May 10, 2002

Published 12:00 am Friday, May 10, 2002

JAMES C. LOFTON

James C. Lofton died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at River Region Medical Center West Campus. He was 79.

Born in Skeen, Mr. Lofton had lived in Vicksburg for the last three years. He was a retired section foreman for Illinois Central Railroad. He was a member of the Church of Christ.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter; a daughter, Judy McGrew; his parents, Jessie Lee and Bertha Morgan Lofton; a sister, Edmonia Gibson; and two brothers, J.B. Lofton and James Lofton.

He is survived by his wife, Doris Lofton of Vicksburg; three sons, Terry Lofton of Mobile, Ala., Paul Lofton of Keokuk, Iowa, and Tony Lofton of Houston, Texas; four daughters, Anita Riddle King and Glenda James, both of Vicksburg, Linda Arendale of Greenville and Myra Launius of Camden, Ark.; his brother, Bobby Lofton of Indianola; his sister, Edna Rickles of Drew; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. C.L. Bourne officiating. Burial will be at 3:30 at Drew Cemetery in Drew.

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

Pallbearers will be Brent Lofton, Christopher Jackson, Manley Arendale, Charlton Jackson, Terry Jackson and Gary Taylor.

Honorary pallbearers will be Gene Richards, Rhea Fuller, Dr. Russell Barnes, Paul Gant, Mike Riddle, Eddie Arendale Jr., Trey McGrew, T.J. Launius, James Kelvin Lofton, Ronnie King, Paul Lofton Jr., Brian Lofton, Kyle Emory, Chuck Launius and John Hancock.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 660 Lakeland Drive East, Flowood, MS 39268; or to the American Heart Association Southeast Affiliate, 4830 McWillie Circle, Jackson, MS 39206.

ANGELA McDANIEL

Services for Angela McDaniel will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Valley No. 2 Church, 416 Wyche St., in Tallulah with the Rev. Roosevelt England officiating. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery under the direction of Tennant Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from noon Saturday until the service at the church.

Mrs. McDaniel died Sunday, May 5, 2002, at University Medical Center in Jackson. She was 34.

She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Blanson.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis McDaniel of Vicksburg; three sons, Xavier McDaniel and Rakeem McDaniel, both of Vicksburg, and Darius Blanson of St. Louis, Mo.; her father, Eddie Blanson of Tallulah; two brothers, Jerry Blanson of South Carolina and Terry Blanson of Tallulah; two sisters, Zelda Norris and Shelia Rose, both of Tallulah; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

JUDY LOFTON McGREW

BENTON, La. Judy Lofton McGrew died Saturday, April 13, 2002, at Willis-Knighton North Hospital in Shreveport. She was 55.

Born in Drew, Mrs. McGrew was a resident of Benton. She was co-owner of H.E. McGrew Inc., and a member of Greenwood Hills Baptist Church.

Her father, James C. Lofton died Wednesday, May 8, 2002.

She is survived by her husband, Henry Eli McGrew Jr. of Benton; her mother, Doris Lofton of Vicksburg; her son, Henry Eli Lofton III of Shreveport; three daughters, Tina McClellan of Pietown, N.M., Shelia Taylor of Benton and Wendy Wactor of Shreveport; four sisters, Anita Riddle King and Glenda James, both of Vicksburg, Linda Arendale of Greenville and Myra Launius of Camden, Ark.; three brothers, Terry Lofton of Mobile, Ala., Paul Lofton of Keokuk, Iowa, and Tony Lofton of Houston, Texas; 15 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Services were April 16 at Rose-Neath’s Bossier Chapel in Bossier City with the Rev. C.L. Bourne and Alfred Lorick officiating. Burial followed at Forest Park West Cemetery in Shreveport.

VINCENT J. PALERMO

Vincent J. Palermo died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. He was 82.

A native of lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Palermo was the son of the late Joseph P. and Mary Palmer Palermo. He was a 1937 graduate of St. Aloysius High School and was a graduate of Hinds Junior College. She was an Air Force veteran of World War II having served in the European-African Middle Eastern Campaign during which he received five Bronze Stars, the American Defense Service Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He retired in 1977 from the U.S. Forest Service with over 30 years of service. He was ham radio operator for many years. He was a member of the VFW Post 2572, Elks Lodge BPOE 95 and St. Michael Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Virginia G. Palermo of Vicksburg; his daughter, Susan Palermo Gussio of Clinton; his son, Vincent J. Palermo Jr. of Vicksburg; nieces; nephews; and other relatives.

Mass of the Resurrection will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael Catholic Church with the Rev. James O’Riordan officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home. Rosary will be at 6:30.

Pallbearers will be Randy Crist, Tommy Shelton, Wally Pratt, Jack Conway, John Shelton and Greg Gussio.

Honorary pallbearers will be Thad King, Jack Blanchard and Dr. Don Palermo.

DONALD RAY STARNES JR.

Donald Ray Starnes Jr. died today, May 10, 2002, at his home in the Yokena community. He was 46.

Born in Chickapee Falls, Mass., Mr. Starnes had lived in Vicksburg for the last 44 years. He was employed as a truck driver for Pam Trucking Company. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and a member of Grace Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Ray Starnes Sr.

He is survived by his son, Garvin Howard Starnes of Vicksburg; his mother and stepfather, Garvin and Wilma Goodwin Sherard of Vicksburg; his brother, Richard Starnes of Utica; and four sisters, Dolores Lanier and Wanda Derrick, both of Vicksburg, Rhonda Dorin of Florence, Ala., and Tina Henderson of Martin, Tenn.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Sam Dunaway officiating. Burial will follow at Yokena Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 8:30 a.m. Saturday until the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Rusty Goodwin, Bruce Goodwin, Jason Jackson, Brent Jackson, Joe Brown and Ricky Brown.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, 1729 Hankinson Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180