From February 22, 2001

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 22, 2001


David “Allen” Austin died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at Trace Haven Nursing Home. He was 78.

A retired farmer, Mr. Austin was of the Baptist faith.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, Boose and Jane Stewart Austin, and his wife, Christella Austin.

He is survived by a brother, Clarence Austin of California; a sister, Maggie Matthews of Muskegon, Mich.; and other relatives, including Jearline P. Cosby, Marshall Williams, Lawrence Pollard and Bennie W. Cosby, all of Vicksburg.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Ledoris Fields died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 41.

Mrs. Fields was a nurse’s assistant with Gentiva Home Health. She was a member of St. James M.B. Church, where she served as church secretary and president of the Women’s Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Gloria Smith Thomas.

Survivors include her husband, Johnny Fields of Vicksburg; three daughters, Alisha Fields, Tiffanie Fields and Pamela Fields, all of Vicksburg; two brothers, Larry Smith and Eric Smith, both of Vicksburg; two stepbrothers, Willie McRunnels of Port Gibson and Joseph McRunnels of Vicksburg; two stepsisters, Josephine McRunnels and Irene M. Turner, both of Boston; her maternal grandmother, Lee Dora Smith of Vicksburg; nieces; nephews; aunts; uncles; and other relatives, including Christopher Beamon of Vicksburg.

Services will be at at 1 p.m. Saturday at Traveler’s Rest M.B. Church with the Rev. Charlie Blackmore officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from noon Saturday until the service at the church.


HAZLEHURST Bernice Minor Furnace died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at St. Dominic’s Memorial Hospital in Jackson. She was 66.

Mrs. Furnace was a member of Antioch M.B. Church in Hazlehurst. She retired from Edward Hymn Clothing Co. as a seamstress.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Percy and Maggie Minor; and two brothers, Percy Minor Jr. and Roshell Minor.

She is survived by her husband, Ivy J. Furnace Sr. of Hazlehurst; two sons, Ivy J. Furnace Jr. of Copperas Cove, Texas, and Ardis Furnace of Hazlehurst; three daughters, Judy Furnace of Hazlehurst, Shelia Alexander of Sontag, Miss., and Janice Kees of Vicksburg; 12 grandchildren; and other relatives.

Services were Saturday at Antioch M.B. Church. Burial followed at White Bay Cemetery in Hazlehurst.


Services for Eugene “Hook” Hogan will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Hogan died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 73.

Mr. Hogan was a retired food service worker with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. A veteran of the Korean Conflict, he was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Emanuel Rose and Mary Shelton, and a sister, Verbon Lott.

Survivors include three sons, Eric Hogan, Kevin Hogan and Cedric Hogan, all of Tacoma, Wash.; two daughters, Lisa Hogan of Jackson and Bernita King of Detroit; four sisters, Margaret Allen and Earline Shorter, both of Vicksburg, and Florence Curtis and Velma Scott, both of Cleveland, Ohio; 10 grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends, including Geneva Blackmon of Vicksburg.


EAGLE LAKE Julius Hugh “Pepper” Hopper III died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001. He was 57.

A resident of Eagle Lake, Mr. Hopper was self-employed. He was a veteran of the Navy and a member of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Julius Hugh “Buddie” Hopper Jr.

He is survived by his mother, Ann Hopper of Grand Bay, Ala.; a daughter, Carla Mayfield of Sautier; two sons, Julius Hugh Hopper IV of Gulfport and Drew Hopper of Pascagoula; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Holder-Wells Funeral Home in Moss Point with the Rev. Benny Still officiating. Burial will be at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Scooba.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.