July 10, 2003

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 10, 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.

Cherry Barnes Anderson

Cherry Barnes Anderson died Monday, July 7, 2003, at her home. She was 79.

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Mrs. Anderson was a member of Greater Mount Zion Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Rosie King Barnes and Ray Barnes; five sisters, Delsie Magee, Amanda Posey, Annie Mae West, Venella Barnes and Fairilla Barnes; and three brothers, Nathaniel Barnes Sr., Roosevelt Barnes and Claude Barnes.

Survivors include her husband, Charles L. Anderson of Vicksburg; a daughter, Rose Mae Washington of Vicksburg; one sister, Shirley Davenport of Florida; two grandsons; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends, including Fredia Young, Joyce Maddox and LuBertha Barnes, all of Vicksburg.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Marlena D. Cooks

EDWARDS Marlena D. Cooks died Monday, July 7, 2003, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was 74.

A resident of Edwards, Mrs. Cooks was a retired dietary aide. She was a member of the Heroines of Jericho Court No. 1 and St. Paul M.B. Church in Edwards.

She was preceded in death by her husband, E.C. Cooks; her parents, Gertrude Moffett and Willie Fair; three children, Inels Cooks, Kenny Ray Cooks and Leroy Christmas; a sister, Elloise Marbles; a brother, A.C. Moffett Sr.; and one grandchild, Shantrini T. Cooks.

She is survived by three daughters, Elise Beacham and Gertha M. Ponce, both of Edwards, and Sharlena C. Fahngon of Columbia, S.C.; four sons, Clyde Cooks and Samuel Cooks, both of Edwards, Ronnell Cooks of Vicksburg and Jimmie D. Dotson of Kansas City, Mo.; 16 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; nieces; nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul M.B. Church in Edwards with the Rev. Hugh T. Lewis officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Visitation will be from noon until 8 p.m. at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.

Thomas Henry Grant Jr.

GREENVILLE Thomas Henry “Baby Brother” Grant Jr. died Sunday, July 6, 2003, at Delta Regional Medical Center in Greenville. He was 50.

Mr. Grant was born in Cary to the late Freddie Mae and Thomas Grant Sr.

He is survived by two sons, Robert Anderson and Tony Anderson, both of Greenville; two sisters, Debra Grant and Margie Johnson, both of Greenville; two brothers, Jimmy Lee Grant and Glennis Grant, both of Greenville; nieces; nephews; and friends and other relatives, including Lizzie Mae Lewis of Vicksburg and Willie Mae Walker of Rolling Fork.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Mount Carmel M.B. Church in Greenville with Pastor Morris McCaskill Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Lakewood Cemetery in Greenville.

Visitation will be from 1 until 5 p.m. Friday at Redmon Funeral Home in Greenville and from 1:30 p.m. Saturday until the service at the church.

Ed L. Griffin

Services for Ed L. Griffin will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pisgah M.B. Church with the Rev. Dennis Redden officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from noon Saturday until the service at the church.

Mr. Griffin died Tuesday, July 8, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. He was 94.

Mr. Griffin retired from Waterways Experiment Station as a concrete finisher. A veteran of the Army, he served in World War II. He was a member of Sunshine Lodge No. 99 AF&AM and Mount Pisgah M.B. Church, where he was chief usher.

He was preceded in death by a son, Junior Griffin; three sisters, Mary Ollie Wallace, Annie Lee Wallace and Dorothy Griffin; and his father and stepmother, Jim and Bertha Griffin.

Survivors include his wife, Nellie Ruffin Griffin of Vicksburg; one son, Michael Byrd Griffin of Vicksburg; a brother, Preston Griffin of Vicksburg; two sisters, Ora Downings of Chicago and Leethia Butler of Washington, D.C.; and two grandchildren, Kevin Terrell McLemore and Rita L. Griffin, both of Vicksburg.