From April 20, 2001

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 20, 2001


Verner Lee “Shorty” Allen died Thursday, April 19, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. He was 77.

Mr. Allen was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg. He was a veteran of World War II and retired as a store clerk and service station attendant. He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Marshall; and two sisters, Ann Meeks and Gytonne Griffin.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Jackson Allen of Vicksburg; five sisters, Argentine Havard of Vicksburg and Jeannie Marshall, Alice Singleton, Marriana McKenny and Maggie Davis, all of Los Angeles; a brother-in-law, Harrison Havard Sr. of Vicksburg; and other relatives, including Melba Havard and Beulah Cason, both of Los Angeles, and Harrison Havard Jr. and Mattye Havard, both of Vicksburg.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


TALLULAH Genevieve Minsky Caldwell died Thursday, April 19, 2001. She was 84.

A registered nurse, Mrs. Caldwell was a graduate of Touro Nursing School in New Orleans. She worked as a public health nurse in Columbia, La., before moving to Tallulah with her husband in 1949. She served as school nurse for the Madison Parish School Board for more than 30 years.

She was a native of South Bend, Ind., attended high school in Lake Village, Ark., and graduated from Tallulah High School. She was a lifelong member of the Temple Anshe Chesed.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Susan Caldwell Evans.

Survivors include four daughters, Dr. Sandra Caldwell Jolson of Orlando, Fla., Lizbeth Caldwell Abramson of San Diego, Irene Caldwell Gosey of Slidell, La., and Sara Bess Caldwell Czuelegar of Laguna Beach, Calif.; two sons, James “Buddy” Caldwell of Tallulah and Louis Matthew Caldwell of West Monroe, La.; 19 grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tallulah Elementary auditorium.

Memorials may be made to the Temple Anshe Chesed, 2414 Grove St., Vicksburg, MS 39183.


Marguerite Carroll died Wednesday, April 18, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 93.

Mrs. Carroll was a member of Cool Springs M.B. Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Alex and Hattie Towns; and a sister, Alaine Barber.

Survivors include four nieces, Dean Carroll, Gloria Carroll and Odessa Carroll, all of Chicago, and LaKeisha Rayfield of Vicksburg; two nephews, Freddie Carroll of North Carolina and Ronnie Rayfield of Vicksburg; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Service with the Rev. Byron Maxwell officiating. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Cedar Hill Cemetery.


LAKE PROVIDENCE, La. Elmer Joseph Dalfiume died Tuesday, April 17, 2001, at Olive Branch Care Center in Tallulah. He was 87.

Mr. Dalfiume was born in Readland, Ark. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was a retired postmaster of Sondheimer, La.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Alfonso and Josephine Fontana Dalfiume.

He is survived by his wife, Bennett P. Dalfiume of Sondheimer; a son, Joseph Dalfiume of Columbia, S.C.; a daughter, Diane Howard of Lake Providence; a brother, Louis Dalfiume of Lake Providence; a sister, Josephine Drake of Hamburg, Ark.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were today at St. Edwards Catholic Church in Tallulah with the Rev. Ferre D’Cruz officiating. Burial followed at Lake Providence City Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Lake Providence.


PORT GIBSON Services for Leonard Carl Dee will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mercy Seat M.B. Church in Port Gibson with the Rev. Frank McGriggs officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery in Port Gibson.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at the church.

Mr. Dee died Monday, April 16, 2001, at University Medical Center. He was 55.

Mr. Dee was a member of Mercy Seat M.B. Church in Port Gibson. He was a former employee of the Michigan Department of Corrections.

He was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather, Martha Alice Dee Williams and Solomon Williams; and two sons, Otis Johnson and Oliver Conway.

Survivors include six sons, Keith Cole of Lancaster, Calif., Alex Dee and Marlon Little, both of Port Gibson, Roderick Robinson of Toledo, Ohio, and Leonard S. Dee and Darius Dee, both of Jackson; 10 daughters, Angela Brown of Boston, Tabatha Conway of Gary, Ind., Shireka Brinner Smith of Dallas, Shenise Dee and Dijah Dee, both of Jackson, and Bobbie Jefferson, Nicholle Young Rankin, Denetrius Blake, Felicia Dee and Martha Alice Dee, all of Port Gibson; two brothers, Dr. Cardell Williams and Oliver Williams, both of Port Gibson; four sisters, Doris Cason of Jackson, Mich., Mosie L. Piazza and Darlean Williams, both of Port Gibson, and Lillie Ruth King of Compton, Calif.; his grandmother, Mary Ella Dee of Port Gibson; 27 grandchildren; an aunt, Mose Ella Carpenter of Port Gibson; and other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.