February 1, 2004

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 2, 2004

Paul Hester Harper

OAK GROVE Paul Hester Harper died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, at Carroll Nursing Home in Oak Grove. He was 98.

Mr. Harper was preceded in death by his parents, Alonzo Poindexter and Mary Alice Harper; and 12 siblings.

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He is survived by his wife, Ercil Carmen Harper of Oak Grove; a son, Jerry Harper of Oak Grove; a granddaughter, Paula Bedenbender of Oak Grove; two grandsons, Gary Harper of Oak Grove and Jerry Harper Jr. of Lake Providence; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at First Church of God in Oak Grove with the Revs. Roy Pepmiller and Paul Ninemire officiating. Burial will follow at New Forest Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Visitation will be today until 9 p.m.

Pallbearers will be Jerry Harper Jr., Clint Bedenbender, Justin Harper, Andrew Harper, Ronald Bedenbender and Gary Harper.

Honorary Pallbearers will be Earl Moore, Lavelle Brown, L.C. Brown, Edward Lamb, Collin Curtis, the men of First Church of God, John Mercer, Doug McIntosh and Bobby Barnett.

Audie Lou Horton

OAK GROVE Audie Lou Horton died Friday, Jan. 30, 2004 at Willis-Knighton South in Shreveport. She was 86.

Mrs. Horton was a resident of the Guest House in Shreveport and attended the Green Chapel Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James Francis Horton; her parents, James Thomas and Lucy Smith; four brothers, Denton Smith, Eugene Smith, Holbert Smith and Howard Smith, and a sister, Verda Smith Allen.

She is survived by a son, Hershel Horton of Natchitoches, La.; a daughter, Betty Dunlap of Quitman, Texas; three brothers, Shelby Smith of Little Rock, Ark., J.T. Smith of Natchez and Dentis Smith of Mer Rouge, La.; 10 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Cox Funeral Homes in Oak Grove with the Rev. William Moden officiating. Burial will follow at New Forest Cemetery in Forest.

Pallbearers will be Roy Doshier, Holmes Smith, Marshall Ruffin, Mike Kovac, Mike Moden and Mike Cox.

James E. McMullin

Services for James E. “Mac” McMullin were at 10 a.m. Saturday at Hawkins United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Green Acres Memorial Park under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.

Mr. McMullin died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. He was 78.

Born in Indianola, Mr. McMullin was the son of James Talmadge McMullin and Ruby Viatress McBride.

He lived in Greenwood and, in 1941, moved to Jackson, where he graduated from Central High School.

He joined the Air Force and served in World War II. He moved with his wife to Vicksburg in 1949 and worked for Cotton’s Holsum Bread Co. for 33 years, retiring in 1983. He worked as daytime manager for Maxwell’s Restaurant for six years.

First elected in 1992, Mr. McMullin served three terms as Warren County election commissioner. He served on the Legislative Committee of Election Commissioners for the state. He was a member of Hawkins United Methodist Church and was a Shriner of the Wahabi Temple in Jackson.

He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ellen McMullin Johnson and Margaret Evelyn McMullin.

Survivors include his wife of 54 years, Johnnie Beasley McMullin; two daughters, Jonette McMullin Maxwell Jenkins of Madison and Audrey Sue Lashbrooke Tyson of Hazlehurst; a brother, Joe Willie McMullin of Jackson; and three grandchildren and one great-grandson.

Pallbearers were Bob Blakeney, Melvin Grantham, Charles Johnson, Mark McMullin, Scott McMullin, Jody Murphy, Shelby Price and Ken Sowell.

Honorary pallbearers were Jimmy Thompson, Jim Steen, Gordon “Motor” Carr, Oren Bailess, John Bell, Bobby Hannon, Dan Harmon, Ron Halterman, Ken Ricks, Charles Toney, Wayne Thornton, Larry Ashley, Garfield Wright Jr., and members of the Breakfast Club.

Memorials may be made to Hawkins United Methodist Church Building Fund.

Otis Phoenix

Otis Phoenix died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004, at Trace Haven Nursing Home. He was 85.

Mr. Phoenix was of the Baptist faith and a veteran of War World II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Grant Phoenix and Lula Washington, and an aunt, Alziner Coleman.

He is survived by two nieces, Lois Cooper of Compton Calif., and Audrey Cooper of Los Angeles; other relatives and friends including Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Walker, Evelyn Byrd, Christine Keys and Paula Green.

Services will be at noon Tuesday at the Williams Funeral Service. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.

Beatrice Pitman Wallace

Beatrice Pitman Wallace died Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004 at her daughter’s home in Hammond, La. She was 94.

Mrs. Wallace was a native of Vicksburg and lived most of her life in Vicksburg until moving to Hammond in 1988.

She was a member of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Byron L. and Ida May Ross Pitman; her husband, Carl E. Wallace Sr., and a son, Carl E. Wallace Jr.

She is survived by two daughters, Jean Guggisberg of Hammond and Joan Spicer of Hopefield, Mo.; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Cedar Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Sam Dunaway officiating.

Visitation will be from 9 a.m. Monday until the service at Fisher Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Billy Harrell, Frank Hopkins, Charles Spicer, Kevin Wallace, Walter Guggisberg, Jason Green and George Spicer.