September 2, 2001

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 4, 2001


Etta Lee Purvis died Friday, Aug. 31, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 77.

Mrs. Purvis was born in Agricola, Miss., and lived in Vicksburg for 55 years. She was a retired registered nurse employed by Vicksburg Medical Center.

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She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Shellie Ellzey; a son, Bill Purvis, and a brother, Noel Wayne Ellzey.

She is survived by her husband, James Ralph Purvis; two sons, James Purvis and Hewey Purvis, both of Vicksburg; a sister, Jewel Dean Jones of Agricola; five brothers, Todd Ellzey of Laurel, William C. Ellzey of Osceola, Ark., Albert Ellzey and Jimmie Ellzey, both of Soso, and Larry Ellzey of Baton Rouge; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Tuesday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. John G. McCall officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Dennis Garner, Ray Melancon, Kenner Purvis, James McGee, Ben Chappell and Barry Bears.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Dr. Hildon Sessums, Dr. Lee Giffin, Mike Chaney and Gerald Braddock.


CENTREVILLE Mildred Louise Decker Reese died Friday, Aug. 31, 2001, at Field Memorial Hospital. She was 79.

Mrs. Reese, a native of Vicksburg, was a homemaker and long-time resident of Centreville. She was chief telephone operator at Camp Van Dorn in the early 1940s.

She was a member of Centreville Baptist Church where she taught preschool Sunday school for many years.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Reames Powell Decker Sr. and Willie Mae Decker Dixon; and two brothers, Reames Powell Decker Jr. and Jesse Adam Decker.

She is survived by her husband, Troy L. Reese Sr.; a daughter, Michael “Susie” Daughdrill of Centreville; three sons, Troy L. Reese Jr. and James Ray Reese, both of Centreville, and Dennis Reese of Liberty; and 10 grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m., Monday at Centreville Baptist Church with the Rev. John Brashier officiating. Burial will follow at Oaklawn Cemetery in Centreville.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 tonight at Newman Funeral Home in Centreville and from 9 until 11 a.m. Monday at Centreville Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Centreville Baptist Church or the Centreville Arts Council for the Camp Van Dorn Museum fund.