From May 30, 2001

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 30, 2001


TAMPA, Fla. Francis W. “At” Atkinson died Saturday, May 26, 2001, at the Alterra Claire Bridge of Carrollwood in Tampa, Fla. He was 86.

Mr. Atkinson was born in Britton’s Neck, S.C., and received a civil engineering degree from the University of South Carolina. He joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg in 1937 and retired in 1979 as assistant chief of the Operations Division.

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He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean Conflict, retiring as a commander.

Mr. Atkinson was a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church, serving as business manager for 40 years and on the World Service and Finance Commission for the United Methodist Church of Mississippi Conference. He was also a member of the Men’s Bible Class.

For 40 years he was a member of the Lions Club of Vicksburg, receiving the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award of the Lions International Foundation. He was a life member of the Salvation Army, serving two terms as chairman of the Advisory Board.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Ebbie Johnson Atkinson and Carrie Bell Atkinson; a son, Ronald A. Atkinson; and a sister, Miriam Boulware.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Tyson Atkinson; a son, William T. Atkinson of Tampa; four sisters, Ellen Friday of Winnsboro, S.C., Carrie Bell Sells of Knoxville, Tenn., Gladys Vinzani of Florence, S.C., and Pauline Edwards of Marian, S.C.; four brothers, E.J. Atkinson and William D. Atkinson, both of Mullins, S.C., Aldrich Atkinson of Clemson, S.C., and John Atkinson of Marian; and two grandchildren.

Services were at 1 p.m. Monday at Blount Curry and Roel Carrollwood Chapel in Miami. Burial will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg.

Memorials may be made to Crawford Street United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 526, Vicksburg, MS 39181 or to a favorite charity.


Services for Julia Cage were at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry White officiating. Burial was at 2 p.m. at Hollandale Cemetery.

Mrs. Cage died Saturday, May 26, 2001, at her home. She was 79.

Born in Kilmichael, Mrs. Cage had lived in Vicksburg for the past 10 years. A homemaker, she was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, the late Henry E. and Maude Dacus Garrett; a son, Bobby Parkerson; and her husbands, Robert Parkerson and Earl Cage.

Survivors include a daughter, Teresa Barnette of Vicksburg; a son, P.K. Parkerson of Vicksburg; a brother, Doris Garrett of Jackson; a sister, Barbara Parkerson of Meridian; nine grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Pallbearers were Ron Luker, Shane Luker, Jody Wooten, Shane Guthrie and Tommy Parkerson.


Katie Miller died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 79.

Mrs. Miller retired in 1988 as a food-service worker for Cook County in Chicago. She was a member of True Way Holiness Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Smith Sr. and Lettie Smith; a sister, Lucrecia Ennis; and two brothers, James Smith Jr. and Claude Smith.

Survivors include her husband, Jesse Miller Sr. of Edwards; three sons, Jesse Miller Jr. of Oak Park, Ill., Lee Miller and Mack Miller, both of Chicago; a daughter, Delner Louise Shorter of Edwards; two sisters, Mary Ann Whitley of the Ballground community and Maragret Chriss of Vicksburg; four grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and other relatives, including Flordia Smith and the Mayfield and Smith families.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of the arrangements.


Louis Master “Shoe Shine Jack” Mitchell died Sunday, May 27, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 92.

Mr. Mitchell was a retired employee of the City of Vicksburg. He was a member of Mount Olive M.B. Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Willie Mae Mitchell; his parents, Simon Mitchell and Addie Mitchell; a sister, Dillie Smith; and a brother, Roosevelt Mitchell.

He is survived by four sons, Louis Mitchell Jr., Roosevelt Mitchell and Simon Mitchell, all of Vicksburg, and James Benard of Las Vegas; six daughters, Bobbie Thompson of New Jersey, Minnie Lee Rockhill, Bettye Ballard, Geneva Dixon, Willie Lee Mitchell and Lubertha Culkin, all of Vicksburg; 30 grandchildren, great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of the arrangements.