September 3, 2007

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 5, 2007

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Johnnie Johnson

Johnnie Johnson died Friday, Aug. 31, 2007, at his home in Vicksburg. He was 51.

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Mr. Johnson is survived by his wife, Patricia Harris Johnson of Vicksburg; one daughter, Gertrude Davis of Vicksburg; his parents, Johnnie Johnson Sr. of Vicksburg and Ethel Jean Sanders of Lancaster, Calif.; one brother, Anthony Sanders of Las Vegas; four sisters, Vicki Lewis and Patricia Sanders, both of Vicksburg, and Terry Ann Sanders and Annette Sanders, both of Lancaster; three grandchildren, one uncle, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Leroy Lewis

Leroy Lewis died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at River Region Medical Center. He was 74.

Mr. Lewis was a retired logger and member of Holy Hill M.B. Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, David and Abbie Lewis; one son, Leroy Lewis Jr.; and one brother, David Lewis Jr.

He is survived by his wife, Ethel Henderson Lewis; two sons, Victor Tyrone Lewis and James Ray Lewis, both of Vicksburg; one daughter, Melinda Reece of Vicksburg; eight grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives, including Ruth Lewis of Vicksburg.

Robbins Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Percy Cruise Price

UTICA — Mr. Percy Cruise Price, 86, died Sunday, Sept. 2, 2007, at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.

Funeral services are at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007, at Glenwood Funeral Home Chapel in Utica.

Interment will follow in the Utica Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with the Revs. Brad Hartzog and Cliff Nelson officiating.

Mr. Price, a World War II veteran, served as a machine gunner and tank operator and was wounded in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a corporal in the 211th Army Air Force Base Unit.

He was a lifelong resident of Utica and was an avid outdoorsman with a passion for hunting dogs on the chase. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather with an extraordinary level of affection for all children.

He was employed by the Mississippi State Tax Commission and served in law enforcement for a number of years. Mr. Price was the 11th of 15 children bon to Robert Edwin and Amanda Genos Strong Price, who preceded him in death along with three sisters and seven brothers.

Survivors are Kathryn McGuffee Price, his beloved wife of 63 years; his son and best friend, Bo Price and Wife Gayle of Byram; cherished granddaughter, Lindsay Smith and husband Seth of Brandon; grandson and favorite hunting partner, Everett Price of Byram; his brother, Pete Price of Clinton; sisters, Reba Fisher of Utica, Lovie Fomby of Monroe, La., and Mable Robison of Raymond; along with a host of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Blair E. Batson Children’s Hospital at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2500 N. State St., Jackson, MS 39216.

Rebecca Rosella

GREENVILLE — Rebecca Rosella of Greenville died Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at her home. She was 59.

Mrs. Rosella was a former businesswoman and homemaker.

She was born in Greenwood and moved to Greenville in 1971. Afterward, she married J.D. Rosella and operated furniture stores, including Factory Furniture in Greenville and earlier furniture stores in Jackson. She became disabled and unable to help in businesses any longer due to the deteriorating health problems and suffering that plagued her daily life.

She had held corporate positions in a number of corporations, including financial and real estate entities, and was an insurance agent as well. She and J.D. had been together 32 years until her death. They enjoyed a good life together, traveling to faraway places which were unforgettable memories and experiences they would never forget. She had fond memories of her trips to Las Vegas over the years, attending furniture markets, and business trips to China and other faraway places with her husband. They enjoyed working in business together and were a very successful team in the furniture business and in their endeavors.

She made friends wherever she went with a kind and giving heart. She will be greatly missed by everyone who had the privilege of knowing her during her life and who knew she was a very special and caring person. She always had a smile on her face and a good demeanor each day, even in her time of great physical distress and pain during her illness.

She was a communicant of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and a longtime parishioner.

She was preceded in death by three brothers, Gwin, Kenny and Johnny Rayburn, all of Greenville; her father, Wallace Rayburn of Greenville; and a stepgrandchild, Brett Watson, 3 1/2, of Greenville.

Survivors include her husband, J.D. Rosella of Greenville; a daughter, Tara Speights and husband Wayne of Vicksburg; a son, Chris D. Poe and wife Mary Elizabeth of Lake Village, Ark.; three stepchildren, Margo L. Rosella of Greenville, Renee R. Watson of Indianola, and John D. Rosella IV of Columbia S.C.; her grandchildren, Lauren A. Poe, 18, St Joseph’s School, Greenville, Blair Poe, 15, Cornerstone Christian Academy, Indianola, and Anne Catherine Speights, 5, St. Francis Xavier Elementary, Vicksburg; a stepgrandchild Dylan Watson, 16, Indianola Academy, Indianola; her dearest in-laws, sister-in-law and brother-in-law Judy C. and Dusty R. Rosella of Greenville, who encouraged and helped her greatly during her trying medical difficulties throughout the years of her life and comforted family during their time of grief; her mother, Mary Belle Rosella, 97, of Greenville, who accompanied her on several exciting and enjoyable trips to New York; and her friend and trusted housekeeper, Mrs. Nettie Ransom of Greenville.

Visitation will be from 6 until 7 tonight at Boone-Wells Funeral Home in Greenville. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Boone-Wells, with burial at Greenville Cemetery. Father Richard Somers of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church will officiate. Lunch will be served at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall after the burial.

Memorials may be made to the Rebecca R. Rosella Memorial Trust Fund at St. Joseph’s School System for her legacy and fond memories to continue her good work touching the lives of many people.

Charles Earl Sanders

Services for Charles Earl Sanders will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home with burial at Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the service Wednesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Sanders died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2007, at Shady Lawn Nursing Home. He was 48.

Born and reared in Mayersville, Mr. Sanders had retired from the City of Vicksburg.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willie and Savannah Sanders; three brothers, Jimmy Sanders, Willie Sanders and Richard Sanders; and one sister, Mae Catherine Sanders.

He is survived by his wife, Darlene Sanders of Vicksburg; one son, Raymond Harvey; five stepchildren, Preston Miller, Danny Miller, Henrietta Miller, Darlene Miller and Teretha Miller, all of Vicksburg; three brothers, Charlie Sanders of Rolling Fork, Walter Sanders of Kansas City, Mo., and Andrew Sanders of Washington; three sisters, Ruby McClain of Lambert, Mary Sanders of Gary, Ind., and Linda Waller of Vidalia, La.; and other relatives.