From March 13, 2001

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 13, 2001


TALLULAH Kenneth Busby died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 67.

A lifelong resident of Madison Parish, Mr. Busby was a member and deacon at Mound Baptist Church.

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He is survived by his wife, Gloria Busby of Tallulah; three sons, Ricky Busby of Phenix City, Ala., Gary Busby of Opelika, Ala., and Carl Busby of Tallulah; a daughter, Deborah Bishop of Tallulah; three brothers, Howard Busby and Thurmon Busby, both of Tallulah, and Durwood Busby of Dunn, La.; one sister, Lovie Norton of Tallulah; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mound Baptist Church with the Revs. James Busby and Pat Loftin officiating. Burial followed at Silver Cross Cemetery under the direction of Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Ray Case, Ray Goings, Marvin Worley, Ed Crawford, Chris Cockerham, Percy Williams, Greg Busby and George Busby.

Honorary pallbearers were Leon Secrest, Lester Norton, Albert Gullett and Sam Hill.


Gertie Watkins Foy died Monday, March 12, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 84.

Mrs. Watkins was born in Leake County, and had been a resident of Vicksburg for the past 23 years. She was a member of Church of God of Holiness.

She is survived by three daughters, Lillian Green of Philadelphia, Jan Foy of Alexandria, La., and Glenda Stewart of Terry; three sons, Wayne Foy of South Haven, Martann Foy of Philadelphia and Smokey Foy of Vicksburg; three sisters, Nettie Ford, Loca Watkins and Alma Fryery, all of Vicksburg; two brothers, Cliff Watkins of Philadelphia and Grady Watkins of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Revs. Thomas Wayne Foy and James Messer officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Tony Green, Virgil Green, Thurston Foy, Charlie Brown, Max Dove and Bill Strohm.


Johnnie Patterson died Friday, March 9, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. He was 74.

Mr. Patterson was a U.S. Army veteran having served during World War II. He retired with the U.S. Government Mat Sinking Unit, and was a member of Shiloh M.B. Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben Sparrow and Letitia Patterson.

He is survived by a daughter, Johnnie Mae Cox of Vicksburg; three grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives including H.R. Jackson of Vicksburg.

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


LEXINGTON Alice Dalton Johnson Thurmond died Sunday, March 11, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 88.

Mrs. Thurmond was a graduate of Lexington High School and the University of Mississippi. She also attended Mississippi Southern University for Women. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She taught school for several years and worked as a school attendance examiner for the Mississippi State Department of Audit before retiring in 1985.

She was preceded in death by her husband, W.E. Thurmond Sr.

She is survived by two sons, Ed Thurmond of Lexington and Walton Thurmond of Ellisville; a daughter, Mary Chaney of Vicksburg; two sisters, Bee Aiken of Jackson and Ada Cockroft of Columbia, Md.; five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Lexington with the Rev. Horace Choate officiating. Burial will follow at Odd Fellows Cemetery under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

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

Pallbearers will be Julian Watson, Billy Gene Carroll, Watt Ervin, Nick Nichols, Jimmy Bevill and Tommy Grant.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 63, Lexington, MS 39095; Gray Center, 1530 Way Road, Canton, MS 39046; or Episcopal Cursillo, 460 East Peace St., Canton, MS 39211.