December 18, 2003

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 18, 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.

Richard C. Benton

FOREST, La. Richard C. “Pete” Benton died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at Cornerstone Hospital in West Monroe. He was 75.

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A lifelong resident of West Carroll Parish, Mr. Benton was a member of Forest, La., Baptist Church and attended Fiske Union Assembly of God for the past 15 years. He was a World War II veteran, serving in the Navy on the USS Shangri-La.

He worked as a motorman with Rowan Drilling in Houston, Texas, and aboard the Gilbert Row in the North Sea for 10 years. He was also a self-employed businessman for 15 years.

Mr. Benton was preceded in death by his parents, Marie and Leslie Richard Benton, and a wife, Beverly Jean Edmonson Benton.

Survivors include his wife, Bobby Jene Benton of Forest; two sons, Barry C. Benton and Leslie “Buddy” Benton, both of West Monroe; two daughters, Janis Benton McGowen and Linda Jean Benton, both of West Monroe; a stepson, Michael Tyson of Monroe; a stepdaughter, Debbie Davis of West Monroe; and eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Fiske Union Assembly of God with the Revs. Jimmy Herring, James Hayes and Kevin D. Veazey officiating. Burial will follow at Beulah Cemetery in Oak Grove.

Pallbearers will be Stan Bernard, Danny Crowe, Steve Davis, Mike Tyson, Howard Ainsworth and Chuck Calvert.

Vera Doyle Bruner

LAKE PROVIDENCE Vera Doyle Bruner died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at West Carroll Care Center in Oak Grove. She was 79.

Born in Wesson, Ark., Mrs. Bruner was a resident of Lake Providence.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lilly Mae and John Arthur Gardner; and her husband, Leo Bruner.

She is survived by three brothers, Sidney Gardner, M.L. Gardner and John W. Gardner, all of Lake Providence; and two sisters, Mary Harper and Effie Lea Owens, both of Oak Grove.

Services were at 10 a.m. today at Cox Chapel in Oak Grove with the Rev. Bill Bearden officiating. Burial followed at Providence Memorial Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Sullivan, Johnny Sullivan, Brandon Sullivan, Alvin Sullivan, David Stauffer and Jimmy Cook.

Andr Darrell Jackson

Andr Darrell Jackson died Sunday, Dec. 14, 2003, at his home. He was 35.

Mr. Jackson was born in Yazoo County.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy M. Jackson; a son, D’Angelo Jackson; his grandmother, Essie Jones; and his great-grandmother, Mozella Sims.

Survivors include his wife, Melissa W. Jackson of Vicksburg; two sons, D’Jolin Jackson and Tomarius Jackson, both of Vicksburg; his father, Oscar Newton of Yazoo City; and other relatives, including Cleonis Jones and Earnestine Dulaney of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Calvin Knight officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Knight & Lindsey Family Funeral Home of Yazoo City.

Visitation will be today at the funeral home.

Alfreda Squyres Jones

DELHI Alfreda Squyres Jones died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003. She was 80.

Mrs. Jones was a retired daycare worker. She was a native of Cuero, Texas.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Zibe Squyres and Rosie Kuchler Squyres; a son, Bobby Ray; her husband, Henry Franklin Jones; and four sisters and three brothers.

She is survived by two sons, Robert “Butch” Jones and Herman Wayne Jones, both of Monroe; a brother, Ronald Squyres of Port Lavaca, Texas; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Rayville with the Revs. Lee Piercy and Harold Spillers officiating. Burial will follow at the Unity Cemetery near Darnell under the direction of Cox Funeral Home in Delhi.

Pallbearers will be Frank Phelps, John White, Carlos Mann, Jeff Brown, Johnny McMillan and Melvin Johnson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Inmon Powell, Pete Brister and Dusty McMillan.

Willie F. Jones

JACKSON Willie F. Jones died Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003, at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veterans Administration Hospital in Jackson. He was 87.

A retired farmer, Mr. Jones lived in Utica for a number of years and had been a Jackson resident for the past 20 years. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in World War II in the second wave of the Normandy invasion. He was a member of Utica Christian Church, where he was an honorary deacon.

He is survived by a nephew, Bill Hilton of Marietta, Ga., and three nieces, Virginia Manning and Beebe Bruckner, both of Jackson, and Betty Hughes of Ocean Springs.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Utica Christian Church with the Rev. Lucian Lee officiating. Burial will follow at Utica Cemetery under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Friday until the service at the church.