November 18, 2005

Published 12:00 am Friday, November 18, 2005

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Rev. Henry M. Cupstid

BAY SPRINGS – The Rev. Henry M. Cupstid died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, in Mize. He was 73.

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Rev. Cupstid was born in Bogalusa, La., to the late Walter and Etta Lou White Cupstid. He was a Baptist minister and member of Bay Springs Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Mississippi Baptist Association and the Southern Baptist Convention Association.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, Walter Cupstid, James Cupstid, Robert Cupstid, Charles Cupstid and Harry Cupstid; and three sisters, Erma Arnett, Hester Neilson and Sarah Maddox.

Survivors include two brothers, William Cupstid of Grand Bay, Ala., and Joseph Cupstid of Vicksburg, and a sister, Roberta Wood of Greenwall Springs, La.

Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Colonial Chapel Funeral Home in Magee. Burial will follow at Little Bahalia Baptist Church Cemetery in Lincoln County.

Visitation will be from 5 until 9 tonight at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Bay Springs Baptist Church or to the Mississippi Baptist Association.

Herbert Woodroe Ferguson

INDIANAPOLIS – Services for Herbert Woodroe Ferguson were Tuesday at Stuart Mortuary in Indianapolis.

Mr. Ferguson died Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, in Indianapolis. He was 65.

Mr. Ferguson was preceded in death by his mother, Rosie Lee Washington; two brothers, Lee Washington Jr. and Eddie &#8220Soul” Washington; and his grandmother, Leoda Ferguson.

He is survived by three brothers, Billy Ferguson, James Washington and Joseph Washington, all of Vicksburg; three sisters, Clara Carter, Vera Washington and Leoda Williams, all of Vicksburg; and nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Rev. Alex Miller Sr.

Services for the Rev. Alex Miller Sr. will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Pleasant Valley M.B. Church with the Rev. Robert L. Miller Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 7 tonight at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Rev. Miller 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 native of Issaquena County and 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, Deborah Miller and Sarah J. Ross, all of Vicksburg; one sister, Thelma Mobley of Hollandale; 45 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other relatives, including members of the Parker family of Saginaw, Mich., and the Ferguson family of Vicksburg.

Evelyn Margaret Hall Schmidt

Evelyn Margaret Hall Schmidt died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. She was 92.

A native of Atlantic, Iowa, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Channing and Selma Christine Porath Hall. She had lived in Galveston, Texas, before moving to Vicksburg in 1947.

Mrs. Schmidt was a member of the DAR and Westminster Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday school for some 35 years. She was cafeteria manager for Halls Ferry School for 25 years.

Mrs. Schmidt was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Emil J. Schmidt; and a brother, Hal Hall.

She is survived by two daughters, Sue Oxford and her husband, Fred, and Laura Wells and her husband, Chris, both of Vicksburg; a son, Richard Schmidt and his wife, Julie, of Biloxi; seven grandchildren, Melissa Smithhart and husband, Ben, and Dena Oxford of Vicksburg, Richard Schmidt and wife, Amy, and Jennifer Schmidt of Ocean Springs, Amanda Romano and husband, Esteban, of Starkville, Kevin Simmons of Biloxi and Leslie Fox and husband, Ron, of Cleburne, Texas; five great-grandchildren, Kristen Amber Fox and Katie Anne Fox, both of Cleburne, River Emil Schmidt and Sallie Ann Schmidt, both of Ocean Springs, and Marina Evelyn Romano of Starkville; and a number of other relatives, including Kathy Hartley of Boise, Idaho.

Celebration of life services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Westminster Presbyterian Church with Pastor Scott Reiber officiating.

Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 3601 Halls Ferry Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180.

Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home has charge of all arrangements.

Mary Galtney Taylor

Services for Mary Galtney Taylor will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Baptist Church, 2346 Grove St., with the Rev. David Brown Sr. officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Taylor died Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2005, at River Region Medical Center. She was 94.

Mrs. Taylor was born in Lorman. She was a homemaker and a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, J.W. Taylor; two sons, Booker T. Nash and Mack Arthur Nash; a daughter, Quvadis Taylor; her mother, Betsy Thomas; her father, Lamar Galtney; and four brothers, Rowan Galtney, Caleb Galtney, Jerry Galtney and Johnny Thomas.

Survivors include two sons, Leonard Nash and Charles Earl Taylor, both of Vicksburg; four daughters, Winnie Shorter of Pittsburgh and Martha Williams, Betty Smith and Louise Kennedy, all of Vicksburg; 29 grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren.

Willie T. Williams

CARY – Willie T. Williams died Monday, Nov. 14, 2005, at University Medical Center in Jackson. He was 63.

Mr. Williams was a former resident of Pachuta. He was a retired teacher and coach.

He is survived by his wife, LueJulia Williams of Cary; one son, Terrance LaRance Williams of Allen, Texas; one daughter, Francelia Rena Williams of Carrollton, Texas; a brother, Leo Williams of Pachuta; and two sisters, Mary Ethel Brumfield of Quitman and Katie Willis of Newton.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at Mount Zion M.B. Church in Cary with the Rev. Reginald Brumfield officiating. Burial will follow at Cary Community Cemetery under the direction of Walker Funeral Home of Rolling Fork.

Visitation will be from 5 until 6 p.m. Saturday at Mount Pleasant M.B. Church in Pachuta.