December 12, 2001

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, December 12, 2001


LIMA, Ohio Berotha Gaines died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at Lima Memorial Hospital. She was 66.

Mrs. Gaines was born in Lorman and worked as an inspector for International Brake in Lima.

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She was preceded in death by her parents, T.J. and Mary E. Walton Lincoln; one son, James Gaines; a sister, Etta Cooks; a brother, Leonard Bingham Sr.; and her stepfather, Collins Monroe.

Survivors include her husband, Rowan Gaines Sr. of Lima; two sons, Rowan Gaines Jr. and Harvey Gaines, both of Lima; three brothers, Roma Monroe and Elhue Monroe, both of Lima; five sisters, Joyce Beachum of Vicksburg and Cora M. Simpson, Betty Collins, Lucille Monroe and Anita Monroe, all of Lima; her stepmother, Ella L. Lincoln of Vicksburg; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Jones-Clark Funeral Home in Lima with the Rev. Robert Horton officiating. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Visitation will from 4 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.


Services for Oscar P. LaBarre Jr., an attorney and former longtime municipal judge for Vicksburg, will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Scott Reiber, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Mr. LaBarre died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at ParkView Regional Medical Center. He was 78.

A native of Vicksburg and the son of the late Oscar P. LaBarre Sr. and Mary Roof LaBarre. In addition to his legal work, he was a longtime cast member of “Gold In The Hills,” the melodrama staged here for more than 50 years by the Vicksburg Theatre Guild. He played Big Mike, the bartender in the Bowery dance hall.

Mr. LaBarre received his early education in public schools here and then went to Texas A&M University to study engineering.

He joined the Army in 1943. When he returned from World War II, Mr. LaBarre went to the University of Mississippi and received a bachelor’s degree in business and accounting.

He worked for a large paint company in Memphis before returning to Ole Miss to study law. He then returned to Vicksburg and practiced with U. Grey Flowers before Flowers moved to Jackson and Mr. LaBarre became a solo practitioner.

Mr. LaBarre was appointed Vicksburg municipal judge in 1958 and served for about 30 years.

Mr. LaBarre is survived by his wife, Jacqueline LaBarre of Vicksburg; three sons, Oscar P. “Putt” LaBarre III of Columbus, Robert Selby LaBarre of Vicksburg and William Ross LaBarre of Hollandale; a daughter, Lois LaBarre Wilson; and 11 grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Brian LaBarre, Seth LaBarre, Philip LaBarre, Selby LaBarre, Robert LaBarre, Azee LaBarre, Benjamin LaBarre and William “Butch” Wilson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Frank Shanahan, David Dabney, Robert Turner, Robert Solis, Jimmy Dupuy, Lucius Dabney, Ashby Foote, Waverley Artz and Leonard Theus.


TALLULAH Luther Franklin Russell died Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2001, at Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston, La. He was 97.

Mr. Russell was born in Castor, La., and had lived in Madison Parish since 1938. A retired farmer, he was a member of Willow Bayou Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gertrude Martin Russell, and a daughter, Hazel Laverne Russell.

Survivors include six sons, Tony Russell, Benton Russell and Clinton Russell, all of Denham Springs, La., Thomas Russell and Travis Russell, both of Tallulah, and Terry Russell of Port Allen, La.; three daughters, Mary Webb of Ruston, Geneva Russell of Tallulah and Louise Wimberley of Hall Summit, La.; 19 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah with the Rev. Charles Caston officiating. Burial will follow at Silver Creek Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Jason Russell, Mark Russell, Shelby Russell, Leslie Webb, Russell Webb and Kendall Walker.


TALLULAH Mary Caldwell Solomon died Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at Olive Branch Nursing Home in Tallulah. She was 86.

Mrs. Solomon was a former resident of Vicksburg and Bernice, La.

She is survived by two daughters, Carole Casper of San Antonio, Texas, and Mary Saucier of Vicksburg; four grandsons, Ryan Saucier and Nick Saucier, both of Vicksburg, and Chris and Matt Casper, both of San Antonio; and two great-granddaughters.

Services were Dec. 4 at Bernice City Cemetery. Burial followed under the direction of Kilpatrick Funeral Home of Bernice.