January 6, 2005

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 13, 2005

William T. Allen Jr.

William T. “Bill” Allen Jr. died Monday, Jan. 3, 2005, at his home. He was 56.

A Natchez native, Mr. Allen graduated from Natchez High School. He had been a Vicksburg resident since 1967.

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He retired as a shift supervisor from International Paper Co. after 30 years of service. He was a veteran of the Army, serving in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Church of the Nazarene.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Decota Prather Allen.

Survivors include a son, John Aaron Allen of Hattiesburg; a daughter, Katie Allen of Vicksburg; his father, W.T. Allen Sr. of Vicksburg; one brother, Jerry Allen of Sevierville, Tenn.; and two sisters, Joyce Maxwell of Vicksburg and Peggy Boyanton of Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Glenwood Funeral Home with the Rev. Kuhrman Cox officiating. Burial will follow at McNair Cemetery in McNair, Miss.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Leonard Rouse, Ken Wittington, Stanley Porter, David Fielder, Ronnie Sanders, Tommy Boyanton, Alan Boyanton and Joel Bowman.

Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross or a favorite charity.

James O. Amos Jr.

James O. “JR” Amos Jr. died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at Covenant Health & Rehab of Vicksburg. He was 77.

Mr. Amos was retired from Chrysler Motor Co. in Detroit. He was a member of Mount Hebron Church at Freetown.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bessie Amos; a sister, Nettie Lowe; a brother, Benjamin Amos; and his parents, James O. Sr. and Ollie Strong Amos.

He is survived by five sons, Freddie L. Amos, John A. Amos and Jeffery Amos, all of Vicksburg, Luster Hill of Pittsburg, Calif., and Lloyd Amos of Detroit; two daughters, Gloria J. Meeks of Aurora, Ill., and Janie L. Horton of Jackson; two sisters, Marie Evans and Ollie Mitchell, both of Detroit; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives, including members of the Spencer, Jones and Amos families of Vicksburg.

W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Rev. Willie J. Calvin

The Rev. Willie J. Calvin died Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. He was 63.

Rev. Calvin was a member of New Zion M.B. Church. He was a self-employed plumber.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence McCray and Sadie Calvin McCray.

Survivors include his wife, Mary L. Calvin of Greensboro, N.C.; an aunt; uncles; and other relatives and friends, including members of the Calvin, Elmore and Thomas families of Vicksburg.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Hilner Vivian Connor

Services for Hilner Vivian Connor will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. R.T. Strong officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 until 7 p.m. Friday at Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home with Order of Eastern Star rites at 6 and at the church Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service.

Miss Connor died Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home. She was 96.

Miss Connor was born in Donaldsonville, La., to the late Hezekiah and Sarah Coleman Connor, then moved as a child with her family to Vicksburg. She graduated from Magnolia Avenue High School and attended Straight College, now Dillard University in New Orleans, where she received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics. She received a master of science degree in library science from Atlanta University, and she also studied at Fisk University, North Carolina College, Prairie View College and Louisiana State University.

She served on the faculty at Magnolia Avenue High School and was a librarian and an algebra and physics instructor at Bowman High School. She worked at Grambling College from 1950 until 1959. She retired as librarian from Rosa A. Temple High School in 1974.

She was a member of Calvary M.B. Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher and served as treasurer and secretary for 25 years.

Mrs. Connor was a member of the Board of Directors at the former Jackson Street YMCA and the Warren County-Vicksburg Public Library. She was a member of the Camille Art and Literary Club and the Mississippi State and National Association of Colored Women’s clubs.

She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star Chapter No. 1, the Warren County Retired Teachers Association and the Vicksburg Homecoming Benevolent Club.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Clarence Joseph Connor.

Survivors include a nephew, Joseph Caldwell Connor, and a niece, Frances Busby Connor, and friends and other relatives, including Dorothy Coleman of Tallulah and LeeAnna Connor, Carolyn Barnes, Matthew Lee, Willie Busby and David Butler, all of Vicksburg.

Arie Lamb

ST. LOUIS, Mo. Services for Arie Lamb will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. Lamb died Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at Village North Retirement Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was 85.

A former Vicksburg resident, Mrs. Lamb moved to St. Louis in 2001. She was of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Hillard Lamb, and a brother and four sisters.

Survivors include a sister, Martha Devine of Greenville, and other relatives including her niece and caregiver, Birdia Granberry of St. Louis.