September 3, 2004

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 10, 2004

George Lewis Joiner Sr.

DELHI George Lewis Joiner Sr. died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004. He was 86.

Mr. Joiner was born in Carthage and was a resident of Delhi. A businessman, he had owned and operated four Texaco stations in Baton Rouge for a number of years. He then moved to Delhi to work at a boat plant.

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He was preceded in death by his wife, Trudie Jane Joiner.

Survivors include two sons, George Lewis Joiner Jr. of Delhi and Kenneth Joiner of Dunn, La.; two sisters, Mary Boatner and Peggy Hilburn, both of Baton Rouge; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and other relatives, including Jack and Helen Parks of Rayville and Melviney and Huey Green and Joyce and Willie R. Davis, all of Dunn.

Cox Funeral Home in Delhi has charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to the Wish I Could Foundation in Rayville.

Dr. Barry Wayne McCleave

Dr. Barry Wayne McCleave died Thursday, Sept. 2, 2004, at his home. He was 56.

Born in Clarksdale, Mr. McCleave was a longtime Vicksburg resident. He received his bachelor of science and master of science degrees in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University. In 1991, he received a doctorate in electrical engineering with a minor in computer science from MSU.

He worked as a manager trainee at U.S. Steel in Birmingham, Ala., in 1970. He later served in the Army and was assigned to Waterways Experiment Station, where he became a civilian employee.

He was a member of numerous professional groups and organizations, including the Institute for Electrical and Electronic Engineers. He also authored numerous technical publications, reports and patents.

He designed data acquisition systems for all laboratories at WES and was responsible for basic and developmental research on electrical and computer projects.

Dr. McCleave had served as second vice president of the Vicksburg Theatre Guild and as a producer of “Gold in the Hills” melodrama. He was a member of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, and was a former chairman of the church board.

He had served as adjunct professor at MSU since 1991 and designed several field data acquisition systems at the printed circuit card and specialized integrated circuit level. He developed a hydraulic model control package and directional spectral-wave generator. He received a number of awards and honors, including the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service.

Survivors include his wife, Earlene Broadus McCleave; two daughters, Fawn McCleave-Francis of Farmington, Mo., and Tiffany McCleave of Hattiesburg; his parents, Fred and Myrtle Haney McCleave of Hattiesburg; a sister, Charmaine McCleave of Hattiesburg; and one grandson.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 3005 Porters Chapel Road, with the Rev. H.G. Bankester, pastor, officiating.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Riles Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service at the church.

Pallbearers will be James Francis, Dr. Carry Cox, Jerry Warren, Bert McCleave, Charles Welch, Frederick Broadus and Ben Cummins.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ, 3005 Porters Chapel Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180.

Lillie Simpson

Services for Lillie Simpson will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Greater Oak Grove M.B. Church with the Rev. Douglas Bryant officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at Williams Funeral Service.

Ms. Simpson died Sunday, Aug. 29, 2004, at River Region West Campus. She was 71.

Ms. Simpson retired from Anderson-Tully Co. and was a member of Greater Oak Grove M.B. Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert Sr. and Clara Bowman Green; one brother, Robert Green Jr.; and two sisters, Rosemary England and Mabel Green.

Survivors include a son, James Selmon of San Francisco; two brothers, Melvin Green of Vallejo, Calif., and Charles Green of Vicksburg; one sister, Bobby Lowe of Chicago; five grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Bobby Joe Tatum

OCEANO, Calif. Bobby Joe Tatum died Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, in Oceano, Calif. He was 66.

Mr. Tatum was born in Louise, Miss., and was a former resident of Port Gibson. He was retired from the Air Force and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the National Rifle Association and the Disabled American Veterans.

He survived by his wife, Patricia Tatum; two daughters, Sandra Mills and Debra Weekly; a brother, Jerry Tatum; two sisters, Regina Hudson and Deborah Hudson; three grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at 3156 Hankinson Road in Port Gibson.

Memorials may be made to VFW Post No. 2572, Vicksburg, MS or the DAV, 13733 E. Rosecrans, Santa Fe Springs, Calif. 90670.

Marshall Spoo Funeral Home of Grover Beach, Calif., has charge of arrangements.