Carmelia A. Morse

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 19, 2004

Carmelia A. “Camille” Morse died Thursday, Nov. 11, 2004, at River Region West. She was 84.

Born in Vicksburg, Mrs. Morse has been a resident of Kearny, N.J., for a number of years before returning to Vicksburg in 1985. She was a member of First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard T. Morse; her parents, Rosa Lee and Samuel Leist Bliss; two sisters, Rose Wilma Smith and Minnie Stanford; and five brothers, Walter Bliss, Ernest Bliss, Ural Bliss, Phillip Bliss and Bryan Bliss.

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Survivors include a son, Ivan Sanford of Warwick, N.Y.; a sister, Fannie Lois Rachal of Vicksburg; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Christian Church with the Rev. Hancell Bankester officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home and from 1 p.m. Saturday until the service at the church.

Pallbearers will be David Girard, George Girard, Kennon Cupit, Don Murrell, Henry Bordelon, David Wood and Lee Sanford.

Memorials may be made to First Christian Church Building Fund, 3005 Porters Chapel Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180.

Ronald Lynn Nicholson

JACKSON Ronald Lynn Nicholson died Friday, Nov. 5, 2004, in Jackson. He was 43.

A native of Vicksburg, Mr. Nicholson had lived in Jackson for the past 20 years. He was a former member of Greater Mount Zion Church of Vicksburg and was a carpenter.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willie Cox; and his grandmothers, Rosie Lee Kemper and Fannie Cox.

Survivors include his mother, Patricia Ann Cox of Jackson; two daughters, Arcola Scott and Ronshina Scott, both of Vicksburg; a son, Caris London of Vicksburg; six sisters, Rochelle Cox and Teresea Cox, both of Jackson, Lisia Kersha of Pearl, Rachelle Washington of Chicago, Fudgene Swain of Southfield, Mich., and Nellie Nicholson Strong of Vicksburg; seven brothers, Gregory, Rickey, Derrick, Cedrick and Terry Cox, all of Jackson, James Charles Cox of Memphis and Willie Cox of New York, N.Y.; and others, including the Cox family of Vicksburg.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at New Jerusalem Baptist Church in Jackson. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Collins Funeral Home of Jackson.

Repast will be held at the E.D. Straughter Memorial Center in Vicksburg after the services.

Oscar Thomas Sr.

JACKSON Oscar Thomas Sr. died Thursday, Nov. 4, 2004, at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Jackson. He was 84.

A resident of Jackson, Mr. Thomas was an Army veteran and was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Ruthie Hughes Thomas; his parents, Isiah Sr. and Maggie Thomas; five brothers, Hosie Thomas Sr., Leo Thomas, Willie Thomas, Andrew Thomas and Isiah Thomas Jr.; and five sisters, Louise Thomas, Celestine Moore, Classie Gardner, Estelle Waites and Mildred Willis.

Survivors include two sons, Oscar Thomas Jr. and Oscar Darryl Thomas, both of Indianapolis, Ind.; four daughters, Jackie Denny, Kathy Cowherd, Judy Laster and Sandra Thomas, all of Indianapolis; a stepson, Jasper “Lyn” Adams of Jackson; three brothers, Willie Clarence Thomas of Vicksburg, Grant Thomas of Chicago and Ted Thomas of Las Vegas; 13 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and other relatives, including the Brown, Spicer, Walton and Adams families, all of Jackson.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cathedral A.M.E. Church in Jackson. Burial will follow at Autumn Wood Cemetery under the direction of Shaffer-Collins Funeral Home.

Willie Scott Thornton

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Willie Scott Thornton died Saturday, Nov. 6, 2004, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo. He was 61.

A lifelong resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Thornton moved to Grand Junction a year ago. He was a graduate of Culkin Academy and a member of the Church of Christ. He was an Army veteran and retired from Vicksburg Chemical after 30 years of service.

He was preceded in death by his father, Willie R. Thornton.

Survivors include his wife, Santanna Woods Thornton of Grand Junction; two stepdaughters, April Alexander and Elizabeth Cole, both of Vicksburg; his mother, Gladys A. Thornton of Vicksburg; a brother, Billy R. Thornton of Vicksburg; a sister, Martha A. Kinnebrew of Vicksburg; and four grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Vicksburg Church of Christ with Reggie Crawford officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from noon Saturday until the service at the church.

Pallbearers will be Blake Thornton, Tommy Kinnebrew, Dave Jobe, Rick Gibson, James Knight, Mack Knight, J.R. Robinson and Shane Quimby.

Honorary pallbearers will be Erwin Baylot, Willard Culberson, Carl Warnock, Carroll Warnock and Larry Little.

O.L. Wade

OAK GROVE O.L. Wade died Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2004, at Odessa Medical Center in Odessa, Texas. He was 73.

Mr. Wade was a resident of Oak Grove.

He was preceded in death by a son, Byron Wade; and his parents, Odis and Lillie Wade.

Survivors include three sons, Ronnie Wade and Dale Wade, both of Monahans, Texas, and David Wade of Monroe; a daughter, Sandra Burris of Lubbock, Texas; a sister, Maxine Witcher of Bastrop, La.; 10 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Cox Funeral Home in Oak Grove. Burial will follow at New Forest Cemetery.

Visitation will be at 8 tonight and until the service Saturday at the funeral home.