From December 1, 2000

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 1, 2000


ROLLING FORK Ella M. Carson died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at Sharkey-Issaquena Hospital in Rolling Fork.

Mrs. Carson was born in Sharkey County. She was a member of Mount Herald M.B. Church where she was choir treasurer and church missionary.

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She is survived by a son, George Booker of Rolling Fork; two daughters, Shirley Martin of Chicago and Betty Ross of Rolling Fork; three brothers Jacob Booker, Jimmie Booker and Michael Booker, all of Waukeegan, Ill.; eight sisters, Cornelius Coble of St. Louis, Beverly Vaughn of Cocomo, Ind., Edna Booker of Kenosha, Wis., Dorothy Moore of Chicago, Jean Carter of Oakland, Calif., Vickie Booker of Egypt, Jennifer Mitchell of Atlanta and Karen Booker of Waukeegan; 21 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mount Lula M.B. Church in Rolling Fork with the Rev. J.M. Kimbell officiating. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home in Rolling Fork.


Bobby Nelson Lacey died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at Jefferson County Hospital. He was 34.

Mr. Lacey was a graduate of Jefferson County High School and was employed at U.S. Rubber as a supervisor.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Amanda Gaines Lacey.

He is survived by his wife, Bridget Lacey of Fayette; his father, Willie “Peter” Lacey of Fayette; seven brothers, Merrila Lacey, Michael Lacey, Bobby W. Lacey, Vernon Lacey, Sammy Gaines and Nathaniel Gaines, all of Fayette, and Chester Lacey of Chicago; a grandmother, Hattie S. Gaines of Fayette; and other relatives including Harry Hall, Nellie Stacker and Shirley Gaines-Smith, all of Fayette, and Charles Nichols of Chicago.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Poplar Hill A.M.E. Church in Fayette with the Rev. W. Chapman officiating.

Burial will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Spencer Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 2 until 7 Friday night at the funeral home.


ROLLING FORK F.C. “Mac” McClellan died Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2000, at Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Rolling Fork. He was 86.

A native of Grenada County, Mr. McClellan was reared in Morgan City. He had lived in Sharkey County since 1944. He retired as a farmer in 1975. He served as sheriff of Sharkey County from 1952 until 1955 and 1960 until 1963. He was a former member of the Rolling Fork Lions Club, Mississippi Sheriff’s Association and Peace Officers Association. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Rolling Fork.

He is survived by a son, James Van McClellan of Memphis; a daughter, Diana Elizabeth Cameron of Satartia; two brothers, Berlin McClellan of Orlando, Fla., and Albert McClellan of Cleveland; three sisters, Alma Young of Eminence, Mo., Opel Collins of Orlando and Nell Minert of Jackson; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services were at 3 p.m. Friday at First Baptist Church in Rolling Fork with the Revs. Millard Caulder and Reese Kyzar officiating. Burial followed at Mound Cemetery in Rolling Fork under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home in Rolling Fork.

Pallbearers were Donnie Collins, Gene Boykin, Thad Virden, Chip Branning, Andy Anderson and Eddie Holcomb.

Honorary pallbearers were the deacons and Sunday school class of First Baptist Church in Rolling Fork.


NATCHEZ Ernest Murphy Jr. died Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000, at Natchez Regional Medical Center. He was 78.

Born in Jefferson County, Mr. Murphy was a retired citrus packer. For a number of years, he lived in Sebring, Fla., where he was a member of St. John Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Murphy Sr. and Willie Tolliver Murphy.

Survivors include his wife, Annie Laura Murphy; two brothers, Frank Murphy and Albert Murphy, both of Gary, Ind.; three sisters, Hilda Williams of Lorman and Evelyn Mazique and Freddie Johnson, both of Natchez; two stepdaughters; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Morning Star M.B. Church in Lorman with the Rev. Larry Clark officiating. Burial will follow at McCaa Cemetery in Russum.

Visitation will be from 2 until 7 p.m. Friday at Rollins Chapel in Lorman.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Johnson, Ernest Williams, Robert Stringer, Frank Stringer, Frank Murphy Jr., MacArthur Murphy, Charles James and Paul Reed.

Honorary pallbearers will be Albert Murphy, Frank Murphy and Abraham Murphy.


BOLTON Rufus Nichols Sr. died Sunday, Nov. 26, 2000, at Mississippi State Nursing Home at Whitfield. He was 85.

Mr. Nichols was born in Bolton to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Nichols. He attended Rose Hill Baptist Church and was a former member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. He was a retired factory worker.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Rufus Nichols Jr., and two brothers, Jessie Nichols and Freddie Nichols.

Survivors include his wife, Jessie Nichols of Edwards; a son, John Nichols of Edwards; three grandchildren, Lynetta Singleton and Jonathan Nichols, both of Chicago, and Felisha Christmas of Jackson; two great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rose Hill M.B. Church in Bolton. Burial will follow at Brownsville Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 until 8 Friday night at Lakeover Funeral Home in Jackson.


ANGUILLA Ella Sturdivant died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2000, at University Medical Center in Jackson. She was 56.

Miss Sturdivant is survived by a son, Frank Sturdivant of Chicago; two brothers, Jessie Sturdivant of Los Angeles and James Sturdivant of Anguilla; five sisters, Jimmy Dorsey of Oakland, Calif., Lillie Bennett of Greenville, Ruth Killinworth of Chicago and Mattie Sturdivant and Rebecca S. Price, both of Anguilla; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Christian Light M.B. Church in Anguilla with the Rev. Milton Evans officiating. Burial will follow at Cynthia Diana Cemetery in Anguilla under the direction of Walker Funeral Home.