December 7, 2006
Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 7, 2006
The Vicksburg Post prints obituaries in news form for area residents, their family members and for former residents at no charge. Families wishing to publish additional information or to use specific wording have the option of a paid obituary.
David E. Brown.
Services for David E. “Big Cuz” Brown will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at New Hope Baptist Church in Bovina with the Rev. Frank Gardner officiating. Burial will follow at New Hope Cemetery.
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Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday at Robbins Funeral Home and Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until the service.
Mr. Brown died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at River Region Medical Center. He was 51.
Mr. Brown was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.
He was preceded in death by his father, Gorman Brown Sr.; and a brother, Eddie Brown.
He is survived by his mother, Mary Cook Brown of Vicksburg; his companion, Ruthie Thompson of Vicksburg; two sons, Lewis Thompson and Corey Thompson, both of Vicksburg; three daughters, Lakesha Thompson and Vanessa Thompson, both of Vicksburg, and Yacannia Ray of Hattiesburg; four brothers, James Brown of Vicksburg, Gorman Brown Jr. of Chicago, Thomas Brown of Las Vegas and Barney Brown of Jackson; one sister, Camellia Brown of Los Angeles; three grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives.
Mack Cassell Jr.
EDWARDS – Mack Cassell Jr. died Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2006, in Hazlehurst. He was 47.
Born in Hinds County, Mr. Cassell was a resident of Edwards. He was a self-employed painter. He was of the Baptist faith.
He was preceded in death by his father, Mack Cassell Sr.; a brother, Calvin Ray Cassell; a sister, Thelis Cassell; his maternal grandparents, Jonas and DeElla Flagg; and his paternal grandparents, Ernest and Madie Cooper Cassell.
Survivors include his companion, Shirley Wiley of Hazlehurst; his mother, Beulah Lee Flagg Cassell of Edwards; two brothers, Kevin Cassell of Vicksburg and Dwayne Cassell of Sioux City, Iowa; two sisters, Shirley Jean Cassell of Chicago and Nancy Lee Ford of Edwards; and aunts, uncles and other relatives, including members of the Allen and Mace families of Vicksburg, Flagg family of Utica, Robinson family of Chicago and Cassell family of Elkhart, Ind.
HERMANVILLE – Services for Eph Crystain will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Campbell Chapel Church in the Willows Community with the Rev. James Jones officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 until 6 p.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Port Gibson and from noon Saturday until the hour of service at the church.
Mr. Crystain was preceded in death by his parents, Eddie and Martha Shorter-Crystain; and two sisters, Sarah L. Howard and Pearlean Banks.
He is survived by his wife, Viola Crystain of Hermanville; two sons, Edmond Crystain and Earl Crystain, both of Hermanville; a daughter, Vallean Crystain of Hermanville; two brothers, Eddie Crystain Jr. of Hermanville and Bobby Crystain of Pattison; six sisters, Murdlia Odoms of Carlisle, Martha Curtis, Florene Banks and Ollie Windom, all of Hermanville, Gertrude McGloster and Geraldine Nash, both of Port Gibson; and other relatives and friends.
Catherine Clark died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at River Region Medical Center. She was 60.
A homemaker, Mrs. Clark was a member of Greater Grove Street M.B. Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Sammie Clark.
She is survived by four sons, Andrew Clark, David Clark, Demitrius Clark and James Clark, all of Vicksburg; three daughters, Jonna Jones, Elizabeth Clark and Thena Spates, all of Vicksburg; four brothers, Dillon Thomas of San Antonio, Texas, Johnnie Wells of Tallulah, Charlie Wells of Aurora, Ill., and Elmo Wells of Vicksburg; three sisters, Maxine Jackson and Annie Mae Phillips, both of Aurora, and Janice Minor of Vicksburg; five grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and other relatives.
W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Dottie D. Green.
YAZOO CITY – Dottie D. Green died Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006, at her home in Yazoo City. She was 87.
Born in Arkansas, Mrs. Green was a homemaker. She was a member of Bovina Baptist Church in Vicksburg.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert H. Davis and Annie L. Corbin.
She is survived by her husband, Trellis Green of Yazoo City; a daughter, Joyce Jones of Yazoo City; a son, Alvin O’Neal Kelly of Sequin, Texas; six grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
Stricklin-King Funeral Home in Yazoo City has charge of arrangements.
Willie L. Johnson Sr.
Services for Willie L. Johnson Sr. will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Travis Chapel A.M.E. Church. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 1 until 7 p.m. Friday at Lakeview Memorial Funeral Home.
Mr. Johnson died Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, at River Region Medical Center. He was 90.
Mr. Johnson was a member of Travis Chapel A.M.E. Church. He retired as a head cook with the Corps of Engineers’ Mat Sinking Unit.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Harry Davis; and his wife, Eddie Lee Johnson.
Survivors include his daughter, Lela Johnson of Vicksburg; two sons, Michael Johnson Sr. and Willie Lee Johnson Jr., both of Vicksburg; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Lawrence Ray Jones Sr.
Services for Lawrence Ray Jones Sr. will be at 3 p.m. today at Whitehall Cemetery in Claiborne County. Burial will follow under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home.
Mr. Jones died Saturday, Dec. 2, 2006, at his home in Vicksburg. He was 69.
Born in Carlisle, Miss., Mr. Jones lived for a number of years in Illinois and Wisconsin. He was a retired foreman for N.W. Moulding Products of Racine, Wis.
He was preceded in death by two grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth L. Jones of Vicksburg; two sons, Lawrence Ray Jones Jr. of Vicksburg and Thomas Jones of Racine; three brothers, Raymond Jones of Beckley, W.Va., Gary Jones of Carlisle and Robert E. Jones of Michigan; one sister, Gloria Ann Myers of Vicksburg; and four grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be William Boggan, Raymond Lee Jones, Jack W. Hodges, Jeffery Dewayne Harris, James R. Bowman and Martin Gonzalas.
Ora Brown Ragan.
Ora Brown Ragan died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at her home. She was 68.
Mrs. Ragan is survived by her husband, Melvin Ragan of Redwood; two sons, Melvin A. Ragan of Redwood and Lewis E. Ragan of Vicksburg; three daughters, Jacqueline Ragan of Union City, Ga., and Shirley R. Torregano of Slidell, La., and Earnestine Ragan Sisney of Redwood; her mother, Earnestine Luckett of Redwood; one brother; five sisters; 18 grandchildren; and other relatives.
Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Rosa C. Rankin.
Rosa C. Rankin died Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2006, at her home. She was 49.
Mrs. Rankin was a retired private-duty nurse. She was a member of Mount Carmel M.B. Church.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Monroe and Etta Jackson of Fayette; and her paternal grandparents, James T. and Rosie Lee Chiplin of Vicksburg.
Survivors include her husband, Will T. Rankin of Chicago; two sons, Terrell Tyrone Chiplin and LaBrone Chiplin, both of Vicksburg; her parents, Thomas J. Sr. and Corrie Lee Chiplin of Vicksburg; six brothers, Bobby Chiplin, Ricky Chiplin, Charles Anthony Chiplin, Thomas Chiplin Jr., Derrick Chiplin and Calvin Bailey, all of Vicksburg; three sisters, Denise Chambers, June M. Thomas and Tangie Chiplin, all of Vicksburg; five grandchildren; and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives, including Frances Jackson and Erica Harris of Vicksburg.
W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
PORT GIBSON – Colleen Taylor died Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson. She was 81.
A native of Duck Hill, Mrs. Taylor had lived in Port Gibson for the past 56 years. She was a former employee of Jackson City Hall, working for Leland Speed and former Mayor Allen Thompson. She was a longtime employee of Mississippi Southern Bank in Port Gibson and a member of Port Gibson Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Claude and Orsula Caffey; and a brother, Talmadge Caffey.
Survivors include her husband, Charles Lee Taylor of Port Gibson; two sons, Glenn Taylor of Vicksburg and Gary Taylor of Jackson; two brothers, Claude Caffey of Mobile, Ala., and Jack Caffey of Byhalia; two sisters, Marilyn Moss of Memphis and Dezrre Livingston of Bartlett, Tenn.; and two grandchildren.
Services will be at noon Saturday at Glenwood Funeral Home in Port Gibson with the Rev. Mark Dearman officiating. Burial will follow at Wintergreen Cemetery.
Visitation will be Saturday from 10 a.m. until the service at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Sam Etheridge, Robert Gage IV, Walter Hallberg III, Dr. Robert M. Abraham, Cliff Mains, Dr. Bob Coleman, Robert Morrison III and Robert Amborn.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or a favorite charity.
Anderson L. Williams.
PORT GIBSON – Funeral services for Anderson L. Williams will be at 1 p.m. Friday at King David Christian Church in Port Gibson with the Rev. Percy Terrell officiating. Burial will follow at Davis Family Cemetery in Hermanville. Visitation will be from 1 until 6 tonight at Thompson Funeral Home in Port Gibson and from noon Friday until the hour of service at the church.
Mr. Williams died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg. He was 83.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Clara Leggett-Sorrels; three brothers, Robert L. Williams, Henry L. Sorrels and Elbert Sorrels; and a sister, Elvira Sorrels.
He is survived by five sons, Anderson Hyder of Hermanville, Andy Williams, Albert Williams and Emmanuel Williams, all of Port Gibson, and David Williams of Jackson; three daughters, Shirley Hyder of St. Louis, Mo., Arlean Hyder and Sherry Williams, both of Port Gibson; two stepsons, Clarence Washington of Columbus, Ga., and Ethmond Williams of Hermanville; two brothers, Virgil Sorrels of New Orleans and Dan Sorrels of Milwaukee; two sisters, Willie Bell Nash and Susie Wilson, both of Chicago; 12 grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
Freddie S. Winters.
Services for Freddie S. Winters will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. E.J. Crawford officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Winters died Thursday, Nov. 30, 2006, at River Region Medical Center in Vicksburg. She was 83.
She was a former resident of Eagle Lake and Covenant Health and Rehab of Vicksburg. She retired from Mississippi Valley Gas.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George Winters; her parents, Thomas Stewart Sr. and Althea Singleton Stewart; and a brother, W.G. Davis.
She is survived by two sisters, Althea Stewart Baldwin of Vicksburg and June Clark of Chicago; three brothers, Charles Stewart and W.H. Stewart, both of Vicksburg, and Thomas Stewart Jr. of Los Angeles; and other relatives and friends, including the Singleton and Stewart families.