From April 9, 2001

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 9, 2001


Clara E. Brown died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at Wesley Medical Center in Hattiesburg. She was 90.

Mrs. Brown was a native of Gadsen, Ala., and she moved to Vicksburg in 1919. She lived a number of years in Gulfport and had been a resident of Hattiesburg since 1993. She was a member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary. She was a charter member of the White Shriners of Jerusalem in Gulfport and a member of Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church.

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She is survived by a son, Williams A. Bufkin of Oak Grove; and two grandchildren, Gregory Thomas Bufkin of Brooksville and Heather Lynn Bufkin of Oak Grove.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Jim Reeves officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service Tuesday at the church.


MOSELLE Oscar A. Butler died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at his home in Moselle. He was 86.

Mr. Butler was a retired law enforcement and conservation officer with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in Europe and Germany as a combat engineer. He was a Master Mason of the Moselle Lodge and a member of Moselle Memorial Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Butler of Moselle; two sons, Thomas A. Butler of Moselle and Patrick Butler of Ellisville; a daughter, Margaret White of Moselle; two sisters, Nell Moore of Ellisville and Ollie Mae Smith of Moselle; three brothers, Walter Butler of Rainey, Bill Butler of Jackson and Dan Butler of Vicksburg; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Services were Monday at Jones Funeral Home in Moselle with the Revs. Michael Street and Ricky Amacker officiating. Burial followed at Moselle Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Larry Brewer, Nathan R. Mosely, Heath Butler, Andy Robinson, Jerry Smith, Charles Ray Butler and Jamie Butler.


Services for James Covington will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Robbins Funeral Home with Leonardo Green officiating. Burial will follow at Spring Ridge Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Covington died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at his home in Vicksburg. He was 58.

Mr. Covington is survived by his wife, Cora Covington; two sons, James Covington Jr. of Chicago and Rodney Covington of Vicksburg; his mother, Virginia Jones Allen; seven sisters, Mary Ann Green, Annette Jones and Ruth Ann O’Neil, all of Jackson, Estella Jones and Eva Lee Jones, both of Chicago, Dorothy Knox of Chicago Heights, Ill., and Ernestine Lang of Winchester, Ill.; four brothers, Leonard Jones of Raymond, William Jones and Bernard Jones, both of Jackson, and Samuel Jones of Atlanta.


Bernice James McGee died Friday, March 30, 2001, at her home in Cary. She was 76.

Mrs. McGee was a homemaker and a member of Garden Star Church in Cary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Henry McGee; her parents, Eli and Eliza Gibson James; five brothers, Silas James, Robert James, Thomas James, Buster James and Ollie James; and a sister, Elnora Waiters.

Survivors include a son, Robert McGee of Chicago; two daughters, Eliza Jefferies of Tulsa, Okla., and Hazel Reed of Chicago; two brothers, Roosevelt James of Vicksburg and Eli James of Jackson; a sister, Annie Douglas of Vicksburg; grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Services were at 3 p.m. Monday at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Douglas Bryant officiating under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.


Robert Ellis McTaggart died Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. He was 55.

A native of Vicksburg, Mr. McTaggart was a self-employed mechanic.

He is survived by his mother, Frances McTaggart of Vicksburg; a brother, Johnny McTaggart of Vicksburg; and a sister, Patricia Lee of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.


UTICA Clyde D. Womack died Saturday, April 7, 2001, at his home in Cayuga. He was 84.

Mr. Womack was a native of Cayuga. He retired from the Mississippi Forestry Commission. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army during the European Theatre. He was a member of Utica Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Cain Womack.

Survivors include two sons, David Cain Womack of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and C. Douglas Womack of Utica; a daughter, Martha Lightsey of Wesson; two brothers, Noel Womack and Eugene Womack, both of Utica; three sisters, Laura Jenkins of Terry, Ina Downing of Raymond and Lucille Lee Ford of Jackson; and three grandchildren, Jessica Lightsey Pavy of Clinton, Benjamin Womack of Starkville and Jonathan Womack of Hattiesburg.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Utica with the Rev. John Ed Snell officiating. Burial will follow at Cayuga Cemetery in Utica

Visitation will be from 5:30 until 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Benjamin Womack, Jonathan Womack, Frank Womack, Trey Pavy, John Mann, Bill Womack, Robert Womack and Bobby Troy Templeton.