From August 24, 2001

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 24, 2001


Johnnie B. “Little Bit” Harper Anthony died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 48.

Mrs. Anthony was a member of New Zion Travelers M.B. Church. She was employed with Wal-Mart.

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She was preceded in death by her parents, Johnnie B. Harper and IDella Harper Gee; a brother, Albert Harper; and a sister, Virginia Bronson.

Survivors include her husband, Herman Anthony of Woodville; her son, Orlando Shorter of Vicksburg; her daughter, IDella Shorter of Vicksburg; four brothers, Eddie J. Lee Sr. of Vicksburg, Robert Earl Lee of Jackson, and John Harper and Jessie Harper, both of Compton, Calif.; six sisters, Mary Gee Pines of Fayetteville, N.C., Carrie Short, Ethel Bronson and Willette Washington, all of Jackson, Betty Taylor of Chicago and Mary L. Fleming of Sacramento; and other relatives including, Doris Lee of Vicksburg and Erma Lee Lee of Jackson.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of the arrangements.


Services for Jack Columbus “J.C.” Carson will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Belmont M.B. Church in Utica. Burial will follow at Henry Cemetery in Utica.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Williams Funeral Service.

Mr. Carson died Monday, Aug. 20, 2001, at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. He was 73.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nathan and Charlotte Funches Carson; his stepmother, Wilena Carson; two sons, Charlie Pittman Carson and Ricky Carson; his brother, L.C. Carson; and a sister, Burnette Bland.

Survivors include two sons, Rogers Carson and Darryl Carson, both of Racine, Wis.; his stepson, Walter Pittman of Edwards; his daughter, Irene Pittman Carson of Edwards; two stepdaughters, Iva Russell and Debrah McClemore, both of Racine; six grandchildren, a great-grandchild and other relatives, including Mary Funches of California, Cleo Eastman and Rosezena Boyd, both of Edwards, and the Carson, Funches, Smith, Warfield and Flaggs families.


Edward Wise Kaiser died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at his home. He was 74.

Mr. Kaiser was a native of Natchez where he graduated from Natchez High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He had lived in Vicksburg for the past 35 years. He retired from Mississippi Power and Light Company and was a member of Entergy’s Quarter Century Club. He was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, L.A. “Jack” Kaiser and Evelyn Blankenstein; his brother, Lloyd A. Kaiser Jr.; and his sister, Leona Kaiser Dawes.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Reed Kaiser of Vicksburg; three sons, Edward Kaiser of Farmington Hills, Mich., Alan Kaiser of Des Moines, Iowa, and Drew Kaiser of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Sheldon Kaiser and Kenneth K. Kaiser, both of Natchez; his sister, Evelyn Kaiser Hughes of Natchez; eight grandchildren, one great-granddaughter; and other relatives, including Sharon Kaiser of Farmington Hills, Mich., Mary Ann Kaiser of Des Moines, Iowa, and Laura Kaiser of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Mass of the Resurrection will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Thomas McGing officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home. Wake service will be at 7 tonight.

Pallbearers will be Eddie Kaiser, Michael Lee, Chris Kaiser, Sheldon Kaiser, Bryant Kaiser, Andrew Kaiser, Paul Dawes and Karl Kaiser.

Honorary pallbearers will be Lesta Lee Jr., Charles Germany, Frank Vollor, Charles Ford, Marvin Anderson, Dr. George Habeeb, David Gibson, Justin Moudy, W.S. Darsey, James Horn, Oren Bailess and Rawdon Blakenstein.

Memorials may be made to Vicksburg Catholic School, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg, Miss. 39183; or to a favorite charity.


Earl G. Level died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at University Medical Center. He was 80.

Mr. Level was a retired road maintenance worker for the State of Mississippi. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of Mount Heroden M.B. Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Rutha Tillman; his mother, Rosanna Patton; his brother, James Patton; and five sisters.

Survivors include his wife, Rutha Bell Level of Vicksburg; his son, Cedric Earl Level of Dayton, Ohio; a daughter, Bobbie Lyons of Dayton; and five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and other relatives.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.