April 9, 2004

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 9, 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.

Dr. John H. Durst

BONHAM, Texas Dr. John H. Durst died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He was 70.

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Dr. Durst was a resident of Bonham, Texas. Formerly of Vicksburg, he was a 1952 graduate of St. Aloysius High School. He received a degree from Loyola University School of Dentistry. He was retired.

Dr. Durst was preceded in death by his parents, Robert Emmet and Harriet Low Durst; and a brother, Robert E. Durst.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Durst of Bonham; two daughters, Terri Durst of Bossier City, La., and Mary Durst of Bonham; a son, John Durst of Bonham; a sister, Delia Anderson of Gonzales, La.; and a brother, Joseph Durst of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Bonham. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. Sunday at Cooper-Sorrells Funeral Home in Bonham.

Memorials may be made to Vicksburg Catholic Schools.

Velma L. Evans

Services for Velma L. Evans will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Evans died Wednesday, April 7, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. She was 61.

Mrs. Evans retired from the Sydney Building after 25 years. She was a member of New Mount Pilgrim M.B. Church.

She was preceded in death by one son, Anthony Glenn Evans; a brother, Willie Frank Evans; two sisters, Helen Williams and Mary Cage; and her parents, Phillip Sr. and Lucille Barnes Evans.

She is survived by two sons, Larry Evans of Dallas and Tony Evans of Vicksburg; two daughters, Barbara Evans of Vicksburg and Carmen Evans-Brinkley of Dallas; one brother, Terry Evans of Inglewood, Calif.; a sister, Bobbie Gibbs of Vicksburg; her stepmother, Carolyn Sweet Evans of Vicksburg; 13 grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.

Clyde Cullen Jackson

EDWARDS Clyde Cullen Jackson died Tuesday, April 6, 2004, at his home in Edwards. He was 82.

Mr. Jackson was a graduate of Southern Christian Institute in Edwards, Alcorn State University and Jackson State University. He served as a principal in the public school system in Jasper and Sunflower counties for nearly 40 years.

Survivors include his wife, Queen Esther Mace Jackson of Edwards; a son, Dr. Alvin O. Jackson of Washington, D.C.; three daughters, Mavis Y. Anderson of Indianapolis, Ind., Claretta J. Sullivan of Knoxville, Tenn., and Dr. Loretta Jackson-Williams of Jackson; and six grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Woodworth Chapel on the campus of Tougaloo College. Lakeover Memorial Funeral Home of Jackson has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Clyde Cullen Jackson Educational Endowment of Tougaloo College.

Walter Clyde Smith

NEWELLTON Walter Clyde “Johnny” Smith died Thursday, April 8, 2004, at Franklin Medical Center. He was 63.

Mr. Smith was a native and lifelong resident of Newellton. He worked for the Newellton Elevator, was a manager at Tensas Water and was a deputy/jailer for the Tensas Sheriff’s Department. He was of the Methodist faith.

He was preceded in death by his father, Walter O. Smith Jr.

Survivors include his wife, Rebecca E. Smith of Newellton; a daughter, Sheila Cannon of Arlington, Texas; a sister, Lynn Thompson of Tallulah; a brother, Phil Felder of Baton Rouge, La.; his mother, Lela Wiggins of Vidalia, La.; and two granddaughters.

Services will be at 5 p.m. today at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. J. Fulton McGraw officiating. Burial will follow at Legion Cemetery in Newellton.

Visitation will be from 4 p.m. today until the service at the funeral home.