From June 5, 2001

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 5, 2001


Ervin E. Grant died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. He was 73.

Born in Mayersville, Mr. Grant had lived in Vicksburg since 1953. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served during the Korean Conflict.

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He had been employed with the Vicksburg Police Department from 1953 until 1979 when he retired as assistant chief. He was also employed by Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Plant from 1979 until 1984 and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department from 1984 until 1992.

Mr. Grant was a member of the Mississippi Peace Officers Association, the Mississippi Law Enforcement Association, the Mississippi Correction Officers Association and the National Rifle Association.

He was a member of Eagle Lake Baptist Church and attended First Methodist Protestant Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence H. and Lula M. Grant; and a brother, Lawrence Grant Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Mills Grant of Vicksburg; two sons, Eddie Grant and Gary A. Grant, both of Vicksburg; six brothers, James Grant, Clarence Grant and Jerry Grant, all of Rolling Fork, Joe Grant of Kilmichael, and Lester Grant and Charles Grant, both of Vicksburg; a sister, Lenora Burnette of Irvington, Ala.; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Methodist Protestant Church with the Revs. Billy Gerald and Charlie Joe Green officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the church.

Pallbearers will be C.T. Thornton Jr., Richard Jordan, Kenny Chandler, Tommy Bishop, Paul Barrett, Keith Little and John Baker.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles McPhail, Monty Baxley, Freddie Abraham, Hays Mills, Dr. John C. Williams, current and former employees of the Vicksburg Police Department, employees of the Warren County Sheriff Department and the doctors and staff of River Region Medical Center.

Memorials may be made to First Methodist Protestant Church, 510 Porters Chapel Road, Vicksburg, Miss. 39180.


James Marshall died Saturday, June 2, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. He was 75.

A native of Lorman, Mr. Marshall was a carpenter/craftsman and built many homes and churches in and around Vicksburg.

He was preceded in death by three sons and a sister.

He is survived by a son, Nathaniel Johnson of Vicksburg; two daughters, Maggie German of Vicksburg and JoAnn Davis of Port Gibson; two brothers, David Marshall and Sellos Marshall, both of Vicksburg; four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


Lewis Mobrey Miller Sr. died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at his home. He was 81.

Mr. Miller was the retired founder and owner of Miller Construction Co. He was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg and the son of Walter Kelsey and Scottie Randolph Miller. He was a 1941 graduate of Carr Central High School.

He enlisted in the U.S. Merchant Marines in 1942 and served as a marine engineer on Murmansk and in the South Pacific until the end of World War II.

Among the major projects his company developed were Pemberton Boulevard, the Pemberton Square Mall site and the Northpark Mall site in Jackson.

He was a member of the W.H. Stevens Masonic Lodge No. 121, the Elks Lodge and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was a member of Highland Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and two sisters.

He is survived by his wife, Carrie Miller of Vicksburg; a son, Lewis L. Miller III of Vicksburg; six daughters, Carlis Abney, Renee Conn, Diane Klaus and Peggy Miller, all of Vicksburg, Connie Miller Pearson of Monmouth, Ore., and Cindy Ables of Clinton; a brother, J.R. Miller of Owensboro, Ky.; 14 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Brian Ivey officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home and from 3 p.m. until the service Wednesday.

Pallbearers will be Don Miller, Jim Miller, Walter “Buster” Miller, Mark Miller, James R. Miller and Tim Miller.

Honorary pallbearers will be James McMullen, Ben Puckett Sr., Earl Fowler, Oren Bailess, Bobby Bailess, Junior Tew, Billy Thompson, Dr. Hildon Sessums, Clauddette Haggard, Mony Williams and Nick Williams.

Memorials may be made to Highland Baptist Church, 3518 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, Miss. 39180.


Dessie Neal died Sunday, June 3, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 93.

Mrs. Neal was a native of Neshoba County and was a longtime resident of Cleveland, Miss. She had lived in Vicksburg for the past two years. She was retired from Wells Lamont in Philadelphia as a seamstress. She was a member of McLain Chapel Pentecostal Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Coleman Neal, and a grandson, Danny Posey.

Survivors include two sons, Jarone Neal of Brandon and J.W. Neal of Terry; two daughters, Katherine Sink and Norma McKee, both of Vicksburg; two brothers, Lester Weathers of Ormond Beach, Fla., and James Weathers of DeKalb; a sister, Mary Posey of Collinsville; 15 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Services were at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Hopewell United Methodist Church in DeKalb with the Revs. John Loper and Randy Caldwell officiating. Burial followed at Hopewell Cemetery under the direction of McClain-Hays Funeral Service of Philadelphia.