From December 29, 2000

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 29, 2000


Eupha Mae Baker died Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2000, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 75.

Born in Strawberry, Ark., Mrs. Baker lived a number of years in the Oak Grove, La., area. She had been a resident of Eagle Lake since 1982. She was a member of Assembly of God Church.

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She is survived by her husband, the Rev. John Baker of Eagle Lake; a daughter, Jo Ann Mannon of Harrisburg, La.; two sons, John Baker of Forsythe, Mo., and Roger Baker of West Monroe; six sisters, Oneda Rhoades of Camargo, Ill., Janie Pennington and Lucille Klemz, both of Michigan City, Ind., Billie Gann of Jonesville, La., Zorola Brown of Harrisburg, Ark., and Linda Watson of Truman, Ark.; two brothers, Ewel Watson of Harrisburg and Carl Watson of Cherry Valley, Ark.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Lake Baptist Church with the Revs. Bobby Anderson and Mary Greer officiating. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Providence Memorial Park in Winnsboro, La.

Visitation will be from 5 until 10 tonight at Eagle Lake Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be Charles Watson, John Knight, Andy Bert, J.D. Reese, Hank Hearn and Mickey Shy.


Patty Grice Burns died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 84.

Mrs. Burns was born in Brookhaven and lived in Vicksburg since the 1940s. She attended the University of Southern Mississippi and graduated from Mississippi State University with a bachelor’s degree in social studies and English. She was a school teacher for 26 years. She taught in the Wesson and Franklin school systems and at Carr Central, Jett Elementary, Bowmar Avenue Elementary, Grove Street Elementary and Warren Central High schools. She was a member of First Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school and sang in the choir.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Burns; and her son, Dawson Burns.

She is survived by two daughters, Patricia Dennis of Madison and Melodie Romeo of Vicksburg; a sister, LaNelle Grice of Austin, Texas; five grandchildren and other relatives.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Glenwood Funeral Home with Dr. John G. McCall and the Rev. Don Gann officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Charles Crowther, Doug Stroud, Durwood Tadlock, Clyde McAuley, Leiland Duke, Tom Hill, Ronnie Dennis and Donnie Dennis.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Lydia Sunday School class of First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church pipe organ fund or building fund, 1607 Cherry St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.


FAYETTE Essie Mae Stewart McLaurin died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, at Jefferson County Nursing Home in Fayette. She was 78.

Mrs. McLaurin was a member of Bell Hill Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Shelby McLaurin; a daughter, Annie Jean McBride; and her parents, Richard and Mariah Stewart.

She is survived by a son, Richard Williams of Hazlehurst; three grandchildren, Terence Williams of Hazlehurst and Tonya McBride and Elmo McBride, both of Fayette; and other relatives.

Services will be at noon Sunday at Crown Point United Methodist Church with the Rev. F.L. Pendleton officiating. Burial will follow at Hickory Block Cemetery under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home in Fayette.

Visitation will be from noon until 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.


JACKSON Millard C. Meadows died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was 66.

Mr. Meadows was a member of the Masonic Lodge and he was a Shriner.

He is survived by his wife, Grace Meadows of Jackson; two daughters, Cynthia Montalbano of Vicksburg and Kelly Gregory of Jackson; a son, Millard C. “Bud” Meadows of Vicksburg; a brother, W.O. Meadows of Greenville; two sisters, Cynthia Benton of Pensacola, Fla., and Katie Kemp of Leland; eight grandchildren, including Matthew Gordon and Peter Vincent Montalbano, both of Vicksburg, and two great-grandchildren.

Services were at 11 a.m. today at Leavell Woods United Methodist Church in Jackson. Burial will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park South.

Memorials may be made to Vicksburg Catholic School, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg, MS 39180, or to Leavell Woods United Methodist Church, 3302 Terry Road, Jackson, MS 39212.


EDWARDS Valonia Adell Stewart Moore died Friday, Dec. 22, 2000, at Emanuel Convalescent Home in Alameda, Calif. She was 92.

Born in Edwards, Mrs. Moore had lived in Alameda, Calif., since 1996. She was the daughter of the late Jackson Stewart and Mary Stamps. She was a member of Kingsley Chapel United Methodist Church, where she was class leader, member of the church choir, the United Methodist Women and chairman of the stewardess board. She was also a member of Amaranth Chapter No. 59 and Order of the Eastern Star.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Casmer Moore.

She is survived by a son, Hezekiah Moore of Alameda; a brother, Fred M. Stewart of Portland, Ore.; a sister, Addie Lee Fields of New Orleans; two grandchildren, Adele Moore of Alameda and Adrian H. Moore of Ellicott City, Md.; and other relatives.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Kingsley Chapel United Methodist Church in Edwards. Burial will follow at Greenhill Cemetery under the direction of Lakeover Funeral Home.


EDWARDS Coralette Shelby died Monday, Dec. 25, 2000, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 43.

Miss Shelby was a native of Edwards. She received her education from Edwards Public Schools and Hinds A.H.S. She was a member of Friendship M.B. Church.

She is survived by a son, John Morgan Jr. of Edwards; her parents, Freddie Shelby and Betty Shelby, both of Edwards; and a brother, Freddie Shelby Jr. of Denton, Texas.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Friendship M.B. Church in Edwards. Burial will follow at St. Paul M.B. Church in Edwards under the direction of Lakeover Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 1 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.