April 3, 2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, April 4, 2006

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Virgil Lewis Hardy Sr.

Virgil Lewis Hardy Sr., died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg. He was 55.

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Mr. Hardy was born in Tallahatchie County to John Lewis and Rudell Jaco Hardy. Retired from the Mississippi National Guard, Mr. Hardy served in the Army during the Vietnam War. He retired in 2005 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Waterways Experiment Station. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his son, Virgil Hardy Jr.; and two brothers, Michael Hardy and Roger Hardy.

He is survived by his wife, Rita D. Hardy of Edwards; three daughters, Stephanie H. Thomas and Amanda H. Ramage, both of Vicksburg, and Michelle H. Jones of Laurel; one son, Anthony L. &#8220Bubba” Hardy of Vicksburg; four sisters, Gail Jackson, Lisa Jones and Diane Jackson, all of Oakland, Miss., and Helen Potts of Water Valley; one brother, Nicholas &#8220Nicki” Hardy of Senatobia; eight grandchildren and other relatives.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Riles Funeral Home with burial at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Larry Robinson, Barry Robinson, Danny Robinson, Larkey Rainey, Steve Wilson and Jimmy Fairchild.

Honorary pallbearers will be Morris Ratliff, Sonny Edwards, Chris Ratliff, Michael Edwards, Johnny Phillips, Butch Spivey and Terry Gill.

Memorials may be made to the Memorial and Honor Program of St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Condolences may be made to www.rilesfuneralhome.com.

George B. Kerr.

George B. Kerr died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at Promise Specialty Hospital in Vicksburg. He was 85.

Mr. Kerr was born Aug., 1, 1920, to Wilbert Young Kerr and Willie Whitmire Kerr.

A graduate of Mississippi State University, Mr. Kerr was a retired civil engineer after retiring in 1980 from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Mississippi River Commission. He served as a veteran for the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Vicksburg. He was a certified land surveyor, a fine Christian man, a wonderful father, and an understanding grandfather. He loved working in his garden and generously giving away what he grew, such as tomatoes, mustard greens, washed and ready to cook, and radishes for Don. He enjoyed playing dominoes anytime but thought we had too many desserts. The ladies would tell him you never have too many desserts. He loved Rowdy’s catfish, McAlister’s roast beef sandwiches and No. 60 at El Sombrero.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Grace Huffman Kerr; three brothers, James David, Byron and Wilbur; and two sisters, Lucille K. Hunt and Juanita K. Howard.

Survivors include one son, Dr. Larry Kerr and his wife, Dr. Jennifer Antrim Kerr, both of Scotts Valley, Calif.; one daughter, Virginia Kerr Morton and her husband, Don, both of Vicksburg; three grandchildren, Carson, Ramsey and Gracelyn Kerr; and special friends including, Lois Waldbeaur, Lucy Sessums, Jamie Martin, The Larsons, Faye Turner, Florence Amborn, Erdis Parker, Gwen and Earl Edris and the Domino Ladies.

Services will be at 3 p.m. Wednesday at McCool Cemetery in McCool, Miss., with the Rev. Dural Ragsdale officiating. The Rev. Jim Hess and Dr. John McCall will assist. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until noon Wednesday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg.

Active pallbearers will be Jeff Morton, Mac Osborn, Charles Keenum, Dale Huffman, Charles Poindexter, Joe Huffman, David Kerr, David Bane, Johnson Stevens, Morris Massey and Brian Sisson.

Honorary pallbearers will be Hester Pitts, Rosalye and Fred Baldwin, Patty and David Baldwin, Marie and John Strange, Betty and George Cain, Beverly and Billy Ellis, Ida and Jimmy Waring, Dr. Bill Pierce, Mary Jourdan Ray and the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club.

Memorials may be made to George Kerr Memorial Scholarship Fund in C/O of River Hills Bank, 2125 N. Frontage Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180.

Artimease Montgomery Lee.

HOUSTON – Services for Artimease Montgomery Lee will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Mount Zion No. 1 Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight at Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the hour of service Tuesday at the church.

Mrs. Lee died Tuesday, March 28, 2006, at Southwest Memorial Medical Center. She was 88.

A former Vicksburg resident, Mrs. Lee was a member of Mount Zion No. 1 Baptist Church. She was retired from the Old Court House Museum.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert E. Lee Sr.; a daughter, Florence Lee Morgan; and three siblings.

She is survived by two sons, Dr. Robert E. Lee Jr. of Moss Point and Andrew J. Lee of Washington, D.C.; two daughters, Daisy D. Lee and Mary B. Lee, both of Houston, Texas; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and other relatives.

Edith McCammom.

Edith McCammom died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg. She was 56.

Born in West Bridge, Ark., Mrs. McCammom had been a former resident of Valley Park. A resident of Vicksburg for the past 30 years, she was a member of Vicksburg Church of God.

She was preceded in death by her father, Curtis Collums; and a sister, Rachel Schaefer.

Survivors include her husband, Travis McCammom of Vicksburg; two sons, Melvin Leroy Winters and Travis Lee McCammon, both of Vicksburg; her mother, Martha Ozella Collums of Rolling Fork; two brothers, Curtis Lee Collums of El Paso, Texas, and Gene Allen Collums of Pass Christian; one sister, Geneva Boykin of Vicksburg; and two grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg with the Rev. Tony D. Winkler officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the hour of service Tuesday at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Bob McCammom, Linnis McCammom,, Jim McCammom, Danny McCammom, Stacy Duff, David Schaefer and Billy Shields.

Carmen Pierce.

Carmen &#8220MaMaw” Pierce died Sunday, April 2, 2006, at River Region Medical Center. She was 83.

Mrs. Pierce retired from Warren Central cafeteria after 21 years of service. She was the daughter of the late William Henry and Lena Mae Clark Lewis. A lifelong resident of Vicksburg, she was of the Methodist faith.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Rex Pierce Sr., and a son, Rex Pierce Jr.

Survivors include a son, Robert Pierce of Vicksburg; a daughter, Shirley Pierce Gibbs of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren, Renee Williams, Penny Worley, Ray Williams, Susan Benson, Chris Williams, R.H. Pierce, Anne Sellers and Robin McGee; two brothers, William Gordon Lewis of Vicksburg and James Lewis Houston of Houston, Texas; and a sister, Ethel Sanders of Vicksburg; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2006, at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. James Busby, pastor of Long Pines Baptist Church of Crowville, La., officiating. Burial will follow at Green Acres Memorial Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons and granddaughter and great-grandchildren.

Honorary pallbearers will be Butch Phillips, Johnny Sellers, Jodie Williams, Vicki Williams, Tecia Kurtz and Steven McGee.

Mary Ida McKoin Rinehart.

RUSTON, La. – Services for Mary Ida McKoin Rinehart were today at Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Oak Grove with the Rev. Byron Putnam officiating. Burial followed at New Forest Cemetery in Forest, La.

Mrs. Rinehart died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at Alpine Guest Care Center. She was 82.

She was preceded in death by her husband, James D. Rinehart Sr., her parents, Dewey and Florence Annie Stewart McKoin; and a brother, John Robert McKoin.

She is survived by three sons, Ken Rinehart of Minden, La., Jim &#8220Jimbo” Rinehart of Berthoud, Colo., and Don Rinehart of Dubberly, La.; a daughter, Flo Myers of Ruston; a sister, Billie Raspberry of Conroe, Texas; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jim Rinehart, Pete Rinehart, Brad Rinehart, Andy Gotte, Ben Gotte and Brian Drake.