June 21, 2002

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 21, 2002


Johnny “Billy” Cook died Wednesday, June 19, 2002, at his home. He was 43.

A gunsmith, Mr. Cook was a member of the Baptist faith.

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He was preceded in death by his wife, Mizella Cook.

He is survived by two sons, Raymond L. Brown of Chesapeake, Va., and Jerel P. Cook of Vicksburg; his daughter, Shiela D. Henderson of Vicksburg; his mother, Ella Mitchell Cook; two sisters, Helen Wright and Betty Mace, both of Vicksburg; two brothers, Walker Wright of Olive Branch and Willie Cook of Vicksburg; four grandchildren; and other relatives.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.


ROLLING FORK Leon Ducking died Saturday, June 15, 2002, at Sharkey-Issaquena Community Hospital. He was 44.

Mr. Ducking is survived by three sons, Marcus Rogers, Pete Rogers and Brandon Rogers, all of DeKalb County, Ga.; six daughters, Lakeyiah Ducking, CaBria Ducking and Sabrina Ducking, all of Rolling Fork, Raven Ducking of Memphis, Tareva Ducking of Dundee, Fla., and Latrice Ducking of Indianapolis, Ind.; five brothers, West Ducking of Memphis, Freddie Ducking of Indianapolis, Ind., Charlie Ducking of Dundee, Samuel Ducking of Rolling Fork and Johnny Ducking of Greenville; four sisters, Irene McCloud of Lakeland, Fla., Mattie Lewis of Thornton, Pa., Annie Mae Ducking of Rolling Fork and Barbara Walls of Irving, Texas.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Lula M.B. Church in Rolling Fork with Thomas Parker officiating. Burial will follow at Green Chapel Cemetery in Rolling Fork under the direction of Walker Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Saturday until the service at the church.


EPPS, La. Ellen Marie “Tincie” Guice died Tuesday, June 18, 2002, at Rapides Regional Medical Center in Alexandria, La. She was 88.

Mrs. Guice was born in Dallas, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Guice; and a daughter Marie Clack.

She is survived by two sons, Gene Guice of Seadrift, Texas, and Clarence Guice of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; two daughters, Pearl Strange of Columbia, La., and Dale Walker of Arlington, Texas; her brother, John Wright of Houston, Texas; 17 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cox Funeral Home in Delhi with the Rev. Roger Temple officiating. Burial will follow at Epps Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Larry Lingefelt, Jeff Guice, J.E. Miller, Herschel Woodward, Raymond Eady and Jim Walker.


FAYETTE Maggie Savage Jackson died Sunday, June 16, 2002, at Jefferson County Nursing Home in Fayette. She was 99.

A homemaker, Mrs. Jackson was born in Claiborne County. She was a member of Eastern Star and Locust Grove M.B. Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Irvin and Hannah Savage; and six brothers and sisters.

Survivors include her son, James Edward Jackson of Houston, Texas; her niece, Edna Hall of Kansas City, Mo.; eight grandchildren; and other relatives, including Martha Jackson and the Trevillion and and Savage families, all of Fayette

Services will be at noon Saturday at Locust Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Jesse Brown officiating. Burial will follow at Hickory Block Cemetery at Union Church under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home.

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


McCOOL Eugenia Long Milner died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at her son’s home in Vicksburg. She was 86.

Mrs. Milner served as deputy tax assessor of Attala County until she retired at 78. She was a lifelong member of Berea Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for 50 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, S. Don Milner.

Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Donald E. and Hazel Milner of Vicksburg; one grandchild, Caroline Milner Jacobs of Byram; two stepgrandchildren, Randy Lominick of Madison and Anne Portera of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Berea Baptist Church in the McCool community with Dr. Charles Long officiating, assisted by the Rev. Tony Black. Burial will follow at Berea Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at Jordan Funeral Home in Kosciusko.


Services for Edward Brown “Eddie” Ray Sr. will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fisher-Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Thomas McGing officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home. Wake will be at 7:30.

Mr. Ray died Thursday, June 20, 2002, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 77.

He was a native of Tennessee and had lived most of his life in Vicksburg. He was employed with Sears Service for 28 years and owned and operated Ray Refrigeration before retiring in 1992. He was a veteran of the Navy, having served during World War II, and he was a member of St. Paul Catholic church.

Mr. Ray and his family were featured Sunday in The Vicksburg Post as they gathered for a Father’s Day and 56th wedding anniversary celebration.

Mr. Ray was preceded in death by one son, T.G. “Timmy” Ray; his parents, Brownie Ray and Lena Pitts Ray; and two sisters, Betty Johnson and Eva Cooper.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Kathryn Price Ray of Vicksburg; seven sons, Tommy Ray and Larry Ray, both of Vicksburg, Bobby Ray of Valley Park, David Ray of Lumberton, Eddie Ray Jr. of Lake Charles, La., Ricky Ray of Baton Rouge and Mike Ray of Memphis; five daughters, Donna Cobb and Theresa Boykin, both of Vicksburg, Cathy Jo Edwards of Vaiden, Renee Mustin of The Woodlands, Texas, and Libby Flowers of Virginia Beach, Va.; his sister, Kathryn Hartley of New Orleans; and 28 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Shorty Jefferson, Gary West, Kelly Ray, Jamie Ray, Charles “Bo” Jeffcoat, Lawrence Ray, Trent Edwards and Michael Mustin.

Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Johnson, T.D. Easterling, Louie Renaud, Dr. George Abraham III, Dr. Abdul Bahro and Jack Green.

Memorials may be made to the Child Abuse Prevention Center, 2732 Washington St., Vicksburg, MS 39180; or to the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 16 Northtown Drive, Jackson, MS 39211.