September 11, 2004

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 17, 2004

Geraldine Watkins Larry

Services for Geraldine Watkins “Ditto” Larry will be at 10 this morning at Williams Funeral Service with Dr. Willie J. Nettle officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Larry died Sunday, Sept. 5, 2004, at her home in Vicksburg. She was 79.

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Mrs. Larry was a member of the Church of Christ and the Eastern Star and had worked as a presser at Holmes Laundry for a number of years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Louis Larry; and her parents, Booker T. and Jeanette Clark Watkins.

Survivors include five sons, Douglas Thomas of Aurora, Ill., William Chyran Larry of Los Angeles, Calvin “Skip” Gaskin of Merrillville, Ind., and Booker T. Larry and Jimmie Larry, both of Vicksburg; three daughters, Betty White of Logansport, Ill., and Laura Larry and Patsy Larry-Jones, both of Vicksburg; a brother, Willis Jones of Vicksburg; 16 grandchildren, including Kevin Larry of Phoenix, Ariz., whom she reared; five great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.

Mary Anna Matthews

NEWELLTON, La. Mary Anna Matthews died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, at Franklin Medical Center in Winnsboro. She was 78.

Mrs. Matthews was a native of Gadsen, Ala., and was reared in Tyler, Texas. She had lived in Newellton for the past 55 years.

She was a retired accountant from Bunge Corporation. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Newellton where she taught a Sunday school class for 50 years.

Mrs. Matthews was preceded in death by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Morgan; her sister, Mildred Widner; and two brothers, Wilbert L. Morgan and Gene W. Morgan.

Survivors include her husband, Charles T. Matthews; two sons, Charles Thomas Matthews Jr. of Jackson and Stephen Matthews of Newellton; two grandchildren, Jennifer Matthews and Anna Matthews, both of Jackson; and three nieces.

Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Newellton with the Revs. J. Fulton McGraw and Todd Sumrall officiating. Burial will follow at Legion Cemetery.

Visitation will be an hour before the service at the church.

Hazel Thomas

LOS ANGELES Hazel Thomas died Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004, in Los Angeles. She was 82.

Miss Thomas was born in Vicksburg to the late William and Madelyn Thomas. She was the owner and operator of Pat’s Drive In during the 1960s. She was a resident of Los Angeles.

Survivors include two daughters, Patricia Miles and Carolyn Thomas, both of Los Angeles; two sisters, Mary Thomas of Detroit, Mich., and Delores Thomas Bullock of Vicksburg; four grandchildren; a great-grandson; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were to be at 11 a.m. today in Inglewood, Calif., under the direction of McCormick Mortuary.

Lucille Garland Williams

BATON ROUGE, La. Lucille Garland Williams, formerly of Vicksburg, died Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2004, in Baton Rouge. She was 95.

Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Williams; her parents, Henry Garland and Sarah Garland; two sisters, Amelia Flowers and Juanita Thompson; four brothers, Albert Garland, Henry Garland II, Adolph Garland and Jule Garland; and one grandson, Gerald Gaskin.

Survivors include four daughters, Maxcille Johnson, Camille Fleet and Juanita Culbert, all of Baton Rouge and Jean Gaskin Melvin of Hampton, Va.; two brothers, Thomas Garland of Marina, Calif., and Percy Garland of Detroit; one sister, Maggie Hooper of Detroit; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson and many relatives including Florence Chambers, Freddie Thompson, Morris Johnson and Leon Cosby, all of Vicksburg.

Arrangements are incomplete at this time.