March 11, 2005

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 11, 2005

Annie E. Austin

Annie E. Austin was called home to be with her Lord on Monday, March 7, 2005. She was a native of Vicksburg, Miss., and later relocated to Dayton, Ohio, where she became a member of Mount Enon Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Binula Renee Austin; and two sisters, JoMary Scott and Bessie Whitaker.

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She is survived by her loving and devoted son, Clifford M. Austin Sr.; a grandson, Clifford M. Austin Jr. and his mother, Asia Davis; five brothers, James Austin and Howard “Billy” Austin, both of Vicksburg, Joseph “June” Jr. and Ushie Austin of Alexandria, La., Fulton “Harry” and Lavon Austin of Dallas, Texas, and Arthur Williams of Detroit; two sisters, Myrtis Wells of Vicksburg and Mae Frances “Stella” Edwards of Dayton; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Thomas Funeral Home, 4520 Salem Ave., Trotwood, Ohio, with the Rev. Snirly Simpson officiating.

Interment will be at Jeffersonview Cemetery in Dayton.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Willie Mae King

Services for Willie Mae King will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Mark M.B. Church with the Rev. W.C. Wallace officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Mrs. King died Monday, March 7, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. She was 71.

A homemaker, Mrs. King was a member of St. Mark Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph King Sr.; one son, Jessie James King; two brothers, Isiah Thomas and Henry Tyler; three sisters, Natalie Jackson, Marie Johnson and Jessie Mae Tyler; and her parents, Mack Thomas Sr. and Viola Alexander Thomas.

Survivors include three sons, Freddie L. Hall, Michael King and Claude Lee King, all of Vicksburg; seven daughters, Vera Jean Hall, Jo Ann King, Brenda Davis, Claudette King, Debra Hall, Willine King and Laura Ann King, all of Vicksburg; one brother, Mack Thomas Jr. of Newburg, N.Y.; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Forrest L. McNair

Forrest L. McNair died Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. He was 77.

Born in Neshoba, Miss., he was the son of the late Clarence Forrest McNair and Ethie Crenshaw McNair.

Mr. McNair was employed by the Mississippi State Highway Department, retiring in 1983 with 36 years of service. He was a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 95 and Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Patsy Penley McNair of Vicksburg; two daughters, Marilyn McNair Mahan and her husband, Stephen, of Monroe, La., and Martha McNair Barnett and her husband, Steve, of Proctorville, Ohio; one son, Michael Forrest McNair and his wife, Mary, of Vicksburg; one sister, Marie Faribault of Del Rio, Texas; one brother, Ralph McNair of Union, Miss.; and seven grandchildren, Holly Mahan of Tallulah, Sgt. Michael Mahan of Monroe, Lauren McNair of The Baddour Center of Senatobia, Bobby Tullos of Vicksburg, Sgt. Rachel Tullos of Fort Bragg, N.C., and John Barnett and Chris Barnett, both of Proctorville.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Harold “Rusty” White, pastor of Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church, and the Rev. Ed Hightower officiating. Burial will be at Green Acres Memorial Park.

Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 p.m. Saturday until the service.

Pallbearers will be John Rowe, Rusty Penley, Ken Berry, David Holcomb, Robert Holcomb, Winfield Holcomb, James Morgan and Jerry Nicks.

Honorary pallbearers will be Richard Murdock, Don Starnes, Dr. Joseph Wilson, members of the Grayson Sunday School Class of Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church and members of the Red Carpet Good Sams.

Memorials may be made to Gibson Memorial United Methodist Church, 335 Bowie Road, Vicksburg, MS 39183 or to The Baddour Center Resident Advocacy Fund (, P.O. Box 97, Senatobia, MS 38668.

Katie Mae Sweezer

Services for Katie Mae Sweezer will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mount Ararat Baptist Church with the Rev. Linda Sweezer officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be this evening from noon until 5 at Robbins Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the service Saturday at the church.

Mrs. Sweezer died Wednesday, March 9, 2005, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home. She was 85.

A domestic worker, Mrs. Sweezer was a member of Mount Ararat Church.

She was preceded by her parents, and three brothers, Henry Sweezer Jr., George Sweezer and John Sweezer.

Survivors include one nephew, Tony Sweezer of Vicksburg; one niece, Gloria Sweezer of Vicksburg; and other relatives, including members of the Denham, Green, Flowers, Peaches, Young and Bingham families of Vicksburg.