April 17, 2005

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 18, 2005

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Robert Baxter Gilbert Jr.

COLUMBIA, Tenn. – Robert Baxter Gilbert Jr., 76, retired from Maury Amusement Company and former longtime resident of Eugene Road, died Friday, April 15, 2005, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

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Funeral services will be conducted Monday at 11 a.m. at Oakes & Nichols with The Rev. Thomas Wilson officiating. Burial will be at the Polk Memorial Gardens with military honors provided by Herbert Griffin American Legion Post No. 19. The family will visit with friends Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Alive Hospice, 1718 Patterson Street, Nashville, 37203. Notes of sympathy may be sent to www.oakesandnichols.com.

A native of Clarksville, he was the son of the late Robert Baxter Gilbert Sr. and Frances Garland Middleswart Gilbert. He was a 1947 graduate of Isaac Litton High School in Nashville and served in the U.S. Army during World War II.

Mr. Gilbert was a member of the Riverside United Methodist Church, Columbia Elks Club and Herbert Griffin American Legion Post No. 19.

His wife, Sue Whitwell Gilbert, died September 3, 1994. Survivors include a son and daughter-in-law, Andy Gilbert and Debborah Smyth of Vicksburg; two grandchildren, Grady Smyth-Gilbert of Boone, North Carolina and Elise Smyth-Gilbert of Vicksburg; a brother, James Alfred (Dot) Gilbert of Madison. He was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Smith.

Pallbearers are Greg Devore, Gilbert Walker, Don Schwendimann, Lou Patterson, Peter Hudson and Randy Speed.

William Arthur Porter

William Arthur Porter died Thursday, April 14, 2005, at Heritage House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. He was 92.

Born in Georgetown, MS, on February 28, 1913, he was the son of the late Robert Feld Porter and Virginia Hudson Long Porter. For many years he was employed by the Vicksburg Post Herald and later owned the Porter Printing Company. In later years he owned the Vicksburg Drive-In and managed the Rivoli Theatre.

Mr. Porter was a member of the Paxton Masonic Lodge, a longtime member of Crawford Street United Methodist Church and the Men’s Bible Class.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Bernice Davidson Porter in 2002.

He is survived by his daughter, Patricia P. Irby and her husband, William, of Butler, Ala.; two sons, William Malbery Porter and his wife, Velma Dunning Porter of Starkville and John Arthur Porter and his wife, Linda Perkins Porter of Montgomery, AL; eight grandchildren, William S. Irby IV of Memphis, TN, Catherine Irby Slater of Savannah, GA, Dianne Irby Nortier of Bellevue, NE, Patricia Irby Cheadle of Knoxville, TN, Devra Porter Rich of Madison, WI, Susan Porter Shaffer of Miesau, Germany, John Andrew Porter of Montgomery, AL and Joel Chandler Porter of Birmingham, AL; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mr. William Arthur Porter will be 2:30 p.m. Monday, April 18, 2005, at Riles Funeral Home, 5000 Indiana Ave., Vicksburg, MS 39180, with the Rev. Geoffrey Joyner, pastor of Crawford Street United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. Monday until the hour of the service. Memorials may be made to Crawford Street United Methodist Church, 900 Crawford Street, Vicksburg, MS 39180 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.

Aubrey L. Sullivan

CLINTON – Mr. Aubrey L. Sullivan, 79, of Clinton passed away Friday, April 15, 2005, at his home.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Providence Presbyterian Church, 1580 Clinton-Raymond Road in Clinton. The officiating minister will be Rev. Alvin Sullivan, assisted by Mr. Al Ward. Internment will be at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. today at Wright & Ferguson Funeral Home in Clinton and noon Monday at the church.

Mr. Sullivan was a native of Washington County, Ala., and a longtime resident of Clinton. He received his engineering degree from the University of Texas. A veteran of World War II and the Korean War, he served in the United States Army Air Force and the 434th Engineering Construction Battalion. He retired as a civil engineer for the Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg in 1987.

Following retirement, he worked for Rutledge Association as a Home Building Inspector. Mr. Sullivan was a member of Providence Presbyterian Church, the Clinton Lions Club and the Mississippi Society of Professional Engineers. He was an avid quail and dove hunter.

Survivors include his sister, Catherine Hackett of Vicksburg.

He is survived by his wife, Klare Bazsinsky Sullivan of Clinton; four sons, Aubrey (Rocky) Sullivan Jr. of Fairhope, Ala., Joseph F. Sullivan Sr. of Clemmons, N.C., David M. Sullivan of Jackson and Michael W. Sullivan Sr. of Vicksburg; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two sisters, Helen Hudson of Jackson, Ala., and Jackie Malone of Citronelle, Ala.; and four brothers, Rev. Alvin Sullivan of Mobile, Ala., Leonard Sullivan of Jackson, Ala., Wilson Sullivan of Mobile, Ala., and Robert Earl Sullivan of Deer Park, Ala.

Memorials may be made to Providence Presbyterian Church, 1580 Clinton-Raymond Road, Clinton, MS 39056; Gilbert’s Home Health and hospice, 3000 Old Canton Road, Suite 300, Jackson, MS 39216; or to the American Cancer Society, Prostate Research, 1380 Livington Lane, Jackson, MS 39213.

Charles Robert Warren

HERMANVILLE – Charles Robert Warren died at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg Friday, April 15, 2005. He was 65.

Mr. Warren was a lifelong resident of Hermanville. He retired from Kansas City Southern Railroad in 1998 after 40 years. He was a member of Hermanville Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Bobbie Jean Warren of Hermanville; a daughter, Renee Anderson of Oxford; a son, Robert Denson Warren of Epps, La.; his mother, Dorothy P. McCaa of Port Gibson; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Port Gibson with Brothers Joe Senn and Randy Tyler and the Rev. Wayne Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at Hermanville Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 4 until 6 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Gerald Harmon, Mike Redditt, Wayne Brown, Billy Ainsworth, Jimmy Ferguson, Vince Hillman, Darrell Purvis and Steve Purvis.

Honorary pallbearers will be Joel Grigsby, Bruce Turner, Johnny Purvis, Warren Purvis and James Adcox.

Creather M. Winger

Creather M. Winger died Friday, April 15, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. She was 76.

Mrs. Winger was born in Edwards. She was retired from the Vicksburg Medical Center and was a member of Mount Olive M.B. Church No. 1, where she served in the Pastor’s Aid Club.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Lester and Sarah Lynn; three brothers, Samuel Lynn, Tommy Lynn and George Brown; and one sister, Sarah Lynn.

Mrs. Winger is survived by her husband, John Winger of Vicksburg; a son, Willie C. Lynn of Wichita, Kan.; a daughter, Norma L. Carter of Vicksburg; three brothers, Anderson Lynn, James Lynn and Willie Lynn, all of Vicksburg; three sisters, Lee Esther Combs and Carrie Smith, both of Vicksburg, and Vivian Washington of Saginaw, Mich.; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.