February 20, 2003

Published 12:00 am Thursday, February 20, 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.

Albert Brown

Services for Albert Brown will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Center, 1512 Main St., with the Rev. Horace McKay officiating.

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Mr. Brown died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. He was 61.

Born and reared in Crystal Springs, Mr. Brown was a Vicksburg resident. He retired from Falco Lime Co. as a transport driver.

He is survived by his wife, Lois Wade “Jeanie” Brown of Vicksburg; two sons, Anthony “Tony” Brown and Bobby Brown of College Station, Texas; two sisters, Doris Martin and Willie Bell Pickett, both of Crystal Springs; and other relatives and friends, including Bertha Wade, Willie Patrick and Lionel and Yolanda Cooper, all of Vicksburg.

Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

E.T. Neal

MEMPHIS E.T. Neal died Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2003, at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis. He was 56.

A former resident of Champaign, Ill., Mr. Neal lived in Memphis. He was an Air Force veteran.

He was preceded in death by his father, Jimmie Neal Sr., and two sisters, Dorothy White and Jessie Neal.

Survivors include his wife, Willa Neal of Memphis; a daughter, Chandra Faye Neal of Joliet, Ill.; a son, Donnie Neal of Joliet; his mother, Georgia Neal of Vicksburg; five sisters, Victora N. Thomas, Zelmarie Neal and Gloria N. Ivy, all of Vicksburg, Shirley Mollette of Chicago and Avion Lee of Zion, Ill.; three brothers, Jimmie Neal Jr., Phillip Neal and Dwayne Neal, all of Memphis; five stepdaughters, Valerie Williams, Brenda Williams, Gayla Williams, Carla Williams and Maria Williams, all of Champaign; four stepsons, Alvin Williams of Memphis and Joe Williams, Douglas Williams and Carlos Williams, all of Champaign; seven grandchildren; and the Pettis family of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday under the direction of Harrison’s Funeral Home Inc. in Memphis.

Luther Van Shorts

NATCHEZ Luther Van “Vee” Shorts died Monday, Feb. 17, 2003, at his home in Natchez. He was 75.

Mr. Shorts was a Franklin County native. He was a former stack operator at Georgia Pacific Corp. He was a member of Old 16 Methodist Church.

He was preceded in death by his father, John Wesley Shorts; his mother, Louella Bradford Shorts; three sisters, Mattie Higgon, Lessie Mae Johnson and Bessie Mae Shorts; and a wife, Velma Cameron Shorts.

Survivors include his wife, Estelle Frye Shorts; three sons, Phillip Shorts and Carlos Shorts, both of Natchez, and Maurice Shorts of Roxie; four daughters, Rosalie Gibbs of Bude, Brenda Adams of Jackson, Shirley Harris of Meadville and Cynthia Carney of Bryan, Texas; one brother, Willie John Shorts of Ferriday, La.; six sisters, Ollie Mae Wolverton of Joliet, Ill., Emma Alexander of Berkeley, Calif., Augistine Holloway of Manchester, Ga., Jessie Peters of Vallejo, Calif., and Geneva Brown and Idella Gibson, both of Roxie; 17 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Roxie with Roy London officiating. Burial will follow at Old 16 Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until 7 p.m. Friday at Rollins Chapel in Fayette.

Pallbearers will be Phillip Shorts, Carlos Shorts, Rafus Gibson, Greg Gibson, Maurice Shorts and Demond Gibson.

Mary Elizabeth McCoy Tyler

EDWARDS Mary Elizabeth McCoy Tyler died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. She was 75.

A resident of Edwards, Mrs. Tyler was a member of Mount Pleasant M.B. Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Andrew Tyler; a son, Clinton Lewis Tyler; her parents, Edward and Indy-Anna McCoy; a sister; and two brothers.

Survivors include three daughters, Linda Bell of Bolton and Mary Bell and Darlene Nelson, both of Edwards; three sons, Andrew Tyler Jr. of Jackson, Tenn., and Ethel James Tyler and Eddie Tyler, both of Edwards; a sister, Delores McCoy Butler of Memphis; 26 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow at Orange Hill Cemetery in Bolton.

Visitation will be from noon until 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Anna Wiggins

PORT GIBSON Anna Wiggins died Sunday, Feb. 16, 2003, at Claiborne County Hospital. She was 51.

Mrs. Wiggins was preceded in death by her father, Edward Thomas.

She is survived by two sons, Lawrence Wiggins Jr. and Terry Deshawn Wiggins, both of Port Gibson; her mother, Elizabeth Newsome of Vicksburg; six brothers, Carvin Newsome of Charlotte, N.C., Herbert Newsome of Augusta, Ga., Edward Thomas Jr. of Hopewell, Va., and Anthony Thomas, Elroy C. Thomas and Lorenzo Thomas, all of Lorman; five sisters, Lillie Tubbs, Brenda Sanders and Alice Brown, all of Vicksburg, Tina Thomas of Marietta, Ga., and Lashunda Thomas of Lorman; her maternal grandmother, Sarah Chambers of Port Gibson; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including Lawrence Coleman of Fayette and Rosie Lee Thomas and Barbara Thomas, both of Lorman.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Morning Star M.B. Church in Lorman with the Rev. Larry Clark officiating. Burial will follow at McCay Cemetery in Russum.

Visitation will be from 1 until 5 p.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Home Inc. in Port Gibson and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service at the church.