November 14, 2005

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 14, 2005

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Myrtie May Horton

PORT GIBSON – Myrtie May Horton died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. She was 81.

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A lifelong resident of Port Gibson, she worked her entire adult life for the Agricultural Conservation and Stabilization Service. She was a member of the Friendship Club. She participated in many social activities and service organizations.

She was a devoted Catholic and a very active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Gibson.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Maria Josephina Loviza Horton; and two sisters, Blanche Horton Tuey and Patricia Horton Moon.

Survivors include a nephew, Bob Moon of Richton; two nieces, Rita Gray of Minden, La., and Donna Moon Shipley of Richton; and a number of cousins.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Port Gibson with Monsignor Thad Harkins officiating. Burial will follow at Wintergreen Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 6 tonight at the church.

Rev. Alex Miller Sr.

The Rev. Alex Miller Sr. died Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. He was 86.

Rev. Miller was a veteran of the Army, serving in World War II. He attended New Mount Zion M.B. Church and was minister at Pleasant Valley M.B. Church. He had also pastored at Hopewell M.B. Church in the Cedars community and Morning Star M.B. Church in the LeTourneau community.

He was a member of the Willing Workers Club.

He was preceded in death by two sons, Harry Miller and Joseph Miller; a brother, Nick Miller; four sisters, Mary Collins, Frances Tate, Sarah Wilson and Carrie Patterson; and his parents, Alex and Mary Bradford Miller.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Bridge Miller of Vicksburg; six sons, Alex Miller Jr., David Miller, Kenny Miller and Tyrone Miller, all of Vicksburg, Curtis Miller of Magee and Albert Lewis of Saginaw, Mich.; five daughters, Doris Miller Carter, Evelyn Smith, Clara Walker, Debra Miller and Sarah J. Ross, all of Vicksburg; one sister, Thelma Mobley of Hollandale; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

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

Mary Carolyn Carter Musil

Mary Carolyn Carter Musil died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, in Duluth, Ga. She was 71.

Mrs. Musil was a native of Dallas, Texas, and a graduate of Sunset High School. She received a degree in music education from the University of Texas and had been employed with the Issaquah Public Schools in Seattle, Wash. She was a member of First United Methodist Church in Huntsville, Ala.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank J. Musil, and her parents, Robert and Wilda Carter.

Survivors include two sons, Frank Musil of Duluth and Michael Musil of San Francisco; two daughters, Renee Lussier and Suzanne Musil of Duluth; one brother, Weldon Carter of Alvin, Texas; and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Cedar Hill Cemetery with Dr. Matt Buckles officiating. Burial will follow under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.

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

Pallbearers will be Frank Musil, Michael Musil and Albert Lussier.

Percy Ray Rayborn

MONROE – Percy Ray &#8220Jack” Rayborn died Saturday, Nov. 12, 2005, at his home in Monroe. He was 74.

Mr. Rayborn was retired from Westinghouse Co. of Vicksburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Rayborn; four sons, Wayne Rayborn, Ted Rayborn, Charles Rayborn and Timothy Rayborn; one sister, Paulene Crain; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mulhearn Funeral Home, Sterlington Road, in Monroe with the Rev. Chad Ballard officiating. Burial will be at Mulhearn Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be at the funeral home Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the service.

Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.

Catherine Alfreda Simmons

PEARL – Catherine Alfreda Simmons, 75, died peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, after a brave and courageous battle with cancer and ultimately congestive heart failure at her home in Pearl. Lakewood Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Mrs. Simmons was born on April 21, 1930, to the late Fred W. Jones and Eva C. Jones of Chattanooga, Tenn., then of Gibsonton, Fla.

Mrs. Simmons graduated in 1948 from Chattanooga High School. After graduation, she moved to Meridian where she attended nurses training at Rush Memorial Hospital. She also attended Hinds Junior College and completed her associate’s degree in nursing and worked for Whitfield State Hospital for 16 years before retiring in 1995.

In between her graduation pursuits, Mrs. Simmons became a mother, providing love and support and being best friend to one daughter, Stephenie Eve Risher of Houston, Texas, and two sons, Stephen Joel Risher of Memphis, Tenn., and James Alfred Risher of Houston; She is also survived by two granddaughters and two great-granddaughters.

Through the past two years, Mrs. Simmons was cared for by a great team of professional care providers who helped her find peace in each day through their love and support. The family of Alfreda Simmons offers special gratitude to Shannon Ford, Lynette Ford, Willie Pearl Carr, Bertha Smith, Ella Mae Smith, Esser Owens and Joyce Washington.

The family also would like to offer special gratitude to Carolyn Winstead for her years of friendship, love and support, and for being a &#8220best friend” to Mrs. Simmons. Also to Providence Hospice and the staff Allison Johnston, Kim Hammons, Holly Barlow, Karen Bedells and Dr. Michael Albert.

Donations may be made to Providence Hospice in Jackson.