June 6, 2006

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 6, 2006

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James Davis Jr.

James &#8220J.D.” Davis Jr. died Sunday, June 4, 2006, at River Region Medical Center. He was 52.

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Mr. Davis worked for the City of Vicksburg Sewer Department. He was of the Baptist faith.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ellen Mae Davis.

He is survived by his father, James Davis Sr. of Vicksburg; three sons, James Lashon Davis, Roderick Davis and Terrance Alonzo Davis, all of Vicksburg; one daughter, Tiquana Davis of Vicksburg; three brothers, Willie L. Davis, Joe Davis and James Q. Davis, all of Vicksburg; two sisters, Margaret Moore and Louise Davis, both of Vicksburg; four grandchildren; friends, including Evelyn Burkes; and nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives, including members of the Barber, Bohannon, Ellis and Thomas families.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Keck Parks Ruiz.

PITTSBURG, Ill. – Dorothy Keck Parks Ruiz died Saturday, June 3, 2006, in Pittsburg, Ill. She was 82.

Born in Claiborne County, Mrs. Ruiz was the daughter of Arthur and Martha Sweet Keck. She was a member of Little Barren Baptist Church in Pittsburg.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Frank Parks; two daughters, Brenda Clevenger and Betty Parks; a stepdaughter, Meda Eads; two stepsons, Carlie Parks and Crockett Parks; three brothers, Swan Keck, Troy Keck and Vaughn Keck; and one sister.

She is survived by three sons, John Parks and J.C. Parks, both of Vicksburg, and Arvillee Parks of Chicopee, Mass.; two daughters, Bonnie Miller of Kankakee, Ill., and Barbara Learned of Pittsburg; four stepsons, Clem LaMarr and Harlie Parks, both of Bradley, Ill., Onnie Parks of Manteno, Ill., and R.C. Parks of Effingham, Ill.; four stepdaughters, Oma Campbell of Harrogate, Tenn., Irene Keck of Tazewell, Tenn., Charlene Swinford of Chebanse, Ill., and Beulah Leach of Grant Park, Ill.; one brother, Carl Keck of Seymour, Tenn.; four sisters, Lena Parks of Bradley, Lois Brown of Knoxville, Tenn., Alice Lowery of Temperance, Mich., and Opal Walker of LaSalle, Mich.; 15 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Claiborne Funeral Home in New Tazewell, Tenn., with the Rev. Doug Atkins officiating. Burial will follow at Parks Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be Herbert Parks, Billy Keck, Jon Parks, Duane Parks, Richard Learned, Billy Edwards, Clayton Coffman, Frank Parks, Paul Parks and Luke Clevenger.

Honorary pallbearers will be nephews and great-grandsons.

Matthew Morris Shelton.

Services for Matthew Morris Shelton, infant son of Morris and Andrea Shelton, will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cedar Hill Cemetery. Burial will follow under the direction of Williams Funeral Service.

In addition to his parents, Matthew is survived by five sisters, his twin Maliya Trinity Shelton, Catrina Shelton, Asha Brisco and Leyla Shelton, all of Vicksburg, and Mya Weathersby of Jackson; his paternal grandmother, Katie Gray of Jackson; and other relatives, including Dorothy Davis of Vicksburg.

Col. Douglas Kent Zimmerman.

YORKTOWN, Va. – Col. Douglas Kent Zimmerman died Friday, June 2, 2006, in Yorktown, Va. He was 51.

Col. Zimmerman was a native of Topeka, Kan., and had lived in Vicksburg before moving to Yorktown three years ago. He was a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and a 2004 graduate of the Army War College. He was assigned to the Warfighting Center, Joint Force Command, in Suffolk, Va.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Renice A. Zimmerman; his son, Douglas Kent Zimmerman III of Yorktown; his father and stepmother, William Carl and Cynthia Zimmerman of Temecula, Calif.; his mother, Beverly Jones Zimmerman of California; two brothers, Robert Zimmerman of California and 2nd Lt. Casey Zimmerman of Fort Benning, Ga.; three sisters, Susan Savva, Mary Ludwick and Abigail Ettinger, all of California; and nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be said at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Regimental Chapel on Fort Eustis with the Rev. Vincent Douglass officiating. A service with full military honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Visitation will be from 7 until 8:30 tonight at Amory Funeral Home in Grafton, Va.