From December 4, 2000

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 4, 2000


Mary Lou Davis Burnett died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2000, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 88.

Mrs. Burnett was a member of Jackson Street M.B. Church. She owned Mary Lou’s Beauty Shop for 35 years.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Burnett Jr.; her father, A.C. Perkins; and her mother, Mary Gibson.

Survivors include two daughters, Bridgett Parker of Southfield, Mich., and Angelea Hunter of Chicago; a brother, Cecil Perkins of Vicksburg; one sister, Lovie Wright of New York, N.Y.; a stepson, Paul Burnett of Overland Park, Kan.; a stepdaughter, Kate L. Burnett of Overland Park; and other relatives, including Tayna Dews of Leavenworth, Kan., Ida Johnson of West Point, Alice McRaven of Vicksburg and the Barnes and Burnett families of Vicksburg.

Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Jennie Ruth Reeves Harris died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, in Meridian. She was 66.

Mrs. Harris retired as an educator from the Vicksburg Warren School District after 32 years. She was a member of Bingham Memorial Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Emanuel W. Reeves Sr. and Marie Gladys Singleton Reeves, and two sisters, Ruby Carminier and Carrie Williams.

Survivors include her husband, Charles Harris Sr. of Vicksburg; a son, Charles Harris Jr. of Atlanta; four daughters, Regina H. Jones of Memphis and Ethel M. Harris, Cecelia R. Harris Jackson and Kristine H. McDonald, all of Vicksburg; seven brothers, Samuel J. Reeves, Levy Reeves and Dannie Reeves, all of Oakland, Calif., Bennie Reeves of Miami, Fla., David Reeves Sr. of Jackson, Emanuel Reeves Jr. of Cordova, Tenn., and Dewey Reeves of Upper Marlboro, Md.; three sisters, Lucille Simmons of Denver, Colo., Doris Reeves of Oakland and Wanda Wade of Zion, Ill.; six grandchildren; and other relatives, including Christa Sturgis of Vicksburg.

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


Cornelious Drew “C.D.” Smith Sr. died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 74.

A native and lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Smith was a retired commercial driver for Miller Transport Inc., where he was a member of Teamsters Local 891. He was a graduate of Magnolia High School and attended Tuskegee Institute. He was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church and affiliated with St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. He was also a connector with the Vicksburg Chamber of Commerce.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Earnestine Blaylock Smith; his father, Reuben C. Smith Sr.; and two sisters, Margarite Faye Oglesby and Portia Lorraine Taylor.

He is survived by his wife, Julia Washington Smith of Vicksburg; a daughter, Portia Smith of Houston, Texas; five sons, Terry Smith of Austin, Texas, C.D. Smith Jr. of Meridian, Charles Smith of Columbus, Ind., Lloyd Smith of Indianapolis, Ind., and Gerard Smith of Leesburg, Ga.; two brothers, Frank Smith of Compton, Calif., and Reuben Smith Jr. of Los Angeles; 11 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives including Reginald Flaggs, Mary Flaggs, Lamar Anthony, Winnie Anthony and the Wilson, Gaskin, Miller, Oglesby and Parker families of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church with the Rev. Richard T. Middleton III officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Yaphet Smith, Yomi Smith, Roderick Smith, Maceo Smith, Lloyd Smith Jr., Charles Smith Jr., David Smith and C.D. Smith III.

Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Moore, James Brown, Henry Hunter, Willie Glasper, Maurice Burnham, Michael Wesley and Dennis Holmes.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 900 First North St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.


James “Bud” Wade Jr. died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at Vicksburg Medical Center. He was 71.

Mr. Wade was a native of Sunflower County and had lived in Vicksburg most of his life. A self-employed painter, he was of the Pentecostal faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Hardy Wade Sr. and Ella Pauline Howell, and a grandson, Bobby Shiers.

Survivors include two sons, Kenny Wade of Athens, Texas, and Thomas Wade of Vicksburg; three daughters, Mary Burleson and Margaret Botsford, both of Vicksburg, and Barbara Henderson of Dequincy, La.; five sisters, Gracie Barnett of Meridian, Julia Robertson of Yazoo City, Margaret Reynolds of Vicksburg, Mae Hickman of Longview, Texas, and Evelyn Passons of Bakersfield, Calif.; 19 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Services were at 3:30 p.m. Monday at Cedar Hill Cemetery with Billy Burleson officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Fisher-Riles Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Thomas Wade, Kenny Wade, Jeff Hickman, Jimmy Hickman, Thomas Wade Jr., A.J. McDuff III, Travis Wade and Bill Owens.


Sue D. Wilson died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 81.

Mrs. Wilson was a native of Gainesville, Ga., and had lived in Vicksburg since 1940. She was a member of the Evergreen Garden Club, Vicksburg Country Club Ladies Golf Association and First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde H. Wilson Sr.

She is survived by two daughters, Suzanne Corder of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Kitty Pegram of Tunica; a son, C.H. Wilson of Vicksburg; two sisters, Helen Aaron of Gainesville and Becky Davis of Seneca, S.C.; a brother, George Dobbs of Gainesville; nine grandchildren; two great-grandsons; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.

Services were at 1 p.m. Monday at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Eric Thomas officiating. Burial followed under the direction of Fisher-Riles Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Marshall Lillquist, Jinx Smith, J.O. Smith, Patrick Smith, Newell Simrall, Mike Cappaert, Jim Horn, Dr. Robert Abraham and Mack Varner.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236-6808, or to First Baptist Church, 1607 Cherry St., Vicksburg.