From August 25, 2001

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 27, 2001


Services for Johnnie B. “Little Bit” Harper Anthony will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at New Zion Travelers M.B. Church.

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

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Mrs. Anthony died Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 48.

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

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.


PORT GIBSON Services for Joseph Eggleston will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Thompson Funeral Home with the Rev. Eddie Walls officiating. Burial will follow at Mercy Seat Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 until 6 p.m. Sunday and at the church Monday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Mr. Eggleston died Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center in Vicksburg. He was 63.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Eggleston Jr. and Charles Eggleston.

Survivors include two brothers, Willie Eggleston of Gary, Ind., and John P. Eggleston of Port Gibson; five sisters, Edna Montgomery of Port Gibson, Carrie Plick and Betty Eggleston, both of Englewood, Calif., Margie B. Howard of E. Town, Ky., and Ella Mae Keesle of Kankakee, Ill.; an aunt, Corene Marshall of Vicksburg; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.


LAUREL Beatrice Graham died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, in Laurel. She was 84.

Mrs. Graham was retired from Jones County Rest Home as a licensed practical nurse. She was a member of Indian Springs Baptist Church in Jones County.

She was preceded in death by her parents, T.W. and Nancy Brown; three brothers, Tom Brown, William Brown and Jim Brown; her sister, Beatrix Gardner; her son-in-law, Robert S. Winpigler; and a great-grandson, Matthew Cooper.

She is survived by her husband, M.L. Graham of Laurel; a son, Gerald Graham of Laurel; three daughters, Nan Hathorn and Carol Cooper, both of Laurel, and Kaye Winpigler of Vicksburg; 14 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Memory Chapel Funeral Home in Laurel with the Revs. Mike West and Mike Collins officiating. Burial will follow at Hickory Grove Cemetery in Laurel.

Pallbearers will be Rob Winpigler, Mark Hathorn, Bubba Hathorn, Aubrey Lee Cooper, Eric Cooper and Lee Parker.

Honorary pallbearers will be Johnny Dobbs, Chris Dobbs and Joseph Dobbs.


BUFORD, Ga. Rexine Louise Weeks died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, in Buford. She was 57.

A homemaker, Mrs. Weeks was a Vicksburg native and member of Open Door Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Dean Weeks of Buford; a son, Casey Weeks of Buford; her mother, Marjorie Scott of Vicksburg; two sisters, Linda Redditt and Diane Barrentine, both of Vicksburg; a brother, Donald Mee of Ellisville; nieces; nephews; and cousins.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. today at Open Door Baptist Church with the Revs. Hoyt Skelton and Lee Benton officiating. Burial will follow at Cool Springs Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Norman Park, Ga.

Flanigan Funeral Home in Buford has charge of arrangements.


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

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

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

He is survived by his wife, Rutha Bell Level of Vicksburg; a son, Cedric Earl Level of Dayton, Ohio; a daughter, Bobbie Lyons of Dayton; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; three nieces and three nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.


George “Dayo” Williams Sr. died Thursday, Aug. 23, 2001, at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. He was 91.

A retired farmer, Mr. Williams was a member of Mount Zion M.B. Church at Eagle Lake.

Mr. Williams was the son of the late Johnny Williams and Rosetta Minor Williams. He was also preceded in death by two brothers. Arthur Williams and Willie Williams; his sister, Mary Williams Johnson; and his grandson, Mitchell Williams

He is survived by his wife, Mary Dunson Williams of Eagle Lake, four sons, James Williams and George Williams, both of Oakland, Calif., and Levi Williams and Mack Williams, both of Vicksburg; four daughters, Rosie Asberry of Oakland, Betty Asberry of San Pablo, Calif., Asyline Branch and Mary Jackson, both of Eagle Lake; a brother, James Williams of Vicksburg; 21 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Arrangements are being handled by W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.