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February 22, 2004

Andrea Donyelle Dent

Services for Andrea Donyelle “Donnie” Dent will be at 1:30 p.m. today at Faith Christian Center, 1100 Main St., with Dr. Ollie Hardaway officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation was Saturday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Miss Dent died Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. She was 22.

A resident of Vicksburg, Miss Dent was a clerk at the Isle of Capri Hotel and was a member of Faith Christian Center. She was a 1999 graduate of Warren Central High School and attended Alcorn State University.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandfather, Curtis L. Dent, and her paternal grandparents, John and Morgan Hackett Dent.

Survivors include a daughter, Gabrielle A. Dent of Vicksburg; her parents, Belton P. Dent Sr. and Carolyn R. Dent, both of Vicksburg; four sisters, Adrian R. Dent of Clinton, Angela R. Dent and Michelle Thomas, both of Vicksburg, and Yolanda Dent of Memphis; two brothers, Kevin Dent of Jackson and Belton Dent Jr. of Vicksburg; her maternal grandmother, Abbie M. Dent; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and friends, including Nathaniel Jackson of Rolling Fork.

Bobby Lipsey Ford

Bobby Lipsey Ford died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. She was 76.

Mrs. Ford was born in D’Lo and lived in Lexington for a number of years. She was a graduate of Mississippi State College for Women.

She was an employee of the Mississippi Welfare Department before teaching social studies at Hazlehurst High School and Warren Central High School. She also was a librarian at Warren Junior High School.

Mrs. Ford was recognized as a Star Teacher and a sponsor for many clubs and student activities. After her retirement, she was a tutor and a member of the Methodist Cursillo.

She was preceded in death by her parents, John Robert and Willie May Gibson Lipsey; her husband, Frank Carol Ford; and two brothers, Lt. Col. Edd Lipsey and John Lipsey.

Mrs. Ford is survived by four sons, Dr. Bob Ford of Vicksburg, Frank Ford of Hazlehurst, Keith Ford of Allen, Texas, and Norman Ford of Vicksburg; her brother, W.L. Lipsey of Nesbit; 14 grandchildren; and cousins.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Hawkins United Methodist Church with the Rev. Tommy Miller officiating. Burial will be at 3 p.m. at the Odd Fellows Cemetery in Lexington under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 2 until 4 p.m. today at the funeral home and from 9:30 a.m. until the service Monday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Franklin (Miss.) Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 16541, Jackson, MS 39236.

Pallbearers will be grandsons Brad Ford, Kevin Ford, Michael Coody, Nick Becker, Michael Ford, Jason Ford, Shelby Ford and Brian Ford.

Mattie Mae Lewis Higgins

Mattie Mae Lewis Higgins died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. She was 81.

Mrs. Higgins was a Warren County native and a member of Grove Street M.B. Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Mary Clark and Charlie Lewis; her sister, Dorothy Brisco; her husband, Clarence Higgins Sr.; her son, Clarence Higgins Jr.; and her cousin, Rosie Lee Humphrey.

Mrs. Higgins is survived by her sister, Bessie Johnson of Lynwood, Ill.; two sons, Karl Young of Riverdale, Ill., and Robert Higgins of Muskegee, Mich.; four daughters, Mary Leevandale of Waterloo, Ind., and Roberta Willis, Betty Higgins and Diane Marshall, all of Vicksburg; and nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Saniford Lee Parker Sr.

TALLULAH Saniford Lee Parker Sr. died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at Santa Rosa Beach Hospital in Santa Rosa Beach, Fla. He was 91.

Mr. Parker was born in Ringgold, La., and moved to Madison Parish in 1938.

He served in the 181st Artillery during World War II and then returned to Madison Parish, where he farmed for 40 years. He was a member of Willow Bayou Baptist Church and was a deacon for many years.

Mr. Parker was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Pearl Parker; two brothers, A.G. Parker and Winfred Parker; three sisters, Dollie Wiggins, Emma Wiggins and Ruby Hall; and one daughter, Patricia Parker.

He is survived by his wife, Irma Wilson Parker; three daughters, Geniece Piercy of Bastrop, La., Dorothea Long of Vicksburg and Sharon Williamson of Santa Rosa Beach; four sons, S.L. Parker Jr. of Santa Rosa Beach, Martin Parker of Albuquerque, N.M., Calvin Parker of Orlando, Fla., and Kirby Parker of Cibolo, Texas; three sisters, Doris Gunn of Tallulah, Laneda Holder of Newellton and Norene Freeman of Homer; one brother, Clarence Parker of Northeast, Md.; 17 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Willow Bayou Baptist Church with the Rev. Charles Gaston officiating. Burial will follow at Silver Cross Cemetery under the direction of Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home and from 10:30 until noon Monday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Robert Keyes, Lane Rhodes, Walter White, Horace Russell, Donnie Remore, Quentin Purvis and Wayne McKnight.

Costello D. Wilson

ROCKFORD, ILL. Costello D. “Deacon” Wilson died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004, at his home in Rockford, Ill. He was 83.

Mr. Wilson was an Edwards native and grew up in Vicksburg.

He was a World War II Army veteran who lived in Vicksburg until 1963.

Mr. Wilson retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1989. He was a member of Christ the Carpenter United Methodist Church, where he was chairman of trustees and lay leader to the Northern Illinois Annual Charge Conference.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Curly Wilson and Susan Allen Wilson.

Mr. Wilson is survived by his wife, Ida Mae Wilson of Rockford; three daughters, Rosemary Moore of Chicago and Wanda Hill and Linda Patterson, both of Rockford; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home in Vicksburg. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.