March 20, 2004
Published 12:00 am Monday, March 22, 2004
Irma Wilson Boutwell
OAK GROVE Irma Wilson Boutwell died Friday, March 19, 2004, at West Carroll Memorial Hospital in Oak Grove. She was 98.
Mrs. Boutwell was a resident of Oak Grove.
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She was preceded in death by her husband, John Richard Boutwell; and her parents, Eugene Lafayette and Myrtle Wilson.
Survivors include a son, Richard Lamar Boutwell of Oak Grove; three daughters, Maxine Dumas of Oak Grove, Erma Jean Bikowski of Falls Church, Va., and Sue Bell of Albany, Ga.; two sisters, Palma Rhineheart of Ruston, La., and Cleo Walker of Vernon, Utah; 12 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Cox Funeral Home in Oak Grove with the Rev. Paul Ninemire officiating. Burial will follow at Kilbourne Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be H.G. Wactor, Cleve Shivers, Johnny Crosby, Jim Sowell, Monard Kinman, Lavelle Brown and Charlie Hankins.
Randy M. Graham
Randy M. Graham died Friday, March 19, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. He was 46.
A native of Delhi, Mr. Graham had been a Vicksburg resident since 1979. He was a graduate of Mountain View High School and had worked for Otasco retail store for 15 years. He had served as associate pastor at Warrenton Baptist Church for 12 years and worked for Smart Mart for five years.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Demetra; his maternal grandparents, Wesley and Luna King; and his paternal grandfather, Thomas Graham.
Survivors include his wife, Debra S. Graham of Vicksburg; three daughters, Ashley Graham, Pamela Graham and Tiffany Graham, all of Vicksburg; his parents, Henry and Annetta Graham of Tallulah; and his paternal grandmother, Barbara Dickerson of Monticello, La.
Services will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Warrenton Baptist Church with Johnny Welborn, pastor, officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.
Visitation will be from 3 until 5 p.m. Sunday at Fisher Funeral Home.
Pallbearers will be Jerry Morris, Scott Audirsch, Scottee Dodson, Marvin Curtis Jr., Ashley Causey and A.J. Stephens.
Honorary pallbearers will be the men and youth of Warrenton Baptist Church, employees of the River Region Intensive Care Unit and the Promise staff at River Region West Campus.
Memorials may be made to Warrenton Baptist Church missionary fund, 829 Belva Drive, Vicksburg, MS 39180.
Ercil Lee Harper
OAK GROVE Ercil Lee Harper died Friday, March 19, 2004, at Carroll Nursing Home in Oak Grove. She was 97.
Mrs. Harper was a native and lifelong resident of West Carroll Parish. She was a member of the First Church of God for more than 80 years. She retired as office manager from LP&L after 32 years of service.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Hester Harper; her parents, Clark Jube Lee and Lula Hammett Lee; two brothers, Clyde Lee and Knile Lee; and two sisters, Minnie Mae Hart and Allene Morrow.
She is survived by her son, Jerry Harper of Oak Grove; a brother, Cletus Lee of Deland, Fla.; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; four stepgreat-grandchildren; and other relatives, including Earline Martin of Lake Providence.
Services will be at 2 p.m. today at the First Church of God in Oak Grove with the Revs. Paul Ninemire and Roy Pepmiller officiating. Burial will follow at New Forest Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home in Oak Grove.
Pallbearers will be Gary Harper, Jerry Harper Jr., Ronald Bedenbender, Brandon Brown, Justin Harper, Andrew Harper and Clint Bedenbender.
Honorary pallbearers will be the women of the First Church of God.
David Harland Johnson Jr.
NATCHEZ David Harland Johnson Jr. died Monday, March 15, 2004, at his home in Natchez. He was 33.
Mr. Johnson was a Natchez native.
He was preceded in death by his father, David Harland Johnson Sr., and his grandparents, Elsie and Elmer Bearden.
He is survived by a daughter, Skylar Johnson of Baton Rouge; his mother and stepfather, Betty and John Pullen of Natchez; one brother, Tim A. Johnson of Natchez; one sister, Robyn Conway of Vicksburg; two half-sisters, Margaret Johnson and Dana Johnson, both of Nashville, Tenn.; a niece and nephews.
Services were at 10 a.m. Friday at Laird Funeral Home in Natchez with the Rev. Steve Pearson officiating. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Pallbearers were Brady Garner, Dalton Davis, Jeff Hartley, Charlie Ferrington, Rex Pruitt and Kenneth Blackwell.
Memorials may be made to the Natchez Humane Society.
Lillie Margaret McHann
Lillie Margaret McHann died Friday, March 19, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. She was 85.
A native and lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mrs. McHann was the daughter of the late John Henry and Carrie Dose Hopkins. She was a homemaker and a member of the Baptist faith.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, David McHann; three brothers, Buddy Hopkins, Arthur Hopkins and Richard Hopkins; and three sisters, Gladys Jones, Pearl Gessler and Josie Hopkins.
Survivors include a daughter, Jeanne Mahoney of Reston, W. Va.; a son, Rodney E. McHann of Vicksburg; 13 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.