From January 16, 2001

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 16, 2001


HAZLEHURST Willie Jean McKinzie died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 70.

Mrs. McKinzie was a native of Copiah County. She was a retired seamstress for Edward Hindman Industry and a member of Westside Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, Jim Chapman McKinzie Jr. of Marion, Ark., and Johnny McKinzie of Hazlehurst; three daughters, Dorothy “Dot” Tisdale of Hazlehurst and Sue “Gloria” Sprouse and Rita Howell, both of Vicksburg; a brother, Clifton White of Gonzales, La.; a sister, Mary Ethelene White of Hazlehurst; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Bethel Baptist Church in Hazlehurst. Burial will follow at Bethel Cemetery under the direction of Stringer Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 Tuesday night at the funeral home in Hazlehurst.


Services for J.T. Raines were Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Revs. Jim Williams and Ed Hightower officiating. Burial followed at St. Alban’s Cemetery.

Mr. Raines died Friday, Jan. 12, 2001, at Trace Haven Nursing Home. He was 93.

He was a native of Frieson, La., and a resident of Vicksburg most of his life. He was a retired carpenter for Mississippi Lumber Co. He was a member of the Bovina Methodist Church, where he taught Sunday school for many years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Nannie Hall Raines; and a son, John E. Raines.

Mr. Raines is survived by a son, Bobby Raines of Vicksburg; seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Pearson Gay, Harold Cogan, W.E. Johnson, Jimmy Brogdon, Bobby Evans, Tommy Guthrie, Billy Young and Jack Curtis Jr.


LONGVIEW, Texas Carolyn Samuell died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Longview, Texas. She was 57.

Mrs. Samuell was born in Warren County.

She is survived by two daughters, Gwendolyn Goodson and Samantha Garrett; two sons, Douglas Foster and Roy Foster; three sisters, Joy Redditt, Reba Coleman and Sissy Crutsinger; four brothers, Jack Guin, George Guin, Harold Guin and Joe Guin; five grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and her caregiver, Rodney Pritts.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lakeview Funeral Home in Longview. Burial will follow at Lakeview Memorial Gardens.

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

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association.


DETROIT Doris Jean Straughter Sears died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at her home in Decatur, Ala. She was 54.

Mrs. Sears was formerly of Vicksburg. She graduated from Rosa A. Temple High School in 1964. She entered the Air Force and later moved to Detroit, where she lived until 2000. She retired in 1991 from Michigan Bell.

She is survived by her husband, L.C. Sears of Decatur; a daughter, Stephanie Straughter of Detroit; her mother, Lucy Straughter of Detroit; her grandfather, Elijah Williams of Vicksburg; a brother, Raymond Straughter of Detroit; two sisters, Deloris Straughter and Fannie Marie Straughter, both of Detroit; and other relatives including the Rev. Walker Wright of Olive Branch.

Services will be Friday under the direction of Swanson Funeral Home of Detroit.


YAZOO CITY Minnie Hicks Tait died Sunday, Jan. 14, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 84.

Mrs. Tait was born in Yazoo County and was a retired nurse.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.E. Tait; and a daughter, Carilyn Faye Dedmon.

She is survived by a son, James G. Hicks of Yazoo City; a daughter, Alice A. Jones of Vicksburg; 10 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren.

Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Yazoo County. Burial followed at Oak Grove Baptist Cemetery in Yazoo County under the direction of Stricklin-King Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Pearson, Keith Alexander, Mike Waldrup, Huey Dedmon Jr., Kelly Alexander and Paige Smith.


DALLAS, Texas Darryl “D-Rock” Warner died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001, in Arlington, Texas. He was 36.

Mr. Warner was born in Vicksburg. He graduated from Port Gibson High School and attended Alcorn State University. He lived in Flint, Mich., and later moved to Dallas.

He is survived by his parents, Julius Earl and Emma Ruth Warner of Port Gibson; two sisters, Barbara Warner Martin of Augusta, Ga., and Valarie E. Warner of Alhambra, Calif.; his grandmother, Susie B. Warner of Port Gibson; and other relatives including Thomas Martin of Montgomery, Ala., and Jackie Lawson of Chicago.

Services were Tuesday at Christian Chapel Church in Port Gibson with Elder T.E. Harris officiating. Burial followed at Pine Grove Cemetery under the direction of Evergreen Memorial Funeral Home of Dallas.