October 24, 2002

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 24, 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.


FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. Jean Atkinson died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002. She was 70.

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Mrs. Atkinson was a former resident of Vicksburg. She was a member of Harps Crossing Baptist Church in Fayetteville, Ga. She retired as a school teacher from the Fulton County School System.

Survivors include her husband, Luther Atkinson of Brooks, Ga.; a son, Thomas E. Atkinson of Brooks; a daughter, Renee A. Horton of McDonough, Ga.; three brothers, Robert Harris of Fredricksburg, Texas, and Joe Wayne Harris and Edwin Harris, both of Vicksburg; four grandchildren; and other relatives, including Doris Hill of Edwards.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Carl J. Mowell & Son Chapel in Fayetteville with the Rev. Ken Helms officiating. Burial will follow at Brooks Memorial Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Harps Crossing Building Fund, 1183 S. Highway 92, Fayetteville, GA 30215.


Services for Rose Marie Gamble will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. James O’Riordan officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Fisher Funeral Home. Rosary will be at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Miss Gamble died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at St. Dominic Memorial Hospital in Jackson. She was 76.

She was a lifelong resident of Vicksburg and worked for the Corps of Engineers for 30 years as a data analyst. She was a member of St. Paul Catholic Church, a Eucharistic minister and a member of the Altar Society and the Bereavement Committee.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert A. and Mary Rafferty Gamble; a brother, Franklin P. Gamble; and a sister, Mary Loraine Butler.

Survivors include two nieces, Linda B. Black of Little Rock, Ark., and Mary Noel Mabry of Hot Springs, Ark.; and other relatives.

Pallbearers will be Dreher Harris, William F. Lauderdale Jr., Joe Lauderdale, Jim Conway, Tom Maloney, Don Flowers and Byron Flowers.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, 713 Crawford St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.


Willard E. “Bill” Harding Jr. died Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at River Region West in Vicksburg. He was 75.

Mr. Harding was a resident of Vicksburg and a retired electrical engineer for the Corps of Engineers. He was a graduate of Mississippi State University, a member of the Elks Lodge and of Hawkins United Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Roberta Whitfield Harding; and his parents, Willard E. and Lizzie Glick Harding of Greenwood.

Survivors include two sons, Eddie Harding of Memphis and Bob Harding of Madison; a daughter, Beth Jones of Vicksburg; four grandchildren; and a sister, Monta Bledsoe of Nashville, Tenn.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg with the Revs. Mitchell Hedgepeth and Ann Bledsoe officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.

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

Pallbearers will be Joe Stuckey, Jack Gillis, Johnny Bower, Don Antoine, Vernon Plett and Danny Wallace.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Paul Pierce, Bill Payne, Bob White, Forrest McNair, Sammy Franco and the Hawkins United Methodist Church DMAs.

Memorials may be made to Hawkins United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3736 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180.


OAK GROVE Jon Kaskell McNeil died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at Morehouse General Hospital. He was 49.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Chester Floyd McNeil and Myrtle Lavonia McNeil.

Survivors include his wife, Shane McNeil of Jacksonville, Texas; a son, Jay Kaskell McNeil of Goodwill, La.; a daughter, Crystal LaShane Davis of Eudora, Ark.; four brothers, Jack McNeil, Billy Joe McNeil and Jimmy McNeil, all of Oak Grove, and Jerry McNeil of Swartz, La.; four sisters, Sylvia McNeil Frazier of Pensacola, Fla., Carol McNeil Moore of Oak Grove, Lynn McNeil Malone of Kilbourne, La., and Susan McNeil Sims of Oak Grove; eight grandchildren; and friends, including Barbara Vail of Jones, La.

Services were at 10 a.m. today at Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Oak Grove with the Rev. Jimbo Herring officiating. Burial will follow at Beulah Cemetery in Oak Grove.

Pallbearers will be Eric McNeil, Joe McNeil, Cliff Frazier, Robert Morgan, Mike Garner, Alva Thompson, Craig McNeil and Kyle McNeil.

Honorary pallbearer will be Richard Cowden.


Services for Frances “Maude” Mixon will be at noon Saturday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Mixon died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2002, at Mississippi Care Health Center. She was 88.

A homemaker and seamstress, Mrs. Mixon was a former member of Rose Hill South M.B. Church in Greenville and St. Mark Freewill Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by three husbands; her parents, David James and Rosetta James; two brothers, D.C. James and Ellis Vaughn; and three sisters, Louie James, Lillie James and Cornelia Vaughn-Miller.

She is survived by nieces, including Margie Herron of Vicksburg; and other relatives and friends, including Betty and Bill Griffin of Greenville.