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ROLLING FORK Ellen Franklin-Morris died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at Fayette Community Hospital in Fayette. She was 96.

A resident of Georgia, Mrs. Franklin-Morris formerly lived in Rolling Fork.

She is survived by the Cooper family of Grantville, Ga., the Cooper and Womack families of Kansas City, Kan., Franklin and Willis families of St. Louis, Mo., and other relatives.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Lula M.B. church in Rolling Fork with the Rev. Lester Jones officiating. Burial will follow at Green Chapel Cemetery in Rolling Fork.

Visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m. tonight at the funeral home in Rolling Fork and from 11 a.m. until the service Saturday at the church.


Capt. George A. Nelson died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 89.

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Capt. Nelson moved to Chicago as a young man. He graduated from Armour Tech with a civil engineering degree. He moved to Vicksburg in 1937 and was employed by Waterways Experiment Station.

In 1940, he accepted a position with the Panama Canal Administration and was called to action with the U.S. Navy shortly after. He also served in Rhode Island with the Seabees and in California studying Military Government. He later served in the invasion of Okinawa.

When he returned to the States, he was employed with the Bureau of Yards and Docks. He was a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces and served on the board for the Correction of Naval Records.

After retiring in 1970, he lived in Bethesda, Md. He returned to Vicksburg after 57 years.

He was a volunteer at the National Naval Medical Center and the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

He was a member of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Bethesda and St. Paul Catholic Church in Vicksburg. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Society of Military Engineers and the National Rifle Association.

He was preceded in death by his son, George Edward Nelson; and his parents, Hans and Victoria Nelson.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Henry Nelson of Vicksburg; his daughter, Patricia Dicher of Seattle, Wash.; and his sister, Edna Henry Hosemann of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas McGing officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight with wake service at 6:30 at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Jimmy Biedenharn, Richard Biedenharn, Jimmy Hosemann, Herman Biedenharn, David Hosemann, David Biedenharn and Gerald Hosemann.

Honorary pallbearers will be Charles “Buster” Ford, C.W. “Bud” Tacke and Sidney Tucker.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1900 Dunbarton Drive, Jackson, MS 39216, or to St. Paul Catholic Church, 713 Crawford St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.


Services for Estella Waits will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Mount Pilgrim M.B. church with the Rev. Reginald Anderson officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Waits died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. She was 87.

She was born in Wintersville, Miss. A retired licensed practical nurse, she was a member of New Mount Pilgrim M.B. Church. She was past president of the Senior Usher Board and a Sunday school teacher. She was past worthy matron of ADA Chapter No. 1 Order of Eastern Star.

She was a member of Israel Court No. 9, Heroines of Jericho, Rose of Sharon Court No. 2 Daughters of Sphinks; Faith Encampment of the Ladies of Knights; and Pearly Gate Tabernacle No. 203 of Knights and Daughters.

Mrs. Waits was preceded in death by her husband, Columbus Waits; her parents, Horace and Winnie Prophet; and two sisters, Mary Richardson and Ferry Lee Johnson.

She is survived by one daughter, Charlene Simmons of Vicksburg; a brother, the Rev. Elroy Day of Buffalo, N.Y.; nieces and nephews.