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December 23, 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.

Harry M. Miller

Services for Harry M. Miller will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Pleasant Valley M.B. Church in Kings with the Rev. Douglas Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home in Utica.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Friday until the service at the church.

Mr. Miller died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 53.

He was a member of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his son, Matthew Xavier Miller, and his brother, Joseph Miller.

Mr. Miller is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Miller of Wakegan, Ill.; his parents, Ceola “Gracie” Tolliver of Vicksburg and Rev. Alex and Clara Miller of Vicksburg; six daughters, Tracy Johnson Hoggatt of Conyers, Ga., Pamela J. Martin of Vicksburg, Melva Miller, Mary Miller, Marea Miller and Melanie Miller of Waukegan, Ill.; one son, Harry Miller Jr. of El Paso, Texas; six brothers, Albert Lewis of Saginaw, Mich., Alex Miller Jr., Tyrone Miller, Kenneth Miller and David Miller, all of Vicksburg, and Curtis Miller of Magee; five sisters, Doris Carter, Evelyn Smith, Clara Walker, Deborah Miller Carroll and Sarah Ross, all of Vicksburg; 14 grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.

Mabel Claire Ragus

TRANSYLVANIA Mabel Claire Ragus died Sunday, Dec. 21, 2003, at Shady Lake Nursing Home in Lake Providence. She was 93.

Born in Dubach, La., Mrs. Ragus was a resident of Transylvania.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed Ragus; and her parents, Lonzo Dow and Savanna Williams.

Survivors include two sons, Herman Ragus of Monroe and Morris “Buddy” Ragus of Pittsburgh, Pa.; a daughter, Claire R. Tweedy of Transylvania; 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Lake Providence with the Revs. Bill McLain and Kenneth King officiating. Burial will follow at Providence Memorial Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home in Lake Providence.

Pallbearers will be Michael Harvey, David Harvey Jr., Les Choat, Ben Laney, Mark Bennett and William Ramsey.

Sandra Shields

GLEN ALLAN Sandra Shields died today, Dec. 23, 2003, at Sharkey-Issaquena Hospital in Rolling Fork. She was 64.

A lifelong resident of Mississippi, Mrs. Shields had lived in Glen Allan for the past 40 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Glen Allan.

She is survived by her husband, Tommy Shields of Glen Allan; two sons, Paul Lewis of Rolling Fork and Mike Lewis of Greenville; a brother, George Allen of Pearl; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Rolling Fork with the Rev. Jimmy McLendon officiating. Burial will follow at County Line Cemetery in Glen Allan.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home