William Vernon Harris

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, January 4, 2005

William Vernon Harris died Friday, Dec. 24, 2004, at Claiborne County Hospital in Port Gibson. He was 77.

Mr. Harris was born in Marion County, Ind., to the late William H. and Jesse Peters Harris. He was a former resident of Rolling Fork, where he was employed with South Delta Aviation.

He lived in Lehigh Acres, Fla., from 1970 until 2000, when he moved to Port Gibson.

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He served in the Army in World War II. He was a Mason and member of the American Legion. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Jean B. Harris of Port Gibson; three daughters, Kathy Loomis and Linda Harris, both of North Bennington, Vt., and Deana Flanagan of Port Gibson; a brother, Bobby Harris of Oregon; and three grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life will be from 2 until 3 p.m. Wednesday at Riles Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Norma Jean Robinson Jacks

Norma Jean Robinson Jacks died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. She was 54.

Mrs. Jacks was born in Rapides Parish, La., and had been a Vicksburg resident since 1989. She was a former employee of the sports department at Wal-Mart SuperCenter.

She was a member of Northside Baptist Church, where her husband serves as pastor.

Mrs. Jacks was preceded in death by her parents, James Wesley and Ethel Dyess Robinson, and a brother, Wesley Robinson Jr.

She is survived by her husband, the Rev. F. Gene Jacks of Vicksburg; one son, the Rev. David Jacks of Hattiesburg; two stepsons, Tommy Jacks of Vicksburg and Richard Jacks of Monterey, La.; two stepdaughters, Pam Casaus of Jackson and Sonja DeVille of Sandy Lake, La.; two sisters, Shirley Robinson of Tioga, La., and Sandra Robinson of Calcasieu, La.; five brothers, Kenneth Robinson of Tioga and Huey Robinson, the Rev. Charles Robinson, Bill Robinson and Gerald Robinson, all of Calcasieu; and 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday at New Hope Baptist Church of Calcasieu with the Revs. Tony Robinson and Herman Bounds officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 until 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Riles Funeral Home and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service at the church. A memorial service will follow Wednesday visitation at 7:30 with the Rev. Carl Barnes officiating.

Pallbearers will be Matthew Robinson, Ben Robinson, Shane Robinson, Joey Robinson, Donald Robinson, James Desota, Scott Welch and Mike Desota.

Hervia Marley

Hervia Marley died Monday, Dec. 27, 2004, at his home in Redwood. He was 75.

He was a member of Mount Zion M.B. Church in the Ballground community. He was a veteran of World War II and was a former employee of the Corps of Engineers’ food service department.

He was preceded in death by his parents, James Albert Marley and Annie Lou Denkins.

Survivors include his wife, Ernestine Marley of Vicksburg; one son, Dan Marley of Tampa, Fla.; two daughters, Loretta Bennette of Tampa and Debra Marley of Los Angeles; three sisters, Geraldine Foster of Kokomo, Ind., Mamie Sutton of Chicago and Earline M. Magee of Jackson; a brother, L.C. Marley of Las Vegas; and friends and other relatives, including Carolyn Luckett of Vicksburg.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Arthur M. Spencer

Arthur M. Spencer died Sunday, Dec. 26, 2004, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland. He was 82.

A native of Vicksburg, Mr. Spencer was a former Hattiesburg resident and had lived in Jackson for the past 43 years. He was a member of Southside Assembly of God in Jackson.

He had worked as an electrical engineer and manufacturer’s representative. He served in the Marines and graduated from Southwestern Louisiana University.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret LaDell Coxwell Spencer.

Survivors include his son, Arthur P. Spencer of Brandon; his daughter, Julie Spencer of Tulsa, Okla.; and four grandchildren.

Services were at noon today at Rosemont Gardens Funeral Home in Jackson. Burial will be at 2 p.m. at Rosemont Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to French Camp Academy.

Martha Jean Wilson

Services for Martha Jean Wilson will be at 2 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Home with Sam Dunaway officiating. Visitation will be noon until the service. Burial will be at McComb Cemetery in Whitesboro, Texas, under the direction of Meador Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wilson died Saturday, Dec. 25, 2004, at River Region Medical Center. She was 63.

Mrs. Wilson was a native of Sadler, Texas, and had lived in Vicksburg for 30 years. She worked for Cooper Lighting, retiring as a label maker after 30 years of service. She was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her father, John P. Williams, and two sons, John Milton Acker and Jerry C. Acker Jr.

She is survived by her husband, Charles Wilson of Vicksburg; three daughters, Deborah Grant of Oxford, Jennifer Michael Phillip of Vicksburg and Rhonda Morris of Whitesboro; her mother, Dorothy Shelby Williams of Whitesboro; a brother, Edwin Williams of Sadler; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Archie Campbell, Monette Sullivan, Larry Dickerson, Billy Gene Wright, Gerald Stampley and George Nelson.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Hill and Hollow Hunting Club.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.