February 24, 2004

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, February 24, 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.

Jesse Dee Chapin

Jesse Dee Chapin died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, at his home. He was 14.

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A lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Chapin was a student at Vicksburg Junior High School.

Survivors include his parents, Randy Dee and Deborah Beard Chapin of Vicksburg; a brother, Joe Dee Chapin of Vicksburg; maternal grandparents, Raymond Beard of Cordell, Okla., and Peggy Hill of Oak Grove; paternal grandparents, Willie Joe and Joyce Chapin of Vicksburg; a nephew, Jason Daran Chapin of Vicksburg; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Rick McAlister officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Burton Hynum, Kenny Gurlie, Anthony LaGrone, Mason Vines, Nathan Kirkley, Chad Vickers, Craig Vickers and Jeffery Dickerson.

Jerry Dennis

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Jerry Dennis died Saturday, Feb. 21, 2004, in Little Rock, Ark. He was 40.

Born in Vicksburg, Mr. Dennis had lived in Arkansas for the past 13 years. He was a graduate of Thomastown High School in Thomastown, La., and studied history at Arkansas Tech University.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willie V. Dennis Sr.; and a brother, Roger Dale Dennis.

Survivors include a son, David Dewayne Dennis of Russellville, Ark.; his mother, Earline Dennis of Delta; two brothers, Willie V. Dennis Jr. of Magee, Miss., and Jeffery Dennis of Delta; two sisters, Helen Edwards of Vicksburg and Jo Anna O’Bryant of Dardanelle, Ark.; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Rolling Fork. Burial will follow at Mound Cemetery in Rolling Fork.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Gregory T. Sanderford Sr., George Leach, Tommy Edleston, Robert Ott, Jon Ellis and Sydney Parker.

Honorary pallbearers will be Ricky D. Edwards, Gregory T. Sanderford Jr. and James C. Edwards III.

Ronald Hoffman Gilmore

Ronald Hoffman Gilmore died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. He was 48.

Born in Valparaiso, Fla., Mr. Gilmore had been a Vicksburg resident since 1958. He graduated from H.V. Cooper High School and Mississippi State University with a degree in computer science and mechanical engineering.

Mr. Gilmore was a mechanical engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. He was a member of Bowmar Baptist Church and Theta Tau fraternity.

He is survived by his wife, Patti Copes Gilmore of Vicksburg; two sons, Robert Alan Gilmore and Russell Edward Gilmore, both of Vicksburg; his parents, Arthur Lavonne and Tommie Lou McCann Gilmore of Hattiesburg; two sisters, Brenda Donahoe of Wiggins and Carol Harper of Normal, Ill.; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Bowmar Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry White, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home and from 1:30 p.m. Wednesday until the service at the church.

Pallbearers will be Tommy Carpenter, Steve English, Dr. Brent Thomas, David Horner, Ben Webb and James Robinson.

Memorials may be made to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Institute, University of Texas, 1515 Holcombe Blvd., Houston, TX 77030; or Bowmar Baptist Building Fund, 1825 U.S. 61 South, Vicksburg, MS 39180.

John L. Henry

KANSAS CITY, Mo. John L. Henry died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at his home in Kansas City, Mo. He was 85.

Mr. Henry was a retired postal worker.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Littleton and Indiana Henry; four brothers, James Henry, Robert “Bee” Henry, Roosevelt Henry and Joseph Henry; and a sister, Ruby Lee Henry Cameron.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Luckey Henry of Kansas City; two sons, William Taylor Jr. of Olathe, Kan., and the Rev. Harry Taylor of Wilberforce, Ohio; two daughters, Bettye Vaughn and Joan Henry, both of Kansas City; two brothers, Hilbert Henry of Robbins, Ill., and George Henry of Lorman; two sisters, Sarah Johnson and Clara Clinton, both of St. Louis, Mo.; 21 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and other relatives, including Cecil Cameron, Shirley Henry and Cecilia Cole, all of Vicksburg.

Lawrence A. Jones Funeral Home in Kansas City has charge of arrangements.

Niles Langford McKay

Niles Langford McKay died Sunday, Feb. 22, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. He was 18.

Mr. McKay was born in Greenville and attended Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School. He had been a resident of Vicksburg for the past nine years and received his high school diploma at Camp Shelby. He was a communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Nicholas and Helen Langford Kowaluk, and a cousin, Jeni Kowaluk Thames.

Survivors include his parents, Jerry Wayne and Elaine Kowaluk McKay of Vicksburg; his paternal grandparents, Norman and Suzanne McKay of Vicksburg; and numerous aunts and uncles.

A Mass of the Resurrection will be said at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul Catholic Church with the Rev. Patrick Farrell, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Riles Funeral Home with vigil prayers at 7.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Ouzts, Cain McKay, Colby McKay, Ryan Nelson, Riley Nelson, Russ Nelson, Isaac London and Ty Steen.

Honorary pallbearers will be Michael Jones, Doug Branning, David LaSalle Sr., David LaSalle Jr., Roy Nelson, George Scott, Bo Gayle and Michael LaSalle.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul Catholic Church, P.O. Box 646, Vicksburg, MS 39181.

Clara Stewart

Clara Stewart died Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. She was 72.

A native of Vicksburg, Mrs. Stewart was a retired domestic worker and was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin Stewart; and three brothers.

Survivors include a niece, Loretta Walker; a nephew, Cornelius Walker; and three cousins, Charlene Jones, Susie Scott and James Davis, all of Vicksburg.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.