April 5, 2007

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 5, 2007

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Henry A. Brown

WAVERLY, La. – Henry A. Brown died Monday, April 2, 2007, in Waverly, La. He was 75.

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Mr. Brown was a member of the Waverly Baptist Church and a member and chaplain of the American Legion Post No. 100 of Tallulah. He was a retired installer for BellSouth. He was an Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict.

He was preceded in death by the mother of his children, Mary Inez Brown; his parents, Homer Brown Sr. and Trueheart Leatherwood Brown; a granddaughter, Melody Stanley; and a great-granddaughter, Ashley Stanley.

He is survived by his wife, Wanda Evans Brown of Waverly; two daughters, Rita Trahan and Pamela Hyer, both of Vicksburg; a son, Henry Brown of Des Allemands, La.; two sisters, Alice Pearson of Crossett, Ark., and Louise B. Walker of Houma, La.; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Waverly Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Thornton officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Faith Memorial Park Cemetery in Delhi under the direction of Cox Funeral Home.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the church.

Pallbearers will be Danny Ray Mitchell, Benny Stanley Jr., Charles Henry Brown, Thomas Martin Graham, David Brown and Eric Waterman.

Mildred Coleman

LORMAN – Services for Mildred Coleman will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Fellowship Baptist Church in Lorman with the Rev. Kemp Burley officiating. Burial will follow at Popular Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1 until 6 tonight at Thompson Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. Friday until the hour of service at the church. Family hour will be from 7 until 8 tonight at the funeral home.

Mrs. Coleman died Sunday, April 1, 2007, at Natchez Community Hospital. She was 78.

Mrs. Coleman was a member of Sunrise Court No. 243, Order of Heroines of Jericho and Fellowship Baptist Church where she served as an usher.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Willie Coleman; and her parents, Herbert and Annie Lee Gaines-Smith.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley J. Mitchell of Woodbridge, Va. and Vera C. McPherson of Williamsburg, Va.; a sister, Georgia Patterson of Lorman; a granddaughter, two stepgrandchildren and other relatives and friends.

Andrew Cosey Sr.

DOWAGIAC, Mich. – Andrew &#8220Shocky Man” Cosey Sr. died Wednesday, March 28, 2007, in Dowagiac, Mich. He was 72.

Born in Vicksburg, Mr. Cosey moved to Dowagiac in 1953.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew Cosey Sr. and Cora Bell Martin Cosey; a sister, Rosa Lee Carter; a brother, Donnie Cosey; one son, Toney Lauvell Cosey; and one daughter, Shirley Marie Cosey Ross.

He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Eunice Sanders Cosey; three sons, Michael Sanders and Kelvin Cosey, both of Atlanta, and Andrew Cosey Jr. of Dowagiac; one daughter, Marcia Cosey Bishop of Dowagiac; seven sisters, Barbara Cosey Burkley, Linda Cosey Garrett and Debra Griffin Hawkins, all of Vicksburg, Mae Belle Hill and Agnes Bacon, both of Dowagiac, Dorothy Avance of South Bend, Ind., and Lucille Starks of Milwaukee, Wis.; four brothers, the Rev. Erwin Cosey Sr. and the Rev. Earl Cosey Sr., both of Vicksburg; Robert Cosey of Natchez and Otis Cosey of Niles, Mich.; a stepsister, Novita Welch of Detroit; a stepbrother, Sammie Howard of Ohio; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Services were Monday at Mount Calvary M.B. Church in Niles with the Rev. Bryant Bacon and Dr. H.C. Smith officiating. Burial followed at Riverside Cemetery in Dowagiac under the direction of Hallbritter Funeral Home.

Elvin Wilson Ford

UTICA – Elvin Wilson &#8220Rabb” Ford, 91, died at his residence in Utica on Wednesday, April 4, 2007, after a brief illness.

Mr. Ford was born on March 9, 1916.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Homer and Emma Ford; daughters, Lena &#8220Dago” Lott and Joy &#8220Sissy” Farmer; son, Robert E. &#8220Buddy” Ford; two grandsons, Haley Carraway and Don David Russell; brothers, Tommy Ford and Ray Ford; and sisters, Bertie Brown and Nora Collins.

Survivors include his wife of 70 years of a wonderful and blessed marriage, Helen Tompkins Ford; two daughters, Marianne &#8220Nan” Russell of Brandon and Eloise Cook of Utica; two sons, Ray Ford and wife, Jan, of Utica and Jeff Ford and wife, Karin, of Eureka Springs, Ark.; one sister, Opal McCarson of Walls, Miss.; one sister-in-law, Nell Tompkins Little of Utica; one brother-in-law, Calhoun Tompkins of Tivoli, Texas; 20 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Elvin was a lifelong resident of Hinds County and was employed by Hinds County for 42 years, the majority of that time as a bridge foreman.

Elvin was a loving husband and father, having a heart of true compassion for everyone who had the honor of knowing him. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and a member of the Utica Hunting Club. He enjoyed loving others. He was a member of Utica Methodist Church.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Glenwood Chapel in Utica. Burial will follow at Utica Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at Glenwood Funeral Home in Utica.

Memorials are requested to the Utica Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 129, Utica, MS 39175.

Nan Collins Hollingsworth

UTICA – Nan Collins Hollingsworth died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at her residence in Utica, Miss. She was 90.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was a native of Houston, Texas, and a former resident of Vicksburg since 1953. She had lived in Utica for 10 years. She was the daughter of the late John D. and Lizzie Stowers Collins. She was a former member of Woodlawn Baptist Church. She was a member of Utica Baptist Church and T.E.L. Sunday school class.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Wallace &#8220Bob” Hollings-worth of Utica; two sons, Robert Eugene &#8220Bob” Hollingsworth and his wife, Sandra, of Vicksburg and Jack Hollingsworth and his wife, Linda, of Utica; her daughter, Nan Catlin, and her husband, Everett, of Byram; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; cousins, Tom Collins of Deer Park, Texas, and Martha Hand Suddeth of Jackson; and a family pet dog, Toots.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2007, at Utica Baptist Church with the Rev. Ben James officiating. Burial will follow at Utica Cemetery under the direction of Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home. Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight at the funeral home. There will be a visitation from 10 a.m. Friday until the hour of service at Utica Baptist Church.

Pallbearers will be John Hollingsworth, Mike Hollingsworth, Mark Parkman, Gary Hearst, Scott Catlin, Ryan Catlin, Wes Goode and Dale Hollingsworth.

Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. W.K. Harris, Teresa Reider, RN; Amy Lenoir, social worker; Kimberly Darby, RN; Roberta Neal, NA; Judy McNeil, RN; and T.E.L. Sunday School Class.

Memorials may be made to Utica Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 205, Utica, MS. 39175.

Johnny Louis Jr.

PORT GIBSON – Services for Johnny Louis Jr. will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Welcome Baptist Church with the Rev. James Buck officiating. Burial will follow at Barnes Family Cemetery in Hermanville. Visitation will be from 1 until 6 p.m. Friday at Thompson Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. Saturday until the hour of service at the church.

Mr. Louis died Friday, March 30, 2007, at River Region Medical Center. He was 56.

Mr. Louis was preceded in death by his father, Johnny Louis Sr.

He is survived by his mother, Elizabeth Barnes of Port Gibson; two sons, Johnny Shawn Brown and Johnny Louis III, both of Chicago; two daughters, Marjorie Scruggins and Zornia Collier, both of Chicago; two sisters, Rosie Griffin of Port Gibson and Garnitha Cross of Clarksville, Tenn.; and other relatives and friends.

Maye W. Gilmore Moss

Maye W. Gilmore Moss, age 97, died Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at Heritage House. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, April 6, 2007, at Glenwood Funeral Home with Dr. John G. McCall and Dr. Matt Buckles officiating.

Visitation will be from 5 until 8 tonight.

A graveside service will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Mizpah Cemetery in Durant.

Mrs. Moss was a native of Durant and had lived in Vicksburg for the past 63 years. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Moss was preceded in death by her husband, Henry B. Moss Sr.; her parents; brothers, Ed, Doug, J.J. and Claude Gilmore; sisters, Elizabeth Gilmore and Nona Maxwell; and one granddaughter, Judith Love Moss Farris.

Mrs. Moss is survived by her daughter, Barbara Anne Tillotson and husband, Jack, of Vicksburg; her sons, Barger Moss and wife, Eleanor, of Vicksburg and Reggie Moss and wife, Evelyn, of Hattiesburg; 14 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers will be Jack Tillotson Jr., Rick Tillotson, Kevin Tillotson, Jamie Tillotson, Chris Tillotson, Jerry Moss, Danny Moss and Adam Moss.

Honorary pallbearers will be George and Betty Cain, Tom Hill, Travis Wayne Vance, Dr. Daniel Edney, Jim Hess and the staff of Heritage House.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Baptist Children’s Village.

Unzell Martin Wilkerson

Services for Unzell Martin &#8220Gramps” Wilkerson will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Zion Travelers M.B. Church on Poplar Street with the Rev. Horace Allen officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 until 7 p.m. Friday at W.H. Jefferson Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wilkerson died Saturday, March 31, 2007, at Vicksburg Convalescent Home. She was 85.

Mrs. Wilkerson was a homemaker and social worker and a member of Mount Pilgrim M.B. Church, serving on the mother board.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Selvin Wilkerson Sr.; her parents, Robert Martin and Idlean Spencer Martin; a son, Clifton Martin; a daughter, Maxcine Hudson; three brothers, J.D. Martin, Otis C. Martin and Aubrey Martin; and three sisters, Evelyn Kelly, Marie Anderson and Robert Jean Williams.

She is survived by five sons, Selvin Wilkerson Jr. of Los Angeles, Guy Wilkerson of Jackson, Don E. Wilkerson of Indianapolis, Michael Ray Wilkerson of Detroit and Austin Wilkerson of Vicksburg; four daughters, Evelyn Williams of Vicksburg, Cecil L. Reese of Detroit, Linda M. Wilkerson and Debora Wilkerson, both of Abingdon, Md.; a brother, L.C. Martin of Jackson; three sisters, Honoray Cook and Phaurphine Williams, both of New Orleans, and Bertha M. Allen of Vicksburg; and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.