Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 19, 2001

Perry Nevels died Wednesday, July 18, 2001, at his home in Redwood. He was 46.

Mr. Nevels was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg. He was a woodcrafter and an avid artifact hunter. He was of the Baptist faith. He has been a resident of Redwood for the past 11 years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lloyd and Mary Lou Glidwell Nevels.

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He is survived by his wife, Betty Nevels of Redwood; a son, Lloyd Dowe of Vicksburg; a daughter, Amanda Nevels of Redwood; two stepsons, Kevin Smith and Greg Smith, both of Nelson, Ga.; two brothers, Billy Nevels of Yazoo City and Richard Nevels of Vicksburg; eight sisters, Ruthy Abney of Yazoo City, Dinna Simmons of Eagle Lake, Gracie Dill of Atlanta, Annie Allison of Richmond, Susie Mariche of Oak Grove, La., Marie Erwin of Port Gibson, Virginia Carr of New Orleans and JoAnn Parker of Eagle Lake; and one grandchild.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Glenwood Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the service.

Pallbearers will be Danny Sanderford, Mike Nevels, Jason Ashley, Calvin Hearn, Ronnie Stokes and Robert Glidwell.

Honorary pallbearers will be Bobby Hight, Chuck Ashley, James Carr, Mac Staggs, Michael Sanderford, Justin Mariche, Robert Knapp, Larry Nevels, Larry Harper and Dan Nowell.


Services for Verna W. Carpenter Walls of Vicksburg and formerly of Vicksburg will be at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the A.A. Rainer Funeral Home in Chicago. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until time of service Tuesday at the funeral home. A memorial service was held in Port Gibson Wednesday.

Mrs. Walls died Sunday, July 5, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 84.

Mrs. Walls was a member of St. Peter A.M.E. Church in Port Gibson. She received a bachelor’s degree in English from Dillard University in New Orleans and a master’s degree in English from DePaul University in Chicago. She studied voice at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. She taught at the former Cherry Street School in Vicksburg and retired as a teacher from King High School in Chicago after 50 years of service. She was a member of the National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa, Mu Chapter, Phi Delta Kappa Fraternity, National Parkinson’s Foundation, Dillard Alumni Association and the Retired Teachers Association of Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Walls; her parents, Scott and Georgia Trevillion Carpenter; and a sister, Julia May Carpenter.

She is survived by a sister, Ruth Robinson of Port Gibson; a brother, Aaron Carpenter of Grambling, La.; nieces, including Renetta W. Howard of Port Gibson; and nephews.


Services for Irvin “Buddy” Wilson Jr. will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Center in Vicksburg with the Rev. Leon Nelson Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon until the time of service at St. Mary’s Center. Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Wilson died Monday, July 16, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 82.

He was born in Hermanville and retired from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station after 25 years. He was also an Army veteran of World War II. He was a deacon and trustee at Mount Olive M.B. Church.

Survivors include his wife, Sarah Jones Wilson of Vicksburg; five sons, Harold White of St. Louis, Irvin Wilson III of Downey, Calif., Gregory Wilson of Jackson, Thomas James Wilson of Cypress, Calif., and Frederick M. Wilson of Vicksburg; six daughters, Verna L. Whitaker, Jenny V. Drake and Linda J. Collins, all of Vicksburg, Rose M. Wilson of Los Angeles, Evan I. Morales of Southgate, Calif., and Sarah G. Raupp of Columbia, Md.; 16 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces; nephews; and other relatives.