April 22, 2003

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 22, 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 Barnes

HARRISON, Ark. William Dale Barnes, formerly of Vicksburg, died Saturday, April 19, 2003, in Harrison, Ark. He was 56.

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Born in Lambert, Miss., Mr. Barnes was a chemical technician at Vicksburg Chemical Co. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in Vietnam.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John Marion and Icy Estelle Crawford Barnes, and a brother, Paul Barnes.

He is survived by his wife, Luzminda Avero Barnes of Harrison; a son, John Barnes of Jackson; three brothers, Donald Barnes of Vicksburg, Mikel Barnes of Deer Park, Texas, and Brooks Barnes of Summit, Ark.; seven sisters, Kitty Baker, Bobbi Williamson and Dal Wright, all of Vicksburg, Judy Berry of Harrison, Mary Alice Johnson and Maudine Willhoit, both of Wichita, Kan., and Rubilee Turner of Sulphur, La.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Springfield National Cemetery in Harrison. Burial will follow under the direction of Christeson Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the William Dale Barnes Memorial Fund, c/o Bank of the Ozarks, Harrison, AR 72602.

Jimmy L. Chocolate

Jimmy L. Chocolate died Sunday, April 20, 2003, at Trace Haven Nursing Home. He was 52.

A resident of Fitler, Mr. Chocolate spent most of his life in Vicksburg where he was reared by his grandparents. He worked for Kuhn Memorial Hospital and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry Chocolate Jr. and Johnny Lee Turner; and his grandfather, Fireman Turner.

Survivors include a son, Jimmy O’Neal of Vicksburg; a daughter, Cynthia O’Neal of Vicksburg; his parents, Clara Morgan and Henry Chocolate, both of Vicksburg; seven sisters, Geraldine G. Henderson, Gloria Broome, Betty Myers, Barbara Mitchell, Jesse Mae Anderson, Minnie Morgan and Mary Morgan, all of Vicksburg; five brothers, Willie Chocolate, John Morgan Jr., Bill Morgan and Alvin Morgan, all of Vicksburg, and Leroy Chocolate of Chicago; his stepfather, John Morgan Sr. of Vicksburg; his grandmother, Anna J. Turner; four grandchildren; and other relatives.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Elton W. Dotson

Services for Elton W. Dotson will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church, 501 Farmer St., in Port Gibson, with the Rev. Robert Finley officiating. Burial will follow at Mount Pleasant Church Cemetery on Highway 547 in Port Gibson under the direction of Williams Funeral Service.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Elton died Thursday, April 17, 2003, in an accident in Vicksburg. He was 14.

He was a student at Warren Central Junior High School and was a member of the football team. He was a member of Mount Pleasant Church in Pattison.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Lillie McDaniels; and his paternal step-grandfather, Anderson Walker.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Vivian and Danny Hyder Sr. of Vicksburg; his father, Roosevelt Dotson Jr. of Port Gibson; his stepmother, Michelle Banks of Port Gibson; eight brothers, Markus Hyder of Vicksburg, Danny Hyder Jr., Bobby Dotson, Anthony White, De Rodrick Dotson, Jarvis Banks, Joshua Williams and Markelle Banks, all of Port Gibson; seven sisters, Erica Williams and Dana Hyder, both of Vicksburg, Shernice Dee, Do Ollie Dotson, Courtney Banks and Veronica White, all of Port Gibson, and Patricia Dotson of Oklahoma City, Okla.; paternal grandparents, Josephine Smith of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Roosevelt Dotson Sr. of Port Gibson; paternal stepgrandmother, Susie Newsome of Port Gibson; and maternal grandmother, Daisy Simmons of Laurel.

Bernice Haley

SILVER CITY, N.M. Bernice Haley died Saturday, April 19, 2003, at Silver City Nursing Center in Silver City, N.M. She was 89.

Born in Thomasville, Ala., Ms. Haley was a longtime resident of Vicksburg. She had been living in Silver City for the past seven years. She was retired from Anderson-Tully Co. where she served as a cook on the tow boat Porterfield. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Ms. Haley was preceded in death by a daughter, Cara Newman.

Survivors include a son, Bill Knight of Silver City, N.M.; a brother, Zebbiedee Overstreet of Montgomery, Ala.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg with the Rev. Billy Mitchell officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.

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

Julia Hunter

Julia Hunter died Monday, April 21, 2003, at Central Mississippi Medical Center. She was 76.

Ms. Hunter was a member at Bethlehem M.B. Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Bam and Johnnie Cox Hunter; three brothers; and two sisters.

Survivors include a daughter, Johnnie Hunter Holland of Chicago, Ill.; a sister, Lucille Crump of Edwards; three brothers, Wardell Hunter of Utica, Walter Hunter of Little Rock, Ark., and Roosevelt Hunter of Chicago; two nieces, whom she reared, Sharon Hunter of Irvin, Texas, and Jackie Hunter of Edwards; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.