October 21, 2002

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 21, 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.


PHILADELPHIA, Miss. Mack Tom Bell died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at Jeff Anderson Regional Medical Center in Meridian. He was 83.

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A farmer, Mr. Bell was a resident of Philadelphia, Miss.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Bell of Philadelphia; three daughters, Janie Stewart, Bonnie Phelps and Lorena Sanders, all of Vicksburg; a son, Lonnie Bell of Vicksburg; two sisters, Beauty Morris and Louise Bell, both of Philadelphia; two brothers, Sam Bell and David Bell, both of Philadelphia; 10 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives, including George Bell.

Services were at 11 a.m. today at Bogue Chitto Baptist Church with the Rev. Doby Henry officiating. Burial followed at Sleep Cemetery under the direction of Milling Funeral Home in Sebastopol.


Dorothy L. Dean died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at Belmont Place. She was 89.

A Vicksburg native, Miss Dean was the daughter of the late Arthur E. and Jessie Martin Dean. She served with the Army and Air Force defense agencies in World War II and volunteered with the United Service Organizations, transferring to the Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station.

She retired as employee relations assistant with more than 29 years of service and was executive secretary of the Incentive Awards Committee. She was a member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Arnold M. Dean and James B. Dean.

Miss Dean is survived by a niece, Dotti D. Rankin of Vicksburg, and a nephew, Arnold M. Dean Jr. of Washington, D.C.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. Geoffrey Joyner, pastor of Crawford Street United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. Tuesday until the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Joseph Franco, Don S. Miller Jr., Charles R. Johnson, Luther Warnock and E.C. Loflin.

Honorary pallbearer will be William F. Lauderdale Sr.


Charlie M. Ervin died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at River Region Medical Center. He was 67.

Mr. Ervin was a resident of Vicksburg , a retired employee of Mississippi Power & Light Company and a member and deacon of Woodlawn Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Charlotte Diane Ervin; his parents, Eugene Clifton Ervin and Mollie McGuffie Ervin; six brothers, Eugene Ervin, Otto Ervin, Thomas Joseph Ervin, Sidney K. Ervin, James “Jimmy” Ervin, and Don Ervin; and three sisters, Bernice Branan, Mary Lee and Peggy Guthrie.

Survivors include his wife, Thresia Ervin of Vicksburg; two daughters, Donna E. Harper and Cindy E. Rollison, both of Vicksburg; five grandchildren, Amanda Harper Donald, of Pearl, Melissa Harper, Jack Harper, Kayla Rollison and Shane Rollison, all of Vicksburg; and a brother, Cecil Ervin of Lake Mary, Fla.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Riles Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Kent Campbell officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be James Davis, Clyde McKinney, Dr. Joe Ross, Randle Kincaid, Lamar Jenkins, William Cook, Steve Cook and Dennis Moore.

Honorary pallbearers will be deacons of Woodlawn Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Woodlawn Baptist Church Building Fund, 2310 Culkin Road, Vicksburg, MS 39183.


The Rev. Roy Alfred Givens Sr. died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at Heritage House Nursing Center. He was 92.

Born in Simsboro, La., the Rev. Givens was the son of William Alfred Givens and Mary Elizabeth Gullatte Givens.

He completed his study for the ministry at Millsaps College and Chandler School of Theology at Emory University. He served as a minister for the United Methodist Church in the Mississippi Conference, pastoring churches in South Mississippi from 1947 until 1953. He moved to the Vicksburg district and served churches in Benton, Anguilla, Natchez, Jackson and Madison before retiring in 1975.

The Rev. Givens moved to Eagle Lake and assisted with ministering at Redwood and Eagle Lake United Methodist churches until 1990.

He was preceded in death by a wife, Ruth Gray Givens; a sister, Maurine Givens Mullins; two brothers, Herman Gullatte Givens and Gordon Givens; and a granddaughter, Elizabeth Warrick.

Survivors include his wife, Ellen Sample Givens of Eagle Lake; a daughter, Pat Davis of Houston, Texas; five sons, Roy A. Givens Jr. of Quitman, Emory L. Warrick of Valdosta, Ga., Russ Brown of Arlington, Texas, Edward Brown of Savannah, Ga., and Doug Brown of Chicago; one sister, Elizabeth Givens Alford of Covington, La.; one brother, Raymond Givens of Lakeland, Fla.; and 10 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Riles Funeral Home Chapel with the Revs. Don Williams and Lauren Porter officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Roy A. Givens III, Robert William Givens, Parker Leon, Rusty Penley, Ralph Stewart Givens, Emory L. Warrick, Lou Parker and David Leon.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Daniel Edney and the Methodist ministers of the West Jackson District of the United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to Eagle Lake United Methodist Church, 343 Australia Island Drive, Vicksburg, MS 39183 or to the Methodist Hour TV Ministry, P.O. Box 16657, Hattiesburg, MS 39404.