April 21, 2006

Published 12:00 am Friday, April 21, 2006

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Sandra L. Freeman.

HERMANVILLE – Services for Sandra L. Freeman will be at 1 today at Glenwood Funeral Home in Vicksburg with the Rev. Wayne Coleman officiating. Burial will follow at Hermanville Cemetery in Hermanville.

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Mrs. Freeman, age 61, died Wednesday, April 19, 2006, at the University Medical Center in Jackson.

Born in Harrisville, Mrs. Freeman attended high school in Florence. A graduate of Gilfoil School of Nursing, she received a degree in practical nursing and a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Southern Mississippi. A former teacher at Gilfoil School of Nursing, she also taught at Hinds Community College for a number of years. She retired from Hinds in 1997 as chairman of the practical nursing program. A resident of Clinton for 30 years, she had lived in Hermanville for the past four years. She was a member of Hermanville Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Tommy Freeman Sr. of Hermanville; two daughters, Tonya Skrocki of Tyler, Texas, and Sara Neely of Nashville, Tenn.; a son, Tommy Freeman Jr. of Hermanville; her mother, Willie Mae Maltby of Florence; four brothers, Jimmy Lewis of Star, Richard Lewis of Hattiesburg, Robert Lewis of Brandon and Steve Lewis of Atlanta; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers will be Rodney Lewis, Bradley Lewis, Jeff Skrocki, John Coates, Robert King and Buddy Howard.

Margaret Rose Opperman Hackett.

SHALIMAR, Fla. – Margaret Rose Opperman Hackett, known to her friends and family as Peggy, was 73 years old when she went to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 15, 2006. Born in Vicksburg on Nov. 15, 1932, and raised in Redwood, Mississippi, she earned her degree in teaching at Mississippi Southern College in Hattiesburg. Peggy’s teaching career spanned 35 years, during which time she touched, guided and inspired hundreds of lives. Though she took her teaching seriously, she did earn quite a reputation among her students and fellow faculty for her penchant for practical jokes and her ability to spin a yarn. Among her many wonderful experiences were teaching children of families working in Honduras for the United Fruit Company, teaching English to a local businessman while living in Taiwan during the Vietnam War, and marching with Martin Luther King Jr., in Montgomery, Ala., in 1967 during desegregation.

Mindful of the impact teachers have on our lives, Peggy was very active in the Okaloosa County Education Association from 1976 to 1985, serving on various committees, as a member of the executive board and as president. After 30 years of service in the public school system, rather than simply retiring, Peggy accepted a secondary school teaching position in Queretaro, Mexico, where she taught students for two years and went on to teach English to adults for three more. In preparation, she supplemented her daily digest of crossword puzzles with Spanish language versions.

Upon returning to her home in Shalimar, Fla., Peggy became certified as a child guardian ad Litem and became active in the Demo-cratic Women’s Club of Shalimar. In her spare time, Peggy enjoyed friends and family.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Vera Rose and Ernest Fredrick Opperman; and siblings, Fred Opperman, Mr. Jones and Mrs. Virginia Opperman Conrad and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Opperman.

Peggy is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lauri Lee and David R. Gordon; her three grandchildren, Anna Lee, Rachel Marie and David R. Gordon Jr.; and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m., Saturday, April 22, 2006, at St. Jude’s Episcopal Church, 200 N. Partin Drive in Niceville, Florida. Memorial contributions may be made to either the Democratic Women’s Club, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 128, Shalimar, Florida 32579 or Okaloosa County Education Association (OCEA), Scholarship Fund, 348 Highway 190, Valparaiso, FL 32580.

Wardell Hunter.

EDWARDS – Wardell &#8220Buddy” Hunter died Tuesday, April 18, 2006, at Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. He was 72.

Mr. Hunter retired from the Warren County Highway Department.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bethlehem M.B. Church in Edwards. Burial will follow at the church cemetery under the direction of Randle and Hays Funeral Home in Jackson. Visitation will be from 1 until 7:30 tonight at the funeral home.

James Michael Mann.

Services for James Michael Mann will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Williams Funeral Service Chapel with the Rev. Robert Miller officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 7 tonight at the funeral home.

Mr. Mann died Monday, April 17, 2006, at River Region Medical Center. He was 50.

He worked for the City of Vicksburg Water & Gas Department and KFC. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Helen Williams Jones; and a sister, Joyce Denise Kelly.

Survivors include his wife, Clara Ross Mann of Vicksburg; his father, Willie Joe Hunt and stepmother, Rose Hunt, both of Vicksburg; his stepfather, James Jones of Vicksburg; two stepsons, Benjamin Ross and James Ross, both of Vicksburg; three stepdaughters, Carolyn Ross, Melinda Ross and Brenda Ross, all of Vicksburg; 12 sisters, Katherine Brown, Diane Lacey, Elinor Jackson, Marsha Jenkins, Josie Cosey, Andrea Mason, Shavone Hunt, Kimberly Mason, Vera Woodson, Alberta Williams and Sylvia Jackson, all of Vicksburg, and Mary Ann Williams of Los Angeles; 10 brothers, Robert Jones, Michael Anthony Hunt, Casey Kellum, Derrick Jackson, Greg Mason, Timothy Hunt and Jason Grissom, all of Vicksburg, Tommie Johnson of North Carolina and Robert Hunt and Michael Antonio Hunt, both of Chicago; and nieces and nephews, including Jerlon Brown of Vicksburg.

Williams Funeral Service has charge of arrangements.

Lena Richmond Young.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Lena Richmond Young died Thursday, April 20, 2006, at Community Hospice in Jacksonville, Fla. She was 95.

A former resident of Rolling Fork, Mrs. Young was a homemaker. Living most of her life in Jacksonville, she was a member of First United Methodist Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Alton Brooks Copps Sr.; and her parents, W.L. and Lena Paxton Richmond.

Survivors include a son, Alton Brooks Copps Jr. of Tallahassee, Fla.; four daughters, Frances Jones, Margaret V. Copps and Catherine C. Hillis, all of Jacksonville, and Ann C. Bonfigli of Novato, Calif.; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Rolling Fork. Burial will follow at Mound Cemetery in Rolling Fork. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. Saturday until the hour of service at the funeral home chapel.