April 28, 2002

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 29, 2002


Helen Jones Dean died Thursday, April 25, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. She was 90.

Mrs. Dean was born in Smith County, Miss., and lived in Vicksburg for 71 years. She was a retired employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Vicksburg where she was director of the cradle roll department.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold M. Dean Sr.

She is survived by a son, Arnold M. Dean Jr., of Fort Belvoir, Va.; a daughter, Dottie D. Rankin of Vicksburg, and six grandchildren, Ben Bryant, Jessie Bryant, Derek Dean, Mason Dean, Dylan Dean and Christian Dean.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. John G. McCall and the Rev. Jim Hess officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the service Monday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jessie Bryant, Ben Bryant, Leiland Duke, Robert Peters, John Palmerton and Bubba Evans.

Honorary pallbearers will be Clyde McAuley, John Strange, J.W. Carter and Fred Baldwin.


DIAMONDHEAD, Miss. Mary Clare Case Skaggs died Thursday, April 25, 2002, at Northshore Regional Medical Center in Slidell, La. She was 68.

Mrs. Skaggs was a native of Amite, La., and a resident of Diamondhead, Miss. She was a teacher and a member of the Diamondhead Women’s Golf Association, Diamondhead Community Church and Philanthropic Education Organization.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Isaac and Lucille Case, and a brother, Robert W. Case.

She is survived by her husband, Hiram M. Skaggs; two sons, John Skaggs of San Antonio, Texas, and Jeff Skaggs of Katy, Texas; one daughter, Cindy Scurria of Vicksburg, and four grandchildren, Greg Scurria, Mary Clare Scurria, Michael Skaggs and Bradley Scurria.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at First United Methodist Church in Amite with the Rev. Bill Willis officiating. Burial will follow at Amite Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until the service at the funeral home.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. May 6 at Diamondhead Community Church in Diamondhead.

Memorials may be made to the Diamondhead Community Church.

McKneely Funeral Home in Amite has charge of arrangements.


EDWARDS Willie Oliver Thomas Jr., died Saturday, April 27, 2002, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. He was 54.

Mr. Thomas was a resident of Edwards and a member of Friendship M.B. Church.

He is survived by a daughter, Natasha Washington of Kosciusko; his father, Willie O. Thomas Sr., of Chicago; five brothers, James Taylor of Edwards, Michael Taylor of Jackson, Robert Taylor of Clinton and David Thomas and Melvin Thomas, both of Chicago; a sister, Tammie Taylor of Edwards; three grandchildren and a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives including Earl D. Taylor of Denver.

Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.