April 7, 2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 8, 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.

Gracie Williams Davis

Services for Gracie Williams Davis will be at 1 p.m. today at Mount Elem M.B. Church with the Rev. Leonard Walker officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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Mrs. Davis died Wednesday, April 2, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. She was 92.

Mrs. Davis lived in Vicksburg and was a homemaker. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star Electra Grand Chapter Elizabeth No. 4 and the YFAS Club of Fayette.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bill and Moriah Williams; her husband, Shed Davis; and one daughter, Annie M. Hicks.

She is survived by one sister, Hattie Williams of Chicago; one brother, Jessie Williams Sr. of Natchez; five grandchildren, Grace Brown, Lillian Harris and William Hicks, all of Vicksburg, Sharon Hicks of Clinton, and John M. Hicks Sr. of Irving, Texas; 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

Gwendolyn Lynn Prater

EUDORA, Ark. Gwendolyn Lynn Prater died Friday, April 4, 2003, in Monroe, La. She was 41.

Born in Kinder, La., Ms. Prater was a resident of Eudora, Ark.

She is survived by her fianc, Robert “Blue” Allen of Eudora; a son, Jessy Lane Goodwin of Oak Grove; two daughters, Juanita Lynn Goodwin of West Monroe, La., and Amanda Gail Goodwin of Oak Grove; her parents, James D. and Mattie Mae Hodges of Eupora, Miss.; a brother, Langly James Prater of Monroe; a stepbrother, Steve Hodges of Ackerman, Miss.; two sisters, Lana Gail Carroll of Oak Grove and Corina Lynn Anders of Grove, Okla.; and three stepsisters, Shirley Gail McCain, Charlene Hodges and Sarah Hodges, all of Eupora.

Services were at 10 a.m. today at Macedonia Baptist Church in Oak Grove with the Rev. Annie Mae Farmer officiating. Burial followed at Macedonia Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Marvin Allen, Ronald Goodwin, Donald Goodwin, Damian Bedenbender, Paul Danial Wallace and Randy Wallace.

Honorary pallbearers were Justin Allen, Bryan Allen and Steven Allen.

Mary Ethel Burchfield Prine

OAK GROVE Mary Ethel Burchfield Prine died Sunday, April 6, 2003, at West Carroll Care Center in Oak Grove. She was 93.

Mrs. Prine was born in Ackerman, Miss., and was a member of Kilbourne Baptist Church since 1946. She was a member of the Vota Vita Sunday school class at First Baptist Church in Monroe. She worked with her husband at Allen Cannery for more than 20 years.

She was preceded death by her husband, L.B. Prine; her parents, Harmon J. and Martha Elizabeth Quinn Burchfield; two brothers, Doyle Burchfield and Marvin Houston Burchfield; and two sisters, Miriam Elizabeth Jackson and Myrtle Littlefield.

Survivors include a daughter, Marie Janes of Lake Charles, La.; four sons, H.M. Prine of Oak Grove, David C. Prine of Bacliff, Texas, Lavelle Prine of Dayton, Ohio, and Kenneth Prine of Many, La.; one brother, Jack Burchfield of Dayton, Ohio; and 23 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Kilbourne Baptist Church under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Oak Grove.

Pallbearers will be H.M. Prine Jr., Randy Raper, Jamie Prine, Andy Prine, Robert Finch, Steve Finch, Mike Prine and Jeff Janes.

Patricia Marnette Ramsauer

TALLULAH Patricia Marnette Ramsauer died Saturday, April 5, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. She was 69.

Born in Helena, Ark., Mrs. Ramsauer was a resident of the Hunter Heights community. She was a homemaker, a retired Wal-Mart employee and a member of Berachah Baptist Church in Vicksburg.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Ramsauer of Hunter Heights; four daughters, Billie Jean Morgan of Tallulah, Patty Rust of Vicksburg and Robin Ramsauer and Melonie Munn, both of Hunter Heights; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah with the Rev. Roger Cresswell officiating. Burial will follow at Silver Cross Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Brian Lick, Bryan Rosamond, Bob Jinkins, Steve Riles, Steve Montgomery, Kevin Green, Louis Buckner and Tay Everett.

Honorary pallbearers will be Sam Reardon and Gene Rust.

Sing Hoo Tom

Sing Hoo Tom died Saturday, April 5, 2003, in Tucson, Ariz. She was 88.

Born in Toysun, China, Mrs. Tom had been a Vicksburg resident since 1950. She was the daughter of Chung York Wong and Hom Shee.

She was preceded in death by her husband, restaurateur Wing Suey Tom.

She is survived by two daughters, Sue Tom Lee of Tucson and Lillian Tom Bradley of Springfield, Va.; two sons, George Tom and Joe Tom, both of Vicksburg; and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Riles Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Cornelius Caldwell Ware

Cornelius Caldwell Ware died Sunday, April, 6, 2003, at Heritage House Nursing Center. She was 87.

A retired cook, Mrs. Caldwell was a member of Daughter of Elks, Eureka Temple No. 737 and Bright Morning Star M.B. Church where she sang in the choir.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Jessie Ware; her parents, Jonas and Rebecca Caldwell; four brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include a great-niece and caretaker, Brenda Gibbs of Vicksburg; and other relatives including, the Caldwell, White and Gibbs families.

Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Ruth Hazel Williams

Ruth Hazel Williams died Saturday, April 5, 2003, as a result of a car accident. She was 50.

Born in Yazoo County, Ms. Williams had been a resident of Vicksburg for the past 30 years. She was employed at Ryan’s Family Steak House.

Survivors include a son, Lee Williams of Vicksburg; a daughter, Lynn Williams of Atlanta, Ga.; six brothers, John Thomas Davis and Malcolm Davis, both of Augusta, Ga., James Davis of Trinity, Texas, Hardy Davis of Ohio, Kenneth Davis of Satartia and Frank Davis of Pocahontas, Ark.; three sisters, Gloria McDaniel of Sharon, Miss., Lillie Hay of Vicksburg and Annie Chunn of Morton, Miss.; and a grandchild.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Rocky Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Benton, Miss. with the Rev. James Bowman officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 9 until 11 a.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.