September 23, 2007

Published 12:00 am Monday, September 24, 2007

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Willie Goodman

Willie Goodman died Saturday, Sept. 22, 2007, at River Region Medical Center. He was 77.

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Mr. Goodman was of the Baptist faith. He was a veteran of the Army.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Lena Goodman and John Grant; and his stepfather, Jessie Goodman.

Survivors include his aunt, Ruby Washington of Vicksburg; and other relatives and friends, including the Daniels, Lockridge, Myles and Washington families of Vicksburg.

Williams Funeral Service is in charge of arrangements.

Ora Lee King

Services for Ora Lee “Moose” King will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Mount Zion M.B. Church at Ballground with the Rev. Charlie Blackmore officiating.

Visitation will be from 1 until 6 p.m. Monday at Dillon-Chisley Funeral Home and on Tuesday at the church from noon until the hour of the service.

Mrs. King died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2007, at her home in Vicksburg. She was 77.

She retired from the University of California, Berkeley, after 25 years of service as a caterer.

She was preceded in death by her parents, William Henry Miller Sr. and Julia Ragan Marley.

Survivors include one son, William Miller of Orlando; one brother, William H. Miller Jr. of Florissant, Mo.; two sisters, Maggie Miller Fields of Clarksdale and Katherine Jackson of Los Angeles; her granddaughter and caregiver, Allison Tunstall of Vicksburg; two additional grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends, including Willie Neal, Dorothy Warren, Barbara Beauman, Mary Tyson and Valerie Grant and members of the Ragan, Scott, Flowers, Sharp and Miller families.

Janie Reid Wilson

Mrs. Janie Reid Wilson died Friday, Sept. 21, 2007, at Compere’s Nursing Home in Jackson, Miss. She was 91.

A native of Lincoln County, she was the daughter of the late Alexander C. and Victoria Lilly Reid. Mrs. Wilson lived in Vicksburg from 1954 until she moved to Raymond to live with her nephew, George and Gail Reid. For the past year she lived at Compere’s Nursing Home.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, James E. Reid; a sister, Lizzie Hampton; and her husband, James K. Wilson.

Funeral services will be Monday, Sept. 24, 2007 at 2 p.m. at Frank J. Fisher Funeral Home, with Rev. Bryan Ivy officiating. Burial will follow in Lakewood Memorial Park in Jackson. Visitation will be 3 to 5 p.m. today at Fisher Funeral Home.

Pallbearers will be Marvin Miller, James Tuttle, Dewayne Breazeal, Wesley Ming, Ken Daniels and Herbert Stroud.

Rufus W. Wilson

Services for Rufus W. Wilson will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Greater Mount Zion M.B. Church, 907 Farmer St., with Pastor Gregory Butler officiating.

Visitation will be from noon to 6 p.m. at Williams Funeral Service and one hour before the service.

Mr. Wilson died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2007, at G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Veteran’s Administration Nursing Home in Jackson. He was 73.

Born and educated in Vicksburg, Mr. Wilson had served in the Army during the Vietnam era. He was a member of Greater Mount Zion M.B. Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Tommie Wilson and Lutetia Turner Wilson; a brother, Louis Clarence Wilson; and his wife, Bessie Lee Thomas Wilson.

He is survived by two sons, Keefe Lavell Wilson of Japan and Darryl Tynell Wilson of Lafayette, La.; a sister, Azilee Jennings of Vicksburg; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Moselle Heffner Zimmer

Moselle Heffner Zimmer was born Sept. 27, 1909. She was the second of three daughters born to Albert Sidney Heffner and Beulah McLellan Heffner. The family lived in the Bowling Green community of Holmes County until 1923, when they moved to Lexington.

After graduating from Blue Mountain College, Moselle became a teacher and she taught at Drew and Vicksburg, Miss., and at Oak Ridge, Tenn.

In 1936, she married Frank Marx, and they lived in Vicksburg. Frank died in 1951 and Moselle married Edward S. Zimmer in 1961. Edward died in 1970 and she continued to live in Vicksburg until 1993 when she moved back to her childhood hometown of Lexington.

For several years, Moselle was an employee of the Waterways Experiment Station, but her real love was teaching and she, as late as last Christmas, was still hearing from former students thanking her for teaching them to appreciate the value of education.

She was a talented person and keenly interested in current events as well as historical events.

She leaves a sister, Elma Heffner of Lexington; and a stepson, John Zimmer of Mill Valley, Calif.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 23, at Southern Funeral Home chapel in Lexington. Visitation will be one hour prior to services.