October 16, 2002

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, October 16, 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.


Services for Tom Chambless will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Rev. James Busby officiating.

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Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the service at Riles Funeral Home.

Mr. Chambless died Saturday, Oct. 12, 2002, at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Jackson. He was 76.

A native of Batesville, Ark., he had lived in Vicksburg for the past 30 years. He was the son of Houston Chambless and Gracie Harrell Chambless.

Mr. Chambless, a retired plumber, was a veteran of World War II and a member of the Baptist church.

Survivors include a daughter, Pamela Adams of Nashville; one brother, Lloyd Passons of Bentonia; nieces and nephews, including Travis Chambless of Vicksburg; and other relatives.


Services for Marshall “Johnnie Cakes” Coleman will be at 1 p.m. today at Williams Funeral Service Chapel. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Coleman died Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2002, at his home. He was 63.

Mr. Coleman was of the Baptist faith and retired from the Navy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Coleman; his parents, Ben and Mary Coleman; one brother, Henry Coleman; and one sister, Margie Coleman.

Survivors include one brother, Bennie Coleman of San Jose, Calif.; four sisters, Betty Manning of San Francisco, Calif., Curties Mary Lewis and Ruby Moore, both of Jackson, and Minnie Grayson of Vicksburg; four stepsons, Robert Connor, Ronald Connor, Alexander Fultz and Dewayne Connor, all of Vicksburg; three stepdaughters, Jennifer Fultz and Tammie Connor, both of Vicksburg, and Bertha Davis of Greenville; nieces and nephews including Seywood Grayson of Vicksburg and Cornelius Lewis of Jackson; and other relatives and friends.


LAKE PROVIDENCE F.C. “Wilmer” Davis died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002 at East Carroll Parish Hospital in Lake Providence. He was 77.

Mr. Davis was a barber in Lake Providence for 53 years and a member and deacon at First Baptist Church. He served as a seaman first class aboard the USS Talladega in the Asian-Pacific Theater during World War II. He was present when Marines raised the American flag at Iwo Jima. He was also a member of the Pecan Grove F.&A.M. No. 222 in Lake Providence.

He was preceded in death by his father, Fredrick Charles Davis; and his mother, Ardie Davis.

Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn Davis of Lake Providence; three sons, Gary Michael Davis Sr. and Timothy R. Davis, both of Lake Providence, and Fredrick Scott Davis of Delhi; two daughters, Terri D. Harper and Kim D. Campbell, both of Chickasaw; a sister, Annie Lewis of Crowville, La; 13 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church in Lake Providence with the Rev. Jimmy Kettleman officiating. Burial followed at Providence Memorial Cemetery.


Kachandra Chanelle “Peanut” Owens died Sunday, Oct. 13, 2002 at University Medical Center in Jackson. She was 19.

Miss Owens was a member of New Oak Ridge M.B. Church in Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Barbara Jean Owens; her paternal grandfather, Eddie Lee Knight; and her maternal grandfather, George Owens.

Survivors include her father, Eddie James Knight of Vicksburg; her stepmother, Bessie McKenzie of Utica; two brothers, Eddie James Owens and Eddie Orlando Williams, both of Vicksburg; three sisters, Takela M. Knight of Vicksburg, Jessica Knight and Shavonnah Knight, both of Utica; her paternal grandmother, Mattie Knight of Vicksburg; her maternal grandmother, Sarah Owens of Vicksburg; and other relatives and friends.

Williams Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.


Jimmie W. Young died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002. He was 64.

Mr. Young was a native of Hardaman County, Tenn., and had lived in Vicksburg for the past 10 years. He retired as an electrical supervisor with the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1993.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Edward Young.

Survivors include his wife, Brenda L. Young of Vicksburg; one son, Philip Young of Vicksburg; his mother, Ethel Young of Toone, Tenn.; two brothers, Carl Wade Young of Toone and Charles David Young of Eustis, Fla.; three sisters, Carolyn Taylor and Nell Marie Jones, both of Toone, and Margie Burnett of Middleton, Tenn.; three grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be scheduled later.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries, 450 Towne Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS 39157.

Riles Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.