April 19, 2004

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 19, 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.

Earl Wayne Alexander

Earl Wayne Alexander died Saturday, April 17, 2004, at River Region West. He was 81.

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Born in Monroe, Ark., Mr. Alexander was the son of the late Charles Elbert and Carrie Elizabeth Moody Alexander. He had been a Vicksburg resident since 1980. He was a graduate of Brinkley High School in Brinkley, Ark., where he was a member of the Little All State Football Division.

Mr. Alexander was a retired pipefitter and was a steward for the United Association of Pipe Fitters for 17 years. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Doris Jean Alexander; a brother, Odell Alexander; and a sister, Rose Marie Alexander.

Survivors include two sons, Dennis Alexander and Charles Alexander; two sisters, Joanna Hornsby and Patsy Rock; and four grandchildren.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Terry White, pastor of Bowmar Baptist Church, officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Child Abuse Prevention Center, 2732 Washington St., Vicksburg, MS 39180.

Jimmie Blackman

BASTROP, La. Jimmie Blackman died Saturday, April 17, 2004, at his home in Bastrop, La. He was 78.

Born in Tallulah, Mr. Blackman was a longtime resident of Bastrop. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church and was the former owner of Quick Stop No. 1. He managed plants in Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania for Georgia Pacific. He retired as superintendent of the Tissue Mill of Georgia Pacific in Crossett, Ark. He also worked for Industrial Valve Sales and Service.

A veteran of World War II, Mr. Blackman served as a cook aboard the USS Bollinger in the Pacific Theatre.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim Lee and Leatha Jane Blackman; two brothers, R.L. Blackman and Dick Gunner; five sisters, Viola Mullins, Verbie Beckworth, Hilda Lewis, Orlean Watson and Dorothy Ruth Redden.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Ann Blackman of Bastrop; two daughters, Judy Bradford of Monroe and Janet Harper of Bastrop; two granddaughters; five stepgrandchildren; two great-granddaughters; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Cox Funeral Home in Bastrop with Dr. Vic Carter officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery-Crossett Road.

Pallbearers will be John Harper, Clyde Collins, K.C. Priest, David Haddock, Charlie Blackman and Dennis Blackman.

Honorary pallbearer will be Dr. Robert E. Lyon.

Visitation will be from 4 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Ruby Eiland Holder

BATON ROUGE Ruby Eiland Holder died Saturday, April 17, 2004, at Lakewood Quarters Nursing Center in Baton Rouge. She was 90.

Mrs. Holder was a native of Kilmichael and a former Vicksburg resident. She retired as an executive secretary for Blue Cross-Blue Shield. She was a member of University Baptist Church in Baton Rouge.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William C. Holder; her parents, Crawford and Alice Eiland; three sisters, Hazel Mackey, Jewel Moore and Irene Kleinhans; and a brother, Reece Gipson.

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Mary Jane and Edwin Lane of Baton Rouge; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4962 Florida Blvd., Suite 402, Baton Rouge, LA 70806.

Terrell Lewis

WAVERLY, La. Terrell Lewis died Saturday, April 17, 2004, at The Olive Branch in Tallulah. He was 93.

Born in Indianola, Mr. Lewis was a longtime resident of Waverly, La. A farmer and gin operator, he was a member of Waverly Baptist Church and the Delhi Masonic Lodge.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter Lewis and Mattie Floyd Lewis; five brothers, Roy Lewis, Earl Lewis, James Lewis, Floyd Lewis and George Lewis; and three sisters, Gladys Castelo, Daisy Tate and Mary Lee Adams.

Mr. Lewis is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ruby B. Lewis of Waverly; a son, Terrell Douglas Lewis of Benton, La.; a daughter, Jeanette Laird of Delhi; one sister, Viola Lewis of Tallulah; and four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services were Sunday at Waverly Baptist Church with the Rev. Timothy Watson officiating. Burial followed at Delhi Masonic Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Pallbearers were Vic Laird, Richard Skipper, Eric Bush, Doug Lewis, Richard Lewis and Clyde Jay.

Susie Mae Powell

Services for Susie Mae Powell will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary M.B. Church. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home.

Mrs. Powell died Wednesday, April 14, 2004, at her home in Vicksburg. She was 66.

Mrs. Powell was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Christian Home Society Nos. 1 and 24.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Powell Sr.; and a daughter, Joann Powell Warren.

Survivors include a son, Willie Powell Jr. of Los Angeles; three daughters, Lena Powell Chiplin, Susie Williams and Dorothy Chambers, all of Vicksburg; a sister, Louise Edwards of Lake Worth, Fla.; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; and other relatives.

Fred Ross UTICA Fred Ross died Friday, April 16, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. He was 66.

Born in Vicksburg, Mr. Ross had been a resident of Utica for the past 36 years. He was a veteran of the Navy Mobile Construction Battalion and was a retired truck driver and farmer. He was a member of St. Michael Catholic Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William B. and Jane Jewell Ross; a sister, Diane King; a brother, Billy Ross; and a grandson, Stephen Hubbard.

Survivors include a son, Frederick “Dusty” Ross of Carpenter, Miss.; five daughters, Donna Fortenberry, Amanda Curtis and Dawn Beck, all of Utica, Cynthia Ann Branch of Columbia, Miss., and Mary Vandevere of Benton; a sister, Jane Warnock of Vicksburg; and 12 grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Utica with the Rev. Rob Hill officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jarrod Ross, Eric Beck, Logan Hubbard, Tommy Reed, Jeff Vandever, Eddie King, Scott Curtis and Billy Hubbard.