March 26, 2002

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, March 26, 2002


WICHITA, Kan. Whitney Pearlie Brown died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at Veterans Administration Hospital in Wichita, Kan. He was 72.

Mr. Brown was a veteran of the Army having served during World War II.

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He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Brown Sr. and Mary Lou McNair Brown; four brothers, Henry Brown Sr., Claude Brown, Samuel Brown and John Brown; two sisters, Lula Mae Brown Stampley and Annie Brown Ward; and his maternal grandparents, Lettie Miller and Lynch McNair.

He is survived by three brothers, Jack Brown Jr. of Los Angeles and Charlie Brown and Robert Clark, both of Vicksburg; his sister, Laura Brown Anderson of Vicksburg; nieces; nephews; and other relatives, including the Brown, Lacey and Anderson families of Vicksburg.

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


Jerrine Michelle Chambliss died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. She was 32.

Miss Chambliss was employed with Red Lobster in Crestwood, Ala., for four years. She was a member of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Cleveland Henry Palmer; and her paternal great-grandfather, David Chambliss.

She is survived by her son, Kevin Paul Chambliss of Vicksburg; her father, Michael David Chambliss of Ithaca, N.Y.; her mother, Lamar Chambliss of Vicksburg; three brothers, Michael Anthony Chambliss and Adrian Lemond Chambliss, both of St. Louis, Mo., and Jonathan Alexander Johnson of Vicksburg; two sisters, Jennifer Elaine Chambliss of St. Louis and Micheala Chambliss of Ithaca; her paternal grandmother, Doressia Chambliss of Jackson and maternal grandmother, Johnnie Mae Palmer of Vicksburg; her paternal great-grandmother, Katie Chambliss of Vicksburg; and other relatives, including Lottie Burns of Vicksburg, Paula Taylor of Huntsville, Ala., and the Palmer and Chambliss families of Vicksburg.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of the arrangements.


Services for Leroy Christmas will be at noon Wednesday at St. Mary’s Center with the Rev. Tyrone Dixon officiating. Burial will follow at St. Paul’s Cemetery in Bovina.

Visitation will be today at Robbins Funeral Home and from 11 a.m. Wednesday until the service at St. Mary’s Center.

Mr. Christmas died Friday, March 22, 2002, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 57.

Mr. Christmas was a native of Hinds County and self-employed in construction and logging. He was a member of St. Paul’s M.B. Church of Bovina.

He was preceded in death by his father, E.C. Cooks; a sister, Inel Cooks; and a brother, Kenny Ray Cooks.

He is survived by his wife, Hazel Christmas of Vicksburg; five sons, including Reginald Christmas, Daniel Christmas and Derrick Christmas, all of Vicksburg; a daughter, Trecia Freeman of Memphis; his mother, Marlena Cooks of Vicksburg; three sisters, Sharlena Fahngon of Decatur, Ga., and Elise Beacham and Gertha Ponce, both of Edwards; six brothers, Jimmie Dotson and Ronnel Cooks of Vicksburg, Clyde Cooks and Samuel Cooks of Edwards, Tyrone Cooks of Garland, Texas, and Robert Cooks of Michigan; and 10 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and other relatives.


OAK GROVE, La. Johnny Melton Davis died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La. He was 86.

Born in Damascus, Ark., Mr. Davis was a farmer and a resident of Oak Grove, La.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Issac Oliver Davis and Parilee Harris Davis.

He is survived by his wife, Agnes Stevenson Davis; four sons, Donald Davis of Oak Grove, Bobby Bryan of Midland, Texas, and Glen Bryan and Dexter Bryan, both of Bastrop, La.; three daughters, Oneda Robinson and Linda Maxwell, both of Oak Grove, and Connie Auther of Bastrop; one sister, Era Teeters of Compton, Calif.; a brother, B.J. Davis of Springfield, Mo.; and 20 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cox Chapel in Oak Grove with the Rev. Isaac A. Patton officiating. Burial will follow at Red Wing Cemetery.

Visitation will be until 9 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Paul Davis, David Davis, Doyle Morgan, Dexter Bryan, Glen Bryan and William Morgan.


EDWARDS Estelle Reed died Monday, March 25, 2002, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. She was 83.

A lifelong resident of Edwards, Mrs. Reed was a member of the Ladies Club in Edwards. She was also a member of Edwards Baptist Church where she worked in the nursery for more than 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Clifton Reed Sr.

She is survived by two sons, Clifton Reed Jr. and Kenneth Reed, both of Edwards; three daughters, Betty Pearl Van Etten, Bobbie Bruce and Jennie Whitaker, all of Edwards; her sister, Jimmie Lee Fowler of Edwards; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Edwards Baptist Church with the Revs. Roddy Reed and Carl McEntire officiating. Burial will follow at Edwards Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 tonight at Glenwood Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. Thursday until the service at the church,

Pallbearers will be Donald Ray Van Etten, Bobby Joe Van Etten, Kevin Lee Bruce, Danny Fowler, Raymond Henderson and Tommy Butts.

Honorary pallbearers will be Oliver Barnett Jr., Charlie Rather, Billy Smith and Larry Dickerson.


June E. Stevens died Sunday, March 24, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. She was 80.

Born in Columbus, Ohio, Mrs. Stevens had lived in Vicksburg since 1946. She was a former employee of Early Chevrolet Company, Westinghouse Corporation and Vicksburg City School Systems She was a veteran of the U.S. Navy Waves having served during World War II. She was a member of the Career Homemakers Group. She was also a member of Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Charles E. Stevens of Vicksburg; her son, Alvin William Stevens of Jackson; two brothers, Joe Swingle and Martin Swingle, both of Columbus; two grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery with the Revs. Jim Williams and Ed Hightower officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. Thursday until the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church, 335 Bowie Road, Vicksburg, MS. 39180.