September 9, 2002

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 9, 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 Dr. Madison Travis Collins died Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002, in Atlanta. He was 62.

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Dr. Collins was a native of Utica. He graduated from Mississippi State University, where he was a member of the baseball team, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Alpha Zeta. He was life secretary of the MSU Class of 1961.

Dr. Collins graduated from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and had been a large-animal veterinarian in the Atlanta area for more than 35 years.

He was past president of the Georgia Equine Practitioners Association. He was involved in horse shows and auctions and led the Stone Mountain Wildlife Trail and the Atlanta and National Park Service police horse veterinary programs.

Dr. Collins was a commissioned officer in the Army and a Green Beret in the 81st Airborne. He served in southeast Asia and retired as a colonel in the Army Reserve. He was a master rigger and parachutist and a champion marksman on the U.S. Army pistol team.

Dr. Collins was a lifelong member of Utica Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Edward Jr. and Nell Travis Collins.

Survivors include his wife, Janice Edwina Rodgers Collins; a son, Jason Travis Collins of Lilburn, Ga.; one sister, Dr. Mary Collins Landin of Utica; two brothers, Lt. Col. Thomas E. Collins III of Lauderdale and Everette H. Collins of Houma, La.; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Services were this morning at First Baptist Church in Lafayette, Ala., and will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Utica Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery near Utica. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Tuesday at the funeral home.


Melvin G. Griffith died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. He was 77.

Mr. Griffith was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg and was a foreman for the past 19 years at Patton-Tully. He served in the United Stated Marines during World War II. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Forest Griffith and Addie Elizabeth Ross Griffith; his daughter, Beth Griffith Luckett; and two brothers, Jere Knox Griffith and Forest Ulmer Griffith.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy B. Griffith of Vicksburg; two sons, Tommy Griffith and Andy G. Griffith, both of Vicksburg; one daughter, Jerre G. Landers of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren; and one niece.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Clifton McInnis Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Pallbearers will be Mike Mitchell, Charles Luckett, Jim Conway, Rocky Fowler, Shane Rowland and Allen Brown.

Honorary Pallbearers will be George Maples, Odis Lowery, Russell Barnes, Leroy Simoneaux, A.T. Barnes and Dr. George E. Abraham II.

Memorials may be made to the Mississippi Firefighters Memorial Burn Center, P.O. Box 935, Greenville, MS 38702-0935 or to the American Lung Association, P.O. Box 2178, Ridgeland, MS 39158.


Addie Mae Pierce Harried died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. She was 68.

A homemaker, Mrs. Harried was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Arnell Harried; her father, Willie Language; and her mother, Carrie Mae Pierce.

She is survived by a son, Carl Pierce of Vicksburg; three daughters, Betty Pierce and Carrie Pierce, both of Vicksburg, and Barbara Williams of New York; four brothers, Willie Walker of Chicago, Walter Jones of Gary, Ind., Jimmy Jones of St. Louis, Mo., and Gerald Walker of Oakland, Calif.; two sisters, Bobbie Willis of St. Louis and Cheryl Walker of Oakland; and four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and members of the George Carter family of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home with the Rev. Larry Clark officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.


PORT GIBSON Jack Dale Klingler died Saturday, Sept. 7, 2002, at his home in Port Gibson. He was 77.

Mr. Klingler was a native of Fenton, Mich., and received a degree in engineering and business in 1940 from Michigan State University. He served in the Navy in World War II and became a member of the Army Reserve.

He retired from Bechtel Corp. in 1986 and worked for the Vicksburg Evening Post for a number of years.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dave and Eva Klingler; three brothers, James Klingler, Ira Jarvis and Ralph Jarvis; two sisters, Helen Thorton and Vera Urbeneskey; and a stepson, Edward Frost Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Williams Klingler of Port Gibson; one son, Gary Klingler of St. Louis, Mich.; one daughter, Kathy Botney of St. Louis; a stepson, Larry Frost of Vicksburg; a stepdaughter, Eloise Thum of Vicksburg; two sisters, Violet Neal and Ruth Wakeman, both of Fenton; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends, including Kathy Hooper of Vicksburg and Robert Reddin of Port Gibson.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Port Gibson. Burial will follow at Hermanville Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Adam Frost, Jamie Frost, Dale Thum, Robert Reddin, Scott Maguire and Tim Maguire.

Honorary pallbearers will be Herbert Williams, Vernon Bailey, William Dickinson, Danny Hearn and Shane Williams.