From March 28, 2001

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, March 28, 2001


HEBER SPRINGS, Ark. Roy E. Gaither died Sunday, March 25, 2001, at his home in Heber Springs, He was 69.

Mr. Gaither was a former resident of Vicksburg. He was a retired civil service worker for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was a veteran in the Navy, having served in the Korean War. He was a member of the VFW and of the Baptist faith.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, Omer and Opal DeBusk Gaither; and a brother, Hulen Gaither.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Gaither of Heber Springs; a son, Larry Gaither of Hattiesburg; a daughter, Karen Duncan of Munford, Tenn.; a brother, Earnest Lee Gaither of Bringhurst, Ind.; five sisters, Marie Jackson, Inez White and Jean Keathley, all of Heber Springs, Linda Bell of Tumbling Shoals, Ark., and Shirley Ferguson of Searcy, Ark.; five grandsons and other relatives.

Services were Wednesday at Olmstead Funeral Home in Heber Springs. Burial with military honors was at 2 p.m. today at Cleburne County Memorial Gardens in Heber Springs with District Chaplain Gardner Bittle officiating.

Memorial may be made to the American Heart Association.


The Rev. Fred A. Gott died Monday, March 26, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. He was 83.

A native of Medicine Lodge, Kan., Rev. Gott lived in Vicksburg for the past 15 years. He was the son of the late Charles S. and Veta L. Jackson. He was in the Air Force as an airplane mechanic for 20 years. He was a retired minister with 50 years of service to the Baptist faith and had a Good News Bible Club in his home for 10 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy L. Gott of Vicksburg; a brother, three sisters and other relatives.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Lighthouse Baptist Church with the Rev. E.L. Sharp officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Fisher-Riles Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. until the service Thursday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Frank Wolfe, Alvin Holman Jr., Bill Houston, Lewis Tingle, Bennie Holman and Joe Hartzog.

Honorary pallbearers will be Arthur West, Lloyd Rousey Sr., Dr. Paul W. Pierce III and members of Lighthouse Baptist Church.


BATESVILLE Tyrone “T. Bone” James died Friday, March 23, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 29.

Mr. James was a band director at Warren Central High School. He was a member and trustee of Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Batesville.

He is survived by his parents, Elwood and Cornelia James, both of Batesville; his grandmother, Priscilla Holmes of Batesville; five sisters, Lynn James, Michelle James, Kylie James and Lillie Carr, all of Batesville, and Barbara Hickman of Kentucky; and three brothers, Gary James, Ronnie James and Kelly Adair, all of Batesville.

Services were Wednesday at Pilgrim Rest M.B. Church in Batesville. Burial followed at the church cemetery under the direction of Cooley’s Mortuary Inc. in Batesville.


Clyde Judge Sr. died Monday, March 26, 2001, in Chicago. He was 59.

A former resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Judge lived in Chicago for a number of years. He was a member of Mount Alban M.B. Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joe Judge Sr.; and two brothers, Melvin Judge and Freddie Judge.

He is survived by his mother, Jeanette Judge of Vicksburg; two sons, Clyde Judge Jr. and Terrance Judge, both of Vicksburg; two daughters, Jacqueline Judge and Deborah Jones, both of Vicksburg; three brothers, Joe Judge Jr of Chicago, Edward Charles Judge of Hawthorne, Calif., and Kenny Judge of Jacksonville, Fla.; six sisters, Maggie Reece of Detroit, Clementine Jones of Saginaw, Mich., Pauline Charles of Walnut Hills, Calif., Sadie Kimbrew of Carson, Calif., Ruby Judge of Hawthorne and Janice Wildee of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren and other relatives.

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


HERMANVILLE Clara Graham Turner died Monday, March 26, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 40.

Mrs. Turner was a former employee of Public Transit and a member of First Christian Church of Hermanville.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ira Turner Sr.

Survivors include her parents, Charlie Turner and MaeEulice Banks of Hermanville; three sons, Gerosiznick Turner, Quientin Turner and Baroskee Turner Graham, all of Port Gibson; a daughter, Karrennica Turner of Port Gibson; seven brothers, Elbert Turner, Huron Turner, Robert Turner, Charlie Turner Jr. and Albert Turner, all of Hermanville, Carl Thompson of Chicago and Willie Turner of Vicksburg; two sisters, Estella Turner McKenzie of Vicksburg and Mildred Turner Hedrick of Pattison; three grandchildren; her fiance, Darell Graham of Port Gibson; and other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.