Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Ethel Lee Franklin Lassiter died Sunday, Nov. 11, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 87.

Mrs. Lassiter was a homemaker and retired nurse’s assistant. She was a graduate of Magnolia High School. She received her bachelor’s degree in religious education at the Mississippi Baptist Seminary. She was the director of Project Head Start Resource. She was a member of the Warren County Election Commission staff.

Mrs. Lassiter was board member of Warren County Women’s Association and Mount Carmel M.B. Church where she sang in the adult choir and was on the deaconess board. She was also a member of Bathsheba Grand Chapter No. 24 Order of Eastern Star.

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She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Wright L. Lassiter Sr.; triplet sons, James Lassiter, Jan Lassiter and Jimmy Lassiter; her parents, Scott Franklin and Josephine Miles Franklin; and her sister, Carrie Franklin.

Survivors include six sons, Dr. Wright L. Lassiter Jr. of Dallas, Dr. Lewis L. Lassiter and the Rev. Alfred Lassiter Sr., both of Vicksburg, Albert E. Lassiter of Birmingham, Ala., Dr. Franklin L. Lassiter of Baton Rouge and Ralph B. Lassiter of Omaha, Neb.; three daughters, Mary Hughes Sills of Leland, Dr. Linda E. Lassiter of Baton Rouge and Dr. Ethel M. Lassiter of Vicksburg; three sisters, Roxie Anna Franklin and Elnora Wilcox, both of Vicksburg, and Mary Phillips of Ontario, Canada; 15 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and other relatives.

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


David R. Lee died Monday, Nov. 12, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 65.

Born in Poplarville, Mr. Lee was a graduate of Mississippi State University where he received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and was a member of Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was a veteran of the Air Force, having served as a pilot from 1959 until 1964. After his service, he moved to Moss Point where he was employed with International Paper Company and transferred to Vicksburg in 1968. He was employed as superintendent process engineer and retired in 1991 after 27 years of service.

He served on the Miss Mississippi Pageant Production staff and was the business manager for three Miss Mississippis. He was a member of the Mississippi Seniors Golf Association and the Quarter Century Club of International Paper Company. He was also a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church where he was a member of the fellowship Sunday school class and served on the administrative board.

Survivors include his wife, Janice McKinney Lee of Vicksburg; his daughter, Sharon Lee O’Donnell of Potomac, Md.; his sister, Virginia Lee Wells of Vicksburg; three brothers, John Edwin Lee Jr. of Birmingham, Ala., Thomas Franklin Lee of Jacksonville, Fla., and Robert Henry Lee of Monticello, Ark.; two grandchildren, Heather O’Donnell and Ryan O’Donnell, both of Potomac; and other relatives.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Crawford Street United Methodist Church with the Rev, Geoffery Joyner, pastor, officiating.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Wednesday until the service at the church

Memorials may be made to Crawford Street United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1408 Cherry St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.

Fisher-Riles Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

DAVE WASHINGTONDave Washington died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001, at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. He was 92.

Mr. Washington was retired from Kuhn Hospital and was also a retired logger. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Edna Washington; his parents, Thomas and Fannie Washington; three brothers, George Washington, Tommy Washington and Fulton Washington; and two sisters, Ella Washington and Ruby Green.

Survivors include a niece, Alice Washington of Rolling Fork; three nephews, Howard Washington of Vicksburg, Tommy Washington of Belzoni and Quincy Washington of Rolling Fork; and other relatives, including Denise Washington of Rolling Fork.

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