December 7, 2001

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 7, 2001


HARTFORD, Ala. Lylay Vivian Stanley Bess died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, in Stafford, Va. She was 91.

A former resident of Vicksburg and Stafford, Va., Mrs. Bess lived in Hartford, Ala. She was a 1931 graduate of Alabama College for Women at Montevallo, Ala. She taught school for three years in Geneva County, Ala.

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She was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. Vann F. Bess; and a son, Vann Stanley Bess.

She is survived by a daughter, Vivian Lylay Bess Gallups of Upper Marlboro, Md.; a son, Michael Paul Bess of Stafford; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services were Dec. 1 at First United Methodist Church in Hartford with the Rev. Don Dean officiating. Burial followed at Hartford City Cemetery under the direction of Bottoms Garden Chapel Funeral Home of Hartford.


FAYETTE Allen “Cat” Jackson died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 81.

Born in Jefferson County, Mr. Jackson was a resident of Fayette. He served in World War II and was decorated for his service in the Pacific Islands.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Lula Bridges Jackson; three sisters, Regina Harried, Mearl Dunmore and Corrie Chaney; and four brothers, Edward Jackson, Julius Jackson, Bernard Jackson and Will T. Jackson.

Survivors include two sisters, Laura Council of Detroit and Thelma Green of New Orleans; three brothers, Amos Jackson of New Orleans and Andy Jackson and Joe Jackson, both of Fayette; and nieces, nephews and other relatives including Bertha James of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Hollywood M.B. Church in Fayette with the Rev. Dr. E.E. Colenburg officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Spencer Funeral Home in Fayette.

Visitation will be from 1 until 6 tonight at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. until the service Saturday at the church.

Pallbearers will be his nephews.


ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. Mabel Stevenson died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at St. Joseph Mercy

Hospital in Pontiac, Mich. She was 89.

A former resident of Vicksburg, Mrs. Stevenson was a resident of Rochester Hills, Mich. She was a member of Travelers Rest M.B. Church where she served on the mother board. She was a retired domestic worker.

Survivors include a niece, Marilyn Leak of Rochester Hills, Mich.; two stepsisters, Minnie Mae Nelson of Buffalo, N.Y., and Katie Mae Cooksey of Vicksburg; and other relatives, including the Granberry, Grays, Shields and Puryear families.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Travelers Rest M.B. Church. Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Vicksburg National Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the service Saturday at the church.

Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


Virginia Sue Verhine died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at Vicksburg Medical Center. She was 62.

Born in Bolivar County, Mrs. Verhine had lived in Vicksburg for the past 36 years. she was employed with Allstate Insurance Company. She was past president of St. Aloysius High School “A” Club and a member of Woodlawn Baptist Church,

She is survived by her husband, Everett Verhine of Vicksburg; her son, Scott Verhine of Vicksburg; her daughter, Kristy V. Johnson of Vicksburg; two brothers, Robert Warren and Charles Warren, both of Cleveland, Miss.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Woodlawn Baptist Church with the Revs. Paul Brooks and Kent Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Glenwood Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Michael Abraham, Jerry Hosemann, Austin Vollor, John Yerger, Chris Ponder, Mike Nosser, Mark Hawkins and David Hawkins.

Honorary pallbearers will be Kenneth Dixon, Clyde McKinney, Arthur Hawkins, Sid Ponder, Don Morton, Cecil Simmons and members of the Warren County Bar Association.

Memorials may be made to Vicksburg Catholic School, Capital Campaign Fund, 1200 Hayes Street, Vicksburg, Mississippi 39183.


CHICAGO Services for Lee Ester “Baby Sister” Winters will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cool Spring M.B. Church with the Rev. Horace McKay officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Miss Winters died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. She was 71.

A former resident of Vicksburg, she was a resident of Chicago. She was a graduate of Bowman High School and Kuhn Memorial School of Nursing. She was a licensed practical nurse and retired in 1995 after 33 years of service. She was a former member of Travis Chapel A.M.E. Church in Vicksburg and a member of Faith Tabernacle in Chicago.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Henry Winters and Gertrude Major Winters.

Survivors include two daughters, Sherry Sykes of Allen, Texas, and Clarice Brown of Chicago; three brothers, Willie Winters of Vicksburg, Clarence Winters of Portland, Ore., and Volney Winters of Vacaville, Calif.; a sister, Walterine Wildee of Vicksburg; three grandsons; and other relatives including Milton Brown Sr.

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


Jesse K. Wyatt Sr. died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at his home. He was 69.

A native and lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Wyatt was the son of the late William and Cornelia Wyatt. He was a veteran and served as an engineer for the Illinois Central Railroad for more than 30 years, retiring in 1983. He owned and operated Downtown Pawn Shop for more than 20 years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Lon W. Wyatt.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Wyatt of Vicksburg; three daughters, Debra Wyatt, Lea Ann Hearn and Ann Cox, all of Vicksburg; his son, Jesse “Kirk” Wyatt Jr. of Vicksburg; his brother, James A. Wyatt of Vicksburg; and six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. James O’Riordan officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be James Wyatt, Jeff Cox, Dean Hearn Sr., Chad Cox, Dean Hearn Jr., Devin Keller, Dale Hearn and Danny Penn.

Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Norwood, Jason Morson, Herbert Stokes, Paul Barrett, Chuck Tatum and John Moody.