From January 13, 2001

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 16, 2001


VACHERIE, La. F. Neal “Butch” Bolton died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001, at Our Lady of Lake Regional Medical Center. He was 62.

Mr. Bolton was the former general manager of St. James Sugar Co-op and secretary/treasurer of Caldwell Sugar Co-op. He was a board member of the American Sugar Cane League, director of Sugar Cane products of Louisiana and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Barataria Estuary Committee, Mississippi Chemical, American Society of Sugar Cane Technologists and International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, he was also chairman of the environmental commission.

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He was preceded in death by his father, Franklin Neal Bolton.

He is survived by his wife, Joanna Lasseigne Bolton of Vacherie, La.; three daughters, Cindy B. Howington of Tallulah, Connie B. Amedee and Susan B. Falgoust, both of Vacherie; two sons, William “Will” Bolton and Dean Bolton, both of Vacherie; his mother, Corrine Olivier Bolton of Vacherie; a brother, George William “Bill” Bolton of Vacherie; two sisters, Marilyn Bolton Vitrano of River Ridge, La. and Frances Bolton Dumez of Houma, La.; eight grandchildren and other relatives.

Services were Thursday at St. Philip Catholic Church in Vacherie.

Memorials may be made to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, 4950 Essen Lane, baton Rouge, La. 70809.

From January 14, 2001


Doris Starns Kimbrell died Friday, January, 12, 2001, at her home in Vicksburg. She was 68.

Mrs. Kimbrell was a native of Bovina and a lifelong resident of Vicksburg. She worked as a telephone operator with South Central Bell for 31 years until her retirement in 1984, and was a member of Oaklawn Baptist Church.

Mrs. Kimbrell was preceded in death by her parents, David E. and Mattie B. Brown Starns; and a brother Sydney L. Starns.

She is survived by a daughter, Terri Lynn Kimbrell of Vicksburg; and several nieces and nephews

Services were at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home Chapel with the Bro. Greg Clemts officiating. Burial followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Mack Richard, D.D. Brown, David L. Muirhead, Bill Hays, Wayne A. Muirhead, Jack Glen Muirhead Jr., Richard Muirhead and Charles “Pat” Baker.

Honorary pallbearers were Paul Andrew Hood Jr., Dr. Lamar McMillian, William C. Pinkston, Dr. Martin Newcomb and Tony N. Brogdon.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1193, Vicksburg.


Abbie Lewis died Friday, January 12, 2001, at her home in Vicksburg. She was 101.

Mrs. Lewis was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg. She was a housewife and member of Holy Baptist Church and the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Lewis was preceded in death by her husband; one son; her sisters; brothers; and one grandchild.

She is survived by her son, Leroy Lewis of Vicksburg; nine grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


Sylvanus “Van” Jesse Ratliff Jr. died Thursday, January, 11, 2001, at Crawford Long Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. He was 72.

Mr. Ratliff was a native and longtime resident of Warren County. He was a 1946 graduate of Culkin Academy and attended Mississippi College.

Mr. Ratliff was selected Outstanding Young Farmer for the State of Mississippi in 1962. He was a member of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Ratliff was preceded in death by his parents, Sylvanus Jesse and Annie Lee Coody Ratliff Sr.; and a sister, Mary Ann Ratliff.

He is survived by a son, S.J. Ratliff III of Vicksburg; three stepdaughters, Wanda Preston of St. Petersburg, Fla., Lisa Moran of Gulfport and Jennifer Matkin of Peach Tree City, Ga.; two sisters, Jean Ellen Dawson and Caroline R. Mendrop, both of Vicksburg; and four grandchildren.

Services were at 2 p.m. Monday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Hess officiating. Burial followed in Ludlow Cemetery in Ludlow, Miss.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.