January 15, 2003

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 15, 2003

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.

William Dale Garner

William Dale Garner died Monday, Jan. 13, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. He was 75.

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Born in Magnolia, Ark., to Alan Roy and Olive Mae Driscoll Garner, Mr. Garner was a resident of Vicksburg. He was a graduate of Arkansas State University and a veteran having served in both the Army and the Navy. He retired in 1982 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Lower Mississippi Valley Division as a civil engineer after 34 years of service. He was a member of the National Association of Professional Engineers and the American Legion Post 106. He was a member of the Senior Choir at Immanuel Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian Sikes Garner of Vicksburg; two sons, Dennis D. Garner and Kevin H. Garner, both of Vicksburg; three brothers, Roy Eugene Garner of Conway, Ark., Charles Edward Garner of Brooklett, Ga., and Alan Ray Garner of Tehacapi, Calif.; and two grandchildren.

Riles Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Tommy John Jones Sr.

Tommy John “T.J.” Jones Sr. died today, Jan. 15, 2003, at his home. He was 88.

Mr. Jones retired as a laborer from Anderson-Tully Co. He was a deacon and member of Cool Spring M.B. Church, where he was in the male chorus and served as an adult Sunday school teacher. He was a member of Broadwater Lodge No. 55 F&AM and the Willing Workers Club.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel B. Jones; one son, Tommy J. Jones Jr.; one sister, Lula Mae Mershon; and his parents, Monroe and Josie White Jones.

Survivors include five sons, Alonzo Jones and Dexter Jones, both of Vicksburg, Carlton Jones of Ocean Springs, Delbert Jones of Dale City, Vt., and Smith Wayne Reed of Springfield, Mass.; seven daughters, Lula M. Jones, Sinatra A. Williams, Margaret Harris, Cloria Jones, Vanessa M. Prentiss and Carla L. Brinnon, all of Vicksburg, and Tommie S. Winters of Clinton; 39 grandchildren; 62 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends, including Elizabeth Roberts, Mary E. Taylor and members of the Waters, Williams, Roberts and Johnson families, all of Vicksburg.

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

Cynthia Jeanette Prichard

SLIDELL, La. Services for Cynthia Jeanette Prichard were at 11 a.m. today at Honaker Funeral Home Chapel in Slidell with the Rev. Jim Long officiating. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Ms. Prichard died Saturday, Jan. 11, 2003, at her home in Slidell. She was 42.

A native of Vicksburg, Ms. Prichard had lived in Slidell for the past 31 years. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include two sons, Chasston Prichard and Nicholas Pettway, both of Slidell; her parents, James L. and Brenda Pettway of Vicksburg and Betty S. and Terry Parta of Slidell; two sisters, Terri Cramer of Slidell and Theresa Moody of Gulfport; a brother, Rory Pettway of the Marine Corps; and her grandmother, Ruby E. Sanders of Vicksburg.

Freddie B. Porter Sr.

Freddie B. “Fred” Porter Sr. died Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. He was 65.

Mr. Porter was a retired butcher from Judy’s Fish Market. He was a member of Mount Zion M.B. Church No. 4, where he was a deacon.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Sadie Porter Blue; a stepbrother, Fred Hall; his parents, Arthur Porter Sr. and Mamie Lee Gant Porter; and his maternal grandfather, Percy Gant.

Survivors include his wife, Louise Davis Porter of Vicksburg; five sons, Ronnie Porter Sr. and Preston Porter Sr., both of Vicksburg, Larry Porter of Nashville, Kenneth Porter Sr. of Chicago and Freddie B. Porter Jr. of the U.S. Marine Corps in Hawaii; three daughters, Pearlie Lewis of Chula Vista, Calif., Sadie Randle of Vicksburg and Sharon Gail Porter Owens of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Arthur Porter Jr. of Chicago and James Louis Porter Sr. of Vicksburg; two sisters, Helen Marie Johnson of Vicksburg and Alma Lee Smith of Maywood, Ill.; 19 grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

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