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July 31, 2004

Margeree Brown

LORMAN Margeree Brown died Monday, July 26, 2004 at Jefferson County Hospital. She was 51.

A member of Fellowship Baptist Church in Lorman, Mrs. Brown was a retired cook.

She was preceded in death by her father, Oscar D. Reed.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her husband, James Brown Sr.; her mother, Mary Williams of Fayette; a son, James Brown Jr. of Fayette; four daughters, Mary Ella Brown and Katina Brown, both of Detroit, Deborah Brown of Albany, Ga., and Latasha Brown of Fayette; two brothers, James McCoy of Vicksburg and Roosevelt Williams of Natchez; three sisters, Thelma Polk, Willie Mae Banks and Diane Williams, all of Fayette; and other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Sunday at Fellowship Baptist Church in Lorman with the Rev. Kemp Burley officiating.

Burial will follow at Fellowship Cemetery in Lorman.

Visitation will be from 1 to 7 today at Rollins Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be friends of the family.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.rollinsfuneralhome.com.

Helane DuBowy

Visitation for Helane DuBowy will be from 2 until 4 p.m. today at Riles Funeral Home. Burial will be at Moravian Cemetery in Staten Island.

Mrs. DuBowy died Tuesday, July 27, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. She was 87.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Petro and Anna Laskowa Pleskiewicz. She had been a longtime resident of Staten Island, N.Y., before moving to Vicksburg three years ago. She was of the Roman Catholic faith.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Paul DuBowy; two sisters; and two brothers.

Survivors include a son, Paul DuBowy of Vicksburg; and a sister, Theresa Figler of Staten Island.

Memorials may be made to the Vicksburg Senior Center, P.O. Box 150, Vicksburg, MS 39181-0150.

Annie B. Eldridge

BASTROP Annie B. Eldridge died Thursday, July 29, 2004 at River Region Medical Center. She was 102.

A native of Bastrop, La., Mrs. Eldridge was a homemaker and a member of First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Eldridge was preceded in death by her husband, John D. Eldridge Sr. and a son, John D. “Bubba” Eldridge Jr.

She is survived by a son, Neal Eldridge of Vicksburg; five grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Memorial Park Cemetery in Bastrop with Brother Tony K. Keen officiating.

Louise Franklin

Services for Louise “Ma’Dear” Franklin will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at New Hope M.B. Church with the Rev. Frank Gardner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be today at Robbins Funeral Home and from noon until the service Sunday.

Mrs. Franklin died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at her home. She was 92.

A lifelong resident of Bovina, Mrs. Franklin was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. A teacher and a homemaker, Mrs. Franklin worked for many years as a collector for Robbins Funeral Home. She also worked to restore Beulah Cemetery.

She was preceded in death by her husband Watson R. Franklin; a son, Rufus Washington; two daughters, Ledora Franklin and Jo Evelyn Franklin Walker; two sisters, Ivory Jones Sanders and Ruth Jones Gaskin; four brothers, David Jones, James Jones, Benjamin Jones and Horace Jones Jr.; a granddaughter, Toni Patricia Walker; and a grandson, Louis Wilson Jr.

She is survived by two daughters, Doris Franklin Williams of Cleveland, Ohio and Pauline Patricia Franklin Williams of Vicksburg; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.

Walter Everett Sistrunk

STARKVILLE Walter Everett Sistrunk died Thursday, July 29, 2004, at Northeast Medical Center in Tupelo. He was 84.

Mr. Sistrunk was a professor emeritus at Mississippi State University, where he was an education professor from 1966 until his retirement in 1990. A Florida native, he received his master’s degree and doctorate in education from the University of Florida. He was also a liaison pilot during World War II.

Mr. Sistrunk was a member of numerous organizations, honor societies and clubs including the Southeastern Regional Association of Teacher Educations, the National Genealogical Society and the Family Research Association of Mississippi. He was a Okolona City School System board member.

Mr. Sistrunk is survived by his wife, Patricia Dornbusch Sistrunk of Starkville; three sons, David F. Sistrunk of Kosciusko, Carlos L. Sistrunk of Starkville and Walter Eugene Sistrunk of Eupora; two daughters, Kathryn Rimer of Moss Point and Brenda Landry of Toronto, Canada; a stepson, O.E. Bradway III of Vicksburg; two stepdaughters, Patricia D. Bradway of Okolona and Susan C. Bradway of Silver City, N.M.; two sisters, Eugenia Rogers and Joanna Sistrunk, both of Jacksonville, Fla.; one brother, Miner M. Sistrunk of Jacksonville; 16 grandchildren, three stepgrandchildren, two nieces and nine great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Welch Funeral Home in Starkville with the Rev. Prentiss Gordon officiating. Visitation will be from 1:30 to 2:30 at the funeral home.

Burial will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Green Acres Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. Sistrunk’s grandsons, Shannon Sistrunk, David L. Sistrunk, Michael Sistrunk, Neill Sistrunk, Brady Sistrunk, Spencer Landry and John Bradway.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.