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September 7, 2004

Barbara Jean Graham

EPPS, La. Barbara Jean Graham died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, in Epps, La. She was 67.

Born in LaPanto, Ark., Mrs. Graham was a retired custodian for the East Carroll Parish School System and was a member of the Monticello Southern Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elzie McDaniel and Mary Ellen Reid McDaniel; a brother, J.D. McDaniel; and two sons, Raymond Elzie Mobley and David Randall Graham.

She is survived by her husband, Eugene Graham of Epps; four sons, James David Mobley, Jackie Dalton Mobley and Thomas Raymond Graham, all of Epps, and Jeffery Eugene Graham of Rayville; two daughters, Ladonna Engelerth of Delhi and Kathy Ann Arnold of Epps; 16 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. today at Monticello Southern Baptist Church in Monticello, La., with the Rev. Rocky Stephens officiating. Burial will follow at the Herringville Cemetery under the direction of Cox Funeral Home of Delhi.

Pallbearers will be Rusty Payne, J. R. Arnold, Dewayne Gunter, Jeff Cade, Kevin Hale and Paul D. Harris.

Honorary pallbearers will be Paul Arnold II, Jeffery Eugene Graham II and James David Mobley II.

Rev. Willie Lee James Sr.

Services for the Rev. Willie Lee James Sr. will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethlehem M.B. Church on North Washington Street with Bishop Robert L. Thompson officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 2 until 6 p.m. Wednesday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. Thursday until the service at the church.

Rev. James died Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2004, at his home. He was 61.

Rev. James was born in Warren County. He served as pastor of Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church at Eagle Lake, where he was a member, and St. Mark Freewill Baptist Church on Hannah Avenue.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the Rev. Silas James Sr. and Fannie Lumpkin James, and a sister, Hattie J. Haynes.

Survivors include his wife, Olivia Gleese James of Vicksburg; three sons, Willie Lee James Jr. and Kendell D. James Sr., both of Vicksburg, and Malcolm D. James Sr. of Jonesboro, Ga.; four daughters, Angela C. James, Yolanda Y. Willis and Tammy R. Watts, all of Vicksburg, and Arlene L. Witter of El Paso, Texas; a brother, the Rev. Silas James Jr. of Chicago; a sister, Rosie Lee Versell of Vicksburg; 20 grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives, including Johnnie Flaggs of Vicksburg.