February 4, 2004

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, February 4, 2004

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.

John Wesley Pippin Jr.

ROLLING FORK John Wesley Pippin Jr., a former mayor of Rolling Fork, died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at the Sharkey-Issaquena Hospital in Rolling Fork. He was 88.

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Mr. Pippin was a native of Anguilla and was a retired businessman, having been a gasoline distributor for many years. He held elective office for 44 years before his retirement in 1997. He was elected alderman for the first time in 1953 and served in that post for 20 years. He was mayor for 24 years after succeeding the late Howard Miller in 1973.

“When Mr. Pippin was mayor, he was always very proper,” said Rolling Fork Mayor Eldridge “Butch” Walker. “He took pride in the city and made many contributions to the City of Rolling Fork. He will be missed.”

Just before Mr. Pippin retired from office, he told the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, “This job is a part-time job in Rolling Fork, but I have been a full-time mayor.”

Mr. Pippin was a veteran of World War II, was a member of the Rolling Fork United Methodist Church and was a charter member of the Rolling Fork Lions Club. He served on the board of directors of the South Delta Planning and Development District for 35 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lynn Moore Pippin, a grandson, John Charles Tilghman, and a sister, Fannie Pippin Jenkins.

Mr. Pippin is survived by two daughters, Carolyn Pippin Garrett of Germantown, Tenn., and Marilyn Pippin Tilghman of Rolling Fork; four grandchildren, Cynthia Garrett and Stephanie Garrett, both of Germantown, Brad Tilghman of Jackson and Laura Frances Tilghman of Rolling Fork.

Services were today at the Rolling Fork United Methodist Church and burial was at Mound Cemetery in Rolling Fork with Glenwood Funeral Home in charge.

Pallbearers were Brad Tilghman, Kent Montgomery, Ricky Bishop, Lee Bishop, Brian Owens and Charlie Knighton.

Honorary pallbearers were T.A. Heath, Frank Corban, Charles McPhail, Billy Johnson, Sam Jue, Doyle Hays, Baskin Perry, Lee Martin, Merlin Richardson, D.L. Bennett, Dr. Danny Jackson, Laurence Carter, Jimmy Dick Carter, Ike Collins and Bill Haney.

Memorials may be made to the Rolling Fork United Methodist Church or to the Sharkey Issaquena Library.

Jeane Teller Aydell

PENSACOLA, Fla. Jeane Teller Aydell, formerly of Vicksburg, died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, in Pensacola, Fla. She was 88.

Mrs. Aydell was preceded in death by her husband, Henry E. Teller Sr.

Survivors include a son, Henry E. Teller Jr. of Hattiesburg; a daughter, Nan Teller McLemore of Pensacola; a brother, Henry J. Lowenstein of Hollywood, Fla.; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Fisher Funeral Home with visitation from 10 a.m. until the service.

Memorials may be made to Haven of Our Lady of Peace, 1900 Summit Blvd., Pensacola, FL 32504 or Feed the Hungry-Heal the Heart Fund, First Church of Christ Scientist, Dept. S-LAN, P.O. Box 1504, Boston, MA 02117-0865.

Rosalee Morrissey Biedenharn

EDWARDS Rosalee Morrissey Biedenharn died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at her home in Edwards. She was 71.

Born in Vicksburg, Mrs. Biedenharn had been a resident of Edwards since 1956. She graduated from St. Francis Xavier Academy. She was a homemaker and member of St. Paul Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Neal Biedenharn.

She is survived by two sons, Harry “Trip” Biedenharn III and Tom Biedenharn, both of Edwards; a daughter, Kristy Biedenharn of Edwards; one brother, Michael Morrissey of Vicksburg; and one grandchild, Ben Biedenharn.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Patrick Farrell officiating. Burial will follow at Edwards Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Dan Askew, Lewis Montgomery, Mickey Koestler, Hugh Allen, Bobby Latham and Paul Koestler.

Honorary pallbearers will be Stephanie Miller, Lynn Beard, Bertha Combs and Mary Singleton.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Ministries of Ridgeland, 450 Town Center Blvd., Ridgeland, MS 39157.

India James Felton

FAYETTE India James Felton died Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004, at her home in Fayette. She was 84.

Mrs. Felton was a mother and member of the choir at Salem Baptist Church. She was a former maid.

She was preceded in death by her parents, A.J. James and Sophia Williams; a son, Tommy Swanson; three brothers; and three sisters.

Survivors include five sons, Hardy James of Raines, La., Al Stampley and Jimmy James, both of Fayette, Claude A. James of Itta Bena, Miss., and Donald James of Natchez; three daughters, Kitt Johnson of Omaha, Neb., Eva Moore of Fayette and Mary James of Natchez; a brother, Benard James of Natchez; a sister, Geraldine Dumans of Kentwood, La.; 46 grandchildren; and other relatives and friends, including Mamie L. Carr, Nellie Tenner and the Bo Stampley family.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Salem Baptist Church in Stampley, Miss., with the Rev. John Frye officiating. Burial will follow at Salem Cemetery under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home in Fayette.

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

Pallbearers will be Robert Tenner, Kendrick James, Donald James, Jimmy James, Claude James and Alphonso Moore.

Honorary pallbearers will be Leon Carter, Johnny Doss, Claude Carter Jr. and Hardy James.

Sylvia Maxine Moore Mayo

DALLAS Sylvia Maxine Moore Mayo, formerly of Vicksburg, died Saturday, Jan. 31, 2004, in Dallas. She was 43.

Mrs. Mayo was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Robert and Annie Lou Eastman.

Survivors include her husband, David Mayo of Dallas; two stepsons, David Mayo Jr. and Davion Mayo, both of Dallas; her parents, Robert and Rutha Maxine Eastman of Vicksburg and Charles Lakes; four sisters, Shelia Eastman Small, Elizabeth Eastman Stewart and Lavette Eastman, all of Dallas, and Chandra Eastman Hinkle of Houston, Texas; two brothers, Robert Eastman Jr. of Vicksburg and Curtis Eastman of Wilmington, Del.; her maternal grandmother, Jim Ella Williams of Vicksburg; and other relatives and friends, including Edna Williams and the Eastman, Williams and Cosey families, all of Vicksburg.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of local arrangements.