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ANGUILLA Pearlie Mae Johnson died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001, at Sharkey-Issaquena Hospital in Rolling Fork. She was 54.

Mrs. Johnson is survived by a son, David Asberry of Anguilla; three daughters, Earlene Asberry and Bobbie Johnson, both of Anguilla, and Sandra Knight of Rolling Fork; four brothers, Sammy Lee Thomas, Willie James Thomas and Arthur Lee Mitchell, all of Chicago, and Henry H. Green of Greenville; two sisters, Emma Warren of Anguilla and Ethel Johnson of Chicago; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Services will be at 1 p.m. today at Christian Light M.B. Church in Anguilla. Burial will follow at Nitta Yuma Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home.


Lila V. Nichols died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. She was 92.

Born in Wadena, Minn., Mrs. Nichols graduated from Asbury Methodist Hospital in Minneapolis as a registered nurse. She had moved to Vicksburg from Sun City, Ariz., where she had lived for 30 years. She was a member of the United Church of Sun City.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Freeman Nichols; her parents, Anton and Augusta Arvidson; and her brothers and sisters.

She is survived by a daughter, Sally Egan of Pueblo, Colo.; two sons, Ron Nichols of Cedarburg, Wis., and Bill Nichols of Vicksburg; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Fisher-Riles Funeral Home has charge of local arrangements.


AZLE, Texas Thelma L. Tanner died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2001, in Weatherford, Texas. She was 91.

Born in Sturgis, Mrs. Tanner was a former resident of Vicksburg. She had lived in Azle for the past year and a half. She was a housewife.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Steven Harold Tanner; and her son, Bill Tanner.

She is survived by a daughter, Doris Massey of Azle; six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

White’s Funeral Home of Azle has charge of the arrangements.


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Dorsey Shaw Ware died Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2001, at Palms of Pasadena Hospital in South Pasadena, Fla. She was 95.

Born in Delhi, La., Mrs. Ware was a former dancer at the Vicksburg Little Theatre. She moved to St. Petersburg from Atlanta in 1980. She was a Kappa Alpha fraternity house mother at Georgia Tech for 21 years and a former exercise instructor at Majestic Towers in St. Petersburg. She attended Mississippi State College for Women in Columbus.

She was of the Presbyterian faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John M. Ware Sr.

Survivors include a son, John M. Ware Jr. of Seaford, Del.; her daughter, Joanne W. Clark of North Redington Beach, Fla.; her sister, Jowilla Biedenharn White of Vicksburg; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Services were Saturday at St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in St. Petersburg. Burial was at Garden Sanctuary Cemetery in St. Petersburg under the direction of Garden Sanctuary Funeral Home.


CAMDEN Roy A. White died Friday, Aug. 17, 2001, at St. Dominic Jackson Memorial Hospital. He was 57.

A graduate of Velma Jackson High School, Mr. White was a veteran of the Army. He was employed with Jatran Transit System for 16 years.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Erves-White of Camden and formerly of Vicksburg; two daughters, LeJulia White of Camden and Sharon White of Jackson; two sons, Roy Anthony White of Camden and Frank White of Jackson; five brothers, Sylvester White of Jackson, Odell Stevens, Jimmy Stevens and Otis Stevens, all of Chicago, and Donald Stevens of Joliet, Ill.; three sisters, Juanita Griffin of Camden, Sandra Brooks of Chicago Heights, Ill., and Annie Griffin of Kosciusko; grandchildren and other relatives, including the Rev. and Mrs. Willie Erves Sr. of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Society Ridge M.B. church in Pocahontas. Burial will follow under the direction of Peoples Funeral Home in Canton.