March 26, 2005

Published 12:00 am Monday, March 28, 2005

Pauline Dacus

TRANSYLVANIA – Pauline Dacus died Friday, March 25, 2005, at Delhi Hospital. She was 84.

Mrs. Dacus was born in Russellville, Ark., and had lived in Transylvania for 63 years. A retired nurse’s aide, she was a member of Tallulah Church of Christ.

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She is survived by her husband, Holman E. Dacus of Transylvania; five daughters, Carolyn Dacus of Stafford, Texas, Marjorie Arrington of Richland, Miss., Jo Ellen Mitchell of Shreveport, La., Vicki Thompson of Benton, La., and Glenda Stanley of Transylvania; three brothers, Earl Gilbreath of Tallulah, Ivern Gilbreath of Collinston, La., and Billy Gilbreath of Bastrop, La.; and 12 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home with Richard Taylor and V.W. Hayhurst officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Lake Providence.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Mary Catherine Ray

Services for Mary Catherine “Kitty” Ray will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Riles Funeral Home with the Rev. Patrick Farrell, pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church, officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 2 until 5 p.m. Sunday with a wake service to follow.

Mrs. Ray died Thursday, March 24, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. She was 77.

Mrs. Ray was born in Vicksburg. She was a graduate of St. Francis Xavier Academy and a past president of the A Club. She was a communicant of St. Paul Catholic Church and a member of the Altar Society.

Mrs. Ray was a former member of the Sodality of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Murray Lamar Price and Josie Freeman Price; her husband, Edward Brown Ray Sr.; one son, T.G. “Timmy” Ray; and four brothers.

Survivors include five daughters, Theresa R. Boykin and Donna R. Cobb, both of Vicksburg, Cathy Jo R. Edwards of Vaiden, Libby R. Flowers of Virginia Beach, Va., and Renee R. Mustin of The Woodlands, Texas; seven sons, Eddie Ray Jr., Larry Ray and Tommy Ray, all of Vicksburg, Bobby Ray of Valley Park, David Ray of Lumberton, Mike Ray of Memphis and Ricky Ray of Baton Rouge; one sister, Sarah Schurtzer of Lumberton; 26 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Memorials may be made to a favorite charity.

Dorothy Marion Williams Stamm

Dorothy Marion Williams Stamm died Friday, March 25, 2005, at Olive Branch Nursing Home in Tallulah. She was 98.

Mrs. Stamm was born in Vicksburg, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Walter P. Williams.

She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity and Magnolia Garden Club, where she played a key role in the club’s purchase, restoration and management of Planters Hall antebellum home.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, J. Carter Stamm Sr., and one great-grandson.

Survivors include one son, John C. Stamm of Vicksburg; two daughters, Dorothy Stamm Neill of Tallulah and Patricia Stamm of Vicksburg; and grandchildren, Carter Stamm of New Orleans, Story Stamm Ebersole of Vicksburg, Lauri Stamm Collins of Ridgeland, Craig Stamm and Maggie Stamm Langston, both of Dallas; Rodney Rice of Denver, Dr. Jeff Rice of Nashville, Mark Rice of Houston, Dr. James Neill of San Angelo, Texas, John Neill of Vicksburg and Patricia Neill Albrecht of Dallas; and 22 great-granchildren.

Services will be at graveside Monday at Cedar Hill Cemetery at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Clifton McInnis, former rector of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, officiating. Visitation will be at Riles Funeral Home from 1 p.m. Monday until the hour of the service.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and Dick Ferguson, Gary Albrecht, Bruce Ebersole, Riley Collins and Greg Langston.

Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Trinity, 900 South St., Vicksburg, MS 39180, or St. Aloysius High School, 1900 Grove St., Vicksburg, MS 39183.