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September 14, 2003

Kathryn Hopper Adams

DELHI Kathryn Hopper “Memmy” Adams died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003, in Shreveport. She was 86.

Mrs. Adams was born in Haynesville, La and a longtime resident of Delhi. She was a retired sales clerk with O’Neal’s Department Store in Delhi.

Mrs. Adams was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Henry Harkey and Essie Forest Whayne Harkey; the father of her children, Cramer Hopper Sr. and her second husband, Lyle Adams.

Survivors include four sons, Cramer H. Hopper Jr. of Atlanta, Jarrell C. Hopper of Baton Rouge, Thomas R. Hopper of Perdido Bay, Fla., and John T. Hopper of Monroe; a daughter, Judi Curtis Gaharan of Shreveport; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cox Funeral Home in Delhi with the Rev. Herman Savoie officiating. Burial will follow at Silver Cross Cemetery in Tallulah.

Pallbearers will be her grandsons, a grandson-in-law and her nephew.

O’Dare Lee Earl Mims

Services for O’Dare Lee Earl “Woo” Mims will be at 1 p.m. today at Vicksburg Auditorium with the Rev. Casey Fisher officiating. Burial will follow at the Rohelia Cemetery in Utica with W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home in charge.

Mr. Mims died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. He was 20.

He was employed with Robert Lee Roofing Co. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandmother, Savannah Rawls; his paternal grandparents, Lottie P. Clark and Jack Cessna; and a sister, Brenda Gullory.

Survivors include his parents, Willie A. Clark and Dorothy Mims Clark of Vicksburg; his stepfather, Otha Mims Jr. of Utica; three brothers Michael Clark, Richard Clark and Donald Clark, all of Houston, Texas; six sisters, Catina M. Stamps and LeKeitha Mims, both of Vicksburg, Debra Clark and Jackie Nixon, both of Houston, and Kwanda Davis and Denise Stamps, both of Utica; his maternal grandfather, Bill Rawls of Utica; and cousins, other relatives and friends.

James Oscar Scott Sr.

NEW ORLEANS James Oscar Scott Sr. died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at his home in New Orleans. He was 80.

A native of Vicksburg, Mr. Scott served in the Army in World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Evelyn W. Scott and Oscar Scott; three brothers, Eugene Scott, Robert J. Scott and George Scott; two sisters, Margaret Thomas and Evelyn F. Hopkins.

Survivors include his wife, Palma Cross Scott; two sons, James Scott Jr. and Linwood Scott; a daughter, Sandra Scott Brown, all of New Orleans; two brothers, Charles Scott Sr. and Eddie Scott, both of Vicksburg; a sister, Mamie Spellman of Vicksburg; grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Killy Funeral Home in New Orleans has charge of arrangements.

Troy B. Watkins

NATCHEZ Troy B. Watkins died Friday, Sept. 12, 2003 at his home in Natchez. He was 78.

Born in Vicksburg, the former state senator was a longtime resident of Natchez, where he served as mayor from 1956 to 1962. During his tenure as a senator from 1972 until 1980, Mr. Watkins was instrumental in passing legislation that brought four-year degree programs to Natchez and Adams County. Alcorn State University and the Natchez branch of Copiah-Lincoln Community College now share the land.

The Copiah-Lincoln Community College dedicated the Vocational-Technical Center in Natchez in his honor in 1999.

Mr. Watkins was a graduate of Woolmarket High School, Copiah-Lincoln Community College and Millsaps College. He received a master’s degree from the University of Mississippi.

He served as a navigator in the Army Air Corps from December 1942 to June 1945 and served in the Korean Conflict.

Mr. Watkins later owned and operated Natchez Tobacco and Specialty Company and four other convenience stores.

In addition to serving as a delegate to the annual Mississippi Methodist Conference, Mr. Watkins was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Moose Club Wahabi Shriners and Methodist Men’s Club.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, where he had served as chairman of the administrative board, finance committee and pastor/parish committee.

Mr. Watkins was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Singleton B. and Bertha Gwendolyn Arthur Watkins; two brothers, Singleton B. Watkins Jr. and Herbert F. Watkins; and two sisters, Annie Lee Watkins and Gwendolyn Watkins Malsbury.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Sullivan Watkins of Natchez; three sons, Troy B. Watkins of Boise, Idaho, W. David Watkins of Madison and Paul B. Watkins of Kosciusko and formerly of Vicksburg; two daughters, Margaret Watkins Robison of Magnolia and Carole Watkins Evans of Ocean Springs; two sisters, Earline Watkins Bruce of Raymond and May Ruth Watkins Ishee of Stringer; a brother, the Rev. William W. Watkins of Vicksburg; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 3:30 p.m. today at Grace United Methodist Church in Natchez. Burial will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until the service at the church.

Pallbearers will be David Watkins Jr., Jason Watkins, Drew Robison, Will Robison, Hamilton Robison and Paul B. Watkins Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Marion Smith, Floyd McCalip, Walter Crawford, Bob Gray, Buddy Wade, Herman Brown, Henry Sanders and Jack Cox.

Laird Funeral Home of Natchez is in charge of arrangements.