Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 10, 2002


ROLLING FORK Services for Irene B. Miller were today at 10:30 a.m. at Deer Creek Baptist Church in Rolling Fork with the Rev. Carl Barnes officiating. Burial will be today at 4:30 p.m. at Flora Hill Cemetery in Gulfport.

Mrs. Miller died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at Sharkey-Issaquena Hospital in Rolling Fork. She was 77.

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Born in Harrison County, she had lived in Rolling Fork for 50 years. She was a retired beautician and a member of Deer Creek Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Albert V. Miller.

She is survived by a brother, George A. Bennett of Biloxi and a sister-in-law, Rosa Mae Miller of Rolling Fork.

Glenwood Funeral Homes-Rolling Fork has charge of the arrangements.


UTICA Nellie Mae Mitchell died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at her home. She was 87.

Mrs. Mitchell was a lifelong resident of Utica and a member of Utica Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Everett Mitchell Sr.; a son, L.E. Mitchell Jr.; and a grandson, Louis Everett Mitchell III.

She is survived by a son, Ken Mitchell of Jackson; a daughter, Pat Sigrest of Utica; and a sister, Mildred Jenkins of Tripola, Iowa.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Utica Baptist Church with the Revs. Ben James and Joe Crouth officiating. Burial will follow at Utica Cemetery under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Homes-Utica.

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

Pallbearers will be Ricky Mitchell, Gary Cooper, David Dooley, Scott Dooley, Jeff Turbville, John Wilson and Jason Palmer.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jeffrey Cooper, Michael Cooper, Dee Dooley, Brent Mitchell, Stephan Dooley, Harris Dooley and Tyler Wilson.

Memorials may be made to Utica Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 149, Utica, MS 39175, or Hospice Ministries, 450 Town Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS 39157.


TALLULAH Charles Ray “Charlie” Moak died Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. He was 74.

Mr. Moak was born in Lincoln County, Miss., and had lived in Hunter Heights for 35 years. He was a retired shift operator for International Paper Company. An Army veteran of World War II, he was also retired from the Mississippi Army National Guard. He was a member of VFW Post 2572 of Vicksburg, a member of UPI Local 618 and a member of Mound Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Sally M. Moak of Tallulah; a daughter Bridget R. Moak of Delta; three sons, Charles R. Moak Jr. of Tallulah, Daniel A. Moak of Natchez and Joseph R. Moak Sr. of Jefferson, Texas; one brother, Harry D. Moak of Pine Bluff, Ark.; and four grandsons.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah with the Rev. Cletus Moak officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tallulah. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight.

Pallbearers will be George Cronia, Harold Youngblood, Patrick Tustain, Charles Stevens, Mark Greco and Joseph Crevitt.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Lee Giffin and the other doctors of Mission Primary Clinic of Vicksburg.


Leona B. Larkins “Honey” Smith died Monday, Sept. 9, 2002. She was 66.

A lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mrs. Smith was a member of New Rock of Ages M.B. Church and Eureka Temple No. 214 Daughter of Elks. She retired as a dispatcher for Veterans Cab Co. after more than 40 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jasper “Dee” Smith; her mother, Suewilla B. Larkins; and her father, Reuben Johnson.

Survivors include one daughter, Alora Larkins Allen of Seattle; four brothers, Maj. Walter W. Larkins Jr. of Henderson, Nev., Charles H. Larkins of Merino Valley, Calif., Ernest J. Larkins of Vicksburg and Sgt. Maj. Clarence J. Larkins of Puyallup, Wash.; two sisters, Jean M. Gray of Cleveland, Ohio, and Dr. Connie Larkins Williams of Vicksburg; and two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and other relatives, including the Jones and Chisley families of Vicksburg and the Burnham and Gilmore families of California.

Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


LORMAN Edward “Slick” Thomas Sr. died Friday, Sept. 6, 2002, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was 73.

Mr. Thomas was a member and usher at Jessimime Ridge Baptist Church and a member of the Baptist Aid.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tom and Anna Thomas; five sisters, Ravalla Burns, Katherine Thomas, Dorothy M. Vessel, Irene Richmond and Lucille Mack; and three brothers, Joe L. Thomas, Buster Thomas and Caesar Thomas.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Thomas of Lorman; four sons, Edward Thomas Jr. of Hopewell, Va., Anthony Thomas, Elroy C. Thomas and Lorenzo Thomas, all of Lorman; four daughters, Anna Wiggins of Russum, Miss., Lillie Tubbs of Vicksburg, Tina Thomas of Marietta, Ga., and Lashonda Thomas of Lorman; a stepson, Troy Washington of Fayette; three brothers, Mose Thomas of Fayette, Robert C. Thomas of Natchez and Tom Thomas of Herlong, Calif.; his mother-in-law, Eula Starks of Fayette; three daughters-in-law; eight brothers-in-law; three sisters-in-law; 13 grandchildren; and a number of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, at Jessimine Ridge Baptist Church in Lorman with the Rev. James Dorsey officiating. Burial will be at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 until 6 p.m. Wednesday at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel and Thursday from 10 a.m. until service time at the church.