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William H. Rabun

William H. Rabun died Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. He was 75.

Mr. Rabun was born in Delhi, La., and had lived in Vicksburg most of his life. He was the son of the late Aubrey and Effie Lowery Rabun.

A retired millwright and machinist, he was of the Baptist faith. He served in the Navy and Air Force.

Mr. Rabun was preceded in death by a brother, James Rabun.

He is survived by two daughters, Theresa Ratliff of Vicksburg and Shelby Dupuy of Marksville, La.; one son, James Rabun of Sebewaing, Mich.; a sister, Exie Grubbs of Monroe, La.; and 10 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Burial will follow under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Thursday until the service at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Chris Ratliff, David Kahn, Virgil Hardy, A.B. “Sonny” Edwards, Dale Ahner and James Rabun Jr.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dan Butler and Herbert Stokes.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 1193, Vicksburg, MS 39181 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Ella Beth Rhodes Selby

Ella Beth Rhodes Selby died Monday, Feb. 2, 2004, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. She was 92.

Born in Vicksburg to the late Henry James and Sophie Blanche Short Rhodes, Mrs. Selby was a graduate of Vicksburg High School. She attended All Saints’ College and received her degree in education from Mississippi State College for Women in 1932. She studied art under famed Vicksburg artists Caroline Compton and Amanda Austin Swett. She worked as an elementary and junior high school art teacher, and she was art supervisor of Vicksburg Public Schools.

Mrs. Selby was a member of the Church of the Holy Trinity Episcopal and the Church of the Creator Episcopal Church. She was a member of the Magnolia Garden Club, the Junior Auxiliary, Little Theatre Guild, the Vicksburg Art Association, the Vicksburg Foundation for Historic Preservation and Culture Vultures.

She illustrated programs and designed costumes for “Gold in the Hills” and illustrated the “Old Southern Tea Room” cookbook. She was also an extra in the movie “Showboat.”

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jean Talbot Selby; and her siblings, Sophie Rhodes Johnston and Henry James Rhodes, Jr.

Survivors include two daughters, Janie Selby Fields of Clinton and Beth Selby Drown of Covington, La.; a son, Jean Talbot Selby Jr., of Clinton; three grandsons, Vaughn E. Fields Jr. of Laurel, Talbot Selby Fields of Memphis and Talbot Easton Selby of Clemson, S.C.; six granddaughters, Lucy Fields Spangler and Lauchlin McLaurin Fields, both of Vicksburg, Katherine Rhodes Fields of Oxford, Abbey Elizabeth Selby and Katherine Neal Selby, both of Clinton, and Anne Elizabeth Drown of Covington, La.; and one great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Mayhew Spangler of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Episcopal Church of the Creator in Clinton. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg.

Visitation will be from 4 until 6 tonight at the church in Clinton.

Pallbearers will be Dr. Walter Johnston Jr., Joseph Johnston, Sydney Johnston, Henry Johnston, Balfour Lipscomb, Dr. Robert Ireland Jr., Robert Ireland III, Stephen Spangler and Don Neal.

Honorary pallbearers will be Henry Rhodes III, Rollin Rhodes and Crofton Rhodes.

Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Creator Building Fund, 1445 Clinton-Raymond Road, Clinton, MS 39056 or to All Saints’ School, 2717 Confederate Ave., Vicksburg, MS 39180.