August 23, 2002

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 23, 2002

The Vicksburg Post prints obituaries for residents, former residents and residents’ immediate family members who resided elsewhere when notified by a family member or a funeral home. There is no charge for printing an obituary, but all are edited to meet the newspaper’s requirements.


UTICA Mattie Gibson died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home. She was 88.

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Mrs. Gibson was a longtime resident of Utica. She owned and operated a fabric store in Utica for a number of years. She was a member of the Utica Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Homer Gibson.

Survivors include two sons, H.V. “Bud” Gibson of Fort Worth, Texas, and Glenn Gibson of Columbus, Ga.; two daughters, Dorothy Turner of Raymond and Janice Walker of Byram; one brother, Percy Cagle of Florence; two sisters, Lula Thomas of Vicksburg and Margie Robertson of Jackson; six grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Utica Baptist Church with the Rev. Ben James officiating under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home. Burial will be at Utica Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Utica Cemetery Association.


CINCINNATI Robert C. Gunkel Sr. died Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002, in Cincinnati. He was 79.

Mr. Gunkel was a veteran of World War II and lived in Vicksburg from 1973 until 1996.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Keown Gunkel.

He is survived by a son, Robert C. Gunkel Jr. of Vicksburg; two daughters, Lynn Duvall of Evansville, Ind., and Gayle Hasty of Laurel; two brothers, Raymond Gunkel and Clifford Gunkel; one sister, Hilda Gunkel; and six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at New England Club Chapel in Cincinnati.

Memorials may be made to VistaCare Hospice, 8135 Beechmont Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45255.


BILOXI Naomi H. Kitchens died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at Keesler Air Force Base. She was 79.

Mrs. Kitchens was born in New Orleans and moved with her family to Lake Providence as a child. She was of the Catholic faith.

She was a volunteer with the Officer’s Wives Club and served with the Keesler Officer’s Wives Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph C. Hamley; and four sisters.

Survivors include her husband, Brig. Gen. Edward B. Kitchens of Biloxi; two sons, Rodney M. Kitchens of Lawrenceville, Ga., and William J. Kitchens of New Orleans; a sister, Marie H. Dinger of Monroe, La.; and three grandchildren.

Services were to be at 12:15 today at Riemann Funeral Home in Biloxi. Burial will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Greenville Cemetery in Greenville.

Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation Inc., 1501 N.W. 9th Ave., Bob Hope Road, Miami, FL 33136-1494.


LAKE PROVIDENCE Mamie Kathleen McGough died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at West Carroll Memorial Hospital in Oak Grove. She was 88.

Mrs. McGough was born in Lawrenceburg, Tenn.

She was preceded in death by her parents, James Evertt and Mildred Viola Durham Tice; and her husband, Perry A. McGough.

Survivors include two daughters, Mildred Hughes of Lake Providence and Perry Ann Burress of Stafford, Va.; one brother, Robert Tice of Little Rock, Ark.; two sisters, Louise Tice Buzbee of Little Rock, Ark., and Annie Mae Jackson of Denham Springs; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be today at 2 p.m. at Northside Church of Christ. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the church with V.W. Hayhurst officiating. Burial will be at Providence Memorial Cemetery in Lake Providence.

Pallbearers will be Ray Hughes, Buddy Hughes, James Hughes, Johnny Burress, Allen Burress and Gary Kuchera.

Honorary pallbearers will be Sidney Smith, Chad Smith and Joshua Kuchera.

Cox Funeral Home of Lake Providence has charge of the arrangements.


Services for Clara A. Popham will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Eagle Lake United Methodist Church with the Rev. Lauren Porter officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.

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

Mrs. Popham died Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. She was 86.

A native of San Antonio, Mrs. Popham had lived in Warren County since 1965. She was the daughter of the late Victor and Emma Mae Manahan Coudreit. She was a member of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Everett C. Popham, and a grandson, Robert F. Penley Jr.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Flemmie and Robert Penley of Eagle Lake; one grandson, Rusty Penley of Vicksburg; a great-grandson, Jake Penley; and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Parker Leon, David Leon, Will Hubert, Mike McNair, Forrest McNair, Michael Manahan, Jack Branning, Robert Theobald and Mike Ouzts.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Adult Sunday School Class of Eagle Lake United Methodist Church.