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November 24, 2004

Fred Griffin

Fred Griffin died Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. He was 67.

A resident of Vicksburg, Mr. Griffin was a self-employed carpenter. He was a member of the Red Top Band in 1960 and a member of Mount Carmel Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie Mae Day and Amos Griffin Sr.

Survivors include four brothers, Phillip Griffin of Aurora, Ill., and Amos Griffin Jr., Charlie Griffin and Earl Griffin, all of Vicksburg; two sisters, Helen Griffin Stewart of Chicago and Dorothy James of Vicksburg; and other relatives and friends, including Mary Bell of Vicksburg, Georgia Howard of Maywood, Ill., and Henry Griffin of Chicago.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Lester William Lingefelt

DELHI Lester William Lingefelt died Monday, Nov. 22, 2004, at his home in Delhi. He was 76.

Mr. Lingefelt was born in West Carroll Parish. He worked as an operator at Trunkline Gas Co. of Epps. A veteran of the Army, he served in the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommy O. Lingefelt and Martha E. Harris Lingefelt, and eight siblings.

He is survived by his wife, Evelyn Corley Lingefelt of Delhi; two sons, Ronald Lingefelt of Epps and Raymond Lingefelt of Orange, Texas; two daughters, Janice Lingefelt of Delhi and Kathy Middleton of Rayville; a brother, Virdell Lingefelt of Epps; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nieces and nephews.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Cox Funeral Home of Delhi with the Revs. Bobby Arnold and James Kitchens officiating. Burial will follow at Epps Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight and Thursday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Jason Middleton, Paul Middleton, Ryan Spruell, William Spruell, Douglas Lingefelt and Bruce Peveto.

Honorary pallbearer will be Mika Rowland.

Jeffery C. Prather

BROOKHAVEN Jeffery C. “Jeff” Prather died Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004, at his home. He was 36.

Formerly of Vicksburg, Mr. Prather was a longtime resident of Brookhaven. He was a logger.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Steve Prather; and his grandparents, Analo and Walt Prather and T.J. Thomas.

Survivors include his wife, Kim Prather of Brookhaven; two daughters, Eden Prather and Stevee Prather, both of Brookhaven; a sister, Cindy Newman of Washington; a brother, Scotty Prather of Bogue Chitto; his grandmother, Opal Thomas of Wesson; nieces and nephews; and other relatives.

Services were scheduled for 1 p.m. today at Mount Moriah Baptist Church. Burial was to follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Riverwood Family Funeral Services of Brookhaven.

J.W. Williams

Services for J.W. Williams will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Triumph Church on North Frontage Road. Burial will follow at Morrison Cemetery in Utica under the direction of Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home.

Mr. Williams died Saturday, Nov. 20, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. He was 74.

He was a resident of Vicksburg.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Emma Bracey; his parents, McKinley and Matilda Williams; five sons; a daughter; and a brother.

Survivors include seven sons, L.J. Williams, James E. Williams and Larry Williams, all of Jackson, Carl Williams, Michael Williams and Anthony McCloud, all of Vicksburg, and L.J. Thompson of Crystal Springs; seven daughters, Gloria W. Branson, Barbara Jean Williams, Alice Marie Williams, Lisa Williams, Felicia Williams and LaTasha Williams, all of Vicksburg, and Glenda Atlas of Port Gibson; three brothers, McKinley Williams of Edwards, Robert Williams of Utica and Patrick Williams of Ohio; two sisters, Ida M. Williams and Mary B. Hooper of Chicago; 27 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews cousins and other relatives and friends.

Westhaven Memorial Funeral Home of Jackson has charge of arrangements.