August 11, 2003

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 11, 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.

Shirli Dixon-Nelson

LaGRANGE, Ill.Shirli Dixon-Nelson died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at LaGrange Memorial Hospital. She was 40.

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The daughter of the late blues legend and Vicksburg native Willie Dixon, Mrs. Dixon-Nelson was the executive director of the Blues Heaven Foundation started by her father.

She was born in Chicago and graduated from Chicago Vocational School She took over the Blues Heaven Foundation in 1992 after the death of her father.

In the past year, she had returned to her father’s home in Vicksburg many times as part of an effort to honor Dixon’s birthplace. Dixon was inducted in the the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Mrs. Dixon-Nelson is survived by her mother, Marie Dixon of Chicago; her husband, Keith Nelson of Chicago; a daughter, Keshia Nelson; two sons, Keith Nelson and David Nelson; five sisters and five brothers.

Visitation will be from 3 until 7 p.m. Wednesday at Taylor Funeral Home in Chicago.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Frances Black Evans

Services for Frances Black Evans will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg with the Rev. John Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at Glenwood Funeral Home.

Mrs. Evans died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at Heritage House Nursing Center. She was 79.

Mrs. Evans was born in Hinds County and had been a resident of Vicksburg for 40 years. She retired in 1987 as a secretary for the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Vicksburg, where she was also a member.

Mrs. Evans was a member of the Christian Women’s Group of Westminster Presbyterian Church and a member of the Salvation Army’s Auxiliary.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Buford B. Evans Sr.

Mrs. Evans was survived by two daughters, Cindy B. Underwood of Starkville and Sandra B. McElroy of Grand Junction, Colo.; a son, Bruce Alan Black of Albany, Ga.; two stepsons, Buford B. Evans Jr. of Vicksburg and Michael S. Evans of Marianna, Fla.; a stepdaughter, Betty A. Bowers of Kingsport, Tenn.; a brother, Albert Gibbs Newman of Vicksburg; 16 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Howard Mordecia, Grady Leese, Pearson Gay, John Given, John Turner and Jim Biedenharn.

Honorary pallbearers will be men of Westminster Presbyterian Church and men of Porters Chapel United Methodist Church.

Clyde Laverne Miley

OAK GROVE Clyde Laverne Miley died Saturday, Aug. 9, 2003, at North Monroe Hospital in Monroe. He was 75.

Mr. Miley was a lifelong resident of Oak Grove.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Zina Welch Miley, and six brothers, Roy Miley, Ervin Miley, James Miley, Vernon Miley, Ernest Miley and J.D. Miley.

Survivors include his wife, Camellia Inez Miley of Oak Grove; a son, James Miley of Oak Grove; two daughters, Rita Kimball of Oak Grove and Connie Cotten of Pioneer, La.; three brothers, Gene Miley of Baton Rouge, Wayne Miley of Ferriday, La., and Woody Miley of North Little Rock, Ark.; two sisters, Minnie Rae Armfield of Bastrop, La., and Myrtis Costigliolo of Stockton, Calif.; and six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at New Zion Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Fowler, James Hayes, Wayne Parker and Billy Castilaw officiating. Burial will follow at Red Wing Cemetery in Oak Grove.

Pallbearers will be James Miley, Larr Cotten, Henry Kimball, Scott Miley, Dustin Cotten, Jared Cotten, Sherman Kimball, Joel Cotten and Micah Harper.

Lottie Westmoreland

TALLULAH Lottie “Shine” Westmoreland died Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, at Olive Branch Senior Care Center in Tallulah. She was 83.

Born in Waverly, La., Mrs. Westmoreland had lived in Madison Parish all her life. She was employed for a number of years at Delta Haven Nursing Home and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Corley B. Westmoreland, and a son, John G. Burns.

She is survived by three sons, Ludia P. Westmoreland, Burney M. Westmoreland and Charles Wayne Westmoreland, all of Tallulah; three daughters, Doris Glass of Tallulah, Delores Cole of Shreveport, La., and Doris Jean McHenry of Friendswood, Texas; and 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. John Rushing officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Tallulah.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.