December 18, 2006

Published 12:00 am Monday, December 18, 2006

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Calvert Hill Brown Sr.

Private services for Calvert Hill Brown Sr. were today at Cedar Hill Cemetery under the direction of Riles Funeral Home.

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Mr. Brown died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006. He was 92.

Born in Birmingham, Ala., Mr. Brown had been a resident of Vicksburg since 1939. He founded Brown Cigar and Tobacco, a wholesale tobacco company, in 1946. He attended Howard College in Birmingham, present-day Stamford University. During World War II, he served in the Army Air Corps. He was a past president of Vicksburg Lion’s Club and served as deacon of First Presbyterian Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George B. Brown and Kate Calvert Hill Brown; two brothers, George Brown and Quentin Q. Brown; and two sisters, Elberta Linn and Elizabeth Wiggins.

He is survived by his wife, Rosemary Cashman Brown of Vicksburg; a daughter, Mary Calvert Brown of Atlanta; and a son, Calvert Brown Jr. of Vicksburg.

Reada Davis.

Reada Davis died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at River Region Medical Center. She was 81.

Born in Punxsutawney, Pa., Mrs. Davis was the daughter of the late Arthur Eugene Barnett and Mary Hope Heberling Barnett. She was a former resident of Niagara Falls, N.Y., and had been a resident of Vicksburg for the past year.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leland Eugene Davis; a son, Bill Warner; a daughter, Carol Warner; and three stepsons, Ed Davis, Tom Davis and Mike Davis.

She is survived by two daughters, Linda Pulli of Tacoma, Wash., and Darlene Meisenholder of Vicksburg; a son, Larry Pulli of Las Vegas; a stepdaughter, Patricia Mastenbrock of Holland; seven sisters, two brothers, 14 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Services will be in Niagara Falls, N.Y., under the direction of Lane Funeral Home.

Riles Funeral Home has charge of local arrangements.

Elsie May Dawkins.

NATCHEZ – Elsie May Dawkins died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at Natchez Community Hospital. She was 92.

Mrs. Dawkins was born in Chase, La., to the late Henry Imon and Martha Eveline Coulter McDuff. She worked as a teacher in Crowville, La., for several years. She retired as director of Jefferson County Welfare Department after 31 years of service in 1980. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Natchez and a Docent of the Gandy Collection at Stratton Chapel.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ernest E. Dawkins Sr.

She is survived by four sons, Ernest E. Dawkins Jr. of Picayune, Imon McDuff Dawkins of Vidalia, La., Stephen Fairley Dawkins of Vicksburg, and Dr. Walter E. Dawkins II of Memphis; two sisters, Grace Arnold of West Monroe and Katie Christenson of Temple, Texas; and eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Union Street Chapel with the Dr. John Larson officiating. Burial will follow at the Union Church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at Laird Funeral Home and from noon until the hour of the service.

Pallbearers will be Ernest E. Dawkins Jr., Imon McDuff Dawkins, Stephen Fairley Dawkins, Dr. Walter E. Dawkins II, Dwight McDuff Dawkins and Walter E. Dawkins III.

Emma B. Keyes.

TALLULAH – Emma B. Keyes died Sunday, Dec. 17, 2006, at Olive Branch Senior Care Center in Tallulah. She was 83.

Mrs. Keyes was born in Natchez and had lived in Tallulah for 65 years. She was a homemaker and member of the Church of Christ.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Franklin Keyes Sr.; and two grandchildren, Marla Michelle Smith and Barry Allen Armstrong.

She is survived by four sons, Edgar R. Keyes and Charles Edward Keyes, both of Tallulah, Joseph F. Keyes Jr. of Farmerville, La., and Robert Wayne Keyes of Vicksburg; six daughters, Jeanette Boman and Marilyn Armstrong, both of Quitman, Katherine Hurley of Monroe, Betty Lou Miles of Lake Providence, Peggy Keyes Smith of Tallulah and Sandy Bowden of Lloyd of Guntown, Miss.; one brother, William Walter Bearden of Crowville, La.; one sister, Dorothy Burris of Malvern, Ark.; 39 grandchildren; 73 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Crothers-Glenwood Funeral Home in Tallulah with the Rev. John W. Rushing officiating. Burial will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

Master Sgt. Brian P. McAnulty.

KERNERSVILLE, N.C. – Master Sgt. Brian P. McAnulty, 39, originally from Vicksburg, died Dec. 11, 2006. Master Sgt. McAnulty died when the CH-53 helicopter he was riding in crashed just after takeoff in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Funeral services will be at noon Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at the Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home Chapel in Kernersville, N.C. Interment with full military honors will follow at Mount Gur Cemetery.

A native of Hartford, Conn., he was born Oct. 16, 1967. He moved to Vicksburg in 1978. He graduated from Warren Central High School in 1985 and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in April of 1988.

Following graduation from boot camp at MCRD Parris Island, S.C., he was assigned to the School of Infantry in Camp Lejeune, N.C., for training as an infantryman. His first assignment was to Marine Corps Security Force Battalion, Norfolk, Va., for service onboard the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67). In 1991, he was then assigned to Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team Company, Norfolk. In 1992, Master Sgt. McAnulty was selected for service with Marine Security Guard Battalion. Later he was assigned to Marine Security Guard Detachments in Asuncion, Paraguay; Seoul, Korea; and Budapest, Hungary. In 1996, he executed orders to 1st marine division, Camp Pendleton, Calif., for duty with 2nd battalion, 4th marines. During that same assignment, he deployed with Battalion Landing Team 2/4 as part of the 31st Marine Expeditionary unit from November 1998 until April 1999. In 2001, Master Sgt. McAnulty was reassigned to Marine Security Guard battalion and trained to serve in the coveted position of detachment commander. Master Sgt. McAnulty commanded Marine Security Guard detachments at U.S. embassies in war-torn Bujumbura, Burundi, and in the dangerous city of Bogota, Colombia. After excelling as a detachment commander and being named &#8220Detachment of the Year” in South America, Master Sgt. McAnulty was selected to serve as an instructor/adviser at the Marine Security Guard school in Quantico, Va., from April 2004 until April 2006. Weeks prior to this assignment however, during civil unrest in Haiti, Master Sgt. McAnulty’s expertise in embassy security and low intensity conflict was needed; he was sent to the U.S. embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, to ensure the readiness of the embassy’s Marine detachment and provide tactical advice to security personnel. After assuming the duties of instructor at the Marine Security Guard battalion headquarters in Quantico, he revamped the weapons training for Marine Security Guard battalion and was directly responsible for improving the overall marksmanship capability of Marine guards, which proved vital in the battalion’s role in the global war on terrorism. In conjunction with teaching duties, he continued an active security role within Marine Security Guard battalion. In December 2004, when terrorists attacked the U.S. Consulate in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Master Sgt. McAnulty was immediately sent in to provide extra security and provide tactical and personal guidance to the Marines. In March 2006, Master Sgt. McAnulty was transferred to 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 1st Marine Division in Twentynine Palms and served as the company gunnery sergeant for Weapons Company and later as the operations chief. He deployed to Iraq with 3rd battalion, 4th Marines for combat operations in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

His many awards include: Navy And Marine Corps Commendation Medal (with Gold Star), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (with 3 Gold Stars), Navy Unit Commendation (with Bronze Star), Navy Meritorious Commendation Medal (with 3 Bronze Stars), Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal (with 4 Bronze Stars), National Defense Service Medal (with Bronze Star), Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (5th Award), Navy and Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Marine Security Guard Ribbon (3rd Award), Expert Pistol (6th Award) and Expert Rifle (9th Award).

Brian was a passionate Marine who put the needs of others before his own. He was described as loyal, unselfish, kind, patriotic and brave by his fellow Marines and peers. He had traveled the world with the Marine Corps and soaked up the local cultures and languages. He also loved soccer and military history and deeply loved his family.

Survivors include his parents, Robert and Frances McAnulty; brother and sister-in-law, Brett and Stacy McAnulty; and his beloved nieces, Cora and Lily, all of Kernersville; and his beloved family with the United States Marine Corps.

The family will visit with friends at the funeral home on Tuesday prior to the service starting at 10:30 a.m. until time for the service.

Online condolences may be sent to the McAnulty family at

Memorial contributions may be made to Fisher House Foundation, 1401 Rockville Pike, Suite 600, Rockville, MD, 20852.

John Daniel Nelson.

John Daniel Nelson died Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, in Claiborne County, as a result of an auto accident. He was 27.

Born in Campbellsville, Ky., Mr. Nelson graduated from Cherokee County High School in Center, Ala. He has been a resident of Vicksburg since 1999. He was employed with Ergon. He was a member of Wayside Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Omer Lee Nelson.

He is survived by his wife, Tania Nelson of Vicksburg; a daughter, Sierra Nelson of Vicksburg; his parents, Jimmie and Wanda Nelson of York, S.C.; a brother, Jimmie Lee Nelson Jr. of Campbellsville; paternal grandparents, Marvin and Edna Kirtley of Campbellsville; maternal grandparents, Leslie and Bernice Lawson of Campbellsville; and maternal grandfather, Vernon Nash Tungate of Greenburg, Ky.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Fisher Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Cothern officiating. Burial will follow at Wayside Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 tonight.

Active pallbearers will be Joshua Marcum, Jimmie Lee Nelson Jr., Sam Anderson, Paul Smith, James Hicks, Brent Hopkins, Danny Lynn and Allen Hill.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Patterson, Kenneth Davenport, Wayne Muirhead, Leland Haggard, Greely Williams, Marty Tompkins, David Conerly, Chad Dougherty, David Williams, Jimmie Lee Nelson Sr., Leroy Nelson, Ralph Landers, Windel Sullivan and Joe Pecanty.

Memorials may be made to the Gideon Bibles.