August 7, 2003

Published 12:00 am Thursday, August 7, 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.

Frank Mullen Bufkin Jr.

LONGVIEW, Texas Frank Mullen Bufkin Jr. died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, in Longview, Texas. He was 74.

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Mr. Bufkin was born in Hazlehurst to Frank Sr. and Lucille Bufkin. He attended high school in Vicksburg and played football at Delta State College. He served in the Army in the Korean War and received a teaching degree from the College of Southern Mississippi.

He coached football and baseball throughout Mississippi and Louisiana before retiring to Texas to become a poultry farmer.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Anne Holland Bufkin, and a brother, James Thomas Bufkin.

Survivors include a daughter, Denise Soppe of Rowlett, Texas; two sons, Thomas Derrick Bufkin and Frank M. Bufkin III, both of Longview; two sisters, Grace Bufkin Smith of Lockhart, Texas, and Dorothy Bufkin Bagby of Vicksburg; 11 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and friends.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Rader Funeral Home in Longview with the Rev. Dewayne Beatty officiating. Burial will follow at Hallsville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 7:30 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Izora Caldwell Butler Coleman

Services for Izora Caldwell “Madear” Butler Coleman will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Travelers Rest M.B. Church. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday at Williams Funeral Service.

Mrs. Coleman died Sunday, Aug. 3, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. She was 77.

Mrs. Coleman was a member of Travelers Rest M.B. Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Tommie and Emma Caldwell; two sons, Eugene Thomas Gilmore and Prentiss Coleman; an aunt, Hattie Milo Styles; and her husbands, Archie Butler and Prentiss “Slick” Coleman.

Survivors include nine sons, Joseph Caldwell Connor, Herman Butler, Alex Jackson, Michael C. Butler, Prentiss Robert Coleman, Albert Earl Butler and David Wayne Butler, all of Vicksburg, and John Thomas Butler and Dannie Lee Butler, both of Corona, Calif.; a stepson, Donald Garrett of Vicksburg; four daughters, Willie Mae Butler Stevenson, Mary Coleman Brown and Carolyn Butler Barnes, all of Vicksburg, and Hattie Jones of Jacksonville, Fla.; 42 grandchildren; 52 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives, including members of the Anderson, Butler, Coleman, Evans, Garrett, Handy, Knight, Lenoir, Turner, Slaughter, Smith, Taylor, Williams and Yancy families.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Roosevelt Darden Sr.

HOUSTON, Texas Roosevelt Darden Sr. died Friday, Aug. 1, 2003, at his home in Houston, Texas. He was 59.

Mr. Darden was born in Vicksburg and attended Tensas Rosenwald High School. He served as a sharpshooter in the Army in South Korea. He returned to Vicksburg, where he lived most of his life before moving to Houston.

He is survived by two sons, Roosevelt Darden Jr. of Lubbock, Texas, and Eric Darden of Vicksburg; two daughters, Ronda Morgan of Ruston, La., and Paris Darden of Atlanta; four brothers, Joseph Diggs Jr., Joe Darden, Curtis Darden and Perry Darden, all of Houston; two sisters, Elizabeth Darden of Darden and Machelle Gipson, both of Houston; seven grandchildren; and other relatives, including Octavia Harris of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Duncan Funeral Home in Houston. Burial will follow at Veterans National Cemetery.

John P. “Pete” Foster

John P. “Pete” Foster died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. He was 60.

A native and lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Foster was a retired welder for LeTourneau and retired in 1997 from Cappaert Housing. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, John P. Foster Sr.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Foster of Vicksburg; his mother, Thelma B. Lujan of Vicksburg; a stepson, Randy Curtis of Vicksburg; a grandson, Chance Curtis; and other relatives.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. Dwight Sibley officiating. Burial will follow at Singletary Cemetery in Jefferson County.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Jobe, Jake Beard, Ray Wright, Ronnie Wright, Bill Kirk, Ford Emory, Ronnie Ingram and Tommy Beard.

Honorary pallbearers will be Billy Beard, William Smith, Glen Westbrook, Andrew Crabtree, Randy Curtis, Jerry Little, Dr. William Wooten and Wayne Irwin.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 16808, Jackson, MS 39236-6808.