From December 21, 2000

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 21, 2000


MARIETTA, Ga. Charles E. Dortch died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000, in Marietta, Ga. He was 81.

Mr. Dortch was born in Nashville and was reared in Atlanta, where his family operated Dortch Baking Company. After retirement, he worked as a night clerk at Smyrna Towers until 1999.

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He was a champion weight lifter who held several records and titles.

He is survived by his wife, Hilda Sims Dortch of Marietta; two sons, Charles Dortch Sr. of Perth, Australia, and Mark Dortch of Vicksburg; a daughter, Jan Rabern of Marietta; a brother, Howard Dortch of Laurel, Md.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Services will be Friday at Carmichael Funeral Home in Marietta with the Rev. William Rabern officiating. Burial will follow at Kennesaw Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 9 Thursday night at the funeral home.


GREENVILLE Freddie Mae Grant died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2000, at her home in Greenville. She was 69.

Mrs. Grant was preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Grant Sr.

She is survived by two daughters, Debra Grant and Margie Johnson, both of Greenville; three sons, Thomas Grant Jr., Jimmy Grant and Glennis Grant, all of Greenville; two sisters, Willie Mae Walker of Rolling Fork and Lizzie Mae Lewis of Vicksburg; a brother, Willie Alfred Steele of Bolton; 13 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives, including Sharon Plant of Greenville.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Sinai M.B. Church in Greenville with the Rev. Efrem Melton officiating. Burial will follow at Lakewood Cemetery in Greenville.

Visitation will be from 1 until 5 p.m. Friday at Redmon Funeral Home in Greenville.


Samuel Eugene Taylor Sr. died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000. He was 93.

Mr. Taylor was retired from Waterways Experiment Station. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and Sunshine Lodge No. 99.

He was preceded in death by his parents. the Rev. Samuel S. and Joanna Wright Taylor, and four sisters, Gertrude Rose, Francis Dixon, Mary Pilate and Ann Washington.

Survivors include his wife, Mary E. Kline Taylor of Vicksburg; two sons, Donald Q. Taylor of Vicksburg and Samuel E. Taylor Jr. of Scott Air Force Base in Illinois; one daughter, Ann R. Fisher of Monroe, La.; three grandchildren, Tyler Fisher of Monroe and Kendra Taylor and Demetrius Taylor, both of Illinois; nieces; nephews and other relatives.

Services will be at noon Saturday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home with the Rev. Elbrist Mason officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


DETROIT Joseph “Joe” Watson died Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2000, in Detroit. He was 65.

Born in Vicksburg, Mr. Watson spent most of his life in Detroit. He was retired from Ford Motor Company.

He is survived by his wife, Ellen Sparks Watson of Detroit; a daughter, Josielynn Watson of Detroit; a son, Damon Watson of Detroit; a brother, Nathan Watson Jr. of Vicksburg; a sister, De’Lesselyn Watson Broome of Vicksburg; a stepbrother, Bennie Taylor of Montgomery, Ala.; and other relatives.

Stinson Funeral Home in Detroit has charge of the arrangements.