November 14, 2003

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 14, 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.

Aaron Burgman Sr.

FAYETTE Aaron Burgman Sr. died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 55.

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A resident of Fayette, Mr. Burgman was a rigger for the Army Corps of Engineers.

He was preceded in death by his parents, J.B. Burgman and Ninie Powers; and two children, Melvin Burgman and Jyjuanza Burgman.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth Burgman of Fayette; two sons, Aaron Burgman Jr. and Louis Burgman, both of Fayette; two daughters, Kenesha Council and Tami Burgman, both of Fayette; six brothers, Willie B. Powers, Rogers Powers and Ray Charles Powers, all of Vicksburg, Chris Powers of Seale, Ala., Michael Powers of Delta Junction, Alaska, and Thomas Owens of New Orleans; eight sisters, Betty Burgman of Baton Rouge, Joann Burgman of Hammond, La., Corrine Johnson, Dejohnatten Eakins and Damita White, all of Harriston, Miss., Nancy Butler and Shelia Jackson, both of Vicksburg, and Gladys Washington of Natchez; a granddaughter; and other relatives and friends, including Keishonda Sanders of Fayette.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Rose Hill M.B. Church in Fayette with the Rev. Ernest Ford Jr. officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 1 until 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Gregory Eakins, Willie B. Powers, Rogers Powers, Ray Charles Powers, Chris Powers and Michael Powers.

Honorary pallbearers will be Aaron Burgman Jr., Louis Burgman, Arthur Ray Council, J.C. Hall Jr., Thomas Owens, Samuel Washington and Clarence Coleman.

McKinley Harris Sr.

McKinley “Big Mac” Harris Sr. died Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, at River Region Medical Center. He was 75.

Mr. Harris was a Vicksburg resident and a retired construction worker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommie Harris Sr. and Beatrice Wilson Harris; and a brother, Tom Harris.

Survivors include his wife, Delois Harris of Vicksburg; a son, McKinley Harris Jr. of Vicksburg; and a grandson, William McKinley Harris of Wilson, N.C.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Square Harris III

JEFFERSONVILLE, Ind. Services for Square Harris III will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Cool Springs M.B. Church. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 3 until 6 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Mr. Harris died Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003, at Clark Memorial Hospital in Jeffersonville, Ind. He was 48.

A former resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Harris lived in Cleveland, Ohio.

He was preceded in death by his father, Square Harris Jr.; his mother, Addie B. Rogers; his brother, Moses Sprantley; and his sister, Barbara Jean Baldwin.

Survivors include his son, Square Harris IV of Cleveland; two daughters, Melody Vines and Squlena Harris, both of Cleveland; two stepdaughters, Angel Madaris and Toni Hart, both of Cleveland; 12 brothers, Henry Harris, Charles Rogers Harris, Ernest Rogers Harris, Ira Harris Parker, Noel Taylor, John Lee Taylor, McCharles Taylor, Anthony Williams and Michael Thomas, all of Vicksburg, Robert Rogers of Cleveland, Lee Chiles of Detroit and James Henry Tribbles of Indianapolis; 10 sisters, Margaret Harris, Irene Harris, Queenie Harris, Mary Wilson, Frankie Williams, Lowanda Miles, Rhonda Parker, Mary Jane Parker, Wilma Jean Williams and Dorothy Thomas, all of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren; and other relatives.

Oliver James Lewis

Oliver James “Mr. Buddy” Lewis died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, in Atlanta, Ga. He was 94.

A native of Natchez, Mr. Lewis was a Vicksburg resident. He retired as a custodian from Warren Central High School after more than 20 years of service. He had been a member of Greater Mount Olive Baptist Church for 71 years. He served as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and president, head deacon and church caretaker.

Mr. Lewis was preceded in death by his wife, Julia Sims Lewis.

Survivors include a son, Dr. Oliver J. Lewis Jr. of Atlanta; three grandchildren, Sonjia Niccole Lewis Gamble, Oliver James Lewis III and Starla Nanita Ethelyn Lewis, all of Atlanta; six great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends, including Craig and Keisha Glover of Vicksburg.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.