From May 21, 2001

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 21, 2001


MENDENHALL Maude D. Burris died Saturday, May 19, 2001, in Mendenhall. She was 92.

Mrs. Burris was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Burris, and a son, James Wesley Burris.

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She is survived by four children, Bobby Jack Hancock of Jackson, Mary F. Lee of Mendenhall and Charles A. Burris and Doris L. Israel, both of Vicksburg; one sister, Birdie Hancock of Canton; 13 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Lakewood Funeral Home in Clinton. Burial will be at Lakewood Cemetery.

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


FAIRFIELD, Calif. Johnson Allen Nye died Friday, May 18, 2001, in Fairfield, Calif. He was 81.

Mr. Nye, a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force, lived in Vicksburg for 25 years before moving to Fairfield in 2000. He had worked for Bechtel Corporation in the construction of Grand Gulf Nuclear Plant.

Before moving to Vicksburg, he was employed for eight years by Westinghouse Electric Corporation in Baltimore, Md., and Bloomington, Ind.

Mr. Nye’s principal duty during World War II was as a staff radar officer in the 87th Air Force in England, for which he was awarded a Bronze Star. He completed his military service in 1965 after working on new aircraft development projects for which he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

He received his engineering degree at the University of Illinois and a master of business administration degree from the University of Chicago.

He was an adult leader in Boy Scouts of America and a volunteer teacher in the Vicksburg public schools, for which he received a citation. He also worked 20 years on youth programs sponsored by Lions International. He was honored by being named a Melvin E. Jones Lions Fellow.

He was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Lions Club International and First Presbyterian Church of Vicksburg.

Mr. Nye was born and reared in Ida Grove, Iowa.

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Davis Nye; a daughter, Meredith Moran of Saratoga, Calif., and two grandsons, Brady Moran and Scott Moran.

A memorial will be scheduled later, and burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the public library in Ida Grove in honor of his mother who founded the library or to the Lions Club Sight Foundation.