From February 24, 2001

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 26, 2001


Services for David “Allen” Austin will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Austin died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at Trace Haven Nursing Home. He was 78.

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A retired farmer, he was of the Baptist faith.

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

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


Jordien Charity Graham, infant daughter of Dlvyn Graham and Shantee Brown, both of Port Gibson, died Wednesday Feb. 21, 2001, at her home.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by three sisters, Demyia Graham, Dameia Graham and Jada Graham, all of Port Gibson; her paternal grandparents, John Graham, Pearlia Rankin and Grover Rankin, all of Port Gibson; maternal grandfather, Larry Brandon of Port Gibson; maternal great-grandmother, Bertha Dotson of Port Gibson; and other relatives.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at McCay Cemetery in Russum with the Rev. James Dorsey officiating. Thompson Funeral Home of Port Gibson has charge of the arrangements.


CARY Robert Charles “R.C.” Tankson died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Lakeside Veterans Hospital in Chicago. He was 65.

Mr. Tankson is survived by his mother, three sisters and seven brothers.

Services will be at noon today at Mount Zion M.B. Church in Cary. Burial will follow at Cary Community Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Rolling Fork.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service* at the church.


Eva “Mama Eva” Hall Walton died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at Lakeshore Medical Center in Slidell, La. She was 83.

Mrs. Walton was a retired cafeteria worker with Vicksburg Public Schools. She was a member of St. Luke Church of God in Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Watson Sr.; her parents, Robert Hall and Inez Humes Hall; and two brothers, Johnny Hall and Henry Hall.

She is survived by five sons, Robert W. Walton and Samuel A. Walton, both of Vicksburg; Albert Walton Jr. of Baton Rouge, and James B. Walton and Sterling Walton, both of Albion, Mich.; five daughters, Patricia Wiggins and Mary Helen Motley, both of Albion, and Mary Ann Murphy, Bertha L. Cruthirds and Carrie M. Cruthirds, all of Vicksburg; a sister, Sarah Deal of Chicago; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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


Eugene Haynes died Friday, Feb. 23, 2001, at Madison Parish Hospital in Tallulah. He was 97.

Mr. Haynes was a former Vicksburg resident who had lived in Tallulah for the past 10 years.

He is survived by one son, Willie Haynes of Mansfield, Ohio; one daughter, Gladys Johnson of Memphis; one sister, Eula Mae Haynes of Lula; 11 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Dillow-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Gloria Faye Thomas Hargro died Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Ga. She was 42.

She was a member of the Church of Christ Holiness, USA, in Port Gibson.

Ms. Hargro was preceded in death by her parents, Enex and Annie Ruth Hyder.

She is survived by one daughter, Patricia Dotson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one son, Bobby Dotson of Jackson, Ga.; six brothers, Alonzo Yates of Natchez; Andrew Newsome and Roy Osborne, both of Atlanta; Charles Newsome of Plano, Texas; Mitchell Hyder and Enex Hyder Jr., both of Houston, Texas; four sisters, Marilyn Guy of Port Gibson; Kelly Thomas of Port Gibson; Mahalia Parker of Atlanta; Brenda Williams of Longview, Texas; three grandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the Church of Christ Holiness, USA, in Port Gibson. Burial will follow at Clark Creek Cemetery with Joseph Newsome officiating.

Pallbearers will be Carl Hampton, James Jones, James Guy, Brooks Williams Sr., Knox Coleman and Lazarus Thomas.

Honorary pallbearers will be Alonzo Yates, Roy Osborne, Mitchell Hyder, Andrew Newsome, Charles Newsome and Enex Hyder, Jr.


Services for Elizabeth Whitley will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Ballground with the Rev. Elliott Miller officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be all day today at Robbins Funeral Home chapel and at the church Sunday one hour before the service begins.

Mrs. Whitley died Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home. She was 69.

She worked as a pastry cook at Vicksburg High School and Redwood Elementary School for many years. She was a member of Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church.

Mrs. Whitley was preceded in death by her parents, George White and Willie Mae Clark White; a sister and a brother.

She is survived by her husband, Emmanuel Whitley; a stepson, Wali Aziz of Vicksburg; a stepdaughter, Claudette Williams of Clarksdale; one sister, Ruth Dale Miller of Vicksburg; two brothers, George White of Philadelphia, Pa.; and R.T. White of Chicago; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; nieces and other relatives.