June 2, 2003

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 2, 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.

Janice Elia Hargett

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. Janice Elia Hargett died Saturday, May 31, 2003, at Baptist Medical Center in Little Rock. She was 63.

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Mrs. Hargett was born in Wheelen Springs, Ark., to Roy and Fran Gulledge Elia. A homemaker, she was a resident of Arkadelphia, Ark., and member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.

She is survived by her parents; her husband, the Rev. Charles Hargett; a son, Charles “Chuck” Hargett of Los Angeles; two daughters, Karen Hargett Busby of Clinton and Lisa Noble of Flowood; five grandchildren; and two nieces.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at West Side Baptist Church in El Dorado, Ark., with the Rev. Sam Whitlow and Dr. Donnie Hargett officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Memorial Gardens in El Dorado.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Arkadelphia.

Pallbearers will be Al Bledsoe, Connor Garlington, Gene O. Banks, Gene Banks, James Hughes, Jim Hopkins and Phillip Miller.

Memorials may be made to Mount Zion Baptist Church, 547 Mount Zion Road, Arkadelphia, AR 71923.

Ruggles-Wilcox Funeral Home of Arkadelphia has charge of arrangements.

Eddie Lee Hayes II

Eddie Lee “Knot” Hayes II died Saturday, May 31, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. He was 31.

A lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Hayes was a commercial fisherman and of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Ramshur Hayes.

Survivors include his father, Eddie Hayes Sr. of Vicksburg; his stepmother, Barbara S. Hayes of Vicksburg; two brothers, Johnny Hayes and Joshua Hayes, both of Vicksburg; and three sisters, Brenda Hayes and Carol Terrell, both of Vicksburg, and Carol Ann Ramshur of Lake Providence.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Sam Dunaway and Maxine Bailey officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Mike Hart, Brandon Wigley, Billy Wigley, Robert Hayes, Steven Moore, Christopher Hayes, Albert Jordon and Charles Tate.

Calvin Rogers

Services for Calvin Rogers will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bright Morning Star Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Williams Funeral Service.

Mr. Rogers died Monday, May 26, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. He was 75.

Mr. Rogers was a truck driver and a member of Bright Morning Star Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Lobutha Rogers.

Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Rogers of Vicksburg; a son, Woodly Rogers of Gary, Ind.; two brothers, Solomon Rogers and Robert Rogers of Gary; nieces and nephews; and other relatives, including Ben Love and George Baker, both of Vicksburg, Zebadee Baker and Lillian Baker, both of Asheville, N.C., and Bernice Dorsey of Topeka, Kansas.

John Lawrence Watson

EDDICETON, Miss. John Lawrence Watson died Sunday, June 1, 2003, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. He was 70.

A resident of Eddiceton, Miss., Mr. Watson was a retired safety engineer for Marsh and McLennon Co. He was a veteran of the Korean War, master of the Ben Franklin Masonic Lodge in Meadeville and a member of Bude United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Nancy Ezelle Watson of Eddiceton; two sons, Michael Watson of Slidell, La., and David Watson of Baton Rouge; a stepson, David Sullivan of Gulfport; a stepdaughter, Rachel Sullivan Brumfield of Greenwood; a brother, Royce Watson of Slidell; a sister, Dottie Roberts of McCall Creek; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Green Acres Memorial Park with the Rev. Kevin Marr officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

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

Pallbearers will be Marty Dunn, James Mullins, Wayne Halford, Rob Oglesby, Dale Shields and Richard Munsey.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mack Ledbetter, Hubert Legg, Joel Whitehead and members of the Ben Franklin Masonic Lodge.

Ledester Coleman Williams

Services for Ledester Coleman Williams will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Carmel M.B. Church. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Williams died Thursday, May 29, 2003, at her home in Vicksburg. She was 84.

She was a member of Mount Carmel M.B. Church, where she was a former usher and a member of the Missionary Society. She was a member of Grace Chapter No. 5 Order of Eastern Star and had also served as assistant grand secretary to Martha Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.

Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Willie J. Williams; two brothers, Lacey Coleman and George Jones; and a sister, Elmerree Coleman.

She is survived by three sons, Joe W. Ross of Bakersfield, Calif., Willie L. Ross of Newport News, Va., and Hillary Doby Winn of Las Vegas; four daughters Doretha E. Jackson and Bobbie J. Winn, both of Hyattsville, Md., and Mary L. Washington and Elmerree Bradley, both of Vicksburg; 12 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and other relatives.