June 18, 2004

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 18, 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.

Edna Earle Harrison

Edna Earle Harrison died Thursday, June 17, 2004, at River Region West. She was 73.

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A resident of Vicksburg, Mrs. Harrison was a graduate of Magnolia High School. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Benjamin Harrison Sr.; her parents, Benard Minor and Rosie L. Minor; a son, Benjamin Harrison Jr.; a daughter, Mary L. Hicks; and a brother, John “Joe” W. Minor.

Survivors include five sons, Alfred D. Minor, Edward “Teacake” Minor, Lawerence D. Minor and Gregory L. Harrison, all of Vicksburg, and Maurice A. Harrison of Silver Springs, Md.; three daughters, Edna E. Harrison and Angela Peterson, both of Vicksburg, and Rose L. Harrison of Washington, D.C.; four brothers, Charles E. Minor, Wilbert E. Minor, David B. Minor and Karl M. Minor, all of Vicksburg; two sisters, Inez B. Summers of Vicksburg and Florida Colbert of Shelby; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Jessie James King

Services for Jessie James “Duke” King will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bethlehem M.B. Church with the Rev. Richard Caples officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Mr. King died Sunday, June 13, 2004, at Guardian Angel Hospice in Marion, Miss. He was 39.

He was a former employee of the Vicksburg National Military Park.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph King Sr.; his maternal grandparents, Mack and Viola Thomas; and his paternal grandparents, Jessie and Estelle King.

He is survived by a son, Tromaine Versell of Vicksburg; his mother, Willie Mae Hall King of Vicksburg; five brothers, Leroy King of Chicago and Freddie Hall, Michael King, Claude King and Joseph King, all of Vicksburg; 10 sisters, Thelma Hubbard of San Francisco, Calif., and Vera Wheatley, JoAnn King, Brenda Davis, Claudette King, Deborah Hall , Willie’Lean King, Laura Ann King, Lorine King and Lucille Albert, all of Vicksburg; one granddaughter; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including Rochelle Morrow of Vicksburg.

Pearl Madison

ROLLING FORK Pearl Madison died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. She was 64.

Miss Madison was a resident of Rolling Fork.

She was preceded in death by a stepdaughter, Mary L. Jackson.

Survivors include six daughters, Willie Mae Eckles of Vicksburg, Valeria Johnson of Nashville, Tenn., Sandra D. Madison of Atlanta, Ga., Leslie Madison of Greenville, Thushonda D. Madison of Rolling Fork, and Rose Mary Madison; six sons, Willie Earl Madison of Sikeston, Mo., Sammie L. Jackson, Curtis L. Madison and Walter Madison, all of Rolling Fork, Bennie L. Jackson of St. Louis, Mo., and Karlus L. Madison of Washington, D.C.; two stepsons, James Madison Jr. of Indiana and Ruben Madison of Sikeston; two stepdaughters, Shirley Thornton and Lenora White, both of Sikeston; three brothers, William Jackson of Rockford, Ill., Elijah Jackson of Anguilla, and Jerry L. Jackson of Jackson, Mich.; three sisters, Molly Redd of Sikeston, Mary Lee Booze of Rockford, Ill., and Francis Nash of Los Angeles, Calif.; 48 grandchildren; and 30 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at South Delta High School Auditorium in Rolling Fork with J.H. Whitehead officiating. Burial will follow at Anguilla Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 7 until 8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Ruth J. Moudy

FLORENCE Ruth J. Moudy died Wednesday, June 16, 2004, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. She was 55.

Mrs. Moudy was a former resident of Port Gibson and had lived in Florence for 20 years. She retired as manager of Hill City Oil. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Billy Moudy of Florence; a son, Chris Baker of Jackson; two stepsons, Troy Moudy of Carthage and Todd Moudy of Ridgeland; three brothers, Albert Jones and William Crum, both of Tucson, Ariz., and David Jones of Vicksburg; one sister, Mona Goff of Vicksburg; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Chancellor Funeral Home in Florence with the Rev. Jim Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at Faith Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Pallbearers will be Emmett Kelly, Vernon Loyd, Jeremy White, Nathan Jones, Andy Morgan and David Oakes.

Velma Killingsworth Sims

FAYETTE Velma Killingsworth Sims died Tuesday, June 15, 2004, at her home. She was 94.

A resident of Fayette, Mrs. Sims was a homemaker and a member and mother of Bethlehem Church of God in Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Reese Sims Sr.; her parents, Spencer Killingsworth and Janie King; and five brothers.

Survivors include three sons, Julius Reynolds of Port Gibson, Reese Sims Jr. of New Orleans and Edmond D. Jones of Killeen, Texas; a daughter, Jimmie Scott of Fayette; a brother, James Killingsworth of Oakland, Calif.; a sister, Odessa K. Moore of Memphis, Tenn.; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem Church of God in Christ in Port Gibson with Ernest Wilcher officiating. Burial will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery under the direction of Rollins Funeral Home in Fayette.

Visitation will be until 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers.