Fayette; a great-granddaughter; and other relatives and friends.

The funeral was Monday at 1 p.m. at the Poplar Hill AME Church with the Rev. John L. Quinn officiating. Burial followed in Poplar Hill Cemetery. Pallbearers were friends of the family.