May 21, 2006

Published 12:00 am Monday, May 22, 2006

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Addie E. Daffron.

Addie E. Daffron died Friday, May 19, 2006, at River Region Medical Center. She was 56.

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Mrs. Daffron was a native of Yazoo City and had lived in Vicksburg for the past 17 years. She was a member of the Monday Night Ladies Bowling League and a member of the Baptist faith.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Inez Glass Richardson.

She is survived by her husband, Jimmy Daffron of Vicksburg; one daughter, Crystal Ray of Vicksburg; three sons, Charles R. Daffron of Desoto, Kan., and James Daffron Jr. and John Daffron; both of Vicksburg; five brothers, Leon Glass of Longview, Texas, Robert Richardson, Eddie Richardson and Frank Richardson; all of Yazoo City, and Bennie Richardson of Clinton; and 15 grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at Fisher Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. Monday until the hour of service at Fisher Funeral Home.

Robert Curtis Gale.

Robert Curtis Gale died Friday, May 19, 2006, at River Region Medical Center. He was 47.

Mr. Gale had worked at Port Cargo Service in New Orleans for 15 years. He was a member of Christian Faith Church in New Orleans.

He was preceded in death by his father, J.C. Gale Sr.

Survivors include his mother, Ella Mae Gale of Vicksburg; two sons, Dewayne Milton and Gephsemane Milton, both of New Orleans; one daughter, Denise Colbert of New Orleans; four brothers, J.C. Gale Jr. of Memphis, William Gale of Vicksburg, Wayne Gale of Jackson and Chris Gale of Hattiesburg; two sisters, Cheryl G. Simpson of Vicksburg and Joyce Gale of San Bernardino, Calif.

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

Dorothy Pickens.

JACKSON – Dorothy &#8220Dot” Pickens of Jackson died Thursday, May 18, 2006, in Orange Park, Fla., where she had been visiting her son for several months. She was 91.

She was born Oct. 17, 1914, to James I. Sessums and Sudie Neely Sessums of Jackson. She was orphaned at 2 years of age when her parents and sister were killed in a car and train wreck. Dot spent her early childhood in Lena, Miss., with grandparents and extended family, and came to Jackson at the age of 12. She graduated from Central High School and attended Baylor College in Waco, Texas, until her marriage to Roy Pickens in 1933.

She and Roy were charter members of West Park Methodist Church in Jackson where she remained active until the church was sold. Since a stroke in 1996, she lost the ability to communicate verbally, but never lost the ability to say, &#8220Thank you” and &#8220I love you.”

She spent her life doing for others and will long be remembered for feeding neighbors, church friends and numerous others.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Z. Pickens.

Survived include her sons, James L. Pickens and his wife, Ethel, of Vicksburg, Davis Andrew Pickens and his wife, Jennifer, of Orange Park, Fla.; and a daughter, Dot McElroy and her husband, Jim, of Jackson. She leaves behind 11 much loved grandchildren, Buzz Pickens, Debbie Pantenburg, Patti Peets, Kathy Hubbard, Ken Knott, Mike McElroy, Bob McElroy, Ann Johanson, Meghan Richardson, Drew Pickens and Rory Pickens; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Lakewood Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Lakewood Memorial Park.

Visitation will be from 5 until 7 this evening and at 10 a.m. Monday at Lakewood Funeral Home in Jackson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mustard Seed, 1085 Luckney Road, Jackson, MS 39047, 601-992-3556 or your favorite charity.