July 17, 2003

Published 12:00 am Thursday, July 17, 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.

Betty J. Ross Andrews

UTICA Betty J. Ross Andrews died Thursday, July 10, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. She was 43.

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An educator, Ms. Andrews was a resident of Utica.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Belmont M.B. Church in Utica. Burial will follow at Rohelia Cemetery under the direction of Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home Inc. in Utica.

Peggy Dooley Broome

UTICA Peggy Dooley Broome died Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at Ephrata Community Hospital in Ephrata, Pa. She was 64.

Mrs. Broome was reared in Woodville and was a longtime resident of Utica. She was employed with Mississippi Youth Services, Oakley Campus, for 27 years.

She was a member of Utica Christian Church.

She was preceded in death by a son, Tim Walters.

Survivors include her husband, Earl C. Broome of Utica; a daughter, Sharon Strawbridge of Brownstown, Pa.; her mother, Marjorie Dooley of Carpenter; three brothers, Pete Dooley and Brown Dooley, both of Utica, and Mitchell Dooley of Carpenter; and five grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Utica Christian Church. Burial will follow at Utica Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight and from 9 a.m. Friday until the service at Glenwood Funeral Home of Utica.

Pallbearers will be Lee Herren, Murray Griffin, Bob Lee Curry, Burton Strickland, Gene Griffin and R.C. Mobley.

Honorary pallbearers will be Denny Kitchens, Mike Wright and Dan Curry.

Memorials may be made to Utica Christian Church.

Rev. Dr. Lewis Leon Lassiter

Services for the Rev. Dr. Lewis Leon Lassiter will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Heroden Baptist Church, 1117 Clay St., with the Rev. Robert L. Miller and Dr. Hickman Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 7 until 9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service at the church.

The Rev. Dr. Lassiter died Sunday, July 13, 2003, at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson. He was 67.

He was a native of Vicksburg and the son of the late Rev. Dr. Wright L. Lassiter and Ethel L. Lassiter.

After graduating from Bowman High School, he received a bachelor’s degree in art education from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. He moved to Los Angeles, where he worked in advertising and illustrated movie posters.

Following a tour of duty with the Air Force in 1963, he received bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the Mississippi Baptist Seminary in Jackson. He also did graduate study in art, religion and psychology at the Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles, the University of California at Riverside, Howard University in Washington, D.C., and Mississippi College in Clinton.

The Rev. Dr. Lassiter served as an assistant pastor of Bingham Memorial Baptist Church and associate minister of Mount Carmel M.B. Church. He was a lifelong member of King David No. 1 Baptist Church.

He was registrar of the Warren County Extension of the Mississippi Baptist Seminary, becoming dean in 1996 and retiring in 2002. He was executive secretary of the Warren County Baptist Association, board member of the General Missionary Baptist Association and member of the Warren County Ministerial Alliance.

He was also a member of the American Legion, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and the Disabled American Veterans.

As an artist, the Rev. Dr. Lassiter was featured in exhibits, including his first one-man show at Tougaloo College in 1963. That same year, he was featured as an Artist-In-Residence at Tougaloo where he did special art for Myrlie Evers Williams and lectured in art, history and literary classics. He was a member of the Vicksburg Art Association, winning prizes for watercolor in 1988 and for printmaking in 1991.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Scott and Josephine Franklin; and paternal grandparents, Lula Pugh and Irvin Warren.

Survivors include his wife, Frankie Jean Bolden; five brothers, Dr. W.L. Lassiter Jr. of Dallas, Texas, the Rev. Alfred E. Lassiter of Vicksburg, Albert E. Lassiter of Birmingham, Ala., Dr. Franklin Lassiter of Baton Rouge and the Rev. Ralph B. Lassiter of Omaha, Neb.; three sisters, Mary M. Hughes Sills and Dr. Ethel M. Lassiter, both of Vicksburg, and Dr. Linda E. Lassiter of Baton Rouge; and nieces and nephews.

Lizzie L. Potts

Services for Lizzie L. Potts will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Vicksburg Municipal Auditorium with W.C. Wallace officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Mrs. Potts died Saturday, July 12, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. She was 68.

Mrs. Potts was a homemaker. She was a member of the Mother Board and was a former church secretary of St. Mark M.B. Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ezell Hass Rider; one brother, Robert Rider; and one sister, Victoria Kline.

She is survived by her husband, Joseph Potts; one son, Joseph W. Potts; one stepson, Larry Thomas of Canton, Mich.; two daughters, Bertha Williams of Jackson, Mich., and Dannetta P. Crasta of Vicksburg; one brother, William Rider of Vicksburg; two sisters, Ida Rider of Albion, Mich., and Georgia Carson of Lansing, Mich.; four grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.