Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Wilbur A. Rigby died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. He was 90.

Born in Covington County, Mr. Rigby had lived in Vicksburg since 1946. He graduated from Mississippi State University. He was an Army veteran, serving in World War II with the 7th Armored Division.

He was a former employee of Warren County, serving as administrator of the products and marketing department. He also worked for Gulf Chemical Co. for a number of years and had worked as a chemical analyst with the Concrete Department at Waterways Experiment Station.

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Mr. Rigby was a member of the Mississippi State Alumni Association, serving as president of the local chapter. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, where he had been a deacon and elder.

Survivors include his wife, Alice S. Rigby of Vicksburg; one daughter, Betty Jane Rigby Giles of Roswell, Ga.; four sons, John Wilbur Rigby of Savannah, Ga., Richard Hugh Rigby of Sugarland, Texas, Swayze Rigby of Baton Rouge and Lawson Rigby of Jackson; and 12 grandchildren.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at First Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Friday until the service in Ward Hall at the church.

Pallbearers will be Gabriel Rigby, Chad Rigby, Boyce Rigby, Richard Rigby, Carl Graves, Clifford Rigby, Oliver Stone, Frank Witty and Keith Kellum.

Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy, First Presbyterian Church or to a favorite charity.


Juanita G. “Honey” Thompson died Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. She was 83.

A homemaker, Mrs. Thompson was a member and former adult choir member at Rock of Ages M.B. Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sam Thompson; her parents, Henry Sr. and Sarah Campbell Garland; a sister, Amelia Flowers; and four brothers, Albert Garland, Henry Garland Jr., Adolph Garland and Jule Garland.

Survivors include two daughters, Floriece Chambers and Freddie Jean Thompson, both of Vicksburg; two brothers, Thomas A. Garland of Metcina, Calif., and Percy Garland of Detroit; two sisters, Lucille Williams of Baton Rouge and Maggie Hooper of Detroit; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives, including members of the Bland family of Vicksburg.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.