From February 20, 2001

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 20, 2001


ST. JOSEPH Freddie James Baragona Sr. died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at his home in St. Joseph. He was 76.

A retired lumber broker, Mr. Baragona was a lifelong resident of St. Joseph. He was a Navy veteran, serving in World War II. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church.

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He was preceded in death by his wife, Madeline Head Baragona.

Survivors include two sons, Freddie James Baragona Jr. of Ruston, La., and Frankie Joseph Baragona of Charlotte, N.C.; one daughter, Deborah Lynn Baragona of St. Joseph; and nine grandchildren.

Services were at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church with the Rev. Antony Aelavanthara officiating. Burial followed at Legion Memorial Cemetery in Newellton under the direction of Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Gray, Michael Vizard, Irby Gamble, Ryan Hestle, Winn Blanche and Roger Jaubert.

Honorary pallbearer will be George Bryan.


Muriel C. “Moody” Coccaro died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 83.

A native of New Orleans, Mrs. Coccaro was the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Mary Ellen Butler Cassard. She had lived in Vicksburg since 1941. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, where she was a member of the choir, the Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality and the Altar Society. She was also a volunteer coach with the Vicksburg Recreation Department.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Clement V. Coccaro; a daughter, Joanne Coccaro LeBlanc; three brothers, Frank Cassard, Charles Cassard and Mike Cassard; and two granddaughters, Rebecca Cecile LeBlanc and Elizabeth Anne LeBlanc.

She is survived by two daughters, Nina C. Buell and Myra C. Logue, both of Vicksburg; a son, John Clement Coccaro of Anguilla; a sister, Rose C. DuVernay of New Orleans; a brother, Jules Cassard of New Orleans; 11 grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Catholic Church with the Revs. Thomas McGing, Phillip Aguh and James O’Riordan officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with wake service at 7:30.

Pallbearers will be Trey Logue, Daniel Ettinger, Jimmy W. Buell, Ray Franco, Aaron LeBlanc and Joe Coccaro.

Honorary pallbearers will be Vince Russo, Gene Melshiemer, Charles Ryan, Raphael Franco Sr., Lucille Hossley, Barton Coccaro, Dr. Martin Newcomb, Dr. Susan Chiarito and members of the Thursday afternoon Ladies Roundtable Club.

Memorials may be made to Vicksburg Catholic School building fund, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg, MS. 39183 or to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Center, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Suite 250, Dallas, Texas 75244.


Samuel Lockhart died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 79.

A native of Prentiss, Mr. Lockhart was a longtime resident of Vicksburg. He was a retired employee of the City of Vicksburg and a member of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Needem Lockhart and Millie Jones Lockhart; two sisters; and a brother.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lee Lockhart; two sons, Earl Lockhart and Roy Lee Lockhart, both of Collins; seven daughters, Lenora Jones, Deloyce Easterline, Emma Magee, Magdalene McLaurin, Darlene Lockhart, Barbara Lockhart and Bobbie Feaqelle, all of Collins; seven sisters, Bessie L. Berkhalter, Iris Sims, Ruth Buckley and Annie Mae Lockhart, all of Prentiss, Betty Strickland of Mount Olive, Lillie Mae Richardson of Tallulah and Edith Blake of Rockford, Ill.; three brothers, Junior Lockhart of Lake Providence, Johnny Lockhart of Prentiss and Joe Lockhart of Tucson, Ariz.; 50 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


Walter L. “Bee” Kleinman died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales, La. He was 80.

A native of Vicksburg, Mr. Kleinman was the son of the late Albert and Ruby Kleinman. He retired from Agrico Chemicals in Gonzales as a maintenance supervisor with 32 years of service. He was a Navy veteran, serving during World War II. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Owsley Kleinman; a daughter, Mary Lois Kleinman; a brother, Harry Lee Kleinman; and two grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Orra M. Kleinman of Gonzales; three daughters, JoAnn Trevilion and Darlene Corbin, both of Vicksburg, and Glenda Burton of Gonzales; two stepsons, Jimmy Jones and Kenneth Jones, both of Gonzales; two sisters, Lois Bowers and Mary Clyde Schultz, both of Vicksburg; a brother, Albert M. Kleinman of Vicksburg; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon until the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Billy Bowers, Johnnie Kleinman, Randy Kleinman, Euylas E. Burton Jr., Tray Bowers and George Ameen Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Bogue DeSha Hunting Club.


Jesse Harry Pearson died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 86.

Mr. Pearson was a native of Moore, Idaho, and had lived in Vicksburg for the past 12 years. He was a retired building inspector and insurance salesman.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Riley Hile; a son, Robert Bruce Pearson; a daughter, Judith Lyle Jelinek; and his parents, Joseph Harry Pearson and Mary Elizabeth Lemon.

He is survived by two sons, Neal R. Pearson of Hurst, Texas, and Richard H. Pearson of Charleston, S.C.; a daughter, Patricia Hunt of Vicksburg; a brother, Benny Pearson of Glendale, Calif.; 20 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Marvel Funeral Home in Arco, Idaho. Burial will follow at Mackay, Idaho, Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service at the funeral home.


Emma “Susie” Smith died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 71.

Mrs. Smith was a housekeeper. She was a member of Pleasant Valley M.B. Church, the Pleasant Valley Burial Society, St. Mark’s Burial Society and the Golden Leaf Society.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Smith; and her father, James Roberts.

She is survived by three sons, James Smith, George Smith and Robert Smith, all of Las Vegas; two daughters, Bernice Smith and Deloris Lott, both of Vicksburg; her mother, Johnnie Flagg of Vicksburg; 10 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.