From March 12, 2001

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 12, 2001


Catherine Hitt Foster died Saturday, March 10, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 79.

Mrs. Foster was a native and lifelong resident of Vicksburg. She was the daughter of James D. and Jesse Abbott Hitt.

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She had retired as administrative assistant for business affairs of the Vicksburg Municipal Separate School District. She was employed by the district for 35 years, becoming the first woman promoted into an administrative position for the district and to be a member of the Mississippi Association of School Business Officials, which she served as secretary for many years.

Mrs. Foster was a member and past president of Vicksburg Business and Professional Women, and had been named Woman of the Year. She served as treasurer of the Miss Vicksburg Pageant and was a member of the Vicksburg and Warren County Historical Society.

She was a member of First Baptist Church, serving as director of the Adult VI Sunday School Department and in the Homebound Ministry. She also worked in establishing the church at Eagle Lake as pianist and Sunday school teacher.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Foster was preceded in death by her husband, Carl H. Foster Sr.; a son, Carl H. Foster Jr.; a daughter, Dr. Eleanor F. Terry; and a brother, Dr. James Daniel Hitt Jr.

Survivors include two daughters, Cathy Foster Wilkerson of Vicksburg and Anne C. Tanner of Hurley, Miss.; one son, James E. “Jim” Foster of Savannah, Ga.; a sister, Eleanor H. Jones of Atoka, Okla.; 12 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Funeral Home chapel with Dr. John McCall and Dr. Gordon Sansing officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Wilbur “Sonny” Harpole, Calvin Pugh, V.C. “Pinkey” Ahlrich, William Fred Baldwin, Billy Bowers, the Rev. Bobby Anderson, Joseph Loviza and Carter Gibson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Craft, James E. Stirgus, Wayne Jamison and members of the Adult VII Sunday School Class of First Baptist

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1607 Cherry St., Vicksburg 39180; WMU Foundation, P.O. Box 11346, Birmingham, AL 35202-1346; to the Dr. Eleanor F. Terry Chair for the Christian Women’s Leadership Development Center at Samford University; or Church Renewal Inc., P.O. Box 1096, Atoka, OK 74525.


Services for Billy Reed will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Vicksburg Municipal Auditorium with the Rev. Sammy Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Christian Home No. 1 M.B. Church.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday at Williams Funeral Services.

Mr. Reed died Thursday, March 8, 2001, at M.D. Anderson Hospital in Houston, Texas. He was 47.

He was a resident of Vicksburg and employed with the Vicksburg Warren School District. He was a member of Christian Home No. 1 M.B. Church and St. James Justice Lodge No. 4.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Clara Reed; his maternal grandparents, John and Pearl Reed; and his paternal grandparents, Molly and Dennis Brown.

He is survived by his wife, Norma Reed of Vicksburg; two daughters, Brequia Reed Segree of Nashville and Billie Dyonne Reed of Vicksburg; his father, Henry Brown of Vicksburg; four brothers, Tommy “Rell” Reed of Decatur, Ga., and George Brown, Charles Brown and Leon Brown, all of Vicksburg; four sisters, Regina Reed Snow of Utica, Patricia Reed Shelley and Bernadine Hatchette, both of Vicksburg, and Gloria Erves of Decatur; two grandchildren and other relatives.


Faye Carolyn Thrash Wilkinson died Friday, March 9, 2001, at Baton Rouge Health Care Center in Baker, La. She was 57.

Mrs. Wilkinson was a resident of Zachary, La.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James A. Wilkinson; and a sister, Shirley Roth.

She is survived by three daughters, Donna Folmar of Zachary, La., Rhonda Myers of Kenner, La., and Tana Gill of McCall Creek; her parents, Edna and Cauby Thrash of Redwood; a brother, Sonny Thrash of Redwood; two sisters, Kaye Mackey and Linda Thrash, both of Redwood; and 11 grandchildren.

Private services will be Tuesday at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Franklin Funeral Home of Meadville.